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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Garden Fresh Pie, Screen doors & Zinnias


Look at the size of these blackberries!


I combined them with . . .



Fresh picked apricots . . .




Viola, Fresh Baked Pie! 


Better yet, with ice cream :) 

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Friday we visited Lowes and bought
a security screen door.


Then Saturday we recycled the old door
and installed it on the Art Barn :)
It was too large, but after cutting it down
we made it fit . . .good enough for the barn.
I Love It! 


My zinnias by the barn . . .


Are starting to bloom :)


They are such happy flowers.
Don't you agree?

Thanks for stopping by . . .
I love and appreciate you all.

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

66 comments:

  1. Those blackberries look delicious and the pie even more so. Now I"ll be hungry for pie for the rest of the day.
    That's a nice looking screen door. I didn't realize they made security screen doors.
    Love the zinnias.

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    1. Hi Ann, thanks for stopping by, wish I had a piece of pie to pass through the computer screen and give you:)

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  2. WOW, those are some big blackberries and that pie looks good. Save a piece for me. Zinnias was the first seeds my Mother gave me to plant and when I see them I think of Her.

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    1. I wish you were here to enjoy this pie with us . . . we have been blessed with a wonderful crop of blackberries this year. I'm putting them in the freezer and I see several berry pies throughout the cold winter months ahead :)

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  3. Connie..the thought of that blackberry and apricot pie.....mmmm!
    Your zinnias are so pretty. It's one flower that I dont have in my garden.

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    1. The blackberries started just as the apricots where finishing for the season, so I just decided to see how they would go together. The sweetness of the apricots are a perfect match with the berries and this will be a pie that I make year after year from now on :)

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  4. Connie thank you for sharing your days here on the web. Your kind heart really drew me in a couple of months ago when I found this place. You are one of my go-to reads and though I just opened a little blog, have you in my sidebar. Have a blessed day!

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    1. You are so kind to have me in your sidebar . . . I truly appreciate it. It is always a joy meeting new blogging sisters . . . I can see a long blogging friendship ahead. Thank you :)

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  5. Hi Connie, Here I am still in the hospital so it was a nice treat to see your wonderful blog today! Oh, that pie is looking so delicious! I love the way you put the old screen door on your Art Barn but I love your Art Barn anyway! Wish I could find your brand of zinnia seeds as I have not had any luck since we moved growing them. They are so pretty. I hope the week goes well for you and Steve. Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I am so sorry that you are in the hospital, but hoping that while you are there they will figure out what is wrong and get you back on the road to good health and energy. You have been feeling bad for way too long now. You are in my prayers sweet friend.

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  6. Oooh, that pie looks so delicious, there is nothing nicer than home baked goodies! Love your colourful zinnias, happy flowers, as you say. Blessings to you both from over the sea.

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    1. The pie was wonderful, it was the first time that I ever thought about mixing apricots with blackberries. They are a great combination and something that will be on our summer baking list from now on :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by to visit . . . happy quilting dear friend.

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  7. I love zinnias too! They last a long time and so many colors to love:) Your pie looks very delicious. Yes keep smiling and have a blessed day Connie.

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    1. I love all the colors in zinnias . . . How can you look at them and not get a happy feeling fluttering around in your soul? Wishing you a lovely day dear blogging sister :)

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  8. Your rustic pie looks SO delicious! I love making that kind since I only have to roll out one circle of dough...so easy.
    I also like the secure screen doors. My DH made one using and old solid core door and used wrought iron spindles
    ( from an old railing) for the bars. Not as lovely as some but ever so useful.

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    1. Your screen door sounds wonderful . . . I refer homemade one of a kind to anything manufactured. My poor Steve is just not up to homemade anymore and he wants to feel like he is still contributing to our safety. Sounds like we both are blessed with good men that love taking good care of their families. :)

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  9. Connie, I love zinnias and their beautiful colors. I like the new storm door. I can only imagine how delicious that pie was with a scoop of ice cream too. You both are in my prayers.Blessings, xoxo, Love, Susie

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    1. Hello Sweet Susie, there is something about the old fashioned zinnia that brings a simple joy to my heart. maybe it's the multitude of cheerful colors or the simplicity of a flower with basic petals . . . daises are another favorite of mine. I wish that there was a way of baking a pie and setting it on your window still to cool . . . it was a real treat with the ice cream added.
      Thank you for your prayers . . . you and Ted are in my prayers as well. We have a wonderful Savior and He is in control . . . His love is enough :) God bless you both.

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  10. The new door looks good and so does the old one. :)
    Those are humongous blackberries!
    Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers. We used to always have them, but then they got a fungus and we were told to take a break.

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    1. Hi Mari, thanks so much for visiting me today . . . I always enjoy reading your commends and even more reading your blog :)

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  11. Nice doors, did the one on the barn squeek? Like the lovely old screen doors used to? Zinnia's are happy flowers, they take the heat and the sun, they turn their little faces to the sun, are bright and cheerful. I've got a few in my flower pots, they are one of my favorites. Let's have some pie, ice cream and a good cup of coffee, we've already got the good company. :)

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    1. I don't have a spring for the door yet . . . that will come as soon as I get to town and find one. Then my screen door on the barn should have a squeak; I certainly hope so. Thanks for stopping in to visit. I loved reading your comment. I have memories of the sound of an old screen door too :)

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  12. Those are huge blackberries! The pie looks delicious. Love your new doors... especially the re-use of the one! Your zinnias are lovely.

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    1. Hi Debi, I can't believe how big our blackberries are this year. Everything in the garden depends on the weather. Our tomatoes are green on the vine, just waiting for hot weather. I probably won't be seeing very many until September this year. Every year around here is different . . . but we have been enjoying having a milder summer . . . more time to enjoy the front porch :)

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  13. Colorful flowers and a mouthwatering pie!How delightful!

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  14. Yum! Yum! Yum! Beautiful flowers! And nice reuse of the door.
    Have a good week.

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    1. Thank you, I'm going to love having a screen door on the barn :)

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  15. Hi Connie- Good work with the Screen Doors- about 20 years ago I use to build them- from Anodized and Painted Aluminium Frame, Amplimesh Grills and also Aluminium Castings (Panels)- 32 Doors a week plus Side Lights and Grills (Single Locks, Triple Way Locks and Sliders)...don't miss doing it after eight years of it. Your Pie looks very nice indeed- Best Wishes to You Connie and Steve. Regards. KEV.

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    1. Eight years of welding would do me in . . . in fact I wanted to learn and Steve was going to teach me. I bought all the safety gear and was ready to go, but was so afraid of getting burned that I didn't enjoy it one bit. That was one creative idea that ever really got off the ground for me . . . hard to be creative when you're scared.

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  16. Hi Connie...The zinnias are gorgeous. Think I'll plant those next year. You've inspired me. Also, I never thought of combining those luscious blackberries with apricots. What a wonderful combination. That pie looked great. Hope you have a super blessed week. Susan p.s. Still praying for you and Steve. How are things going?

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    1. Hi Susan, you are so sweet and thank you so much for your prayers. They have been experimenting with his chemo meds and two weeks ago he was sick 9 out of 14 days between sessions, the last session was a week ago yesterday and he hasn't been sick once. It is wonderful . . . he is finally able to enjoy his days again. I'm happy when he feels good too, so we are having a great week. Thank you again . . . we appreciate each and every prayer :)

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  17. Connie, those berries are huge!! and your pie is amazing. Really amazing! I want to make a fruit pie with a folded crust like yours, but don't know how. That is the most delicious looking pie I've ever seen. I love zinnias too and you're right, zinnias are happy flowers. Your new door looks good. We use our old screen doors too. The last one made a good door for the little guinea lot.

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    1. This is the easiest of all ways to bake a pie . . . just roll one crust larger than you normally would. Put it in the pan, fill it and fold over the crust around the top of the pie. Like tucking in a baby for a nap, ha-ha . . . give it a try. Leave a hole on top from air to escape while baking.

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  18. Good morning Connie. Those blackberries are HUGE! The pie looks wonderful and oh so sweet. I love zinnia's. A friend brought me a bouquet of them this weekend from her garden. The first garden bed Dennis built me was planted every year with zinnia's. I agree, they're happy flowers and we need happiness in our world don't we?
    Your screen door is great. We need to replace ours too but I keep looking for the "perfect" one. I don't think it's out there.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. This is the easiest of all ways to bake a pie . . . just roll one crust larger than you normally would. Put it in the pan, fill it and fold over the crust around the top of the pie. Like tucking in a baby for a nap, ha-ha . . . give it a try. Leave a hole on top from air to escape while baking.

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  19. Wow, my goodness those blackberries are looking good, so big and succulent. The pie looks so tasty, I feel like clibing into the computer for a slice lol!

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    1. I wish you could . . . that one is gone, but if you came to visit I would bake another :)

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  20. I wasn't here to comment sooner, but love your post. The blackberries look wonderful! I miss having them around this town where I can go out and pick. The one area we do have them is about 12 miles from here, but going to see if I can beg my hubby to go with me there. Trouble is, there are alot of snakes around there! I still need my blackberry pie. My mom always made them and I just need a few during the summer. And I agree that zinneas are such happy flowers. I didn't get any planted this year so will try next year. I love all the colors and they are so sturdy and strong. Blessings to you and Steve.. always sending my thoughts and prayers your way. Hugs.. Marilyn

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    1. I certainly would not be picking berries in any place that there was a fear of snakes . . . I get the shivers just saying the word. I do have rubber snakes placed all through mine, to keep the birds away :)

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  21. The zinnias are beautiful.
    Oh my does that pie look good! Wish I had a piece for my snack this evening to go with my ice cream. : )

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  22. After all of your remodeling' you both deserved fresh baked pie!

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  23. Your new door looks great, and how wonderful you were able to use it for the artbarn too.
    Your berries are a wonderful size, the pie sounds interesting, never have heard of combining those two fruits.
    Your flowers look fabulous!

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    1. I had not heard of combining them either, but thought it was worth the try . . . so glad I did, because now it will be a regular around here :)

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  24. Zinnias are so cheerful-looking.
    That pie is so delicious looking!

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  25. Hi Connie, Another neat post. Oh my, now I’ve got to go get some ice cream! :-) Have a good week ahead. John

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  26. I love the doors! And look at the size of those berries! I love summer eating! :)

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    1. Our berries are going crazy this year . . . so many and so big. It must be the weather :)

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  27. Yum! Your blackberries and apricots look delicious!
    Love the screen doors and I'm sure you sure appreciate having the old screen door on you art barn.

    Smiles :)
    ~K.

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    1. It's going to be lovely having a screen door on the Art Barn, what a luxury:)

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  28. I love the way you made the pie - I need to try that.

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    1. It takes half the time and it really does make it nice pie.

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  29. Your pie looks and sounds SO good! I think I drooled on my keyboard. ;-) I can't get over the size of those blackberries! You said "we" visited Lowe's and "we" installed the new doors - is that you and Steve? Does he have enough energy now to do those things? Your zinnias are beautiful. Such bright, happy flowers.

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    1. We had some friends come over and help us, but Steve did drill the holes and put the lag bolts in. Our friend's unloaded it from the pickup and held it in place. Then they put the bolt lock and handle on so it was joint operation. He's having a really good week. Thank you for asking.

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  30. What a bountiful harvest of blackberries! I just planted two this spring, and it will probably be a while before we get to enjoy much of a harvest from them. I too LOVE my zinnas, they truly do paint a picture of happiness! Such joy my flowers and blooms bring me. You have some wonderful surprises growing in your garden too! Always love those volunteers! Continuing in prayer for you and your husband! And that pie... oh yes, I need to try making a pie like that, it looks so inviting and delicious! Blessings to you and your husband!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers we truly appreciate them. Wish you were here because I just dug up 6 volunteer blackberry bushes this morning. I put them in pots waiting for someone to say that they wish they had blackberries.

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  31. Oh yes, they are really happy flowers and on seeing them they make me happy. They were my moms fave flower to have growing in the garden. Dessert looks GREAT and now I want something sweet. Oops, seeing it don't have to make me want it, I love things with sugar in it. That looks yummy. And yes, the storm door looks good there. Nice little spot.

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    1. I have been on a carbohydrate binge, not the best for me but oh so delicious

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  32. As my Dad would exclaim, "That pie looks good enough to eat!" That was mighty high praise. He loved his pie. My brother and I have laughed, remembering how he would stop by the little coffee shop for pie, more often than any of us would guess. It was his little treat after a heavy, hot work day. Love your zinnias! Can only find the dwarf size here in the nurseries. I think I will need to go on line and search for see of the standard size. They are not hard to start. I like the way you made that screen door fit the art barn. Every barn should have a screen door.
    Trusting things are coming along as they should.
    Prayers.

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  33. Hi Connie oh i love blackberries,they are so yummy and remind me of my childhood,your pie looks so good.
    Good idea to have a security door we have them on both our house doors and love the white screen on your studio and always love the pics from your garden ,hope you have a lovely day Connie xx

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  34. both doors look wonderful and those blackberrie are big and yummy... I have never had a fresh apricot but I do love apricots

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  35. I love zinnias! They just grow and seed themselves! I've had some grow to what I thought were stupendous heights (10' one year!). I planted some over at the kids' gardens in recent years and they love them, too. Such happy, bright flowers. And now, I'll take a slice of that awesome looking pie! :D Blessing and prayers for you guys! ♥

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