Fourth of July parties are the best. Summer sun, sprinklers, fireworks, laughter, friends and frozen desserts all come to mind when I envision July 4th. For the past few years we have spent the 4th of July in Montana with friends and we always check all of the above off the list.Read More
The Brain Freeze bundle of recipes available on SideChef Plus from Pip and Ebby will appeal to those with a sweet tooth! You’ll love the delicious combinations of desserts, dessert drinks and cocktails that are available with step-by-step instructions easily accessed on the SideChef Plus app!Read More
This is the first holiday season that the irresistible Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake has been on my radar (and in my belly). I cannot believe I’ve been missing out on this deliciousness. And I’m happy to have it in my life!Read More
How's your week going? Anything fun going on? Share some fun tales with me from your week! I have a funny one to share. This totally irresistible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake has been sitting in our downstairs freezer..Read More
Hey, awesome people. How are you all doing this week? Our week has been colorful, which fits with the Easter theme. It's been just like a big ol' basket of colored eggs, some faded, cracked and nibbled on and others bright and happy.Read More
Summer treats are a massive hit in our home. My boys love anything that is frozen and that also contains sugar. Enjoying summery treats is one of their favorite pastimes. Can eating sugar be considered a pastime? When I neglect our freezer and do not have it well-stocked, you'd think..Read More
In the past week we wrapped up our time in Charlotte, drove all they way back to Minnesota, got (sort of) back into the swing of things at home, avoided laundry and cleaning and celebrated a BIG birthday. Dan surprised me with a VERY nice dinner last night to celebrate said big birthday.Read More
A crying boy sits to my right. A jabbering boy sits in front of me. A lawn mower is cruising around right outside my window. I just lost almost an entire post after a computer crash. I'm not letting the distractions stop me, though. I am determined to make a dent in my pile of work today.Read More
I ran in my first mud race over the weekend! Have any of you ever done one of these? It was so much fun! Aside from running straight up ski hills, that is. Those parts were definitely not fun. The balance beam was my most challenging obstacle. My mind almost got the best of me, but my awesome teammates cheered my wobbly legs to the end without falling off.Read More
I had a fabulous birthday. My boys were kind and thoughtful and generous to me, as they always are. I was impressed that Elijah remembered that it was my birthday the first thing in the morning, with no prompting. "Mom! Today is Monday! IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!" Awww.Read More
We have had some steamy hot Minnesota summer days in the past week. Summer! I love it! We have been trying to squeeze in all kinds of summer activities, you know, in between sicknesses. I am hoping the remnants of this congestion that I have will be the last of our family sickness for a while.Read More
My gorgeous and wonderful husband passed his skydiving course this week, so the little boys and I are very proud of him and his efforts! It was a long and grueling week for him. This weekend I plan to take the boys out to our camper at the dropzone for the first time..Read More
Here I am, back at home in Minnesota, where the beach is no longer in sight. Vacation was wonderful! The house we rented looked directly out onto the ocean. I got better sleep than I have in months and I was in the very best company.Read More
I will admit that since starting this blog, I don't often make the same thing twice. If I do make something more than once, its status automatically becomes Excellent. This lemon pie? EXCELLENT. It is insanely delicious and will be made again and again in my kitchen.Read More
When I was in middle school, I can remember taking full advantage of the fruit trees we had in our yard (haven't always lived in the Minnesota tundra). We had quite the selection. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, tangerines, tangelos.Read More
I took my boys to the park tonight and I sweat like crazy while we were there. I know, not necessarily an appetizing thing to imagine, but I loved it! This past winter was traumatizing and so so cold and I promise you that I will never ever complain about heat again.Read More
I have come to realize that some of the same issues that plague me as a human being also plague my 4-year-old. I have always struggled greatly with patience. Or, more accurately, impatience. And I didn't really see this..Read More
This recipe went on my Sunday List. That is, things I will only make on Sunday nights so I have limited time to be around them. I'm lucky to have coworkers who are willing to consume my goodies, so on Mondays I bring anything that was made the day before and is too dangerous to be in my house with me to work.
Do you see what I'm saying? Dangerous!
This pie was so much fun to make, and the one (large) slice that I allowed myself to eat was heavenly. It's a perfect spring-time pie, you know, if spring were to actually arrive. There is a fresh layer of snow on the ground right now, on APRIL 20th, so we are still waiting upon that elusive season known as spring.
Before you start the pie, make a batch of dulce de leche. Or buy a 16-oz. jar at the store.
In a food processor, combine:
One 8-oz. box gingersnaps, lightly crushed
1 dried sweetened pineapple ring, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons candied ginger, coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons butter, softened
Process until fine crumbs form.
Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 9-inch springform pan. Freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.
In a food processor, combine:
1 1/4 cups dulce de leche
1/2 cup passion fruit nectar
Process until smooth.
Spread 1 pint of vanilla ice cream inside the chilled crust. Using a small spoon, scoop 2 more pints of vanilla ice cream into the crust, leaving some nooks and crannies.
Drizzle 3/4 cup of the dulce de leche sauce over the ice cream, allowing it to pool in spots.
1/4 cup salted roasted pistachios, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons shredded sweetened coconut
Freeze until firm, at least 2 1/2 hours.
Remove the ring from the pan and cut the pie into wedges. Serve the extra dulce de leche sauce at the table.
The ginger in the crust adds such a unique flavor to this pie. Insanely delicious!