Peach Custard Pie


Continuing with my all peach revue this week, a few nights ago I made a peach custard pie. Now most people think of peach pie as something hot and bubbly and syrupy, not cold, sweet, and custardy. I haven’t seen fruit custard pies very often outside of southern Illinois, but they are very popular in my family, and I believe have ties to German fruit tarts with custard. At any rate, this is the easiest fruit custard pie recipe you’ll ever meet.

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We’re (peach) jammin’

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And I hope you like peach jammin’ too. It’s peach season here, and over the weekend we visited a local farm to buy a half bushel of Redhaven peaches. We’ve been eating a lot of them with vanilla ice cream for dessert, but I managed so spare a few to make a beautiful batch of peach jam!

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Turquoise Mountain at the Sackler Gallery


From time to time NGA will offer “field trips” to other federal museums to give employees an opportunity to support fellow institutions and see what peers are doing. This most recent trip was across the Mall to the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art. As with many collecting institutions, photography is limited, but I was able to get a few photos of Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

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All in a Day Strawberry Jam

As a child, summer was by far my favorite time of year. Summer vacation, lightening bugs, swimming, fireworks…the list goes on. As an adult, I feel much the same. Then as well as now, my all time favorite thing about summer: THE FOOD. BBQ and corn-on-the-cob, ice cream and burgers from the grill. And of course, the best being all the fresh fruit  you can eat. Strawberries, blackberries, watermelon, and peaches, to name a few.


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