Lemon Cream Pie

Lemon Cream Pie

 

A couple of weekends ago I made the most perfectly beautiful lemon cream pie. Then I drove it 4 hours to Iowa, made it stay overnight in a hotel, had it sit in a cooler for another 6 hours and then finally brought it to get devoured at an outdoor family reunion. In other words, that beautiful pie really took a beating.

By the time we got to eating it a third of the crust had fallen off and there was a big crack along the side. It made me very sad, but my saving grace was the freshly whipped cream I topped it off with. It covered up the cracks and perfectly complimented that tart lemony-goodness of the pie. I was a bit too pre-occupied at the reunion to get photos of the finished masterpiece, but I think Bryce’s extended family can vouch for it’s deliciousness.

Now listen, don’t judge me too harshly, but I bought pre-made pie crust from Whole Foods. It happened. I had to make dinner and bruschetta and pack so making pie crust just wasn’t a priority. Overall, I think Martha Stewart would still be proud.

 

Lemon Cream Pie

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Pie Crust
4 Eggs
4 Lemons (3/4 cup of juice)
1 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream + more sugar & vanilla to taste

Preheat the oven and bake your pie crust accordingly. Whisk everything together, lemon juice last. (Except the heavy cream – that’s for the top, silly!)

Bake it for 25-35 minutes at 350 degrees until it’s firm with a slight wiggle in the middle. Let it cool allllllll the way. Whisk the heavy cream with sugar & vanilla to taste. Top off the pie with the cream.

 

This was a great summer family reunion pie, but I wouldn’t recommend taking it on such a long trip. It was a sweet & tart crowd pleaser! Enjoy.

The Iron Horse Hotel

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I don’t know how much I’ve written about the Iron Horse Hotel, but it’s probably still not enough to get across how much I love that hotel. It’s one of my most favorite places in the world and will probably be number 1 after Bryce and I get married there.

We had a beautiful dinner in The Yard a few nights ago and the flatbread I ordered is numero uno on my to-do list for recreating. It was topped with spinach, buffalo mozzarella, nuts, &  lemon over a garlic honey sauce. Um, yeah. Deliciousness made even more wonderful by the view and the company (not to mention it paired wonderfully with my tom collins).

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Black Bean Burgers

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I have so many meals that I make on a regular basis I haven’t shared because I don’t actually have recipes for them. It’s so hard for me to turn something I throw together into a logical recipe. Well, I’m attempting it again with black bean burgers.

These are so ridiculously easy to make that I don’t understand why someone would ever buy the frozen morningstar crap version. I learned how to make these pretty quickly after becoming a vegetarian because when you miss meat in the beginning you need to find substitutes.

Now I just make them because of their deliciousness. Also, they’re a good option when attempting to fit in with “normal” people at a barbecue. I like to top mine with barbecue sauce and hickory smoked cheddar. Bryce is a standard burger topping guy with lettuce, onion, ketchup, etc. You can also try mexican style with salsa, avocado, and sour cream, but I feel like that gets a bit overdone at restaurants.

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The patties. Pre-crisping.

What You Need:

1 Can Refried Black Beans (Whole Foods has a great version with the only ingredient being beans)
or whole canned black beans (smash ’em up)
About 1 Cup Breadcrumbs (mix of whole wheat & panko)
Garlic Salt
Red Chili Pepper Flake
Regular Salt & Pepper

Mix together the beans and breadcrumbs until they are a good texture for patty-forming. Season to taste. Form into patties with your hands. I like to make them a bit smaller because I love when they have more crisp than thick gooey insides.

Fry them in a pan with a bit of canola oil until both sides are a little bit crispy and the patty is heated through.

Stick them on a bun and top how you like it! For the 4th of July we enjoyed these with corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, and fruit salad. Oh, and lemonade! Enjoy.

 

 

Manie

Well, hey there. Yeah, it’s me, the terrible blogger. I know…you probably forgot about me and my little blog, but I am still here!

Lately I’ve been finding things to do that have just seemed more appealing than sitting down to write a post. Like completely rearranging my living room, reading the newest Dan Brown book, and painting my toes purple. It’s summer! You can’t expect me to paint my nails AND blog. I mean, I’m not Emily Schuman.

Here’s a little glimpse of what my summer has been like so far.

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My summer obsession has become checking the mail. RSVPs to our wedding are arriving daily. This one is my favorite so far – “sadly accepts” just cracks me up.

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Foggy fireworks at Summerfest before Alex Clare.

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Fresh Fruit Salad and Homemade Black Bean Burgers for the 4th of July. (Recipe to come!)

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Falafel at my favorite hole-in-the-wall.

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A desk & bar cart that are serving as our tv stand/media area/floor pillow storage.

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Drinks at my favorite place in the world with Daniel LaBelle, our fantastic wedding photographer.

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More drinks at Cempazuchi. (Stop judging our alcoholism! It’s summer!)

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Purple Toes.

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Vintage hat for my Tea Party Bridal Shower.

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Silly summer reading that I’m about to get started on.

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The first of our wedding gifts – Kate Spade China. The boxes are so beautiful they’ve become my office decor.

5 Minute Dinner

With the release of Michael Pollan’s latest book, Cooked, he’s been around a lot lately talking about how people don’t really cook anymore. How everyone is obsessed with watching cooking shows, but no one can do it themselves. How every meal is cooked by Chef Mike (aka the microwave).

I didn’t realize until recently just how true this is. Many people just don’t cook their own meals anymore. At most they buy frozen food and cook that into some form of sustenance. I hope this doesn’t seem judgmental, but I just don’t get that. Don’t get me wrong, Bryce and I eat out at restaurants our fair share, but I can tell you it’s almost never for convenience. We’re just lucky to have a number of fantastic restaurants in our area that we take advantage of. Otherwise, we cook at home. Mostly from scratch, but I will say some pre-made food is incredibly helpful (like the pasta below). It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s delicious. Cook at home, my friends!

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I seriously made this dinner in a little over 5 minutes. I bought fresh refrigerated pasta from RP’s and cooked it up with olive oil, garlic, and red chili pepper flakes. Paired it with a cucumber goat cheese salad drizzled with pomegranate balsamic vinegar and called it a night. 7 ingredients + 5 minutes = a delicious, healthy dinner

Honey Mojito

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My favorite restaurant makes one of my favorite drinks. It’s a runny honey mojito to die for. The honey flavor makes it one of those dangerous drinks that you drink too quickly and then wonder why you’re drunk from 1 mojito.

You’ll Need:

Muddled Mint
A Squeeze of Lime
Some Club Soda
Honey
A Bit of Rum

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A Special Monday

I have a form fitting wedding dress that has given me anxiety since I bought it (used and online…) over a year ago. For whatever reason I’ve been procrastinating like crazy on calling a seamstress. It just made me nervous. I was afraid they’d tell me I was crazy for buying it online and they wouldn’t be able to fix it for me. My insecurity told me that I had gotten too big for the dress over the past year and they wouldn’t be able to take it out enough.

Well I’m a crazy girl and I was wrong. My dress fits and after some alterations it’s going to be beautiful and perfect and la ti da. What I really want to talk about is Margo because today is her birthday and I wouldn’t have made it through my dress fitting without her. She just gets me, she knows when I’m nervous and what to say to calm me down. She thinks of questions I’m too stressed out to remember and she’s probably sick of me thanking her for being such an amazing friend.

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We had a little early birthday celebration for her after my dress fitting at a great restaurant we stumbled upon in West Bend and then we ended the day with some shopping (of which I did a bit too much).

You’re the best, Margo. I know you hate your birthday, but I hope this year is your best yet. Happy Birthday!

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