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A Key Lime Pie for Pi Day!~

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So since I haven’t baked anything in a while AND it’s Pi Day today I thought it was the perfect excuse to bake a pie!

Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
(You can actually use the slightly larger pie pans and be just fine. I think they have 2 extra servings).

3 cups sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup sour cream

3/4 cup key lime juice

1 tablespoon grated lime zest

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice and lime rind.

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Any store brand Sweetened Condensed Milk will do. You CAN measure it out BUT it is easier if you just pour it straight from the cans since they do get a little sticky. One 14 ounce can equals a cup so you can just use 3 cans with 14 ounces each. It’ll save you a lot of mess and hassle.

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Get a nice lime and grate it to get the lime zest/lime rind. It usually works better if you use a Microplane grater. I bought mine for about $12.50 which isn’t TOO bad.  And make sure not to grate any of the white sections for it will be quite bitter. If you just grate the outside of the whole lime, you should have enough.

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For the lime juice, I actually went out to a specialty baking supply store and bought Key Lime juice BUT if your supermarket only has the Lime juice pictured on the left, Tantillo Lime Juice, that usually comes in the shape of a plastic lime, that’ll work too. I asked my mother-in-law and she said that’s what she uses every time she makes a key lime pie. What’s different between the two is only minor where the key lime juice will be a little more tart. Like I said, either one is fine.

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Any sour cream should do.

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And no I did not get the reduced fat pie crust on purpose. They actually ONLY had this one for sale. Go figure.

3. Mix well and pour into the graham cracker crust.

Like I had mentioned earlier, you may use a larger pie crust. The reason being is that there will be a little filling left over. I OVER filled mine and STILL had a ton left over.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for:

-If you put it in a 9 inch crust WITHOUT overfilling it, it should be about 8 minutes.

-If you put it in a 9 inch crust and DID OVERFILL it, it will be more than 12 minutes.

You can set a timer but what you can look for are tiny pinhole bubbles bursting on the surface of the pie. That is when you know your pie is ready.

MAKE SURE NOT TO BROWN YOUR PIE!!!

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5. Chill the pie THOROUGHLY before serving.

(I told you I overfilled mine. Oh well. More pie for everyone!)

And you can garnish with slices of lime and whipped cream if you want!

HAPPY PI(E) DAY!

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Microwave Oven Cashew Brittle

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I wanted to try and make something besides cookies and brownies so I decided to make some Brittle!

And since I already had Cashews at home, I thought Hey, why not?

And this recipe is easy enough for you to make it with your kids, or if you’re bored!

No need for a candy thermometer or the hassle!

Just as an FYI though, I would pam/butter anything you use to mix the ingredients or stir or spread out. Otherwise it’ll stick on there super fast!

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews (you can use up to 1 1/2 cups if you want)

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 tablespoon butter

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla-extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

1. You can grease the cookie sheet but I found it much easier to use parchment/wax paper instead. It cleans up a lot easier as well. So line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a glass bowl, combine the sugar, corn syrup and salt. You can mix it around a little so the corn syrup mixes in with the sugar. Microwave for 5 minutes.

3. Crush up some Cashews and mix them into the bowl after the initial 5 minutes in the microwave.

4. While waiting for it to microwave, combine the softened butter, vanilla and baking soda into a separate bowl. You can use a tiny bit more baking soda if you want to make it less hard and easier for children and elderly people to eat.

5. Get a wooden spoon or a metal spatula and cover it with butter or pam.

6. After the sugar mix is done microwaving, remove it carefully and quickly mix in the butter mixture. The whole thing will be foamy.

7. If you want an easier cleanup, you can also pam the side of the bowl from which you are going to pour the brittle from. Pour the mixture immediately onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

8. Let cool for 15 minutes, or until set.

9. Break into pieces, store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana DIY

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So Mark and I went to Target the other day and what do I find?

An Arrested Development Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana shirt!

But of course, like most of Target’s graphic T collection, they are all in Men’s sizes but I couldn’t give up the opportunity to get the shirt!

Who could possibly resist?

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I’m usually a Women’s XS-S but the smallest one that they had was a Men’s S so I bought it and today I decided to DIY it so that it would fit my form better and it worked out just perfectly!

First I traced a fitted shirt on top of the new larger shirt and then cut the sides so it would be the same size as my fitted shirt.

Then I took the fitted shirt, got a piece of paper and outlined the sleeves. I then took the paper, cut the shape out and then proceeded to cut the shape out of the sleeves that I had just cut off from the larger shirt.

I then sewed the two right sides of the shirt and one of the sleeves together and then repeated on the other side.

After that I sewed down the sides of the shirt.

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Then after I made sure it fit, I cut out the neck line to make it more feminine.

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After that I turned the shirt around, made a cut in the back and made that into a bow for the back.

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I then trimmed the bottom of the shirt and finished it so no seams would come lose.

I love my new shirt and Mark likes it too!

There’s ALWAYS money in the Banana Stand!

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Chocolate Chip cookies with White creme + Milk Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses inside

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I was once again struck with the sudden urge to bake something so I thought, “Hey, why not?”

So I decided to use up the rest of the Hershey’s Kisses that I had to make different cookies out of them!

They worked out pretty well!

So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

At least 48 Hershey’s Kisses (You can use whatever flavor that you prefer)

1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup Chocolate Chips (Again, you can use White or Dark chocolate chips, or whatever else you prefer)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Beat the butter, both sugars and the vanilla in a large bowl until thoroughly blended.

3. Slowly add the flour to the wet mixture and mix until smooth.

4. Fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Unwrap however many Hershey’s Kisses you will use immediately.

I baked the cookies 1 cookie sheet at a time so I unwrapped 12 Hershey’s Kisses for the first batch.

6. Get some dough and start to mold it around the Hershey’s Kiss, making sure to cover it completely. Shape them into balls and place them on the ungreased cookie sheet.

7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until set.

8. When you remove them, cool them slightly and then remove the cookies from the cookie sheet to either a wire rack or some newspaper.

And voilà! You have yourself some delicious cookies to eat and share!

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Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

2013-02-16_10-00-40_689Since I had a hair appointment and a German Club meeting at the beach, I decided to bake some Snickerdoodle cookies for both occasions!

Turns out my hair stylist’s favorite cookies are Snickerdoodle! Score!

My hair turned out amazing too! (Mostly because I didn’t wait FOREVER to get it touched up).

So here’s the recipe that I used:

It says it makes 4 dozen cookies but I make my cookies a little bigger AND Mark ate most of the batter.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Mix 1 1/2 cups of sugar, butter, shortening and eggs in a large bowl.

If you need to soften the butter, about 13-15 seconds or so in the microwave should be good.

Mix until well blended.

3. In a smaller bowl combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.

5. On a plate mix the 1/4 cup of sugar and the cinnamon together.

6. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. You can make the dough balls a little bigger if you want bigger cookies.

7. Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart from each other.

8. Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes or until set. Make sure to remove the cookies from the sheet to either a wire rack or some newspaper to let them cool. If you keep them on the cookie sheet for too long the bottoms will get a little overcooked and hard.

Enjoy!

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Oh My Glob, like it’s Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I hope everyone has a good Valentine’s Day or Single’s Awareness Day or what have you!

Or you can just have a regular Thursday, it’s up to you!

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Either way, I’ve been having a fun couple of days baking goodies and sharing them with friends.

I’ve also been planning a lot of activities for when Eddie comes to visit for my Graduation! We’re going to do everything!

Shark cage tours! Kayaking! Parasailing! Jet skiing! Scuba Diving!

And so we both need to save some kind of money in order to do that so I told him,

“Whenever you want a drink, just say to yourself ‘Pirate’!”

There are some shipwreck scuba diving tours so I’m going to see if I can make that happen…

And so Eddie sent me this Valentine!

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Although the more I look into it, I really do think we need to be certified…

Like I said, I’ll figure it out.

I got Mark a couple sweets but he got a little munch hungry so I gave them to him a little early…

Sooo…I went out and got a few more things for him that I know he’ll like.

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Cute right? The bag I got at Walmart and the Japanese snacks I got from Nijiya on my way to school this morning.

I’m so glad they all fit in there. Yay!

And here’s my little Valentine’s Day outfit for today:

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Decided to go a little school girl today, just because I thought it would be cute.

Still playing around with photo editor apps but it’ll work out eventually.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Hershey’s Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies!

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I made some Peanut Butter cookies with Swirl Hershey’s Kisses today for Valentine’s Day!

I know V-day is on Thursday but there are some people I only see on Wednesdays so I thought I should bake some goodies a little early so that I could share them with everyone!

Mark has been devouring them like hot cakes! Haha.

So here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup shortening

-3/4 cup peanut butter

-1/3 cup white sugar

-1/3 cup brown sugar

-1 egg

-2 tablespoons milk

-1 1/2 cups flour

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-A little extra white sugar to roll the cookie dough in

-At least 30 Hershey’s Kisses (doesn’t hurt to have more just in case) 1 bag is more than enough

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix the shortening and the peanut butter.

You can use a mixer but since mine has not come in the mail I just folded them together and it worked out great!

3. Mix in sugars and fold/mix until light and fluffy.

4. Add the egg, milk and vanilla. Continue to beat/mix well.

5. In a separate smaller bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually mix the dry mix into the peanut butter mixture.

6. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in the extra white sugar.

7. Place the sugared dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes.

They will come out looking about the same shape that they had when you put them in, but don’t be alarmed.

8. While the cookies are baking, unwrap however many Hershey’s Kisses that you need so that you will have them ready when the cookies are done baking.

9. Pull out the cookies, they should be lightly browned, and immediately place a Hershey’s Kiss on each cookie and press down slightly.

This will give it the flat cookie shape.

You can use whatever flavor Kisses that you like. I think they’re just a little more colorful with the Swirl Kisses.

You can either enjoy them at home or do what I did and gently place them in little plastic bags and tie a red ribbon on top.

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As a warning though, be careful when you package them because it will take some time for the Kisses to harden again. They will be melty for quite a while. But that’s what makes it so delicious right?

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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