Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello!

For Charlie’s 1st birthday we bought her a subscription to the Highlights “magazine”, Hello! 2014-08-17 15.52.28

If you are looking for something to get a little one I think it is the perfect gift. For one thing, it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long (12 issues).  Charlie has really enjoyed them and gets excited now when they come in the mail.  She “reads” them and is even starting to understand the hidden picture page. (it’s very age appropriate in the level of difficultness)2014-08-17 15.51.53

I like them because they are not destroyable like a magazine and they are super light, unlike a board book.  I can easily grab a couple for long trips or church and I won’t weigh down my purse.  The stories and poems are short. The artwork is bright and cheerful. And they even give parents “tips” or variations you can use for each page. 

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This is probably the best $34 I’ve spent on a “toy” for Charlie. She loves them and we love them…win win.

(I also purchased a similar subscription (Baby Bug) for a friends little girl and they give it rave reviews as well. )

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Project Pie: Week 5

This week I got to choose from the last chapter in our book: Ice Cream Pies!! I chose to make a grasshopper pie.

IMG952014081395093116IIt looked yummy and easy enough. Little did in know….

The first snafu I ran into was locating Chocolate Wafers. I have a feeling these haven’t been popular since 1978..cause I couldn’t find them anywhere!! Also I needed 2 TBL Crème de Cacao and a 1/4 cup of Crème de Menthe. I was not about to spend $24 at the liquor store to get those.

Finally on day two of searching and trying all different possibilities I ended up buying a chocolate crust, spending $10 on crème de Menthe and realizing I had a giant bottle of Crème de Cacao in my liquor stash.

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So I was all set…this should be cake…or pie Winking smile

First up I had to melt the marshmallows…easy, right? well I used a combination of existing marshmallows and new ones. They took forever to melt! I had to call in reinforcements, Adam, to give them a good stirring.IMG_1030Finally after 20 some minutes they were melted. And basically the consistency of taffy. The longer they cooled the more taffy like they got. IMG_1034 I mixed in the liquor and found that the two were not blending well…which resulted in green splatters all over me and the white counters!IMG_1035Being a little more careful, and using a whisk I was able to mix the two together finally.

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Next up was whipping the cream. easy.IMG_1037

Then I was told to fold in the marshmallow mix.  I knew there would be no way “folding” could happen, so I opted to use the beaters, and it worked pretty good.IMG_1038

I opened my perfect pie crust Winking smile IMG_1039

And poured in the filling.IMG_1040

Then I had to freeze it overnight.

I have been sick this week, so the thought of ice cream pie sounded good. I took it out and cut myself a slice.

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I ate it sneakily in the kitchen since we had decided not to let Charlie have any due to the alcohol. And to be honest…I was underwhelmed and kind of grossed out by it. It didn’t have much flavor and left a oily/greasy feeling on the roof of my house. I informed Adam of my opinion and added: “maybe it’s because I can’t taste very much”.

Later while giving Charlie a bath Adam ate his piece. He informed me that it was the best pie yet that I’ve made and that it tasted fantastic. Just like a grasshopper. So I guess I’ll have to wait until I feel better to try it again…hopefully Adam won’t have eaten it all up by then!!

Next week we go back to fruit pies! Adam said he’s going to see what’s on sale to decide, But I think he’s got his eyes on plums!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Project Pie: Week 4

Project Pie continues and it was Adam’s pick this week. Chapter 4 is Refreshing Refrigerator Pies. We had a bunch of black cherries in the fridge so he chose Cherry Burgundy Pie:

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Adam christened our new pastry cutter, which he loved, and proclaimed he didn’t like the mat because their 9” mark was too small for our pie pan.

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He hand pitted and cut all the cherries. The recipe called for canned black cherries, we used fresh. We weren’t sure if canned ones were cooked at all…we used ours raw. In hind site I think cooking them would have helped.2014-08-03 20.01.12

Mixing the jello..2014-08-03 20.47.36

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Mix it in to the Jell-O.2014-08-03 20.47.56

I was relaxing so I missed the next step…but here’s his pie shell ready to be filled. It has to cool first.2014-08-03 20.51.01

There are lots of cooling steps in this recipe. But here is the final one.2014-08-04 07.39.15

It cut pretty well the next day.2014-08-04 17.54.07

It’s a really pretty colorful pie. Just missing a dollop of crème..2014-08-04 17.54.26

This wasn’t my favorite pie by a long shot. It wasn’t bad, but I felt it was just lacking flavor. And I didn’t care for the cherries in it. I think if they had been cooked they would have been softer, cause they were kind of tough. Adam thought it was alright. But the real lover of this pie was Charlie! She gobbled it up every night. We even gave her her own (small!) piece. Happy girl! 2014-08-04 17.58.19

Next week: Ice Cream Pies-My Choice!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Humpday Dumpday!

I’m pretty sure I missed dumpday last week..so here’s a bunch!

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