Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jillian would understand. : )

Lately, I've been hitting the gym and Jillian Michael's videos pretty hard... Which makes it harder to want to make yummy food.  But, I have a rule that every holiday (no matter how hard I'm dieting) I splurge.  : )  Not great for shaping up for bikini season, but great for an Easter Sunday sweatpants and movie night.

This Easter was a milestone.  Jason and I spent our first holiday away from home, and I made my very first Key Lime Pie (with the help of my mother-in-law's recipe and a few looks at  I doubled the recipe and was able to make 18 mini pies plus one large pie.  We passed them out to stressed out med school students and friends.  Needless to say... They were a hit!


Key Lime Pie  (by Nicole Green)
3 cups condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup lime juice
1T lime zest

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 for 5 mins.

Graham Cracker Crust
I did not make my own crust this time, but just in case you're feeling very Martha Stewart-esque....I did find a great recipe at  : )

Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
3 T confectioners' sugar

Whip heavy cream until it starts to thicken.  Add in vanilla extract and sugar until soft peaks form.  Spread over pies using a spatula or piping.

Serve with love, and ENJOY!  :)

Happy Spring!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Is it settling?

  Dreams are a wonderful thing to have.  They keep us striving for more, and constantly working toward a goal.  But what if what we had was all we needed?  What if our Corolla and two bedroom apartment could be enough?  I love dreaming of moving to the Mediterranean sea and never turning back.  I love dreaming of having a house with a greenhouse full of tulips and lavender on the top floor, a movie theatre in the basement, a couch in the bathroom, a red front door, and light blue ceilings on my front porch, with an ocean for my backyard... but I've decided that for now, I will enjoy my morning coffee, springtime in Lewisburg, and my big, comfy couch.  Because enjoying what I have is far more pleasurable than dreaming of what I don't have.  

Just a thought. :)