Butterfinger Pie

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We are currently in Miami!!!

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I extended a work trip and dragged Price and Autumn along with me. Totally dragged them along. So while I am working today they get to hang around the pool at the hotel. So tough!

Just like this pie… so tough to make. Nope!! Actually, it’s super easy! Plus it’s tough not to eat it all!!

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I made most of this one handed as Autumn was like ‘mom, all the toys you laid out for me are BOR-ING! You should hold me. And I’ll help you out by trying to shove my hands in the containers of Cool Whip!!!’

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So ultimately, she was no help at all. But really super cute when I gave her the empty Cool Whip containers as a distraction.

Thankfully, I was able to whip up the rest of the pie in about 2 minutes and pop it back in the freezer for a bit of a cool down and set up. Perfect!!

Since it is tough to cut this while it’s completely frozen, be sure to take it out of the freezer and into the fridge to thaw a bit. Think of treating it like an ice cream cake.

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I actually intended to post this recipe on Halloween but then I was thinking ‘What if they don’t see this recipe on Friday? What if they eat all their Butterfingers before reading this and knowing about this pie? They need this pie.’ So that is why it’s getting posted now so that you are prepared not to eat all your (your kid’s) extra Halloween candy. And if all else fails, and they won’t let you steal the Butterfinger candies for this pie, you can buy some candies. Oooh, if you plan well you can get them on a steep post Halloween sale on Saturday morning!

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Make the pie. You deserve it.

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Butterfinger Pie

Makes a 9″ deep dish pie

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted

For the Filling & Topping

  • 6 fun/20 fun size Butterfinger Candy Bars
  • 8oz of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2- 8oz containers of Cool Whip, softened
  • Chocolate Sundae Syrup, about 1/4 cup

Process

  1.  To make the crust, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Pour the crumbs into the deep dish pie plate. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Chop of 5 1/2 full size/18 of the fun sized candy bars.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped candy bars and the cream cheese. Mix well.
  4. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until the filling mixture is well blended.
  5. Put a layer of chocolate syrup in the bottom of the pie crust. Pour the filling mixture into the chilled crust. Chop the remaining Butterfinger and then sprinkle the pieces on top. Return to the freezer for at least an hour prior to serving. Defrost in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Keep chilled for up to 3 days.

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Dear Autumn @ 11 months

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October 2014

Dear Autumn-

Just last week you knocked our socks off by saying ‘yum’ when Dad offered you a piece of apple and then you stood all by yourself for a split second. It was such a mind blowing night. The enthusiastic ‘yum’ was just adorable but you really shocked us when you randomly let go of your grip on Dad. There was a lot of us going “did you just see that? She stood right? I can’t believe it. It was for a split second! She stood right?!?” So much fun.

You are super happy but super clingy now. Some days I don’t think I will get anything done as you are always crawling after me, climbing up me, or just being held. I’m reminding myself how these days are fleeting and to just relax and accept the slower pace of doing laundry, cleaning, or making dinner. It’s all worth it.

Understandably, you were really clingy during a recent cold. In fact you ended up with your first ear infection. So minor that you didn’t need any medication but still sad when we saw you pulling on your ears.

Our tiny Chicken is just as fast as can be. You crawl so fast that we need to be extra careful with closing and securing the baby gates. I stood right behind you as I let you crawl up the stairs and you made it up 3 steps with ease. Trouble! I know that once you are walking you will be record fast as you have such fine motor skills.

We visited Raleigh this past month to see if we could see ourselves living there. It was fun to imagine you running around some of the yards we saw. Oh man, I want us to have space for you to run & play. You did a great job on the flight down but we’re royally annoyed that you had to stay on our laps during the flight back. Such a rough flight! Let’s just hope you do better on our upcoming trip to Miami this weekend. You gotta see the world babe!

The way you laugh when you try to throw your cup full of water out of the tub is the best, even if the mess isnt. You sweet face looking up at us while you take a bottle is the best. And you puffy little cheeks and delicate lips set in stone while you sleep on me is the best.

We love you tons!

Love,

Mom

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10.17-19: Weekend Recap

{Friday night}

leave work at lunch | lunch with Adam & Chris at Society on High | home | pump | get Autumn from daycare | go to Dr’s – still minor ear infection (L), flu shot | home | make Garlic Noodles | Price gets home, packs up, & leaves with Kemper | watch Bones | work on fashion show stuff | watch lots of Triple D | dishes | laundry | pump | bed at 11

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{Saturday}

up at 5 | pump | Autumn up at 5.35 | bottle, breakfast, hang out | Autumn naps from 8.15- 10.00| pump, parenthood, baking, shower | bottle | pack up | leave at 11 | Sweet Meadow Farm for hay and pellets | go to work for fashion show work | home | Autumn has dinner, bath, bed | clean cube wall | make cookies | pump | bed

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{Sunday}

up at 5.00 |  pump | Autumn up at 5.35 | play and hang out | oatmeal for breakfast | nap together | playing around | make Butterfinger Pie| mac and cheese for lunch | leave house at 1pm | Michael’s | traffic | at work to for fashion show work | Price home from weekend away | home from work at 6.15 | Autumn very cranky | Autumn bath, eat dinner, play with new toys, bottle, bed | shower | dishes, laundry, and house clean up | pump | bed

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The perfect pair: Pear and Apple Pie

Pear and Apple Pie

Guys, let’s talk about coke.

Not that coke… jeez I’ve never even had a cigarette.

I’m talking the other addicting form of Coke. Coca-Cola!

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Ignoring the fact that I post a pie recipe every Friday, Price and I have been trying to reshape our diets. We have been shifting more and more to the Paleo diet. As a treat, we have a slice of pie at some point during the week, but the rest typically goes to our dog walker or Autumn’s daycare teachers. It’s been going well with some easy swaps- quinoa for rice, zoodles for pasta, and sweet potatoes with everything when all else fails. Cheese is the hardest to give up but at least the adjustments we have been making have been helping curb the cheese and sweets cravings.

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Like soda. We stopped buying soda. We get seltzer and add some lemon or lime. Or if I am horrible, I go for my drug of choice… Country Time Lemonade Mix. (At least I only put in about a Tablespoon in my 24 oz waterbottle since I don’t actually like lemonade). Which brings me to the point of this story… I grabbed a Diet Coke at work during a Lunch & Learn.

I only drank half of it and felt so gross.

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I couldn’t believe how blah I felt after just half of a soda. I used to feel like I could drink a Big Gulp full and it was refreshing. But now it’s just gross. This actually just makes me happy. Happy that we have been making smart choices to better our diets.Thankfully, as a result we have purged junk from our bodies and have been curbing cravings too.

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While I’m glad that we have been curbing our sugary cravings, I’m still glad to crave some fresh pie straight from the oven. And this is a pie worth craving!

The combination of pears and apples goes together to well. This pie has less cinnamon than your typical apple pie and more ginger so there is a nice complexity to the spices used. I don’t normally do an egg wash on pies but I went for it this time, and added a heafty sprinkling of sugar, which gave it a nice look and added crunch to the top.

Yum!!!

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Pear and Apple Pie

Makes a 9″ pie

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, chilled
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

Filling

  • 4 large Bartlett pears
  • 4 large baking apples, such as Cortlands
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 Cup flour
  • 3/4 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 3-4 Tablespoons sugar for sprinkling

Process

  1. To make the crust, in the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Addbutter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.
  2. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour.
  4. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Ready your pie plate by placing it on a rimmed cookie sheet.
  5. Peel the pears and apples. Cut the fruit into 1/4″ thick slices. As you add the fruit to a large mixing bowl, add the juice of the lemon to prevent oxidation.
  6. Add the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla extract to the pears and apples. Mix gently.
  7. Roll out one of the disks to be large enough to compeltely cover the pie plate. Place the dough into the pie plate. Add the filling to the pie crust. Then add the 4 pats of butter on top. Roll out the other other disk and then cover the filling and crimp the edges.
  8. Mix together the egg and the water. Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash and then sprinkle with sugar.
  9. Bake for 55-65 minutes. Serve hot or let cool on a wire cooling rack. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Crust Sourced from Martha Stewart, Pie by I am a Honey Bee

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Life with a Baby: Baby Favorites @ 10 months

What a packed month we have had!!

We went to Raleigh over Price’s birthday weekend. At that point I realized that flying with a 6 month old is very different than a 10 month old. Oy!!

And in that time Autumn’s crawling speed has increased 10 fold. We really have to make sure all the baby gates are securely closed as she is really quick at going from one end of the room to another. Plus she has been quite proud in showing that she can easily make her way up the first 3 steps with little effort. Oh boy, we are in trouble!!!

The only thing that slowed her down a bit was a recent cold and her first ear infection. Awww poor babe. As usual, she starts out stuffy and then one day her nose is a completely faucet and then she is on the rebound. But this cold also brought along with it the added ear infection so that was extra stinky for Autumn.

Anyway, here is a little round up of things that have been favorites of ours this past month!

Baby Favorites @ 10 months

Silly Hats Barney

While Autumn LOVES her Owl, she is pretty smitten with her singing and dancing Barney toy too. I picked this up at a consignment sale for $5 and, considering how much we have used it, the toy has been a great deal. Every day we take it off the bookcase (so the dog can’t eat it!) and she immediately starts to wiggle. She is ready to dance and clap along with Barney as he sings his songs related to the portion of the hats (farmer, firefighter, bus driver) he has rotated to face forward.

 

BRICA Super Scoop Bath Toy Organizer

We give Autumn a bath just about every night but what that really means is that I get to say ‘tushy down!!!!!’ about 100 times in 10-15 minutes. Since discovering that she can easily pull herself up from the sides of the tub, she finds it pretty fun to do just that. So I have a heartattack just about every time she does it as there have been a few times when she has slipped and thankfully? gone back (instead of smacking her pretty little face on the edge of the tub). I yank her up again and she blinks back the water that was just all over her back and looks at me like ‘chill, won’t you?’ So, the new solution is lot of toys to keep her entertained in the tub so she doesn’t feel the need to stand up. But where do you keep all those toys?? In this bad boy!! It’s great as it allows you to scoop the toys up and keep them out of the way by hooking on the wall. Awesome!!

 

Braun Forehead Thermometer

It was easier when Autumn was younger to take her temperature in her armpit or rectally but now it’s much harder as she resists staying still, so this thermometer has been so helpful as it only takes a swipe across her forehead and then done! I highly suggest this to all parents to have in their first aid supplies.

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Okay, sometimes she still tries to eat them but at least it’s fun to sit with her and doodle with her while she wings them about. It’s just nice to sit without noise and draw with her. She does fast sharp lines and swooshes and then I elaborate them with more doodles, stars, and flowers & leaves. I just look forward to when she really gets into doodling.

 

 

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Check out more Baby Favorites:

@ 9 months

@ 7 months @ 8 months

@ 5 months     @ 6 months

@ 3 months     @ 4 months

@ 1 month     @ 2 months

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I’ll do a favorites post every month/stage as Autumn grows, changes, and develops.

What are some of your favorite things for 6 month olds?

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