Saturday, January 26, 2013

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

I made this PB Pie for a small gathering at my home with Old and Reacquainted Friends during this Cold January  ...I thought we needed something to help us get through this dreary part of the year.  What's better than Peanut Butter and Chocolate!!??
I took three different recipes for PB Pie and created my own...

Peanut Butter Pie

6 TBsp of Melted Butter
2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
 12 oz Soft Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cups of Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Cups of Powdered Sugar (10X)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 1 14oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 to 2 Cups of Cool Whip or Fresh Whipping Cream
Bag Of Mini PB Cups
Chocolate Morsels  


6 TBsp of Melted Butter
2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
Combine the melted butter and Crumbs and place in a Deep Dish Pie Plate. Firmly pat down crumbs with a fork or spoon. Bake for 10 Mins at 350 degrees.  Cool Completely

Pie Mixture

12 oz Soft Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cups of Creamy Peanut Butter
Mix together with electric mixer until very smooth and creamy.
Add to mixture
2 Cups of Powdered Sugar (10X)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Mix with electric mixer until smooth
Add to mixture
1 14oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Mix with electric mixture on low speed
Add to Mixture
1 to 2 Cups of Cool Whip or Fresh Whipping Cream
(I used Cool Whip)
Slowly mix with electric mixer until not over mix
Spread mixture into Pie Plate
Top with Mini PB Cups cut in half
Melt 1/4 Bag of Chocolate Morsels
Drizzle Melted Chocolate on Top
Refrigerate for 3 hours or longer before cutting...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Comfort Food On A Cold Winter Night...

There is nothing more soothing on a cold night in January than some PA Dutch comfort food...!

On tonight's menu...

Chicken Pot Pie 

My recipe is a family recipe passed down from my Great-Grandmother, to my Grandmother, to my Mother, to Me and down to my Son. 

Rolling out dough

Noodles cooking in rich chicken broth

 The pot shown above was my Grandmother's...passed down to my Mother and then onto me.  This pot has cooked its more than fair share of meals.
My Grandmother had 9 children.  She prepared and cooked meals daily with this pot. Having a large family did not leave leftovers.  My Mother also cooked mainly from this pot, although she only had 3 children and not 9 like my Grandmother her two sons ate like a family of 9.  And mother liked leftovers. 
I rarely use this pot to cook, but it is nice to have for when I want to prepare a meal that does require the extra space such as Pot Pie.  I like a lot of broth in my Pot Pie. And leftovers.  Pot Pie also freezes very well, which I usually end up doing. 

I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer to mix up the dough.  This was the first time I used the mixer for dough.  I was so pleased with the results and even more so not having to mix the dough with my hands.  I swear I could hear my Mother saying..."Kathleen, you don't use a mixer to mix up pot pie dough!"  O, yes..I would have gotten the "Kathleen"  :)   

This meal really hit the cold spot on this cold and windy night!
My son will be very grateful to have a hot meal ready to eat after his long day of work and classes.  He usually cooks up something for himself after classes, which sometimes can be way past 10 PM. When I mentioned I was making Chicken Pot Pie, he shared that would taste good after class :) It makes me feel good to know he still enjoys one of his mama's home cooked meals.  He has acquired a very different palette over the years cooking for himself, then the one he grew up on.  But, I did my job teaching him the basics and encouraging him to venture out on his own and owning it...! 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Stay warm and be careful if your using fireplaces and wood stoves for extra warmth.

Thanks for stopping by..

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hi my friends...Just checking in
Last weekend was a very busy time meeting up with friends, celebrating a very dear friends birthday and getting things sorted and cleaned out...
I've been doing some revamping and reorganizing...
It's not my most favorite thing to do, but the time has been way over due.  I am for the most part very organized, but sometimes things have a way of getting piled up a bit.  I'm in the process of cleaning out cabinets and organizing my "stuff" into plastic containers for a more organized way of storing.  I have found it to be much easier to store groups of items in open and easy to reach plastic containers inside cabinets than to stock pile things on top of each other in hopes when you want a certain item, it's within reach or not towards the back or bottom of the cabinet.  Storing in containers allows you to pull the container out and search for what your looking for.  No more pulling on one item to have 10 other items fall on top of my journeys over the past few months to different stores had me looking for plastic containers in specific styles and sizes.  I have a nice collection so now the revamping starts....
Last Friday evening was a meet up to celebrate a birthday...
I baked one of my Chocolate Cakes and surprised the birthday Lady.
Here are a few pictures of Judy with her cake..
Judy was so excited she started to light her own candles

After we realized Judy was trying to light the side of the candle,
the lighter was taken from her...
Seeing Judy's look, I'm not so sure she liked that lighter being taken from her...LOL

A little bit excited


Notice the haze of smoke....Good thing I didn't put a candle on the cake for each year she was old..!

Good times, always!  

This week the temperatures will be in the high 20's.  Winter is making its presence for sure here in PA..Bundle up

If you follow my blog you know I am very proud of my hometown of Lititz, PA.  My hometown has been listed as one of 15  America's Coolest Small Towns.  If you get a chance, check out the site and vote..Lititz is currently in 2nd place.  You can vote once per day until February 15th.  Be sure to watch the video and also on my side bar I have a link giving the history of Lititz.

Have a Safe and Warm week, my friends..!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Eve Surprise

Happy New Year...!!

Last evening as we were headed to family with friends in tow, 
a package was hanging outside the mailbox...

My husband quickly pulled over and retrieved the package while two other vehicles waited patiently while hubs RAN to the mailbox...:)
 Hubs opened the back door of the car quickly placing the package inside.
I had forgotten about the package, but was reminded after we returned home many hours later when hubs brought it into the house.  I was so tired, but wanted to see (first) who it was from and (second) after finding out who had sent the package wanting to know what the goodies were inside...!

My very dear friend, Tricia from Mass sent me yet another package filled with some pretty special stuff..!

A card stating, "I'm so glad...we are friends"
 Me too, Tricia..!  I'm so blessed to have such a dear sweet friend as you..!

Willow Tree Keepsake Heart
 Tricia knows I like the Willow Tree Figures and Hearts,
Bless her heart!, she gave me a Willow Tree Keepsake Heart...She will be placed on my self in my bedroom where I have an area of knickknacks and framed verses from several dear friends.  It's sorta like my own little shrine of special gifts given to me over many years from very special girl friends who have been and will always be very dear and special to me....
Small heart hanger with heart towels.
 This hanger will also be hung on my wall shrine....
I'm soon out of space on the one wall, I'll have to turn the corner soon ;)
Heart compact with some bling, note pad of sunshine and a cookie magnet

Friendship Magnet
I LOVE this magnet..!
The words are very special to me on this magnet from Tricia, her friendship to me is exactly what is stated and it makes my heart sing knowing our friendship means the same to her..!
This magnet went on the side of my refrigerator, where I can see it while I cook and bake. 

Thank You, Tricia!

I received a call from Tricia with a BIG "Happy New Year" this morning, I was so excited to tell her I had received her package..of course we chatted a long while as we both were waiting for the Rose Bowl Parade to start.

Love you, Tricia and thanks for your friendship!

Below shows my goodies from Tricia at their new home...

The hanger with the heart towels found its home above the quilt my Aunt and Uncle gave to me when I graduated from Nursing School.  I did use the quilt for several years after I received it, after I started earning some "real" money I packed it away until I found a quilt rack to display it on.  This display is in the Master Bedroom.  Tricia's gift of heart towels added to this wall display nicely..!

  Tricia's blog is Hillcrest Home Prims, go check out her beautiful New England Home!

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