Monday, May 18, 2015

Kentucky Derby Day Pie Palooza!

This recipe is a family tradition. This recipe come from the rendition of a pie called Derby Pie that is traditionally made to celebrate the running of the Kentucky Derby, which takes place the first Saturday in may every year. You can trace this dish back as far as the 1960s. This recipe is a culture in origin. This dish personally ties into my family because my family is from Louisville Kentucky. This dish is different from others like it because it’s usually made with a pastry crust and walnuts but ours is different because we make it with graham cracker crust and no nuts. This dish had affected America by being able to make a Kentucky Derby Pie at home gives everyone around the country the opportunity to connect to a great horse racing tradition every May.

Kentucky Derby Pie

1 stick of butter, softened
1 c. of sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ c. flour
pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. chopped pecans (optional)
1 deep dish graham cracker crust or dough pie crust (whichever you prefer)

Cooking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°
Cream butter and sugar
Add beaten eggs, flour, salt and vanilla
Add chocolate chips and pecans, if using.  Stir well.  
Pour into the pie crust and bake for 30 minutes or until center is set

Delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream!
*See back to previous post on Ice Cream Making*

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do! I look forward to reading your comments and new ideas if any about the pie! Also if you're having ice cream with it make sure to post a selfie with your sundae and pie!

I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Ice Cream! Ahhhh!

"Kids Time For Dessert!!" are definitely some of the best words you can hear your mom or dad say. After hearing those beautiful words, then going into the kitchen and seeing that your mom or dad made homemade ice cream! Ice cream is definitely one of my favorite desserts! I mean how couldn't it be? You have different flavors, it's cold and refreshing, and it's sweet and yummy for any occasion! Today I am going to show you a recipe for making homemade vanilla ice cream with a coldly delicious taste!

Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients:
2 cups of heavy cream
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon of salt

Vanilla Ice Cream Making Instructions:(Note: an ice cream maker will be needed)
1. Add all ingredients to a shallow pan
2. Heat the cream mixture on medium heat until it starts to slightly bubble
3. Turn off the heat and mix the cream until the sugar is dissolved
4. Allow the cream mixture to cool to room temperature
5. Pour the cream into an ice cream maker and churn according to the ice cream manufacturer's directions
6. Freeze for 3 hours before serving

*Note: if you want to add any extra topping such as M&Ms, Oreos, etc. add them after step 5 before freezing*

I hope on a hot day when you're looking for something cold and delicious you make this recipe and enjoy it as much as I do! I look forward to reading your comments about how you thought the recipe was! Make sure to also post a selfie with your delicious sundae creation!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Traveling Journal

I went on an unbelievably amazing trip last summer. I got the opportunity to travel all over the Pacific Northwest with my camp friends. My camp is Camp Thunderbird in Bemidji Minnesota. After we got off the plane in early June we were hungry so we all got into the vans and went to get food. When we got to where we getting food I saw that there was a dollar store I asked my counselors if I could go look to see if I would want anything for the trip, they said, "sure go ahead".  So a few of my camp friends and I went in. There it was, it might've been boring and plain, but soon enough it wasn't going to be. Soon it was going to be my trip journal. A journal to write all my thoughts, feelings, and how my day was in. Also each day I wrote a tip of the day so when I would look back on my journal I would know some helpful tips for the future. Aside from the tips I also have wrote down popular songs that we would listen to in the van and songs we made up so I could always remember them. This journal means so much to me because it wasn't just my summer but it was also all my memories, thoughts, and feelings. My journal went all over the Pacific Northwest with me. One place in particular was Olympic National Park where I had my first trip on PNW which was a 4 day hiking trip. My journal has survived rain, hail, and been tossed around countless times.  One of the hardest parts was making sure that my journal didn't get to dirty or to wet. One of the things that really means a lot to me in it is that if I'm really missing camp or when I'm telling my kids about it then I know I have all my memories written down. Have you ever had something special that you wrote in?