German’s Chocolate Pie

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I’ve been looking forward to Friday all week!!

Sure, it means it’s the end of the work week but what it really meant is that I got to share this recipe for German’s Chocolate Pie. Soo yummy!

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Price’s birthday is Monday so I made this pie in honor of that as German’s Chocolate Cake is one of his favorites. I made him a German’s Chocolate Cake (< pardon the old photos!) for his birthday before so I wanted to do that again, but with a twist!

We both loved this pie! It’s such a good combination of chocolate, coconut, and pecans- all elements in German’s Chocolate Cake’s super rich condensed milk based frosting. The pie basically uses the same ingredients as the cake but with a twist.

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When I was making this I was thinking it would be pretty dense from the sweetened condensed milk but it ended up being pretty light and fluffy, which is from beating the eggs very well when they are incorporated into the chocolate and butter. It still was really rich but the light texture helped make it feel a little less indulgent.

Anyway, since it’s almost Price’s birthday we are celebrating it this weekend. We always try to do something big and fun for birthdays so we have a trip planned. There has been plenty of research related to all the good things we can eat and things we can see. At least there will be plenty of walking to help work off all the BBQ!

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Hope you have a great weekend!

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German’s Chocolate Pie

Makes a 9″ Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 4-ounce bars Baker’s sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1 13-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1  Cup  shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 9-inch unbaked deep-dish pie shell (I used half of this crust recipe)

Process

  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  • In a saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over medium heat.
  • Removed from the heat, and add the sweetened condensed milk end eggs mix well to fully incorporate.
  • Add the sugar, coconut, and pecans. Stir until blended.
  • Pour into the unbaked pie shell
  • Set pie on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 -40 minutes, or until the center is set while slightly shaken.
  • Serve warm or after the pie has cooled. Store in refrigerator

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Cousins

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The end of August is filled with birthdays in my family. My dad & nephew share the same day, my set of twin nephews are a week later, and my sister’s is 2 days after that. It’s always such a busy, but fun time.

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Price, Autumn, and I headed back to my hometown to be able to celebrate with everyone. We arrived on my dad & nephew’s birthday so there was some cake then & some more cake when we all got back together at my sister’s mom’s house the next day.

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It’s so much fun to hang out but I really love watching all the cousins play together as they now range from 12-9 months. My niece Cara adores Autumn and is so gentle with her, even after Autumn grabs fists full of her hair. Ouch!

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Price played with some baseball with the twins. Cara wanted to join in too so there was a bit of short distance, slow pitch to her which she did pretty well with.

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Hey Uncle TJ!

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Just trying to get some pictures of Poppy with all the grandkids! (poor Cara getting her hair pulled!)

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Umm, this photo works…

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Camping with the best in hand- a WÜSTHOF Travelers Set Review

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Price and I love to go camping. Or “glamping” as you have it.

Camping to us is about getting to disconnect our phones and enjoy the change of pace by being away from the house with the constant distractions from the TV, computer, phones, and never ending laundry. We love to check out different New England campgrounds to see what each offer and what we can do at each one. Sometimes the weekend is focused on a hike, or it’s just focused on sitting back in some chairs around a camp fire and reading. One thing remains the same is that we always pride ourselves in packing well and efficiently. Sure, we bring a lot but everything we have acquired over the years of our camping has been carefully selected. Our latest addition to our camping gear is a WÜSTHOF 7- Piece Travel Set.

The traveler set comes with a pair of kitchen shears, a waiters corkscrew, a knife sharpener, and 3 knifes in a traveling case. The kit includes a paring knife, serrated knife, and a chefs knife, which are essentials for preparing a meal, in your kitchen or out at the campsite. There are 2 price points for the kit, which are reflective of the finish of accessories in the case. There is a WÜSTHOF Gourmet 7 Piece Travelers Knife Set and a . The Gourmet set is made of High-carbon stainless steel and polypropylene, while the Classic is made of High-carbon stainless steel and a polymer (POM). Both product lines are made of quality materials that are well made, strong, and easy to clean by hand washing.

We brought the WÜSTHOF Gourmet 7 Piece Travelers Knife Set along with us this when we went camping this summer in Maine. It was such a life saver since everything was well contained, and had everything that we needed for just about every situation over the weekend.

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The WÜSTHOF kitchen shears are so sharp! Everything was cut cleanly and quickly as we glided the shears right through packaging for our new dog leader, our new tent, and for cutting some rope that we hung up between some trees to help dry off the towels we used when Kemper did some swimming. Besides being great quality, my favorite thing about them is that they come apart. They won’t just suddenly fall apart in your hands as you need to get to the correct angle to pop them apart. By separating each blade, you can do a great job of cleaning them. Taking care to clean them is very important when you are doing something messy, like breaking down a fish or even just cutting some herbs.

When we were packing up we had realized that we had accidentally left Kemper’s leader that we stake into the ground back in New York when we were there over the 4th of July. We stopped to pick one up on our way to the campgrounds. Both the leader and the stake are very well packaged, for theft and safety (hello big sharp metal corkscrew stake). We quickly got through both packages with the kitchen shears.

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And what is camping with out booze?!?!?!

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Yes, you need to allot a gallon of water per person per day but you gotta have some cold beers to help stay off the summer heat as well. Having a bottle of wine doesn’t hurt either.

While there is a bottle opener built into part of the scissors, I find that this bottle opening is great for quickly popping off the tops to beers. As well, this has the corkscrew needed for that wine you are going to enjoy with your sausages that you grill over your campfire!

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And what’s a Corona without some lime?!? The WÜSTHOF paring knife was perfect for cutting out thin wedges that we then slipped into the neck of the bottle. Just like the scissors, the paring knife was extremely sharp so cutting up the lime, and other fruit that we brought for Autumn to snack on, was very easy.

All of the knives were brand new so we didn’t need the knife sharpener but having it as part of the travel set is really handy. You might never know when you’ll need to sharpen the scissors or knives from wear.

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FYI- The cutting board we used was is not including in this kit, but it’s from another camping mess kit we have.

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And you can’t have a beer without a snack!

We always bring a lot some cheese and crackers with us when we go camping. It makes for  a quick snack that is easy to prepare (none) and is tasty (very!). We used the kitchen shears again to open up the packaging and then…

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Ah, the serrated knife in action! This knife was great for cutting thin slices of cheese that we enjoyed with out crackers for an afternoon snack.

The only knife we did not use while camping was the chefs knife, but I did test that once we were back at home and it put all my well loved knives to shame. Price and I already have a plan to register for a BIG set of Wusthof knives when we get married. A bliss!

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We quickly got set up at our campsite we enjoyed some swimming and naps (well the baby did!), and then before we knew it was time for lunch! We brought hot dogs along with us, which had to be opened and sliced in half, for better charring, of course!

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WÜSTHOF is a family run company, that was founded in 1814 in Solingen, Germany. They have always been creators and makers of exceptional quality and long-lasting products. Their logo emphasizes their brand mission as the trident symbolises their three values: Passion – Diligence – Perfection.  They run and manufacture their products with those guiding principals in mind.

Their products are long lasting without leaving a lasting impact on the enviroment, which has been an important mission from them for a long time. They have a very modern facility which guarantees environmentally-friendly production processes. They continue to focus on increasing the efficiency of energy and raw materials, how to preserve resources, reduce wastewater contamination, and reduce emissions of CO² and other gases. The air and water that is used and ultimately levaves the leaves the plant completely uncontaminated thanks to an extensive filter system. But that is just a start for them as they are currently concentrating on recovering heat from the production process and reducing noise emissions.

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This WÜSTHOF 7- piece Travel Set is not just for camping! It is a smart choice to have with you when you got boating, RVing, picnicking, tailgating, or even just backyard grilling as you can just grab the kit and you are ready to go.

I sincerely mean it when I say that this would make for a wonderful addition for people with a fun, active life. And it would make for a great gift as well. Be sure to keep that in mind when shopping for birthdays, Father’s Day, and Christmas!!

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While I recieved this WÜSTHOF Gourmet 7 Piece Travelers Knife Set for review, all opinions are honest and my own.

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9.12-14: Weekend Recap

{Friday night}

get home from work | Price got Autumn from daycare | talk to my sister | Price made cheeseburgers | Autumn ate dinner | Autumn to bed | Price brushed Bunny | watch DVR’d shows | fold laundry | watch DDD | bed

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{Saturday}

up 6.15am | Autumn’s breakfast & english muffins | go to Haymarket for veggies | dog park & met up with Fin | Flour for breakfast | Autumn had lunch | Price gave Autumn a bath | Shepard’s Pie for lunch | reload dishwasher | 2+ hour nap for all of us | went to work to get my work laptop | Petsmart for a new harness | pigs in a blanket & TJ’s pizza for dinner | watch DDD & football | work | bed

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{Sunday}

Autumn up at 4am | back to bed 6-7am | make pancakes | make donut muffins | Autumn naps | get hair cut | grocery shopping | get beer for Price | Popeye’s chicken | football | mini nap with Autumn | spray paint chairs | pizza roll up for dinner | 2.4 mile walk with Autumn | Price works on chair seats | blogging | football | bed

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Monday Munchies: Highland Kitchen- Somerville, MA

 

 As part of my Monday Munchies series, I will feature a different eatery for a review on the first and third Monday of every month. Hope you enjoy!

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I learned a very valuable lesson when it comes to having brunch at Highland Kitchen in Somerville, MA. When you read that brunch opens at 11am don’t just think “Hey! We’ll get there at 11 and won’t have a wait. Sweet!” Nope, no, no no. Wrong. Completely wrong. We pulled up at 11.04 and the line was insane. CRAP. We tried to come up with alternatives but knew that if Highland Kitchen looked like this we would have this problem elsewhere, plus the additional driving time to get to those places. So, we braved it out and waited 50 minutes instead. Oh, boy.

It was lame and annoyed but worth it. Oh, damn that was a good brunch. Such a good brunch. We had a blast while we enjoyed amazing food.

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As we stood around outside (my mom walked Autumn all over in her stroller to kill the time) we peered through the opened windows and to check out what others had ordered. We saw several ordered of Beignets ($4.95) so we knew we had to get some ourselves. The order came to our table piping hot and covered with powder sugar. They were really light and fluffy but they did seem a tiny bit under cooked in the center, hardly noticeable.

I really think you can’t beat freshly fried Beignets and fresh brewed coffee. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have an attentive waitress who keeps your cup of coffee freshly topped off!

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Autumn even enjoyed herself during brunch. She tried everything we ordered and loved everything she tried. She also enjoyed throwing that lid on the floor about a hundred times. And of course, I picked it up and wiped it off every time. Babies…

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Price and my mom enjoyed the Deviled Eggs ($3.50) and Bloody Mary’s. I’m just not a fan of deviled eggs, but they are so they each enjoyed halves that were loaded up with creamy, yolky goodness. We even gave Autumn some and she enjoyed it too.

Price thought that the Bloody Mary was good but very spicy with a lot of Horseradish. It was served with a wedge of lemon and a pickled string bean. The Blood Mary wasn’t very lemony but you could adjust that yourself, as you prefered. Sometimes we come across Blood Mary’s that are really thick and chunky, but it was very smooth. Price did think that it was quite weak and wished that he could have tasted more vodka.

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My mom saw an order of  Huevos Rancheros ($9.95) on another table and decided that she needed to try it. The serving was very generous and quiet tasty.  The plate was really loaded up with its 3 fried eggs, large serving of refried black beans, scoop of rice, corn tortillas & queso fresco. It was all topped of with a ‘rojo’ sauce that had a bit of zip.

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Typically, Price and I don’t order the same thing for brunch so that we can share but we each read the description of the Dirty Bird ($10.95) and we each decided to get it. No sharing. Ha! (I was debating ordering the Dirty Bird or the Shrimp and Grits ($10.95)… I’ll have to try the grits next time.)

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 This couldn’t have been called “The Napper” since you really would want a nap after enjoying this.

Holy Cow! or Holy Chicken. Or Holy Pig. I dunno. There were so much going on with this plate. You might just need to brace yourself when reading the components… get ready… Half of a buttermilk biscuit, topped with a fried chicken breast, a few slices of applewood smoked bacon, and a fried egg. That stack is topped off with the biscuit and the sausage gravy. It’s indulgent, rich, and  breathtaking. This will take your breath away once it’s put in front of you, but once you take a bit you will be blown away. The chicken breast is juicy with a crunchy exterior and the biscuit is tender with a dense crumb to it. The gravy was thick and filled with sausage and was great with a bite of chicken, egg, of biscuit.

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And this last picture is just to remind me that Autumn is just about as delicious as anything I could ever order. I could just gobble up those cheeks.

Get over to Highland Kitchen if you know what’s good for you! And be sure to get there EARLY so you don’t have to wait. Really, I swear, get there early because they don’t take reservations and there will be a line because the brunch is da-bomb.

Highland Kitchen

150 Highland Ave

Somerville, MA 02143

617 625 1131

Brunch 11am-2.30pm

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