Monday, January 27, 2014

Key Lime Cuties

 I have been making this Key Lime Pie since 2002.
Sweetie sent my mom and I on a little trip to Florida,
(there was a lot going on at that time!)
and when I came home, I couldn't wait to make Key Lime Pie!
I picked this recipe, and have never made another one.
It is so good.
I've always made it "pie style" (it makes like 1 1/2 pies).
But, one time I was at my girlfriend Lindsey's house,
and she made these cute little single serving cheesecakes
in little 8 oz Kerr jars and I have been wanting to do that ever since!
I got my jars on Amazon.
Walmart is another good place to find them.
I think I will get a lot of use out of them.
It's nice that they are already in a single serving!
OK...here is the recipe!
I didn't take any pics of the process b/c I wasn't thinking "blog".
But, it's pretty basic.

Key Lime Pie/Cuties:
Graham Cracker Crust:
1 1/2 cups (about 20 squares) of graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tbsp sugar

Mix ingredients together and press into pie plate...
or, press 1 heaping tbsp into 12 (4 oz) Kerr jars.
You will have extra graham cracker crust...place extra into a pie plate, chill.

Pie:
16 oz cream cheese, softened
28 oz sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup key lime juice
1 tsp grated lime zest
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp powdered sugar

Whip cream cheese until fluffy.  Add next 4 ingredients and whip until smooth.
Pour onto graham cracker crust (in jars or pie plate),
cover with lids or plastic wrap and chill.
Whip cream until soft peaks form.  Add vanilla and sugar.
Continue to whip until stiff peaks form.  Spread (or drop) whipped topping over pie(s).
Chill and enjoy!
 I transferred them to and from my fridge on a pizza pan.
 I put the leftover pie ingredients in a little casserole.
(could totally use a pie plate!)

I hope these instructions are clear.
I listed both options in case you wanted to do a pie
(and a half...it seriously makes a huge pie...maybe it would fit into a 9 x 13...IDK)
or the little cutie jars.
You really can't screw this one up.
I hope you try it!
It's kind of fun to have a yummy, refreshing, citrus-y dessert
when it's -19 degrees outside.
#dreamingofsummer
Hope you're keeping warm!

XOXO Tiffany

"They were chilly at the table, so after breakfast, they all gathered around the heater."
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Home.

Sweetie and I just took the kids on a 17-day road trip extravaganza.
We left Minnesota when it was 17 degrees below zero
and drove south to where it was 75 and sunny.
We ended up in Mexico.
My family...
you really see the "room for growth" areas when you spend
7-13 hours a day in a car...
and the remaining hours in a hotel room.
We discovered our Family New Years Resolution:
"Slow to Anger
Quick to Help"
If we can accomplish those two things...
I'm not sure we'd have a single problem!

On the 32 hour drive home,
Daisy suggested that we all list the top 5 things that we missed about home.
I think mine were:
1.  my quiet mornings
2.  cooking good food
3.  personal space
4.  my bed and pillows
5.  lighting a candle

I just put the last load of laundry into the wash,
the kitchen is clean,
though the table is filled with sea shells,
and I'm relaxing and getting caught up on Project Runway All Stars.

There's no place like home.

XOXO Tiffany

"You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."
Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (book 4)
**read this book on the trip