The Apron Chronicles Comes to West Baton Rouge!

Apron Chronicles Exhibit

Hi gang, I thought we’d deviate from the usual food and craft posts to let you know about a special exhibit coming to the West Baton Rouge Museum. The APRON CHRONICLES: A Patchwork of American Recollections will be in our area until April 5th, 2015 but there’s a day in particular I want to call your attention to, and that date is Saturday March 28th. More about those activities in a bit, but let’s chat about the exhibit for a moment.

Apron Chronicles Exhibit

I first learned about the APRON CHRONICLES when I was researching my traveling apron project now turned cookbook. The exhibit has been traveling the United States since 2004 and is comprised of 46 photographs, accompanying text in story form and 150 vintage aprons. 150 vintage aprons!!!!

I die.

Because the exhibit “travels”, the founder, EllynAnne Geisel, has been on my radar for some time. Can you just imagine my surprise and sheer delight when the West Baton Rouge Museum contacted me to be apart of this nationally recognized exhibit?! I was over the moon excited to learn that these coveted aprons with such beautiful history would be coming to my home state…and that I was being invited to participate.

The Traveling Apron Recipe Swap

On March 28th, from 2-4pm you have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities at the museum, including a meet and greet and book signing with me. I’ll have  The Traveling Apron Cookbooks as well as “the” traveling apron. But it gets better! In addition to the vintage aprons exhibit and my traveling apron, the LSU Textile Museum is loaning its “Feed Sack Fashions” for display as well. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in daylong art activities, an apron make and take (super excited about that!) and a live dance performance. And? It’s all FREE to the public.

The Traveling Apron Recipe Swap

Email me if you have questions or you’re interested in coming to the exhibit, I’d LOVE to see you!

For more information and a complete lineup of activities, you can contact the West Baton Rouge Musuem here, or you can call them at (225) 336-2422 Ext. 15.

For more information about the APRON CHRONICLES exhibit, you can go here.

52 Pies Project: Louisiana’s Best Strawberry Pie

Louisiana's Best Strawberry Pie Recipe featured on AimeeBroussard.com

52 Pies Project: Louisiana’s Best Strawberry Pie

Louisiana's Best Strawberry Pie featured on AimeeBroussard.com

Welcome to another week of the 52 Pies Project! This week we’re talking Louisiana strawberries. They’re in season and they’re abundant- everywhere you turn, strawberries, strawberries, strawberries!

I debated calling these strawberry pies something other than “Strawberry Pie”. The recipe that you’ll find below makes enough for TWO pies and was lending itself to something more along the lines of  “Friendship Pies”- one for you, and one for me. Or something cutesy like Very Berry Strawberry Pie because the amount of strawberries in these little things is insane.

Louisiana's Best Strawberry Pie featured on AimeeBroussard.com

Warning: You will really need to like strawberries for these pies.

Me? I like strawberry flavor but don’t care for strawberries. It’s unAmerican, I know, but it’s something about the seeds that I can’t get past. Usually when I make a strawberry cake, I puree the strawberries and strain to get rid of most of the seeds. But for strawberry lovers, I’m also getting rid of the best part.

With that being said, my husband looooves strawberries.

Loves strawberries so much that when I was making the pies and layering the strawberries (layers upon layers, y’all)   into the graham cracker crusts, I could’ve stopped right there and he would’ve been happy.

Louisiana's Best Strawberry Pie featured on AimeeBroussard.com

In fact, he grabbed two slices right out of the pie.

But the pie didn’t stop at that point, so neither did I.

The pie recipe is found in the Best of the Best from Louisiana III . The publisher graciously sent me a copy to review and I went straight for the pie section. This Strawberry Pie comes from the Main Street Restaurant in Franklinton, Louisiana and while it doesn’t say anything in particular about the pie, my guess is that if it’s made it into the Best of the Best cookbook, the Main Street Restaurant must know what they’re doing when it comes to strawberries.

What’s great about these series of books, is there’s one for your state too.

Just do a quick search on Amazon for the state of your choice.

Louisiana's Best Strawberry Pie featured on AimeeBroussard.com

Louisiana's Best Strawberry Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 pints Louisiana strawberries
  • 2 graham cracker pie crusts
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 3 heaping tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 (6 ounce) box strawberry gelatin
  • 1 (12 ounce) container Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. Wash, stem, and drain strawberries. Slice and place in pie crusts (the crusts should be full). In a 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and water. Boil until thick. Stir in gelatin. Pour over strawberries in crust. Cool til set, and cover. Top with Cool Whip before serving. Makes 2 pies.

 While the recipe is crazy easy, here’s a couple of notes I made while whipping together these pies. First, as you’re boiling the sugar, cornstarch and water together be patient while doing so. I kept stirring and stirring wondering if it was “thick” enough. I’d say the process took about 8 minutes or so. Secondly, it simply tells you to cool till set. I had the pies out on the counter cooling and it didn’t look like they were going to set. I started questioning whether I had boiled the gelatin mixture long enough.

Don’t stress this part. Simply put them into the refrigerator to cool and a couple of hours later, you’ll have jelled strawberries.

Now, since I had two pies this week and if you recall my dilemma last week about needing to either make 2 pies, or stop cutting a slice of the pie for photographs- this pie eliminates that problem! One for me, and one for a friend!

With that in mind, I got to work on pie packaging.

Creative Strawberry Pie Packaging found on AimeeBroussard.com

These incredibly fun polka dotted disposable pie containers are from Sur La Table. I looked online for a link for you, but it looks like they’re in store only.

One day last week, I was on Amber’s Damask Love website and stumbled upon the tutorial for these die cut strawberries. If you have never perused her site, you’ll need ample perusal time before doing so. The girl is THE most talented person with paper I have EVER seen and her tutorials will have you feeling like you can conquer the world….with only scissors and paper.

Creative Strawberry Pie Packaging found on AimeeBroussard.com

These little handcrafted strawberries were just what my 2nd pie needed for gift giving. I simply added eyelets using my Croc-A-Dile tool and ran some bakers twine through it. Her strawberries turned gift tags in lightning speed.

Creative Strawberry Pie Packaging found on AimeeBrousssard.com

Wrapped up my polka dotted pie container in some green gingham fabric and was good to go, yet I continued making strawberry tags.

My husband looked over at me and asked exactly how many strawberries I was planning on making?

They’re so easy and fun, I got carried away.  I made no less than 20!

 Do you have a favorite pie you like to give for gifts?

52 Pies Project: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

I’m quite excited about today’s pie post. I found this little gem of a recipe in the Mrs. Row’s Little Book of Southern Pies called “Brown Sugar Pie from the Attic”. The story that went with it said:

“Mrs. Rowe’s family is still finding recipe treasures scattered throughout her boxes and notes. Aaron found this recipe on an index card buried in a box in the attic. It’s a sweet pie that tastes a lot like cookie dough”.

That last sentence was all the evidence I needed to included the pie into the 52 Pies Project. The only substitution I made was incorporating some mini chocolate chips into the batter. I was trusting that it would, in fact, taste like cookie dough and who wouldn’t rather a chocolate chip cookie dough than just plain ole’ cookie dough?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

Oh, I also used a ready made pie crust rather than making one from scratch.

And I added some buttercream and morsels for garnish.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

But otherwise, it’s Mrs. Rowe’s recipe. I just get a little carried away.

52 Pies Project: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup miniature chocolate chip morsels
  • Vanilla Buttercream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a 9 inch pie plate with the rolled out crust.
  2. Cream the brown sugar and butter with an electric mixer at low speed until mixed thoroughly. Add the flour, salt, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract to the mixture and continue to blend until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread the filling evenly in the crust.
  3. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until the pie is a deep brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for about 2 hours before slicing. Serve at room temperature.

 This pie is seriously irresistible. It’s like eating cookie dough without worry about getting sick! I mean, if you eat the entire pie you might not feel so well, but a slice or two won’t hurt.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

A slice with a warm cup of coffee?

Oh, my, my, my.

I had great intentions of gifting the pie but I’m quickly learning that I need to make 2 pies. In order to photograph the pie, I need to cut a slice. And cutting a slice means I need to taste the slice. And tasting the slice means I need to keep the pie. A pie isn’t pretty missing a piece cut out of it. So unless I’m gifting individual pie slices (on the agenda), I need to start making 2 pies.

Or stop taking a slice out?

Me oh pie. I mean, my.

Me oh my.

That’s a lot of pie.

52 PIES PROJECT: CHOCOLATE CRUST NUTELLA TARTLETS

Chocolate Crust Nutella Pie

Today’s Chocolate Crust Nutella Tartlets brings you more individually served pies. I’m quickly learning throughout this pie project that I’m quite a fan of the single serve pies!

Chocolate Crust Nutella Tartlets

Hopefully, I can get in the habit of regular sized pies but these little guys are so darn cute to make that I’m making no promises. They make sharing so very easy. No need in worrying how you’re going to cut a perfect slice of pie let alone transport it, these little mini pies just plop themselves into a little to go box and make a great little happy gift.

Chocolate Crust Nutella Tartlets

The beauty of these Chocolate Crust Nutella Tartlets is you can totally substitute the nutella for just about anything. In the mood for peanut butter? Use it! Would rather almond butter? That’ll work, too!

Chocolate Crust Nutella Tartlets

The idea to top the tartlets with banana and graham crackers came as an afterthought, but when I was thinking of what on earth I wanted to make for this week’s pie I thought about what our Kids in the Kitchen committee last year served for afternoon snacks.

A graham cracker, slather of Nutella, topped with a banana slice.

And then thought, well, why not turn that into a pie?

I chose a chocolate crust because I like the flavor combination of chocolate and hazelnut, but you could tone down the chocolate if you wanted with a regular sweet crust.

Use the same crust recipe below, just eliminate the cocoa powder.

52 PIES PROJECT: CHOCOLATE NUTELLA TARTLETS
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp ice water
  • Pie Filling:
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • Chocolate Ganache:
  • 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • Garnish:
  • Banana, sliced
  • Graham Crackers, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the tartlet crust by combining the flour, cocoa, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into into the flour mixture until it resembles damp sand. Make sure no remaining clumps are larger than a pea size. Beat the egg yolk with the cold water and slowly pour over the flour, stirring just until moistened. Form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Unwrap the dough, and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Using a round cutter, cut out circles and gently press into a tartlet pan with removable bottoms. My circles are about 5 inches (and the cutter came with the pan). Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the crust has darkened. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  3. On high speed with an electric mixer, cream the nutella, cream cheese and butter. Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until fluffy. Stir in the vanilla. In a separate chilled mixing bowl, beat the whipped cream until soft peaks begin to form. Fold the cream into the nutella mixture. Once combined, pour into the cooled pie shells, cover with plastic wrap and chill for about 2 hours.
  4. To make the chocolate ganache, heat the remaining whipping cream in a small saucepan- to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate bits in a heatproof bowl. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and completely incorporated. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Spread the ganache over the nutella tartlets and return to the refrigerator to cool for another 2 hours- or until the ganache sets. Top with a banana slice and crushed graham crackers.

 Topped with chocolate ganache and adorned with banana and graham crackers…..you guys.

Insanity. Chocolate Crust Nutella Tartlets

What’s with the candle?

Oh, it’s just my birthday and I’m having pie for breakfast.

Did you miss my pie song on Instagram?

It’s my birthday, and I’ll pie if I want to,

pie if I want to,

you would pie too if Nutella happened to you.

do do do do do

 The aging process is NOT my favorite, but I’m fortunate to have a husband that makes birthdays fun and I have pie.

So there’s that.

Ever had pie for a birthday? What’s your favorite?

Oscar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade

Oscar Party Cookie Wands

Before we discuss the Oscar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade, let’s acknowledge that now that the Super Bowl is no longer lingering over our heads, we can shift our attention to more important matters….awards season! My husband and I have a trade off. He can monopolize the television for the big game, and I can toss him out while I take over the big screen and host a Girls Night In Oscar Party.

The Oscars is the perfect opportunity to round up your girlfriends, pull out the glitz and glamor, serve some delicious snacks while sitting back, sipping champagne and chatting about the fashion.

If you’re a fan of sparkles then setting the table for your Girls Night In Oscar Party will be a lot of fun. This is the night to pull out the gold glitter! Going for a rustic glam vibe, I hung black and gold glitter stars from tree branches placed in a decorative vase and used as our centerpiece. The dangling stars lend way to the star studded night.

Oscar Party Girls Night In Decor

Simply draping your dining room table with a black tablecloth instantly increases the classiness of your event and allows your gold confetti to really pop.

Those award envelope napkins you spotted on Pinterest? Now is the time to use them as place cards for your guests of honor. Incredibly easy to make and creates a personal touch….and directs everyone where to sit.

Oscar Party Girls Night In Decor

No men in attendance means Mr. Champagne is the man of the hour. Dress him in his Oscar Night best by hand making a striped satin bow tie. Attach a gold striped straw for easy sipping.

Oscar Party Champagne Bowtie DIY

Now that your table is set, move on to your menu. Appetizer style food is the way to go here, but that doesn’t mean you can toss chips and dip onto the table.

You need at least one option that will be your signature awards night dish. These Oscar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade will win you the award for most memorable hostess.

scar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring  Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade

It’s as if anything and everything southern got married and had a baby on a King’s Hawaiian Roll.  We all know that a delicious slider/mini burger starts with the bun and there is no denying the sweet, fluffy, irresistibleness of a King’s Hawaiian roll. It sets the stage for the insanity that is about to occur with our mini burgers.

Begin by cutting in half your desired amount of King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and bake in the oven directly on the rack for about 5 minutes, just long enough to get a little bit of a toasted exterior.

Once the buns are toasty, you’ll need to get your assembly line ready. I had the husband work on the mini burgers, shaped to the size of our King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Set those aside.

Saute your thawed, peeled, deveined shrimp in just butter and Creole seasoning and set those aside, too.

Whip together your homemade remoulade sauce.

Easy Homemade Shrimp Remoulade Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup creole mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients together in a medium bowl. Chill. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to use.

Now, let’s get your fried green tomoatoes ready.

Easy Fried Green Tomatoes
 
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  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 3 medium-size green tomatoes, cut into ⅓-inch slices
  • Vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Combine egg and buttermilk; set aside.
  2. Combine half of the all-purpose flour (1/4 cup), cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and ½ teaspoon of cajun seasoning and pour into a shallow pan.
  3. Dredge the tomato slices in the remaining ¼ cup flour and then dip into the egg mixture and then into the cornmeal mixture.
  4. Pour vegetable oil to a depth of ¼ to ½ inch in a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 375°. Drop tomatoes, in batches, into hot oil, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and additional pepper if desired.

I don’t even like tomatoes but there’s something about a fried green tomato on a burger that entices me. And, there’s the movie reference so if you’re one of those that likes to connect a food with a movie, then you could call these the Fried Green Tomato Burgers.

Are you ready to layer?!?

Start with the burger.

Then add your tomato.

Top it with a sauteed shrimp.

Now drizzle your homemade remoulade.

scar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring  Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade

Top of the roll goes back on and you’re going to want to secure it with a skewer or toothpick to keep that little guy together.

scar Worthy Mini Burgers featuring Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Remoulade

Warning: do not attempt putting these together on an empty stomach. If you do and not all of the mini burgers make it to the party, you will have yourself to blame.

You’re going to need at least 2 per person so keep that in mind when preparing.

Did you know that simply placing your sweet potato fries in a glass juice glass or shot glass container will instantly glamorize your fries?

Oscar Party Girls Night In

It’s an easy and elegant way of serving an otherwise awkward food to serve.

And last but not least, remind your girls how golden their friendship is by sending them home with their very own star cookie wand. Created by simply attaching a lollipop stick to the base of a sugar cookie, icing, sprinkling edible gold glitter and finishing off with a bow. Cookie wands might be my new favorite thing!

Oscar Party Cookie Wands

Oscar Party Cookie Wands

Need more ideas for hosting an Oscar Party bash worthy of rave reviews? Head over to King’s Hawaiian Starring Roll website where you’ll find more party planning inspiration, delicious recipes AND a chance to win $10,000!

Do you know what kind of party you can throw with $10,000?! Please be sure to invite me if you win.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kings Hawaiian. The opinions and text are all mine.

Multi Layer Naked Carrot Cake

Multi Layer Naked Carrot Cake

Multi Layer Naked Carrot Cake

You know what gets a bad rap in my opinion ? The carrot cake. People hear carrot and crinkle their noses. And when I say people, I’m also referring to my former self.

When I was out of state training for my insurance job back in the day, a former co-worker ordered a slice of carrot cake while at dinner one night. “Carrot cake?!” I exclaimed. This guy was from North Carolina and loved him some carrot cake. And when I say he loved carrot cake, he was prepared to go to battle to defend his cake of choice. Which got me thinking, why was it that I didn’t like carrot cake? Was it merely the name? And then it got me further thinking, had I truly not ever had a piece of carrot cake??

My mother didn’t bake. I can recall only a handful of times that she made a cobbler or two with the fresh blackberries that would pop up along the fence line. My mother’s mother baked occasionally but I can’t recall her ever making a carrot cake either. My father’s mother didn’t really cook or bake and when she would take me out to dinner and allow a dessert selection, I wasn’t choosing anything with the word carrot in it. Therefore, it is quite possible that I was in my 20’s and had NEVER had carrot cake until that fateful dinner in Jacksonville, Florida with the guy from North Carolina who swore by his beloved carrot cake.

Multi Layer Naked Carrot Cake

One bite and I was inquisitive. Two bites and I was sold.

Tastes nothing like carrots!

Nearly 10 tens later, I’m cranking out a multi layer naked carrot cake that will stop you in your tracks.

Multi Layer Naked Carrot Cake

Deliciously moist and if the irresistibly decadent cream cheese layers don’t call out your name, nothing will.

Multi Layer Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2½ cups finely grated peeled carrots (a 1 pound bag)
  • ½ cup seedless raisins
  • 1 cup walnut pieces, chopped
  • Frosting
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. * This recipe will make 3 9 inch layers. I used 8 inch pans to get the thinner 5 layers. *
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray three 9-inch-diameter cake pans with non stick cooking spray, then line bottom of pans with waxed paper. Spray the waxed paper, too and set aside.
  3. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and then gradually add into the sugar and oil mixture. Stir in raisins and grated carrots. Mix well.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared pans, dividing equally. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean and cakes begin to pull away from sides of pans. Cool in pans on racks 15 minutes. Turn out cakes onto racks and cool completely.
  5. Frosting
  6. Using an electric mixer, beat all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  7. Place 1 cake layer on cake stand and spread with ¾ cup frosting. Top with another cake layer. Spread with ¾ cup frosting. Repeat until you get to the top and run out of layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Using icing spatula, spread remaining frosting on top of the cake, then sprinkle the chopped walnuts.

 Now, there are variety of ways you could change up the recipe. For starters, I left the sides of my cake “naked” because I always swoon when I see a naked cake on Pinterest. I also omitted chopped nuts from the batter the cake and instead opted for chopped walnuts on top of the cake. I was going for presentation but the cake tastes the same if you would like to add the nuts to the batter and instead frost the sides and top with the nuts. If you want to use pecans rather than walnuts, then go for it!

I adorned the cake with some pink flowers to make it Valentine’s Day appropriate, but I could totally see using pale yellows or soft pink roses for a baby shower, dark red for anniversaries, and maybe even all white for a really neutral and stunning cake.

The sky is the limit and I’m so glad I was brave enough to try the carrot cake. I won’t be turning back anytime soon.

Do you have something you thought you’d hate but turned into something you’d love?

Easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Jar

Easy Valentine's Day Cookie Jar with Monogrammed Favor Tag

If I had a top 5 favorite gift ideas I’ve ever done, this Easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Jar (with cookies) I’m about to share with you would be a contender.

I know ever is a really long time but I’m serious when I say how smitten I am with this little cookie jar.

Easy Valentine's Day Cookie Jar with Monogrammed Favor Tag

It’s quite amazing how quickly a plain ole mason type jar can be transformed with a couple of vinyl hearts and some matching sugar cookies. Add a monogrammed tag and stick a fork in me, I’m done.

Easy Valentine's Day Cookie Jar

I used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl hearts, but you could easily use an exacto knife and cut yourself some hearts. They’re selling vinyl at just about all the craft stores lately.  I also used my Silhouette for the monogram (don’t look closely, my spacing is a little off) and while that would be a little harder, you could use a paint pen and free hand a monogram if you’re just dying to have a monogram. Or, heck just print one.

I am NOT a cookie decorator, but I have had decent success if I stick with polka dots. Therefore, I made polka dotted hearts for my Valentine treats. Every now and then, I’ll try to do something besides polka dots and I’m instantly reminded how untalented I am with cookie decorating. The patience is takes! Oh, my my my.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

If I just stick with the same cookie recipe and some cookie icing that’s already made, or this royal icing mix, I’m usually good to go. Oh, and stick with the polka dots. It’s my own little recipe for success.

Easy Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies
 
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  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cream the shortening, butter, and sugar together; stir in eggs and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until dough comes together.
  2. Turn dough out onto plastic wrap and refrigerate 6-8 hours or, preferably, overnight. Once dough is thoroughly chilled roll out about ⅙" thin on a lightly floured surface; cut cookies into desired shapes and place them onto an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or just until edges of cookies begin to brown; allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes; remove cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. Depending on cookie cutter size will determine how many cookies. Small cutter like my mini heart will yield about 4 dozen cookies.

I even buy all the ribbon I come across with polka dots on it because I know that at some point, I can make matching cookies.

You’ll want to find yourself some mason jars without any labeling embossed on them for the hearts. I think I found these at Target.

Easy Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Jar

Just stick them right on and poof, voila, you’re all done.

How cute are these little jars to give to your girlfriends, neighbors, or co-workers?! And let’s don’t even mention how stinkin adorable they would be as wedding shower favors. I do believe my heart just skipped a beat!

So, you only have a few days left to get your hottie some polka dottie cookies. Are you ready?!? You know you’re running out of time, right?

52 Pies Project: Individual Strawberry Daiquiri Pies

strawberry daiquiri pie featured

Disclaimer: If you’re here looking for a pie to serve to your children for Valentine’s Day….keep on trucking. This is NOT your pie.  These Individual Strawberry Daiquiri Pies should be reserved for those of adult beverage drinking age and if that’s what you’re searching,then hey, hey let’s get tipsy on pie today!

Strawberry Daiquiri Pie

Ok, fine. There’s not quite that much alcohol in the pies to get you “tipsy” but it sure was fun to say.

You’ll need to allow a little bit of freezer time for these here pies, but other than that they can be whipped up in a snap.

Strawberrry Daiquiri Pie

52 Pies Project: Individual Strawberry Daiquiri Pies
 
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Ingredients
  • Graham Cracker Crust Recipe:
  • 1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • Combine crumbs and sugar in medium sized bowl. Stir in melted butter until blended. Pack mixture firmly into a 9 inch pie (or into an individual size pie tins), pressing firmly with the back of a spoon to bottom and sides. Bake 8-10 minutes on 350 degrees, cool, chill and fill. Note: For individual pies, bake for about 6-8 minutes monitoring for browning.
  • Pie Filling
  • 3 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp rum
  • 1½ cups whipping cream
  • sliced strawberries, garnish
  • sliced lime, garnish
  • striped straws, cut in half- decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Press the graham cracker crumb crust into the individual pie tins and bake for 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  2. To make the strawberry filling, puree the strawberries, lime juice, condensed milk, rum & Cointreau in a food processor until smooth.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream in an ice cold bowl on high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Pour the strawberry mixture into a large bowl and gently fold in 1 cup of the whipped cream, ½ cup at a time until combined. Reserve about ½ cup for topping. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crusts, smoothing the tops. Cover each pie with plastic wrap and freeze for a minimum of 3 hours.
  5. Allow the pies to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with an extra dollop of whipped cream, and strawberry and lime wedges.

Strawberries. Rum. Condensed Milk. A Pie All For Yourself?

Don’t have a Valentine? Well, who the heck cares if you have a friend dropping this off to your house. Because let’s face it, can there seriously be a better pie for your single girlfriends? Nope. I don’t think there is.

Strawberry Daiquiri Pie

Maybe you have a friend whose husband is out of town on the big love fest day (I’ve been there…..it’s not fun). I’ll bet you $10 an Individual Strawberry Daiquiri Pie will cheer her right up.

Strawberry Daiquiri Pie

 Dress up your pie with a striped straw and some strawberry and lime wedges and have yourself a little party.

Just keep the pie consumption to a minimum.

And no driving after a lot of pie consumption.

Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Treats for Dogs

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You guys, I’m on a mission to make everything heart shaped leading up to Valentine’s Day. Even these Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day for Dogs couldn’t be spared.

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Dog Treats

It’s no big secret that I adore my dogs and I’ve said on numerous occasions that in my next life I’m going to run a Bed & Biscuit. All the dogs will lounge on monogrammed bedding and eat homemade gourmet treats. It will be the most luxurious home away from home- just like a Bed & Breakfast serves for humans.

Our dogs function as our children (I realize there’s a difference, so please no hate mail) and the holidays are no exception to lavishing them with extra attention.

And Valentine’s Day? Is there any more of a reason to extend the I Woof You’s than Valentine’s Day?

Nope.

Incredibly easy to make, too!

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Treats for Dogs
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • red food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all the wet ingredients until well combined. Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition. Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough in half, make a well in one half and add the red food coloring, working the dough until you reach your desired coloring.
  3. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for about an hour to chill.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° and remove dough from refrigerator.
  5. On a piece of wax paper, break a small piece of dough of each color and roll into a ball, then into a spaghetti noodle. Twist one of each color together to make it swirl. Break off a small piece and stretch the dough, keeping both colors together and form a heart.
  6. Place each heart on a non stick baking mat. Whisk together the remaining egg and brush each heart with the egg wash. Bake for about 10 minutes depending on the size of your hearts.
  7. Cool completely and store in an airtight container- they'll last about a week.

 Once you get your dough prepared and chilled, roll into spaghetti looking noodles.

Valentine's Day Dog Treats

Combine the 2 colors.

Valentine's Day Dog Treats

Form a heart.

Valentine's Day Dog Treats

Pop them into the oven then package them up for gift giving.

Valentine's Day Dog Treats

Valentine's Day Dog Treats

I’m making these for all the neighborhood dogs with super cute etched glass containers. Can’t wait to show you those next week!

Have a great weekend, y’all.

Heart Shaped Honey Apple Hand Pies

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These Heart Shaped Honey Apple Hand Pies are JUST what you need to win cupid over.

Honey Apple Hand Pies

They are also the result of me not paying attention in my most recent webinar class. I had begun their preparation and there I was, sitting on my computer listening to some really fabulous food bloggers toss around ideas for e-books, healthy snacking, something about hydroponics and then probiotics- have you heard how hot paleo is? And while these are all great things they were discussing, I’m ashamed to say all I was hearing was waaaah waaaaah- you know like on cartoons when someone isn’t paying attention.

Honey Apple Hand Pies

All I could think about was getting the apples that had been simmering in the sugared honey into the heart cut outs and then……into the frying pan. Because while I most certainly could’ve baked these little suckers and been a tad bit healthier, my fried and sweet tooth loving heart was saying “Fry me, Valentine. Fry me.”.

Heart Shaped Honey Apple Hand Pies

So I did and oh, boy were they were it!!!

Flakey on the outside, moist and sweetness on the inside it’s a couple of bites of pure Heaven.

And they’re super duper easy to make.

Heart Shaped Honey Apple Hand Pies

Heart Shaped Honey Apple Hand Pies
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped finely
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crusts
  • vegetable oil
  • confectioners sugar, for dusting
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until apples are tender- depending on size, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cool completely and drain.
  2. Using a heart shape cookie cutter, roll out your pie crust and cut out your heart. Place about 1½ tablespoon of filling into the center of the heart. Be sure to leave plenty of space along the edges so the filling doesn't ooze.
  3. Heat enough vegetable oil to cover the heart pies in a medium size dutch oven, or an electric deep fryer. Carefully place the pies into the hot oil and remove once golden. This will go quick! Only about 5-10 seconds.
  4. Drain on paper towels. Using a sifter, sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top.
  5. Serve warm!

 Now, if you’d like to bake these guys, do so at an oven temperature at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

You’re still going to sprinkle with confectioners sugar, so don’t skip that step.

Heart Shaped Honey Apple Hand Pies

Because, um. Yum.

Heart Shaped Honey Apple Hand Pies

So stinkin’ good.

Are you cooking up anything special for Valentine’s Day? Or do you just get a card and candy and call it a day?