Key Lime Pie!

I made my very first Key Lime Pie the other day!! (recipe below) Well, I didn't actually use key limes, but anyway...

After I made that key lime pie, James liked it so much he requested it for his birthday dessert. :) James isn't super into cake, but he was excited to have pie instead.

James is a twin and yesterday for dinner we celebrated him and his twin sister at a hibachi restaurant. I brought 2 key lime pies so we would have plenty for everyone.

My sweet husband and his beautiful twin sister:

Me with my love on his birthday. :)

In addition to dinner with his family I took him out on Friday night to his favorite restaurant and to see Civil War at the movies. We had a really fun time!

I used a mixture of recipes for the pie. For the crust and whipped cream, I followed what Barefoot Contessa says to do! For the filling, I used Pioneer Woman's recipe.

Crust:

  • 10 graham crackers (per pie)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (I used a little less and liked it less tart :))
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Whipped Cream:

  •  1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the crust, preheat the oven to 350. After preheating, I put the graham crackers in my food processor and pulsed until they were finely ground. Then I mixed the melted butter and sugar with the crumbs in a big bowl and poured it all in my pie pan and pressed the crumbs in. Bake the crust for 7-8 minutes and then pull it out. Leave the oven set to 350 degrees.

For the filling, I put the lime zest, lime juice and egg yolks in my Kitchenaid mixer and mixed together on low. Then poured in the condensed milk and mixed on high for about 2 or 3 minutes. Once mixed I poured it into my pie pan and baked for 15 minutes. After that I put it in the fridge for an hour.

To make the whipped cream, I started by putting my mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for 10 minutes. Then I put the whipping cream in the mixer and beat for a few minutes until it thickened up and formed peaks. Next I added the sugar and vanilla and mixed together.

To decorate the pie, I just spooned the whipped cream on top and garnished with some lime slices. :)

 

Lately

What have I been up to recently? Well, I made a blackberry cobbler.

Edy's Vanilla Bean ice cream is fantastic.

I cleaned up the side of the fridge. It was accumulating too much stuff...

The fridge always has our meal plan for the week and my chore charts.

It rained the other day and I had left my raincoat at home so when I left work I got soaked.

I was honored when my Sister-in-Law asked me to make some cookies for a baby shower she was hosting. I had made some sugar cookies before Christmas so she asked me to make some of those and make them girly since her friend is having a baby girl.

This is what I ended up with:

I think they turned out pretty cute. :) It's a great recipe. The cookies are light and fluffy. They really taste more like shortbread or tea cakes rather than sugar cookies, which I like. I prefer a less sweet cookie and this recipe is perfect for that.

If you're interested, I used the sugar cookie recipe from the I Heart Naptime blog.

I went to Hobby Lobby recently and found this super cute apron, except the material it's made out of is awful so I didn't get it.

And I have been working on some fun labels for my homemade cleaners.

So that's it for now!

Weekend Food

I love to cook and on the weekends when we're not in a hurry in the morning, I love to make a big breakfast.

Saturday morning we had waffles, fried eggs (with cheese :)), tater tots and strawberries.

And I enjoyed some hot tea with my breakfast. We aren't coffee-drinkers, but hot tea I love!

I found my waffle recipe on Pinterest and we really enjoy it. I'll have to share that one day.

This was our Sunday breakfast.

For lunch on Saturday we had leftovers which was good to clean out the fridge!

Then for dinner on Saturday I made tilapia, brussel sprouts and steamed potatoes. My handsome model is going to show you my secret of how I get the tilapia so crispy.

I put aluminum foil under to catch the mess and then I put this little rack in the pan so that the fish sits up a bit and can get really crispy underneath. We've done it without the rack, but the bottom gets mushy.

For the brussel sprouts, we cut them in half and roast them in the oven with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and parmesan cheese. They get nice and crispy! Yummy!

Then for dessert we had apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. Yum.

On Sunday I made Cheesy Vegetable Chowder for lunch and we ate it with soup crackers.

If you're interested in making the soup, I found the recipe on Pinterest and it's from Cooking Classy. I altered it a bit, so here's what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 4 chopped carrots
  • 1 white onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed russet potatoes, cut 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets (from about 2 heads)
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk - I used 2%
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large pot (I used my dutch oven) over medium heat, melt 1 1/2 Tbsp of the butter. Add carrots and onion and saute 3 - 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Stir in vegetable broth, potatoes and thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and cook 15 minutes. Add broccoli and cook 5 more minutes.

Melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook, whisking constantly 1 minute. While whisking vigorously, slowly pour in milk (whisk well until no lumps remain). Cook stirring constantly until mixture begins to gently boil and thicken, stir in heavy cream. Remove from heat and once all veggies are tender pour into the soup and stir. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar and parmesan cheese until melted.

This makes a lot of soup and since it was just the 2 of us we had lots of leftovers! It has a great flavor and is good for cold weather. :)

New Years Day

I have so much to share with you all that I have had a hard time knowing even where to start with this blog! I thought I would just jump in with what we did last Friday.

1)      I had off work last Friday for New Years and that was awesome because we had friends come into town that day to spend the weekend with us so I had plenty of time to do last minute clean up, cook a nice dinner, bake some desserts and spend plenty of time with James. It was a really nice day!

I made my favorite strawberry pie for after dinner. I love this pie so much and it's pretty simple. I'll have to share the recipe on here soon.

2)      I am loving these cute coffee/hot chocolate/tea cups from Target. We went out Saturday morning to have a day out on the town exploring and I really wanted to bring some hot tea with me and this was perfect! Kept my tea warm for a good long time.

3)      We found this cute game recently. Well I guess it’s not exactly a game, but we played it like it was. It’s a box with questions inside that you ask each other called Table Topics. We really enjoyed it. We bought the “Date Night” version and “Family Dinner” version and played both with our guests on Friday night.

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4)      Dinner was boeuf bourguignon, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli, yeast rolls and salad. I was so excited to have the day off to be able to cook everything. The bouef takes 3 – 3 ½ hours (including cook time) so it’s not really something I can do once I get home from work unless we want to eat at like 10 pm, haha. It’s a dish James really loves and that I really enjoy cooking so it was a good day.

I forgot to take a picture of dinner that night so just imagine the above with broccoli instead of skillet apples. :)

5)      After dinner we played Super Mario Bros, Just Dance 2016 and just hung around and talked. It was a lovely evening with friends.

And we all went to bed early and rested! So it was a very Happy New Year indeed. :)