Monday, April 20, 2015

Coconut Cream Pie

Say hello to our Easter pie. It came a few weeks late but we were still happy to dig right in.  After the success of the banana cream pie I wanted to make a coconut version. I <3 coconut.="" font="" nbsp="">

We had a rough week the last few days as Miss Olivia came down with a cold.  Sick babies are the most awful thing ever.  You want to help them so much but you cannot make it go away. I know this feeling won't get easier as she grows but oh my. I am not sure if my heart can take it.  

We had stuffy nose galore and both mommy and daddy spent the night staring at her to see if she was still breathing.   I now only refer to myself in the third person as mommy. Mr. J is officially daddy.  Is this going to continue till she is in college? Not that I mind too much.

Any how this pie got us through. Lots of pie.  I might have single-handily eaten 3/4 of the pie. 

I think the cure for parents during times of sickness is pie.  The grab a big spoon and throw it in a bowl kind of serving.

For all others this pie is still good. Add it to the list for Easter next year but you will want to make it sooner. 

Coconut Cream Pie

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert coconut pie
Ingredients (serves 6-8)
    For the Graham Cracker Crust:
    • 1 1/2 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted
    For the Coconut Filling:
    • 5.1 ounce box instant vanilla or coconut pudding
    • 15 ounce can cream of coconut
    • 1/2 cup coconut milk
    • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 cup toasted coconut
    For the graham cracker crust:
    In a small bowl, combine the crumbs and sugar; add butter and blend well.
    Press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-in. pie plate.
    Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack before filling.

    For the pie:
    Spread the coconut out onto a baking sheet. Toast for 3-5 minutes, until just golden. Then remove and cool. The coconut cooks extreme fast in a matter of seconds it will go from white to burnt black.
    Place the instant pudding mix in a medium bowl. Add the cream of coconut and milk. Whisk for 1-2 minutes until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
    Using an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream with 1 tsp vanilla and 3 Tbsp sugar. Be sure the cream is whipped till stiff peaks. Transfer to another bowl, cover and refrigerate.
    Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Slowly, beat in the pudding mixture. Add a little at a time and scrape the bowl regularly, to ensure there are no clumps.
    Finally fold in half the whipped cream. Carefully mix until smooth.
    Scoop the filling into the cooled pie crust. Top with the remaining whipped cream and sprinkle generously with toasted coconut. Chill for at least 4 hour or overnight.
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    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Olivia: Week Five

    My little one is five weeks old. They say that time flies and it does. Each day it is noon before I can even blink. And my life pre-baby is a blur. Was I really able to go to the gym every day for an hour?  I cannot even imagine. 

    Life is good. We are good. 

    Each day brings something different.  And just when I think we are on some type of schedule she goes and changes things up. This has been an adjustment for me, the planned out type A person that I am.  But really it just is what it is and we go with it. 

    We have been fortunate to get long stretches at night. During the day, well, that is a different story. 

    She is now my partner in crime. Once the day starts we clean ourselves up, sing some songs, read some stories and try to fit in naps.  

    The baby wakes up between 5-6:30 am every morning. We get in a quick feeding and most days she goes back down till around 9 am. This is my work time, sometimes nap time, depending on how fast she goes back down, how hungry I am, or if I want a bit more time with Mr. J. 

    Once she is up we eat, get cleaned up and dressed. A bit of organization is done depending on how the night went.  Laundry is started if need be which is most days right now. Then we chat and read. If I am lucky she will go back to sleep around 10:30 or 11, if I am really lucky she will sleep more than 45 minutes. 

    Once up she eats again and we have some more play time.  I try to eat lunch, normally prepped while she naps, and we countdown the minutes till Daddy comes home for lunch.

    After lunch we try to nap again. She would stay up if I didn't actively put her down. She is so alert and attentive when up. I think she doesn't want to miss out on anything exciting. Swaddles are a must. She is one active little girl and we have to lock down her arms for any chance of sleep.

    The afternoon nap tends to be longer and I try to catch some sleep time as well during this stretch. I get an hour or so. Olivia gets 2-3 hours.  Once up it is time to eat again. We snuggle until Daddy comes home.  I honestly blink and it is 5 pm.  

    We haven't nailed down the evenings as well as the days.  She can be fussy, she can sleep, or she can be perfectly contest during dinner.  Feedings are based on her mood and whether or not we need a bath. 

    Our sweet little one does not like bath time. She arches her back so fiercely the second her skin hits the water and then the wails start.  It has gotten a bit better and I am hoping soon it won't be so painful. This 15 minute or so process leaves Daddy and Mommy exhausted. 

    We dress her, feed her, and swaddle her for the night between 7:30-8:30 pm and off to bed she goes. This is my new bedtime too. Her longest stretch is always the first one and I take advantage of these hours as much as possible. 

    Before I know it she wakes up, it is after midnight and a new day has begun. 

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Spring Time and #WIAW

    We are finally getting some sunshine and warmer temperatures.  The other day I went outside twice without a coat.  It was amazing.  I cannot wait to spend more time outside in the fresh air. 

    Yesterday was a day of good eats.  I did eventually eat all of this and then some.  Cookies, an apple and an orange somehow missed the photo shoot. However, Olivia has this crazy way of waking up or being fussy right when it is time to eat.  She is fine if I hold her but I haven't master the eat and hold method yet.  Let's just say granola doesn't transfer well from bowl to mouth with a baby in the middle. 

    Lunch was a sandwich with hummus and avocado.  Have you had this combination before? It is so good. The sandwich also had turkey and cheese.  Carrot sticks and potato chips. I picked up this bag of Kettle chips last weekend at the store. They are roasted garlic.  Good but not amazing.  I was really expecting a ton of garlic flavor but it kind of left me disappointed. 

    Dinner was leftover lasagna.  My mom left us last weekend with a fridge full of food. We have been enjoying it bite by bite all week. Not only has dinner been a snap to put on the table but the clean up is minimal too.  We have a few more nights of being spoiled. 

    And of course I couldn't not leave without a little photo of the baby. Pretty in Pink.  I am obsessed with her little hands and ears.  

    What did you eat Wednesday?

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