Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Funerals - Unpleasant but Inevitable

I've attended more funerals than usual this past year, and I'm constantly amazed by the differences in how people deal with them. I've been surprised by people's reactions more than once, but there is something that remains constant: Faith in Jesus as our Savior brings hope. Without this faith, the loss can be overwhelming.

Most of the people who attend funerals would rather be somewhere else, but they know that their emotional support for the survivors is important. Plus it provides an opportunity for closure and a sense of community among people who cared about the deceased. It gives them a chance to share stories and remember the good times with the person who will be missed.

Be aware and respectful of the general mood of the funeral. If the death was sudden and tragic, you'll probably encounter a more somber atmosphere. However, if the deceased lived a long, joy-filled life, the mood will probably be more celebratory.

As an etiquette writer, I'm often asked about how to act before, during, and after funerals, so I have come up with some articles that offer tips for most situations.

Here are some things to read before you attend your next funeral:

If you have a question, please feel free to ask. You're probably not the only person who wants to know, so I might even write an article around it.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Decadent Delight

I asked my husband if he would like for me to make a lemon meringue pie tonight or wait until the weekend. He said, "Whatever you want to do is fine with me, but I will never turn down a lemon meringue pie." Well, I know what that means, so I went ahead and made it tonight.

Although I believe in healthy eating, I think it's okay to have a once-in-a-while treat. The pie is in the fridge now. It's taking a lot of self-restraint to wait until it's cold enough to call it a lemon icebox pie. Otherwise, it'll be a warm, gooey (but delicious) mess that you have to eat with a spoon.

Here's my recipe. I have to eat gluten-free, so you can adjust the recipe if you can have wheat.

Lemon Meringue Pie (or Lemon Icebox Pie)

  • 1 cup gluten-free graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Juice from 2 large lemons
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Spray a pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Melt the butter and stir in the graham cracker crumbs.
  4. Press the mixture into the pan over the bottom and up the sides. Sit aside.
  5. Separate the egg yolks from the whites into medium sized bowls. Set aside the whites.
  6. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the bowl with egg yolks and beat until well blended with a mixer. Add the lemon juice.
  7. Pour the mixture over the pressed graham cracker crumbs.
  8. With clean, dry beaters, beat the egg whites until they form a stiff peak. Add the sugar and cream of tartar. Beat for another 15 seconds to make the meringue.
  9. Spread the meringue over the pie filling. Tap the top with a fork to make little peaks.
  10. Put in the oven and bake until the peaks turn light brown. Remove from the oven and let the pie cool for about 15 minutes.
  11. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
It's almost time to cut the pie. Have a wonderful rest of the week!