#FRIDAYFOOD Great American Pie Month Part II


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Chocolate Chess Pie made by Charla Boatman for my birthday this year! One of the best gift’s ever! YUM!

February is Great American Pie Month and in honor of such a special occasion, I asked Facebook and Twitter friends to share their favorite pies. There were a variety of answers from apple to rhubarb to tomato.

One of our favorite Sunday Lunch desserts at the Sisson House is cherry pie. Personally, I love any dessert that has cherry pie filling – cheesecake, turnovers, cherry-filled doughnuts, or just cherry pie filling right out of the jar! Love, Love, Love!

An easy-breezy treat I make for church potlucks is mini cherry cheesecake bites, using mini muffin cupcake tins to set the mixture from the Jell-O No Bake Cheesecake mix. My nieces, Georgia and Maggie, love this easy dessert! I always set a few aside for them to take home. And my husband, Pepper, is the “clean-up crew” – the leftovers are his! But you never use a whole can of cherry pie filling, so the next morning, I will buy Pillsbury crescent rolls and stuff cherry pie filling and a dot of butter and fold the dough over and seal the edges. I bake them for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. I think Pepper would eat them every morning!

While others may make their own cherry pie filling, I am not a purist. Canned pie filling is wonderful inside a prepared pie crust. Who cares when it is served hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?! Lots of friends love cherry pie, including Bryan Carrubba, Beth Crawford, Kristina Perry, Nancy Latham and Carolyn Swanson. Cheryl Wells said she likes a creamy cherry pie.

A few people like a good blackberry pie, but as a girl who has picked blackberries, it is not worth the briar thorns, scratches and blood loss. Lisa Vaughan is willing to suffer! Continue reading

#FRIDAYFOOD: Apples


img_1647I remember my grandmother, the late Clara Mae Woods of Stewart, drying apples on large screens in the fall when the apples were ripe. My dad said he thinks she was drying apples for pies – but there may have been other desserts and goodies.

While she had electricity and freezers and all of that when I was little, she didn’t necessarily grow up with those “luxuries.” She had always dried apples on screens during the late summer and fall to put away for the winter, and that’s how she continued to put up apples.

All of her grandkids thought the apples on her tree in the backyard were way too tart to eat, but I do not remember ever turning away a slice of apple pie.

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Early voters in Bellefontaine — Don’t forget to vote today!


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Poll worker Sybil Whitt helping Bobby Middleton with the voting machine at the Bellefontaine precinct.
See this photo in the November 12, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/11/13/cochran-nunnelee-carry-county/

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Voting day


Pepper Sisson getting out his driver’s license as his identification to vote in today’s Republican primary runoff election. Poll workers this morning at the Bellefontaine precinct include Margie Pepper and Sybil Whitt. Not pictured Sandra Sisson.

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See this photo in the June 25, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/06/26/voting-in-runoff/