Airmail from Atlanta

OK, Y’all. I’m not even kidding. A half hour ago I opened a box Melissa overnighted to me filled with home-made goodies. I’m not talking chocolate chip cookies here (but I do like those). I’m talking – are you ready for this? – Russian Tea Cakes, Seasoned Parmesan Cheese Sticks (FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!), and this thing she called an “Apple Crostata.” (Different than that apple tart on her last blog. Did it come from one of your recipes or is she outsmarting us again??) Y’all, as I live and breathe, I have never had a more pleasant taste in my mouth – delicate, crusty, buttery, apple-y – than that darn thing. I stuck it the the oven per her instructions for 15 minutes to reheat it and it came out looking like a French chef’s masterpiece. I took it downstairs to the staff (she sent it to work so it wouldn’t sit all day on the front porch at home) and my LPM sisters and I lost our minds, it was so good. It honestly melted in our mouths with flavors so delicate you had to stand up to eat it. I could taste the slightest hint of orange in it. Don’t know what that was. Orange I guess. (Laughing at my own self.) The Apple Crostata doesn’t throw a party in your mouth like a kickin’ salsa. It offered more of an afternoon tea with Princess Diana, God rest her soul. This is a dessert for the unhurried. For those with a discerning pallet. And mine discerned all right. Mine discerned, “DANG, CHILD! THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I’VE EVER PUT IN MY MOUTH!”

(I just grabbed the dictionary to see if I spelled the right “pallet” that meant taste buds instead of a thing you take to mother’s day out for your three year old. I didn’t spell the right one but I can’t find the right spelling to save my life. I found a word “pallette” but it means an armpit plate from a suit of armor. I sure am glad I didn’t use that word because this post has nothing to do with armpits but it does have to do with plates and with food so good you could work up a sweat. I guess, then, you could use a discerning pallette to keep it covered. Hey, did you know that Paraclete is in the Webster’s Dictionary? I just found it. WOW! Way to Go, Merriam!)

OK. That’s all I wrote to say. I don’t have time for blogging today. But sometimes matters of highest urgency arise and you just have to stop and post.

I hope if any of you Siestas are having a crumby day, it’s coming from a home made Apple Crostata. I’ve gotta go wash my hands now. They’re sticking to the keys. Apple. With a hint of orange.

PS. I’m going to wait just a tad longer to have Melissa deprogrammed from the cooking cult. She’s still studying Scripture between oven buzzers best I can tell.


200 Responses to “Airmail from Atlanta”

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  1. 101
    Becky says:

    I so enjoy reading this blog! Such fun stuff! Thanks for not having time to post your comments!! πŸ™‚

  2. 102
    Joni says:

    I just had to “google” that recipe, it sounded so good. To save Melissa from having to type it out, you can find the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for the Apple Crostata for a limited time here:,1977,FOOD_9936_21686,00.html

    Or go to and type in Apple Crostata. But it’s only available for a limited time.

    (I hope this was okay to post.)

  3. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Oh Beth,
    You DO make me laugh.
    Thank you!

  4. 104
    Anonymous says:

    MMmmmmm….. sounds wonderful!
    By the way it’s palate.
    Enjoy all of the yummy treats!

  5. 105
    Melana says:

    “Palate”. It’s spelled “palate”, Beth.

    And thanks for sharing this with us, only not quite sharing in really…I mean, did she send enough to share over here in Wyoming? If not…well that’s just teasing us huh!

    You probably deserve it more than anyone anyway!!


  6. 106
    Vicki says:

    I think “pallet” is a pretty good choice. You’ll need something to take a nap on after scarfing down all those goodies.

    Your blog entries are such a hoot!

    And aren’t daughters fun!

    …from a Siesta in Spring Branch, TX (near New Braunfels)

  7. 107
    Anonymous says:

    What a sweet surprise.I do declare we will be good freinds if we ever meet.Thanks for a great ending of an outstanding day.
    I just got the cook book by Jan Karon’s , of the Mitford book’s . Do you have one.Will does you daughters have one that is.Have a great weeknd God bless love sister in Christ Victoria ps I would love the recipes, i will make the apple one but I want eat it because I don’t like cooked apples or peaches but love blackberry cherries & blueberries anything. love you all Victoria from NC

  8. 108
    Kristib says:

    Thanks for the mouth watering post!
    Although, I don’t think it would be weight watcher friendly. I wonder how many points it is? But hey, so what if you can’t eat the rest of the week, sounds like it would be worth it!

    But I would like to know how do ya’ll stay so trim?

    By the way, I love it when you give us your stream of conscienceness writings. You are too funny!

    Much love!
    Kristi B.

    Love it when you

  9. 109
    Anonymous says:

    Hey this Atlanta area siesta is ready to meet in Melissa’s kitchen for some classes and good old fun.
    Starbucks would be great too.
    i’m sure my daughter, and fellow siesta would come too!
    hungry Bonnie

  10. 110
    Tina Vega says:

    I am no cook by nature yet find myself oddly inspired (perhaps divinely inspired) by Melissa’s talent. I’ve even been cooking this week.

    With an oven even.

  11. 111
    Tammy says:

    oh this sounds so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing with us siestas. Does she do special deliveraly? I could enjoy tea with those goodies.

    blessings to yall for brightening our days

  12. 112
    Cindy-Still His Girl says:

    Maybe not quite the same, but tonight… after four long years, I FINALLY found my Skinny Cow peanut butter ice cream sandwiches. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I actually jumped up and down in the aisle and clapped my hands. πŸ™‚

  13. 113
    kelly gibson says:

    “orange i guess”.

    that made me snort with laughter.

  14. 114
    connorcolesmom says:

    Why do I always read these YUMMY posts at night right before bed- now I am starving and craving that applely goodness!!!
    Melissa is cracking me up with this cooking stuff – so domestic – hehe
    God bless

  15. 115
    Jeanine says:

    Good grief, you made me hungry! Those things sound amazing…you really need to share that recipe!

  16. 116
    Big Mama says:

    First, can I get on Melissa’s mailing list?

    Secondly, doesn’t it say something in Proverbs 31 about “and her children will rise up and send her delicious baked goods”?

  17. 117
    Bev Brandon says:

    ROTFL over your search for the correct palate, the upper surface thingy of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities NOT the armpit plate. You have just made my night…I am laughing so hard at your rocking rhetoric. You are absolutely hysterical. Just choked on my peppermint—no culinary comparison to Italian crostata tarts and Russian tea cakes! What a girl!

  18. 118
    Anonymous says:

    Ok you Siestas! That description is better than any I have ever heard on the Food Network!! Cannot wait for the recipe.

  19. 119
    Kristen Schiffman says:

    I wanted to submit a prayer request to your site but the prayer page wouldn’t load for me. So, I am trying it here hoping others will pray.

    My 13 year old sister Katelyn, normally a very happy-go-lucky-teen, is having a very difficult time right now. She is battling deep depression – that came out of nowhere. Recently she was crying to my Mom asking why she felt so “hollow” inside. We are beginning to fear if this gets any worse she may begin to contemplate suicide.

    She loves Jesus desperately. And studies His Word on her own. She is truly reaching out to Him asking for help. Please join her cry and my own on her behalf.

    We are praying my parents will take the right course of action in finding her the counselor she needs. The waiting lists to see a Christian Counselor where we live are sadly VERY LONG and finding one has been a struggle.

    We are also praying that this depression would lift just as suddenly as it came.
    Thank you.

  20. 120
    Emmab says:

    Hmmm, interesting.
    When looking up restaurants which serve sorbet to clear one’s pallet during a meal, it was spelled pallet.
    Otherwise it was spelled palate.
    Sorry, the former spelling bee particpant in me, got the better of me.

  21. 121
    StaciSpeaks says:

    Oh, my stars….I just about fell out of my chair laughing….I sincerely wish someone in a cooking cult would grace me with packages of such delectable edibles!! You are a true wordsmith…the flavors and textures literally came alive!! For a moment there, I thought my fingers were sticky, too!!!

    Thank you so much for an enjoyable few hours…I love your blog so very much and I have been so caught up with the busy-ness of life (4 kids; homeschooling; working three different jobs from home; etc, etc. yada yada) that I hadn’t logged in since early March. I specifically set aside time tonight for myself, however….and haven’t had a more enjoyable quiet (if laughing out loud can be considered quiet!) time in months. I’m always so very blessed by your down-to-earth — yet so convicting and thought-provoking — teaching. Your lessons are about things that are so relevant in my life. God truly speaks to me through your words. Thank you so much for that. “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” I think Dolly Parton said that (or something like it) in Steel Magnolias….and that is so true when I’m working on one of your studies or listening to one of your messages. You get to the heart of it and yet, keep it real and relatable. God’s gifts and vessels never fail to leave me in awe. So, you go, girlfriend….and I have to say, I love me some Skinny Cows, too. :O) Blessings always to you and your family…..

  22. 122
    Maria Cristina says:

    ooooooooooooh, what a TREAT !!! Melissa, hats off to you….what a gem of a recipe you found. “Crostata di Mele” (“apple crostata”) has been a staple of italian “rustic” cuisine for generations. I have very fond memories of walking with my grandma to the common oven of her mountain village to bake her batch of crostate for Easter Sunday or any other “special occasions” (only the very rich could afford having an oven at home – most families just had a cast iron stove)… I distinctly recall the gathering of old ladies, sitting around that public oven, waiting for their turn to bake their goodies, softly chitchatting in their tight, inscrutable dialect.

    Well done Melissa! I’m sure your Ma is still lickin’ her fingers! πŸ™‚

    maria cristina

  23. 123
    Becky says:

    Sound like new summer recipes and that you and the staff were truly blessed.

    Attalla, AL

  24. 124
    Kathleen in TX says:

    My mouth was watering just hearing about it!! I’d ask for the recipe but I’m afraid Melissa’s gone past my abilities…I sure wish I was on staff at LPM today!! You are too funny Beth!

  25. 125
    Kerin says:

    I agree with ocean mommy – melissa needs to meet up with the Atlanta area Siestas and share her good cooking!!!

  26. 126
    kat says:

    Mmmmm…we definitely want recipes. And what a precious gift from Melissa…makes a momma proud.
    Thanks once again for making me laugh out loud!!

    P.S. Ocean Mommy…Atlanta area siestas sounds like a plan to me!

  27. 127
    Susan says:

    Ok….I think it is unanimous – all of us are in desperate need of those recipes! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the laughter and the smiles!

  28. 128
    kathy says:

    OH how decadent!!! My “palate” is is just waiting to be treated.

    Alas, I do not cook!!! At all! Send some my way Melissa. Just a small size…there’s just one of me.

    I don’t remember the last time I had homemade anything…

    Have a great weekend!

  29. 129
    Lynn says:

    This made my day!

    Melissa – recipe PLEASE!!!!

    Love to the whole Moore and LPM clan! love,
    Sister Lynn

  30. 130
    Kim says:

    AMANDA…..I need your help! How far ahead can you make the sopapilla cheesecake? I’m wondering if the crescent rolls get too soggy if you make it too far in advance. Can’t wait to try it!

    You should add a tag to the name of the blog “The LPM Blog and Baking with the Moore Girls”. Thank you!!

  31. 131
    bahead says:

    Oh, my, how mouthwateringly(is that a word)good sounding. For someone who does very little cooking I am obsessed with cooking!! I avidly watch the Food Network and then I am totally blessed to read the blogs about Melissa’s goodies. I will probably never make any of these things but I soooo love to read about them and I can definitely taste them in my watering mouth. Ya’ll are totally hilarious!!!!

  32. 132
    Speaking Thru Me Ministries says:

    I just got back from Crotia – sounds like something they would eat there!!!! I loved that country… so clean and wonderful!!!

    love and see you soon – Leigh

  33. 133
    Anonymous says:

    Yeah, Beth… You’re too much fun. I’m so grateful for you allowing us all into your lives. I’m a little lonely up here in northern NY, but with your family, you really make me feel like a friend:) Can’t wait ’til heaven to meet you all in person.

  34. 134
    Sandi C says:

    Ok Sister- you had me rolling in the floor (and also wishing God had blessed me with a daughter that would some day overnight me something yummy instead of boys that will probly send dirty laundry) hehe. I now have the desire to find a yummy dessert- that won’t help the diet much but oh well. Thanks for making my morning start with a giggle.

    smooches and blessings
    Sandi in Texas

  35. 135
    valerie says:

    You are too funny!
    What a sweet and thoughtful daughter and what a pleasant surprise. Your delight for the day, huh?
    Melissa…if you’re reading this –
    and ever feel the need to find someone else to share your wonderful desserts with…I’ll gladly accept! πŸ˜‰ I’ll send you my address!
    “You have not because you ask not.” “Ask and ye shall receive.” right? πŸ™‚
    Hope y’all have a wonderful, blessed weekend.

  36. 136
    Andreea says:

    Oh yummy! I think Melissa should start a business and teach us how to make all these ummy things? Or she could get her own show on the food network.

    I am SO hungry now. LOL

  37. 137
    Lisa says:

    Miss Beth, I just had to savor (no pun intended — okay, maybe it was a little) your post last night. I am no kind of baker whatsoever, and when my kids praise the virtues of my chocolate chip cookies, I feel more than a little guilty that they’re from a package.

    Surely this gift of your daughter’s can somehow be incorporated in the ministry??? Please tell us the deprogramming isn’t going to stop anytime soon. I haven’t copied any of the recipes she’s posted yet!!!

    Much love to you from Western PA!

  38. 138
    Sun says:

    This post made me giggle! I bet those treats were divine! Sunshine

  39. 139
    Anonymous says:

    this is an encouraging site i found!

    love you sisters!

  40. 140
    Grammy and Olivia says:

    What a sweet daughter! Waiting for the recipely

  41. 141
    Anonymous says:

    What fun and yummy to. I think that is the best care package I have ever heard of.

    Holly I think your idea is wonderful. Would you include all of the recipes we have sent in?

    Have a wonderful day.
    Kim B. in AZ

    P,S. I made the apple tart thingy and it was a hit. My kid’s thought that it would be good served with ice cream.

  42. 142
    Rebecca says:

    O man! Sounds amazing! What a good daughter you have! you moore girls are too funny!

  43. 143
    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~

    Greetings from the Coast of California. My husband just made me an espresso and a bowl of fresh blueberries. I would much rather have the apple crostada to complete my breakfast. πŸ™‚

    We are on our way to the morning farmers market ( I looking for bread and apple crostada there) and walking on the beach.
    Have a blessed weekend Moore/Jones/Fitzpatricks/LPM and Siestas!!!!!
    With “Heaven Bound” blessings,
    Kim Safina
    PS could you pray for our family this next week. Dave,Kim,David,Michael Safina

  44. 144
    lbredhead says:

    Ok I want to know if I can give her a fed ex number will she send some to Austin? What a blessing God has given her to cook and minister… One stop shop. Wow I bet she could start her own little business and have people waiting in line. Feed the heart and the stomach all at the same time. I wish I had some apple with a hint of orange right about now treat. I can taste it just thinking about it.

    love you Miss Beth!!

  45. 145
    Elaine says:

    My sister is like Melissa…speaks a whole ‘nother language!

  46. 146
    Lopsided Halo says:

    Momma Beth…based on that description I would drive clear to Atlanta from KY for a bake sale with Apple Crostatas made by Melissa!!! If I gave her my address would she send me some air mail???!!!!!

  47. 147
    Anonymous says:

    What’s the proper way to wrap good food like that for mailing?

  48. 148
    Hartman Family says:

    Smiling…I’ve made the Apple Crosata before…it truly is the best thing that ever happened to apples (and one’s mouth)…and it’s even better with ice cream if you can believe it (although I hope she didn’t airmail that!). πŸ™‚

  49. 149
    Moops says:

    This is the FUNNEST (is that a word?) blog ever!! OK Melissa, you’re on! We NEED the recipe.

  50. 150
    Jodi says:

    oh – you have all of our mouths watering with that one…yummo & enjoy!

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