Friday, January 21, 2022


 Winter is a wonderful time to read,
watch old movies and learn something
new.  I have so many interests that getting 
bored doesn't seem to be a problem for me.

Every season has it's special delights.
I just "refreshed" my birdfeeders earlier
today since they were way down in seed.
  As I went out on the deck I heard masses
 of birds up in the trees.  There were 
hundreds of bluebirds but they just seemed
 to be resting way up and not coming
down at all.

There in the trees and up in the sky
Bluebirds on branches 
Hundreds rest,  waiting to fly
I tried to entice them
With birdseed and rye
But they seemed on a journey
So we bid them Goodbye!

Today I made a Lemon Meringue
Pie.  I wonder how many of these I've
baked over the years?

Let's take a seat over by the cozy fireplace
and enjoy our pie.

You might want to bake this pie too:

Prepare a pie shell and bake it! I use the old recipe of 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup Crisco and 3-4 Tb ice water) Bake 450 degrees about 8 min 

The ingredients for pie are as follows but
frankly I doubled this for a really deep
dish pie.

1 1/3 cups of sugar, 4 Tb cornstarch, 1 Tb flour, 1/2 cup cold water, 1 1/2 cups of separate water ready boil, 4 egg yolks slightly beaten, 2 Tb butter, 1 Tb grated lemon rind, 1/3 cup lemon juice

For the meringue you will need 4 egg whites, 1/4 tsp cream of tartar and 1/2 cup sugar

Combine the 1 1/3 cups of sugar, the cornstarch, the flour and cold water in a medium size saucepan and blend them together until smooth.  Stir in the boiling water and cook stirring constantly 
until the mixture begins to bubble and is thick.  Simmer about 2 minutes and keeping stirring to keep from burning! Remove from heat

Now blend about 1/2 of this hot mixture into the egg yolks and return all to saucepan and cook about 2 minutes.  Remove again and add butter, lemon rind and juice and stir through well.  Set aside to cool slightly.  Stir to let out steam and help cooling.  I put the bowl in the refrigerator to cool.  Once cool I pour it into the baked pie shell and put it into the baked pie shell and I go ahead and refrigerate.  I find this works for me but I do see people do this step differently here.

Meanwhile, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar in a medium size bowl. Slowly add 1/2 cup sugar and continue beating still stiff. 

 When the pie is cold in the refrigerator, spread egg white meringue on top.  Put in the preheated oven of 400 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes - watch for browning.  Cool on a rack - when cool refrigerate again for several hours.


  1. I’d love to join you for lemon meringue pie and tea by your fire, Bernideen! I use that same pie crust recipe, which I learned in my college Home Economics Foods class. I, too, refreshed my bird feeders yesterday. I’ve never seen a bluebird here, but I get lots of bluejays and cardinals.

  2. A beautiful tea. How nice it must have been to enjoy your pie by the fire. You make one incredibly beautiful lemon meringue pie.

  3. Your fireside tea invite makes my imagination work overtime. The fireplace is so cozy, especially in the brutal cold up here this week. Wish I had one of my own, lol. Love lemon pie, one of my mother's best desserts a life time ago.

  4. Hi Bernideen,
    you made a wonderful tablesetting and a delicious pie. How lovely that the bluebirds rested in you tree. I have never seen one before. The cakefork are eyecatchers. Are they from Christoph Widmann? Really nice.
    Thank you for sharing your tea time and best greetings from Johanna

  5. Thank you for the beautiful photos and the yummy recipe. We all need a bit of calm and pretty right about now,
    xo, V.

  6. Thank you for your timely recipes. I was thinking of making a lemon meringue pie!

  7. Dear Bernideen,
    Lemon Meringue Pie, my mouth is watering! The fireside tea setting is so pretty and the picture of the blue bird is lovely! I love your table cloth. Is it Battenburg? I absolutely have an identical twin chair to yours by the tea table. Mine is covered in a deep burgundy tapestry from the Mill in Colorado Springs. I wish I could post a pic but I am not techy enough to know how. Thank you for the recipe for the pie. I will enjoy making it. Your tea set is yummy! Blessings! Ginger

  8. Wish I could pop over for a piece of that yummy looking lemon pie! That's my hubby's favorite! I don't do very well with the crust so I just cheat and buy a ready made one. Now your little table all set up is so pretty. The dishes - the gorgeous tea pot and all are beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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