Monday, January 26, 2015

Cherry Pie and My Hand Painted Tea Kettle

 Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage is celebrating five years of blogging and she asked us to share a favorite teacup or teapot.  I am also sharing a cherry pie to bring to her party. Congratulations, Sandi!


 I have been waiting to share this gorgeous hand- painted tea kettle that my son, Mike, painted as a Christmas gift for me.  I love all the MacKenzie Child's designs that I see, and showed them to Mike.  Isn't his replica a beauty?  He ordered the tea kettle from World Market, had it delivered, and worked on it secretly. Mike has been living with chronic sciatic nerve pain down both legs, even after a microdiscectomy and then a spinal disk fusion.  His surgeon wanted him to wait two years to see if the pain subsided, but it hasn't.  He is supposed to have a spinal transmitter implant in several week.  If you would be so kind, please pray that this will relieve some of his pain.  I want him to have a normal, fulfilling life again. 


 This Mary Engelbreit teacup was a gift from my friend, Bea.  Doesn't it look perfect with the tea kettle?  I think so, too!  The happy design just makes me smile, and of course, it has cherries on the side.


I made a cherry pie for us to share.  I followed the recipe on the back of the Oregon Red Tart Cherries.  However, if you can't find that particular brand,  I'll share the recipe.  Since I love a crumble topping, I did that instead.  It was soooo good!  Thanks bj,  at Sweet Nothings  for the inspiration!

 

1 /2 - 3/4 cup sugar (I only used 1/2 cup since I was making a crumb topping)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cans Oregon Red Tart Cherries (or any tart red cherries)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine (I omitted this because of the crumb topping)
2 crusts for a 9-inch pie (I only used 1 crust)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drain the cherries and reserve the juice from only one can.
  3. In a saucepan, stir the cherry juice into the combined mixture of the cornstarch and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat. Gently stir in cherries and almond extract.
  5. Pour filling into pastry lined pie pan. Dot with butter or margarine. (I omitted). Adjust crust, seal and vent.(At this point I added my crumb topping).
  6. Bake 30-40 minutes or until crust browns and filling begins to bubble. If necessary, cover edges with aluminum foil during last 15 minutes to prevent over-browning. Cool pie several hours to allow filling to thicken before slicing.
If you'd like to make a crumble topping, you can find the recipe  here

Makes 8 servings.

I had to show you my kitchen lady that my friend Joy gave me years ago.  I always have her hanging in my kitchen.  She loves my new tea kettle as it goes so well with her outfit!  

 

I am sharing this with:

Friends Sharing Tea
The Enchanting RoseTea Cup Tuesday                                                     
Roses of Inspiration 

Thank you for your visit!  xo

49 comments:

  1. That tea kettle is wonderful! Your son did a fantastic job painting it. I'm impressed! I love the teacup too. I'm always drawn to anything from Mary Engelbreit. I've never made a cherry pie, but yours look yummy.

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  2. Great job on painting the Tea Kettle. I will be sure and say a prayer! Everything you have today matches so well with one another and is very bright and cheery!

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  3. What a beautiful kettle and a sweet gift. I'll keep him in my prayers. I have a son, D. that lives with constant pain, so I know how bad it feels. Please say a prayer for him my friend. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  4. Dearest Kitty, your son continues to be in my prayers, sweet friend!

    The tea pot he painted you is beautiful and so you :) And yes, the tea cup goes perfectly with it. I have been craving cherry pie and yours looks divine! I have not made one with a crumble topping before....I think I shall try it today and have it for dessert tonight since my hubby loves cherry pie :)

    Love and hugs to you!

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  5. The checkered teapot is perfect with your kitchen angel and the ME teacup. What a clever and thoughtful son! Tha pie looks wonderful! But then your treats always do!
    Ruth

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  6. What a wonderful gift from your dear son! He did a fantastic job with it, and the pattern is so you. Perfectly matches your blog design! and your ME cup and kitchen lady. I will definitely add your son to my prayer list.
    Your cherry pie is the perfect accompaniment to your table today Kitty.
    Happy Tea Day, and blessings to you. xo Deborah

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  7. Kitty, big smiles here! Your teapot, ME teacup, and the kitchen lady are each adorable. We have the chef mate to your kitchen lady. I gave it to my chef in 2001. Wishing I had a slice of that cherry pie! ;-)

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  8. Kitty, your tea kettle is adorable and Mike did a fabulous job painting it for you! What a wonderful son you have! I pray for Mike every night before I turn in and I do hope the doctors can relieve his pain. How it hurts a mother's heart to watch her child suffer.
    The pie looks delicious and your cup is very cute. The kitchen lady matches everything else including your blog design. Thank you for joining my tea party and helping me celebrate. Have a lovely day, my friend.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. WOW! He did a stunning job with that nifty hand painted tea kettle, how SWEET! And it goes so perfectly with all your other things. Your son knows you well, my dear! I am offering up a prayer for him now, hoping soon he will find permanent quick relief. God's blessings to you and yours.

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  10. I will pray for Mike, he did a wonderful job painting the tea pot, what a gift of love.

    Nonie

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  11. Your tea kettle looks so nice and it is such a sweet gift from your son. I do hope he gets some relief from this next treatment. I love the Mary Englebreit teacup. It's so cute and bright. Have a lovely week. Pam

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  12. Mike did a great job on your tea kettle Kitty, it looks great! I hope he feels better soon. I'm lovin' that pretty cherry pie too, it would go great with our snow:@)

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  13. I saw the black and white kettle and thought "MacKenzie Child". What a great job your son did! I love Mary E and it's a perfect match for the kettle. Cherry anything ... send it here! :)
    I can relate to some of your son's back problems. Thankfully, for the most part, the microdisectomy worked for me. Yes. I still have pain, but I can walk. I'll be thinking about him and wishing him well. Happy Tea Day!

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  14. Hi Kitty, The tea kettle looks fantastic - Mike did a great job! Praying that Mike gets pain relief and can live a normal and fulfilling life again. I like your ME mug too, and the pie sounds and looks fantastic. Take care and be blessed. Beth

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  15. What a fun kettle and teacup--they would be perfect for a Mad Hatter's tea party!

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  16. OMYGOSH, KITTY...that is an AWESOME job on the tea kettle. I am so so impressed with your sweet son's talent. I so pray this next treatment makes his pain go away. Bless his heart...I can tell he sure loves his mama. :)
    Love your teacup and cherry pie is absolutely one of my very favorites.
    xoxo

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  17. I'm sorry...I was so thrilled with that tea kettle, I forgot to say thank you for the shout out.

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  18. Immediate *knee mails* being sent Heavenward for your son & his treatments. I pray they will be successful this time.

    The tea kettle he painted is just A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E...he is very talented & thoughtful, too.
    I am craving a slice of that luscious looking cherry pie, Kitty. I never would have known to drain the juice & then combine it with a thickening agent...I always just dump it in & have it boil over in the oven. Duh?? Thanks for that tip!

    I have the flying nurse & doctor in that series of angels...gifts from DD. I must remember to share a photo of them soon. We are alike in so many ways.
    Hugs,
    R

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  19. That was so very thoughful of your son to do that for you.. It does fit right in with your other things Cherry pie looks great like to try some.. hint hint..lol Have a lovely new week with love Janice

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  20. Mike did a great job on the kettle and it matches well with the other decor. So kind of you to bring a yummy cherry pie to the party, I've been using a crumb topping instead of pastry on my pies lately.

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  21. Hi Kitty, I love the tea kettle so pretty. I'm so sorry to hear about your sons pain and do pray it goes away. Thanks for the recipe and the pie looks so delicious!

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  22. Hi Kitty,

    What a beautiful gift from a loving son to his sweet mother. Mike did a wonderful job painting that checkerboard pattern on the prettily shaped teapot.

    Your cherry pie looks scrumptious, as well! Thanks for the recipe.

    Chronic pain can certainly take its toll on a person. Will say a prayer for Mike, tonight.

    Have a lovely Tuesday, Kitty!

    Hugs,
    Poppy

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  23. Lovely job on the painting the tea kettle. I am so sorry to learn of your son's health problem. I pray the Lord will touch him in some way that he may be relieved of this pain. Your pie looks SO good!

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  24. Prayers for your son. He did a great job. I thought it was a Mackenzie Childs! and the cup is perfect with it! (Yes to the cherry pie please!)

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  25. Kitty your tea kettle and teacup are perfect. I love checks.
    Sherry

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  26. Hi Kitty: I am so sorry for about your son. We are still praying for him at church and I will continue to do so too. I know so well about sick sons. Love the tea pot your son painted for you. He could sell those on Etsy. Blessings dear lady, Martha

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  27. Kitty, your son did a fabulous job on the teapot, love it! Goes perfect with your teacup. I will definitely keep him in my prayers!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  28. Oh, I love the teapot, Kitty. Your son did a great job. How thoughtful of him. I hope his pain goes away, will say a prayer for him. Your pie looks delicious!...Christine

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  29. Hi Kitty! Mike's present is terrific! It does so well with your pretty teacup. My thoughts are with him--I hope the pain goes away. Your cherry pie looks delicious!

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  30. I couldn't help but smile a mile to view that adorable tea kettle...made with love for mom...and your cutsie mug too...and your hanging lady with a skirt that matches! HOW lovely...continuing to pray for Mike. No doubt, he's very thankful for a strong mama support. Hugs to you Dear. XO

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  31. Your son knows what you love ! The teakettle, teacup, and kitchen lady are so cheery I can see why they make you smile. Prayers for your son and upcoming surgery.

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  32. The hand painted tea kettle is a beauty. How thoughtful of your son. I will pray for relief of the pain he experiences. I have occasional sciatic pain which can be crippling. I can't even imagine what it is like for it to be chronic and in both legs.

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  33. Love the teapot and that kitchen lady is just adorable. Matches the teapot.

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  34. Kitty, I know you cherish the teapot and thrilled that Mike might be getting some relief from the pain soon. I have been praying!! xxoo

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  35. Such a sweet gift, isn't it, when our children give us something from their hands and heart because they know us! I'm very happy for you that your son did that for you, Kitty. Count on my prayers for him. Also, thanks for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments about my serene vignettes. Your room with the sweater pillow (darling!!) is also serene--why don't we sit there and enjoy a cup of tea? (Would you let me use the darling Mary Engelbreit cup?? :) ) Thanks for stopping by, Kitty. ~Zuni

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  36. Hi Kitty, I will certainly pray for your son; I'm so sorry he's had such a hard time with all the back pain. I have a mild herniated disc and have some sciatica in my leg occasionally, so I know it's not fun. My case is not nearly as bad as your son's, and I hope he'll get relief very soon. Mike did a terrific job painting your tea kettle, Kitty; what a sweet, thoughtful thing for him to do!! I also love your M.C. teacup and your kitchen lady. Is she MacKenzie Childs, too?

    Thanks for sharing the cherry pie recipe; it looks delish. :) I hope you're having a good week and staying warm, my friend!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  37. Kitty, your son certainly has my thoughts and prayers. It sounds so painful. I hope he can get some relief soon! As usual your baking is heavenly and your tea kettle is the cutest ever. Hugs, Linda

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  38. The ME teacup set really compliments the beautiful tea pot your son painted. Kittie, I pray the transmitter implant will give Mike some relief. I had a laminectomy many years ago, so I have an idea what pain he is fighting.
    Love your little kitchen witch!
    Have a great weekend, enjoy a spot of tea and piece of cherry pie!

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  39. Hello Kitty, your teapot is wonderful and especially so since it was hand painted by your son! Oh, I am praying that his surgery is successful and he can say goodbye to chronic pain once and for all. Living with pain takes a courageous soul and I wish him the very best. Your teapot is just perfect with your pretty teacup and kitchen lady and the pie looks delicious. I am humming the tune, 'Billy Boy' - 'Will you bake a cherry pie, Billy boy, Billy boy'....My Mother always sang that song. Thank you for your dear comments, Kitty. You are a sweet friend. Hugs xo Karen

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  40. What a beautiful teapot! I love that your son took note of what would make you happy and put so much of himself into his gift to you. I am praying for Mike that the doctor's hands will be skillful and that the outcome will leave him pain-free.

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  41. Kitty, your son is so talented! Just like his beautiful mom. Your pie looks scrumptious.

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  42. Hi Kitty,
    Your Pie is just perfect for this month! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday, I will be pinning this. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  43. Kitty, Your tea kettle your son painted is adorable~ a perfect companion to your ME mug and lady chef ornament! I'm so sorry to hear about your son's chronic pain. Thoughts and prayers that he finds some relief ♥

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  44. Your son did a great job!! I love MacKenzie Childs too. Very expensive. What a great thought he had. I bet it is more precious to you than if it had come from MacCHilds. I will pray for Mike this morning. It is horrible to live with pain.

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  45. Adding Mike to my prayers. Love the tea pot he did a wonderful job, and that is surely a labor of love. Funny, I never did like cherry pie, every other kind, but I do love fresh cherries I could eat them all day long!

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  46. oh goodness, i am salivating at this point. love the pie, and the dishes...teapot...decor, the list is endless!!!!

    warm thoughts and best wishes for Mike!!!!

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  47. What a wonderful son Mike clearly is. I pray that his pain is alleviated and life without pain becomes the normality for him. . Oh and the cherry pie recipe sounds delicious.

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  48. I found it, Kitty! How wonderful. Your son Mike did a great job, and I can wholeheartedly see why it would bring you joy to look at it!
    Rita

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  49. the handle busted off because of the heat. all the water evaporated so its kind of cracked, too. https://www.amazon.com/Vremi-Whistling-Tea-Kettle-Stovetop/dp/B01I1SFN5E

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