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Monday, 10 June 2013


In 1989, Mom wrote:  “It did rain Sunday June 11th but it’s very dry as we seem to be missed all the time.  Hoping for one good rain.

Whereas, here on the coast, we congratulate ourselves on every dry day.  .  .

and, luckily, we have been blessed with great weather for the last few days,

which is great because we’ve been enjoying company --

Sergei, Daniela, and amazing little Andrew. . .

zooming around at 11 months now -- he started walking at 8 months!

Bryan went sightseeing on Saturday with Serge, Daniela, and Andrew.  They visited Stanley Park and the suspension bridge at Capilano which terrified Daniela.

Meanwhile, I made an appetizer to take to Nestor’s.  It was olives and cheese rolled up in pie pastry and baked until golden.

Nestor made a big BBQ dinner for all of us.

my nephew Steven

Anastasia complimented me on the pastry in the appetizers. It was Mom’s recipe.


Mary Stadnyk’s PIE CRUST 
        (this will make one double crust pie)

Put a tablespoon of vinegar into a measuring cup.  Then add just enough cold water to make it ¼ cup of liquid.

1 ¼ cups flour
½ cup lard

·        Rub the lard into the flour with your fingers until all the flour is taken up.

·      Using a fork, lightly mix in the water and vinegar.

·        Divide the dough into 2 portions.  (Take a larger portion for the bottom crust.) R

·        Roll out thinly.  

·        Check to see that the crust will be big enough to go up the sides of the pan.

·        Slide a spatula under the crust to loosen it.

Fold the crust in 4 before placing it in the pie plate. 

Mom’s pie!

P.S.  Daniela says that Andrew’s new wooden dog has been named after Vesper!