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Shout-Out Sunday: Pie, Pasta, Art & a “Surprise” Recipe

It has been awhile since I’ve done a Shout-Out Sunday post even though they happen to be one of my favorite type of posts to write. Hopefully, this one will encourage me to not only make the recipes I drool over, but to document them (take a photo, Nancy…take a photo) so I can share my successes here, at feasting with friends. If all goes as planned, Shout-Out Sunday will be a bi-weekly series.

banana cream pieThe first recipe I’m sharing is from Sarah’s Kitchen. Sarah brought a delicious looking Banana Cream Pie to Fiesta Friday. I knew immediately that I would have to make it for Glenn. Glenn loves all pie…but he goes bananas for banana cream pie. Though my pie doesn’t quite reach the “masterpiece” looks of Sarah’s… it sure tasted good!

Sarah’s recipe is supplied to her readers in metric measurements. Below you’ll find my US conversions that not only yielded a delicious pie, but a perfectly set one as well. Note: I chose to place my bananas under the filling since I was making it the day before I would be serving the pie (less browning of the bananas would occur this way).

  • 3 or 4 bananas
  • 1 roll of flaky pastry
  • 1 cup heavy cream (> 40% fat)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 eggs (2 whole eggs + 3 egg yolks)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup flour

In addition, the baking temperature I used for the crust was 425°F. For the complete instructions, click on over to Sarah’s post. Thanks to Sarah for supplying a delicious and man-pleasing recipe. ❤

banana cream pie

baked pasta /spinach & mushroomsThis past week I also made a delicious, baked pasta courtesy of Sonal from Simply Vegetarian 777. I’ve made many of Sonal’s recipes in the past, and have never been disappointed! Not only do her recipes taste fantastic, they have yielded me nothing but success. The recipe that “spoke” to me this time was her Baked Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach. Sonal’s dish utilizes whole wheat flour and milk powder (as opposed to white flour and heavy cream) to make a lightened up version of white sauce. It was fabulous and a bit healthier too. So delicious! (Note: I used a Pepper Jack cheese in place of the Gouda that Sonal used.) Thank you Sonal, for continuing to inspire me to welcome healthier options to serve my friends and family. ❤

baked pasta /spinach & mushroomsI also have a non-food shout out to extend to a fellow blogger, Michelle @ Crafty Morning. Recently, I had the pleasure of babysitting two beautiful, young girls (great-nieces) for a day. Being my “children” are both in the mid-20 range of age, I was somewhat out of practice of entertaining young children for a full day. Don’t get me wrong, I was the “craft queen” back in the day…I not only volunteered at my kid’s elementary school twice weekly, I did the PTA board thing and was a Girl Scout leader for five years. I certainly paid my dues! Regardless of my past “experience”, I took to Pinterest to find age appropriate crafts to keep the girls busy. One of my choices, were these beautiful paintings of fall trees. They were done using a dish brush, though we choose to use fingers too…ahh, so much fun for Aunt Nancy to clean those girls up! We also made homemade pizza dough. The girls had fun hand kneading the dough…so much fun in fact, my kitchen floor was covered in flour! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of our “new” indoor slip and slide! Crafty Morning is full of fabulous ideas…if you’re in need of child appropriate crafts, check out Michelle’s entire site. ❤

kids fall artAnd last…I offer a recipe to de-skunk a dog. Yes…George was skunked! On Halloween morning no less. And to top off the “worst case scenario”, George made it into the house (quickly, I should add) before my nostrils were alerted that something was “off”. Bathing a dog at 7 am was not really on my list of things I wanted to do that day… but, I had no choice. Thanks go out to our dog groomer, Maureen of Top Dog Mobile Grooming, for providing me with a cure all recipe, (and returning my call at 7 am)!  If you click on over to Maureen’s website, you’ll even see a picture (bottom right of each page) of Ozzie, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died in September.. seeing his picture there brings tears to my eyes still…and a smile. If you have a keen eye you’ll also spot Gracie on Maureen’s “About Us” page. ❤


How to De-skunk a Dog

  • Servings: a full body scrubbing
  • Difficulty: stinky but easy
  • Print

Step 1: Keep your stinky friend outside

While you prepare the de-skunking solution, keep your dog outside after he’s sprayed so he doesn’t carry the smell into your house. Check his eyes; if they’re irritated or red, immediately flush them with cool water.

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

Mix together:

  • 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at your local pharmacy)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap

Wearing rubber gloves, wash your dog with this solution immediately after he’s been sprayed. DO NOT get the solution in the dog’s eyes. (If you don’t have peroxide, baking soda, and liquid soap on hand, use vinegar diluted with water.)

Caution: Do NOT save this mixture or make it ahead of time, as the mixture could explode if left in a bottle.

Step 3: Clean and rinse

Rub the mixture through his fur, but don’t leave it on him too long (peroxide can bleach his fur). Rinse him thoroughly.

Step 4: Shampoo

Next, wash your dog with pet shampoo and rinse thoroughly. By now, he should be de-skunked and smelling sweet. Thoroughly towel-dry your dog, and be sure to place him in a warm room for the next couple of hours so that he doesn’t get chilled. He should also have a large dry towel on which to lie down. If you dog has long fur, you may need to use a hair dryer to dry his fur.

Owner cleanup

If your dog rubbed some of the stink onto you, you can rid your clothes of the smell by using regular laundry detergent mixed with a half-cup of baking soda.

A Final Note

If your dog gets wet (due to rain) in the day(s) after a de-skunking, a mild odor may return. Simply use a little bit of white, distilled vinegar rubbed on the offending areas (via a washcloth) to help to neutralize the odor.

That’s it for this addition of Shout-Out Sunday…look for my next post in the series in two weeks.


  1. Banana cream pie has always been one of my favorites…it not too sweet, so silky and creamy. Perfect! Oh, don’t you just love when unexpected things show up on your schedule like deskunking a dog! 😉 Today I had to wash a car seat and a stroller, and a snow suit when our baby spit up his breakfast. Doesn’t seem to be sick though so counting our lucky stars! I hadn’t planned on it…but all things were needing a wash so I don’t feel too bad! Your crafts looks wonderful and I can imagine that you were the perfect Girl scout leader! 🙂

    • Thank you, Laila. The pie was a hit at our home. Especially with the dab of chantilly cream on top. 😛
      Ahh..poor little guy losing his breakfast! The “good” part of days like we’ve had recently is feeling the sense of true accomplishment at the end of the day!

  2. Glad to see you’re restarted this series, Nancy. It’s such a great idea! I guess that I should have expected that, since you didn’t mention Michigan, you’d highlight my all-time favorite pie when I was a boy: banana cream. It’s been ages since I had a piece and even longer since I made one. I think it’s time I did something about that. Good tip, too, about de-skunking a dog. Max had a run-in with one last Summer. A friend suggested Skunk Off. I’ve got some now but will keep this post in mind. You can never have too much of a good thing. Anything to remove skunk is a good thing. 🙂

    • Thanks, John! For some reason, I just kept forgetting to document (take photos of) the recipes I tried which meant the series was held up. I seem to have my camera mojo back now though. 🙂
      I hadn’t had to deal with a skunked dog in years, thank goodness. This recipe really did the trick versus the old tomato juice or vinegar and water methods I had tried. It was added bonus that I had the ingredients on hand too.

  3. LOL – I just had to laugh looking at poor George! We had 3 dogs get “skunked”; one a Schnauzer when we lived on a golf course and the other two a lab/husky mix and yellow lab out in the country. This is a new treatment for me – we used tomato juice, kit from the vet and I am not sure what else. Takes a long time to get rid of that smell 🙂 The recipes look good too!

    • Isn’t George a sad sight, Lol? Years ago we had a Lab/Beagle mix that we used tomato juice to de-skunk. Unfortunately, all of his beautiful white markings were a horrible shade of pink for weeks after! I can vouch for the method I shared here…it really does work!

  4. lol it sounds like you have had a real action packed time! I think shout out is a great expression far nicer than review which is what I have said in the past so I might have to use your expression if you don’t mind 🙂 love the artwork by the way x

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