Mmmmm, pie.

I made Mindy’s pie for dessert tonight. Rich? Sure, but as I always say, a girl’s reach should be just long enough to cut a piece of pie, or what’s a heaven for? Simple? Simplicity itself. Good? Ohhhh, yeah. She left the recipe in the comments a few days ago, but I think it deserves its own proud place out here, so:

Indiana Sugar Cream Pie

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell

Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl, mix the sugar, flour, salt, cream, and vanilla and let stand for 20 minutes. Mix again and pour into unbaked pie shell; sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired. Bake 50-60 minutes or until filling is set.

I used a store-bought — or “boughten,” as we say in Indiana — graham-cracker crust, and don’t think it hurt it a bit.

Alan took a trip out of town today, and I took a day off. Good call — the sun returned from its long vacation, delighting the rosemary plants in the dining room but mostly me, who celebrated by taking the canine out on a long walk. I found another house I’d like to buy, the renovation of which I’ve been watching for a couple of years now. And here it is, for sale by owner. There’s a new detail in place today: Copper gutters, flashing and downspouts. Copper! A homeowner who will splurge on copper for the outside did not skimp on the inside, I suspect. I picked up a flyer — 2,300 square feet, nine rooms, updated everything. Price: $159,000.

Ooooh, expensive.

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9 responses to “Mmmmm, pie.”

  1. 4dbirds said on December 1, 2004 at 9:16 pm

    Here in Northern Virginia, it can be hard to find a condo under 200K. The 1700 sq foot, 1973 split level, 4 bedroom, 1 car garage located next to my almost identical house just sold for $450.000.00. How can anyone pay that? This is a modest, middle class neighborhood. We bought for 180 seven years ago and thought we were overpaying. 159 for a house with copper gutters? That’s a bargain.

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  2. Maureen said on December 1, 2004 at 10:21 pm

    Does anyone want to pay Guess the Astronomical San Diego Home Price? We are in escrow on a 2,800 sf home, built in the 1950s, and sorta renovated.

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  3. Mindy said on December 2, 2004 at 6:38 am

    I’ll play, Maureen. A relative of mine, an architect, was visiting a friend in your neck of the woods several years ago and returned with terrifying tales about her house. It was a 1300 sf poorly constructed cracker box on an itsy-bitsy lot within spittin’ distance of the neighbors. I believe he told me she paid $350K for it. So for your house, I’m guessing, $450K?

    My cousin, bless him, has designed a nice starter home that has a decent kitchen pantry in it with a second one nearby under the staircase. It’s the Alameda, and you can see it at 1786 sf of living space, a loft, 3 bed, 2.5 bath for $108,900, lot excluded. The American dream is pretty cheap around here. Wish I had one of those pantries in my house.

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  4. Randy said on December 2, 2004 at 9:12 am

    Comparing real estate from city to city is futile. Especially given the low to moderate to batsh*t crazy price increases that have occurred nearly everywhere in the last 5 to 10 years.

    I do like it when people crow about how much more their house is worth now since the day they bought it. So? You’d like to sell it and move into a house that has inflated it’s price at an even higher rate than yours?

    The only people getting ahead I think are empty nesters looking to downsize. Mind you where I live they are being encouraged to buy condos costing more than the house in which they raised kids.


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  5. Marci said on December 2, 2004 at 9:31 am

    I left the DC Metro area *because* of the inflated real estate costs. I would be afraid to know how much my new home would go for in the part of Southern Maryland where we lived. Probably $300-400K. It’s definitely something we wouldn’t have been able to afford.

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  6. Bob said on December 2, 2004 at 9:55 am

    $159K for 2300sf of house in excellent condition in an appealing neighborhood doesn’t sound that far out of line to me, even for Fort Wayne. I’ve been startled to see the prices that average to better-than-average houses in West Central have brought lately.

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  7. Maureen said on December 2, 2004 at 9:56 am

    $1.5MM, but you can walk to the beach.

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  8. Mary said on December 2, 2004 at 12:32 pm

    It’s the “walk to the beach” factor that’s making the price more insane than most house prices around here, Maureen. Here on the funkier side of LA, 2800 sf would go for around a half mil. I can’t walk to the beach unless I like 20 mile walks, but I can walk to Chinatown.

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  9. Nance said on December 2, 2004 at 4:45 pm

    Bob, I was snarking a bit with my remark that 159K is expensive. Of course it isn’t. Of course it’s a steal, considering there’s a park at the end of the block. But you know the first rule of real estate: Location, location, location. In San Diego, 750K.

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