Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What's In A Name?

The name of my blog might seem a little random, but there's a story behind it that deserves telling.

I grew up hating my name. Having a name with a unique spelling is no fun when you're a kid. All of my friends had key chains, license plates, and mugs with their names printed on them. I was never able to find anything personalized. The names went straight from Catherine to Cathy. My aunt ordered a specially made rubber stamp for me one year when I was six or so. I was so excited to finally have something with my name on it! I still have books from my childhood; my name is stamped on the inside cover of each one about a hundred times.

I'm still forever having to spell my name for people. If only I had a dollar for every time I stated my name is Cathey with an E. And then there are people who don't believe me. I never understood why people respond with "really?" when I tell them the spelling. Why would I joke? Then they usually tell me that it must be short for Catherine. If it were, why would I choose a strangely spelled shortened version? I've even had someone ask me if I'm sure about the spelling. I've had the name for 25 years now - I ought to know how to spell it by now.

I'm also annoyed by computers that tell me my name is incorrect. Even now, it's suggesting Cathe, Cathy, Cathee, Cathay, and Cather. But it's ok now - I've added it to the dictionary. No more mean red squiggly underlining.

But I've finally grown to love my name due to who I'm named after. The name Cathey was actually a surname in my family.


My great-grandfather, Royal Cathey, took in and cared for 
the majority of his family when the Great Depression hit.

My great-uncle, Royal Cathey Jr. (Bubba), was in the Navy during WWII. in 1945, a boat he was on capsized. Eleven men lost their lives, but Bubba, who couldn't swim, held on to a piece of wood until someone rescued him. Bubba was, and still is, the smartest man I've ever known. He was also so sweet and caring towards everyone.

This is from the newspaper article describing the accident. 
Bubba is on the far left.

My grandmother Margaret Cathey was always known by everyone as Cathey. She was a talented, hard-working, and extremely loving single mother to 5 daughters. She suffered through so much in life, but I don't remember ever hearing her complain.

This is my favorite picture of my Grandma


She was so stylish for all of her life


Gorgeous, isn't she?


These are the people whose name I share. I think a little bit of suffering through misspellings and a lack of personalized items is worth the privilege of  bearing the name of Cathey. I never got to meet my great-grandfather. Bubba died 14 years ago and my Grandma passed away in 2004. I miss them both so much, but due to my name, I always have a part of them with me. And I love that.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter

Yesterday was a wonderful Easter! It was a fun day of egg hunting, eating, games, and fellowship with both my family and church family. Thankfully the 90% chance of rain during the hours of the church picnic didn't happen so we could all have fun outside on the beautiful, albeit humid, day.

Hunting for eggs at church


Killing time while the adults hid the eggs


The sack race, aka a great way to get horrible grass stains


We even found a rabbit hole with five tiny newborn bunnies. 
They're hard to see, but they're there! And what a cute Easter surprise for all the kids to see!


The mini pies all turned out well. I ended up making pecan, apple, and strawberry "cheesecakes."


Why yes, there are only 11 pecan pies in that picture. Taste tests are essential! (Strangely enough, an apple disappeared shortly after this picture was taken...I refuse to take the blame!)
I ended up skipping the lattice crust and making a crumb topping. It was late in the day and the thought of 12 tiny lattices made me cringe. The crumb topping tasted great, but they didn't look much like apple pies.


The little cheesecakes are actually from a no-bake cream cheese pie recipe my Grandma started making years ago. When made as one regular pie, it is a super easy, quick, and yummy recipe! The mini pies crusts take longer to prepare, but they're cute for an event like a potluck.

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie
This is what my Grandma always called it; I always refer to it by her name, even sans cherries!
Makes one 8" or 9" pie

  • 8-oz package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 envelope of Dream Whip (Plus milk and vanilla extract required to prepare Dream Whip)
  • Graham Cracker Crust  (recipe below)
  • Canned cherry pie filling, or topping of your choice (sweeted strawberries, blueberries, etc)
1. Prepare Dream Whip according to package directions.

Dream Whip is found in the baking aisle. I wandered the grocery store for awhile before finding it, so hopefully you'll have better luck than me. It's actually pretty tasty by itself. I may or may not have licked a beater to find out. (I totally did.)

2. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together until creamy.
Make sure your cream cheese is really soft. It may blend with the sugar if it's still a little firm, but you'll have a hard time on the next step...

3. Gently fold the prepared Dream Whip into the cream cheese mixture.
It's easiest if you start with about a third of the dream whip. Once you get that folded in, the rest of the Dream Whip will fold in even more easily.

Messy spatula = happy boy


4. Pour it into your cooled crust and you're done!

If you wanted to go with the mini pie route, you can either spoon some filling into each crust or pipe it in. I prefer piping because I think it's easier and cleaner. A zipper bag with the corner cut off works just as well as a pastry bag! Don't worry too much about how pretty they look. That's what the topping is for!

This was the first time I've ever served this with anything other that cherry pie filling. I opted for slightly sweetened sliced strawberries and it was delicious! You can serve it plain or with your favorite cheesecake topping.
Now for the crust...

Graham Cracker Crust
Makes one 8" or 9" crust
Double the recipe if you're making mini pies

  • One package of graham crackers (Not the whole box, just one of the little envelope/sleeve things)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
1. Place graham crackers and sugar in a food processor and process until crushed.
You can crush and mix everything by hand if you don't have a food processor

2. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly.

3. Press into an 8 or 9 inch pie pan and bake in a 375ยบ oven for about 7 minutes. Let cool before filling.

If you want to make mini pies, spray 2 muffin pans with nonstick spray. I placed a heaping tablespoon into each cup and pressed it into shape using the little wooden tart shaper in the picture. 

I think it's meant for mini-muffin pans, but it worked pretty well. 

Bake these for 4-5 minutes. They might puff up while they're baking, but they'll go back down when they cool. Or if you're impatient like me, you can press them down with the tart shaper. Let them cool completely before removing them from the pan. If you try to remove them when they're the least bit warm, they'll bend and break on you. No fun.

Ready for filling!

 Wow, long post. Apparently I need to work on editing myself!
Have a great Monday!




Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Welcome to Cathey with an E!

I'm finally doing it!

After months of following other blogs and longing to start my own, I'm actually being brave. And that's big for me... I'm pretty much a wuss about most things. And painfully shy. This could be harder than I thought!
But I am bound and determined to stick with it! Thanks in part to fate.

I created this blog this morning, but wavered in my decision. Later in the day while running errands, I ran into the wonderful Ty of words & wardrobes, who is, if possible, even more beautiful and stylish in real life! A random meeting with one of my favorite bloggers on the day I half-heartedly decided to try my hand at blogging - coincidence? I think not! I mentioned wanting to start my own blog and she completely encouraged it. Talking to her was just the push I needed, so here I am!

Any advice, words of encouragement, or consturctive criticism will be greatly appreciated! And bear with me while I get the hang of this!
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