Monday, July 21, 2014

S'Mores Pie

If I was Oprah and I was hosting a 'my favorite things' show, somehow I would have to figure out how to package a campfire.  It's definitely in my top 10.

I love the smell of it, its bug repellent properties, mindlessly staring at it, and the crackling noises.  
If I don't get to go camping and sit by the fire at least once every 6 weeks in the warmer months, I start to get antsy.  Really, really antsy.  

Since my camping partner is gone and I think I would get a little paranoid sleeping by myself in a tent, I'm going bonkers!
I haven't figured out how to package the campfire experience yet, and the closest thing I could come up with was a s'mores pie.  

I know it's not the same, but it's the best I could do, people!

This pie is sweet!  Like a s'more, but more so.  The chocolate filling is rich and the marshmallow topping is fluffy and creamy.  That being said, a thin slice will most likely be enough.  In other words, you only have to make one of these pies to serve a crowd!  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

365: Week 29

July 14 | Trail treasure.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Hour: Kiwi Grapefruit Cooler

Maybe you've noticed (I hope you haven't though) that my posting schedule has gotten a little wonky lately.  I'm going to blame that on starting a new job.  And that's partly true.  Another part of the problem is that is stays light so late!  I go from eating dinner straight to being late for bed - seriously, how does that happen?!

I've always wanted to be one of those bloggers that's super organized and has posts scheduled into 2015, but I'm not.  I might have the recipe and photos (some of the time), but I don't have the post ready until the second that it's published.
If you know me, this might surprise you.  I am totally neurotic about scheduling and organization.

This week, I decided that this needs to change.  I need to get my blog as OCD as the rest of my life.  So, every Friday (I'm gonna try), I'll be posting a series of "Happy Hour" posts.  I'm counting on you to figure out what the subject matter will be - because, you know, you're not stupid.

That being said, I'm not going to promise that every recipe will have alcohol in it.  (With a preggers sister, I might also have some mocktails in an effort to be inclusive!)  But this kiwi grapefruit cooler is definitely a bit boozy - Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coconut Poke Cake with Berries and Cream

Of all of the details that go into planning a wedding, I thought cake testing was going to be the easiest and most fun by far.  It probably still has been the most fun, but it hasn't necessarily been easy.

A few things have made this process harder than it should be.  The first being that my fiancee is living two states away right now.  The second thing getting in my way is that I think I might be just a teensy weensy bit picky when it comes to my cake.
What it all boils down to is that homemade cake tastes better than store- or bakery-bought cake.  Period. 

Cake should be light and fluffy and made with only real ingredients that you can pronounce and spell.  Cake should be seriously hard to resist.  Icing should also be light and not so sweet that it makes your teeth hurt or itch.  

Told you I'm picky, but I won't accept that I'm asking for too much.  If I can make this coconut poke cake with all of the features of a good cake, then someone who gets paid to bake all day long should surely be able to do the same.  
If you've ever had a tres leches cake before, this cake has the same moist texture.  I've added coconut milk to give it a more refreshing flavor and of course topped it with fresh, summer berries and homemade whipped cream!  On second thought, maybe I will make my own wedding cake. ;)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

When I was 11, my family moved from Indiana to Utah so I pretty much consider myself a Utahn, but a couple things from the Midwest did seem to stick.
Number 1 being my appreciation and love for good, fresh corn on the cob.  Number 2 is probably my overuse of butter, but that's not really one worth harping on.

Even though I get made fun of for it, my favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.  I will always choose vanilla.  Always.  I don't even like chocolate ice cream.  However; when you're a hoosier, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to not be intrigued by corn flavored ice cream, or corn flavored anything for that matter.
Sweet corn ice cream is not the type of dessert you're going to load up on and eat mindlessly while watching TV.  It's more the type of desert to serve after a dinner party.  Just 2 smallish sized scoops per person.  Maybe throw it in a fancy sundae dish.  Take small bites and savor it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Garlic Lime Grilled Chicken

Everyone likes to cook out on the grill in the summer, right?  It's hot and you don't want to make your house even hotter by turning on the oven.

Our house doesn't even have air conditioning, so you have to figure out the 'science' of closing and opening windows and blinds in sync with the sun.  And even though we have pretty mild summers, sometimes it's still not enough.  Then you just have to sweat it out.
Back to the issue at hand: barbecuing.  We're well into summer and quite frankly, I can only eat so many hamburgers and hotdogs.  It's just a fact.

We need to get a little more creative with our grilling.  Grilled chicken isn't all that creative, but it is tasty!  Garlic lime grilled chicken that takes almost no time to make is even better.

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