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Friday, July 3, 2015

july 4th + an american flag pie

cherry and blueberry pie


Happy birthday America!  I baked you a pie!

Store bought crust and jarred filling...couldn't have been easier.  Enjoy your holiday weekend, friends!  Please be safe.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

diy: chocolate pudding cups

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For the longest time I've wanted to make chocolate shells as cups for some kind of dessert, but I just never got around to it. 

I mean.  A bowl made of chocolate.  Duh.  Sign me up.  

These little treats are actually pretty easy to make.

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You'll need:

chocolate almond bark or candy melts
water balloons

Following the package instructions, melt the chocolate in a deep vessel {I used a glass measuring cup in the microwave} and inflate the water balloons.

After allowing the chocolate to cool for several minutes, start dipping the balloons.  I went about a third of the way up on each balloon, but their slightly uneveness kind of adds to their charm.

Set the balloons on a wax paper lined baking sheet to harden.  If you're in a rush, put the baking sheet in the fridge to speed things up.

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Inevitably some of the balloons will pop, so wear an apron to catch the chocolate spatters!

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After the chocolate has hardened, pop the balloons with a pin and carefully pull them away from the chocolate shells.  

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Then time to fill the chocolate bowls!

I filled these with Kozy Shack chocolate pudding and a bit of whipped cream.  We love Kozy Shack for its simple ingredients like milk, eggs, sugar and that it's made with real cocoa.

If you've never made your own whipped cream, it's super easy too...start by chilling a bowl {metal if you have it} and the beaters of your mixer in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.  Then combine 8 oz heavy cream, about 1/4 cup of sugar, and a splash of vanilla in the bowl and beat it until stiff peaks form.  

I threw some sprinkles {of course} on top on each pudding cup, but berries or crumbled wafers or pretzels or cookies...or pretty much anything...would work great!

kozy shack chocolate pudding

Kozy Shack is also hosting giveaways all summer long across their social media!

Find them on facebook here.
Find them on instagram here.

Keep up with it all with the hashtag #summerofpudding on both twitter and instagram.

xoxo


 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

homemade pickles

fly through our window recipes


Our little veggie patch is just starting, but I couldn't wait to make a few batches of pickles from store bought ingredients.  Darby's recipe for sweet + crunchy dills is one of my faves...I make it several times every summer...you should try it too!

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