To Bake / Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pie

 

     Good morning! I have the best chocolatey pie for your thanksgiving table today! It's not anywhere near healthy, but people tend to forget about those kinds of things on holidays (myself included!). This pie (recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest) is basically a giant chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust, so you really can't go wrong. Get the recipe below!

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Ingredients:

- 1 pie crust (I used store bought, but by all means, make your own!)

- 2 eggs

- 1/2 cup of ap flour

- 1/4 cup of brown sugar

- 1/4 cup of sugar

- 2 tsp. of vanilla

- 1 + 1/2 sticks of butter, softened

- 2 cups of chocolate chips

- 2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease your pie plate. To make filling, mix together your eggs until frothy, then add the flour, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla. Add the butter, and continue mixing until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

2. To assemble, press your pie crust into your pie plate. Then, pour about half of your condensed milk over the crust. 

3. Pour in half your batter, then top with the rest of the condensed milk. Add the rest of the filling on top.

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4. Bake for 55-60 minutes, then let cool for 20 minutes. 

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5. Serve warm and enjoy!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! 

To Celebrate / Easter!

 

     Hi there! Just wanted to share some snaps from our Easter weekend at the lake! We made natural dye this year (tutorial coming Thursday!), and they made the prettiest pastel colors.

     I made the pink dye from avocado pits, and the yellow is made from turmeric! You just boil each in water, and then for egg dye you add a little vinegar after the boiling. So easy!

      The light pink was my favorite, although the turmeric created different shades depending on opacity of the dye. Both were awesome!

     Brett's parents also brought along some confetti eggs, which are hollowed out shells you can smash and they explode with confetti. I'm sure you can guess which activity was Bailey's favorite!

      All in all, we had a great time. Bailey doesn't stop moving when she goes anywhere that's not home, so hopefully this will lead to an easy Monday evening (but let's be honest, toddlers have an amazing ability to bounce back from a busy weekend, so I'm not expecting much :))!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

To Decorate for the Holidays

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share a few quick snaps of the holiday decor around the house. I like to get a little festive with red and green accents, like the blanket above.

     We also have a couple of Santa hats, and Bailey was keen on wearing one for about five minutes.

      I kept up my wreath garland from last year, and it still looks just as pretty!

      Lastly, we have a couple of Christmas tchotchkes scattered around the house, including this soldier that reminds me of the Nutcracker, and a ceramic Santa that sits on our bookcase. Nice and simple!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

For Friendsgiving

 

     Good morning! I hosted Friendsgiving on Saturday, and wanted to share a few pics of the table we set up before the sun went down. Kristen came over and took more photos, so I will share those once they are ready, but until then, these provide a pretty good idea of the vibe I was going for!

      Setting up the table and decor was one of my favorite parts of throwing the party. I used greens from the supermarket, gourds, and candles to make the centerpiece.

     For the place settings, the only thing I added was napkin rings that I made, which will be on the blog this Thursday, so be sure to check those out!

     For placecards, I painted little fake pumpkins white and wrote my friends names on them. They all loved that personal touch, because lets face it, most people my age don't go to many dinners with assigned seating. That, and the string lights we hung everywhere were the special things that made the night fun. It really was gorgeous once the sun went down, and all of the candles were lit. I can't wait to share more! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!