This past Monday, Lar and I were privileged to meet one of my blogging friends in person! Anne (MerhlingMuse) and her husband, John, stopped by on their way home from a wedding in Denver.
Anne and I had been plotting and planning for a bit to make this day happen. The minute they rolled up in their vehicle it felt like family had come to visit. The time we had together sped by all to quickly.
The couple hours we had was really not enough time to get all the answers to questions we wanted to ask. We learned about each others’ families, churches, hobbies and pretty much every thing in between. We also found out that the Smokies would be a great place to visit.
Lar and I shared some photos of a train that we had taken on our weekend trip to Lincoln, NE to see our son and his family.
We had found out in advance that John was a train buff and just could not resist taking some photos to share.
We took a brief tour outdoors and Anne was able to take photos of the girls and their chicken coop. The girls cooperated by letting me pick one up for a quick photo of them being held.
Questions were asked about where the water had been during the recent flooding and what we grew for crops. There was lots of talking and laughing before we even made it into the house for a bit of lunch.
I had made a Cheesecake Pie to share for coffee time. Only we had peach ice tea instead of coffee to go with the pie. I am going to share the recipe as I promised Anne I would make sure she got it.
This is a great pie to make as you can use different kinds of fruit for the topping. You can use canned pie filling or use fresh fruit sweetened with sugar.
Easy Cheesecake Pie
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers, about 24 squares
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
Press into pie plate and refrigerate till it is set.
(I have been known to skip the refrigerating step if I am pressed for time.)
8 ounce cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1 cup sour cream
8 ounce tub Cool Whip
Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla till smooth.
Add sour cream and cool whip.
Put on top of graham cracker crust.
1 can pie filling
Can spread over pie or put dollop on each piece
Sweetened fresh fruit
Refrigerate for a bit before serving and enjoy!
Note: I have never made this pie with real whipped cream instead of cool whip.
If you try it let me know how it works out!
It was so much fun to talk over lunch. Stories were shared. (see Anne’s link above as she tells them really well!) So much laughter as we discovered we shared a very similar sense of humor. I loved Anne’s story of the family saying, “The chicken is used to it.” I will also let her tell that story as it is hers to share. Needless to say it made me laugh while also learning a good lesson!
It didn’t take long….at least it did not seem long …and it was time they went back to their travels. I am so grateful to hear they made it home safely. I am also so grateful that God put this couple in our lives. I think my husband said it best as we waved good-bye. “That was a great visit….it felt like family.” He was so very right.
A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
No friendship is an accident.
— O. Henry,
The Heart of the West