52 Pies Project: Individual Strawberry Daiquiri Pies

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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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Serves: 6-8
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.

2015 Word of the Year

Word of the Year Necklace

For the past two, or maybe three years rather than resolutions I have spent some time choosing a word that would better define and shape the year. I make resolutions, too. You know the ones-  the usual lose weight, go to church more, drink less carbonated beverages, be a better person, blah blah blah….but the word that you can carry around with you throughout the year seems to work best for me.

Choosing a single word is not a new concept. In fact, if you google word of the year you can read countless upon countless posts of other people’s “word”. I recommend doing this AFTER you’ve spent some alone time with your personal word options though before googling. You’ll just get confused and overwhelmed if you focus too heavily on what other people are choosing and why their words are their words and how they chose their words, etc.

Trust me. Just stay in your lane and focus on your word.

I can’t remember what my word was in 2013 quite honestly and because I didn’t blog it, I am ashamed to say that it probably was chosen haphazardly because everyone else on the Internet was choosing a word and as a result it was probably not that effective of a word. 2013 was an awkward year for me professionally and emotionally. I had little idea of what I was doing and where I was heading. Looking back, I really was a fish out of water- flapping and flailing awkwardly trying to find my voice and my place on the Internet ….and in this world.

In 2014, my word was Journey. I didn’t blog it either (shame, shame) but I know that it was my word because I ordered a hand stamped necklace with a vintage camper trailer (on my bucket list to one day own one…soon) and the reminder to enjoy the journey engraved into it. I don’t know that I could’ve chosen a better word to have guided or to sum up what 2014 had in store for Brian and I.

Word of the Year Necklace

2014 brought us the completion of our custom home, the publishing of The Traveling Apron Cookbook, and Brian’s promotion from Assistant Athletic Director to Associate Athletic Director. It was a loving banter throughout the year of who was getting more magazine features and press time.  I get emotional just soaking in just how much the two of us have accomplished this year and how undeniably blessed we both are. I am so lucky to journey through this life with him. 

My 2015 word of the year will be Intention. While I’ll continue to piggyback on 2014’s word, because let’s face it- my journey is far from complete, I’ve chosen Intention.

intention
[in-ten-shuh n] Spell Syllables
Synonyms Examples Word Origin
noun
1. an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
2. the end or object intended; purpose.

Intentional Quote

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The ultimate goal of 2015 is that I am intentional with my heart and with my time.  That my life will reflect my heart, and that my heart will reflect and continue to seek my faith. That I will choose the paths to take, the activities that consume, the words that are used, and the time spent with others as a result of something intended rather than coincidence or habit. I have spent a lot of time and worry this year on things that are insignificant (who really cares how many dogs I adopt?), things that I cannot control (why my sister doesn’t call when she’s driving through my town), and things that occupy too much time unnecessarily.  I have taken on projects and said yes to things that weren’t the best fit because they weren’t chosen with intention.

My hope for this year is that my word will guide me to intentionally choose how my time will be spent on this blog. When to say yes, when to say no thank you…and when to let go of things that no longer work or that are no longer beneficial.

Life is short, y’all.

As much good that has come from this year, it also brought with it sadness and the death of my father’s cousin, Lynn who was way too young to say goodbye. And while she battled cancer for some time, we thought she had overcome it once again. Do you know the one thing that will continue to haunt me? That our last conversation she mentioned wanting an LSU apron and I blew it off because I assumed we’d have plenty of time to get one to her. It’s trivial but it still bothers me.

 I don’t ever want to be unintentional with my conversations and actions. I don’t ever want to assume that there will be time to tomorrow or the next day, or that my intentions to get to it next week don’t ever happen.

I want to live with better intention. 

Do you choose a word? I’ve love to hear the word you’ve chosen in the comments and follow along with you this year!

Holiday Floor Cleaning Singing

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Family

I’m happy to have partnered with O-Cedar for today’s post brought to you by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser however all opinions are entirely my own. #CleanForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias

With Thanksgiving in a mere 11 days, it’s time to start thinking about Holiday preparations and all the cooking and cleaning that come along with it.  And while you’re whipping your home into sparkling clean shape,  I’m also here to help with a little holiday floor cleaning singing. Because you know what might make the cleaning part of your holiday prep a little less miserable? Singing.

You ready?

Here we go.

Dashing through the house, not as quiet as a mouse.

I need my floors to shine, so the mother in law will not whine.

O-Cedar help me out, please do not make me pout.

My Holiday will glisten, if you would just please listen!

OH!

Clean my floors! Clean my floors! Clean my floors to-day!

Oh what fun is to mop, with O-Cedar leading the way.

HEY!

Clean my floors! Clean my floors! Clean my floors to-day!

Now that you have my jingle permanently embedded into your brain, let’s chat about the O-Cedar Microfiber Spray Mop. I know what you’re thinking. Why, Aimee? Why are you boring us with a post about a mop?

And that’s because this would be my THIRD mop to try out since moving into our new house.

THREE types of cleaning mops, people.

I am slightly OCD when it comes to my hardwood floor cleaning tendencies and it doesn’t help that I have dogs who shed.

And track in dirt.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Family

Who us??

I’m not a dog shedding type of person. I love them dearly but I don’t do clumps of dog hair in the corners and if we’re being honest here, I wouldn’t jump for joy to eat at someone’s house with 3 dogs unless I knew they were on top of their cleaning game.

My current routine is to run the iRobot/Roomba on alternating days. On the days that the Roomba doesn’t run, I swifter with a disposable cloth to get up the dirt and hair, then use the Bona wet mop to make them shine. So basically I sweep/mop/deal with my floors EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And on the days that I swiffer plus wet mop, I do it twice. With two devices.

That was, until, I discovered the O-Cedar Pro Mist.

O-Cedar Mop

It affords me the ability to run the washable microfiber pad over the floors first-using the zone scrubbers to break up any dirt and grime and scooping all the hair that those faces you saw all comfy cozy on the arm chair leave behind. Those scrubby things are where it’s at.

O-Cedar Pro Mist Mop

In the spirit of transparency and so that no one thinks my house just magically cleans itself, I’m going to share something with you that I will probably regret later on.

O-Cedar Pro Mist

(This is what happens when I go out of town for a conference and return to floors that have missed me. YIKES.)

After I clean up all that dirt pile, I simply detach the microfiber pad, rinse it off (I pull off the dog hair & put it in the trash rather than risking clogging my laundry room sink), wring it out and let it dry, add in my favorite cleaning solution (I use Bona cleaner for hardwood) and reattach a disposable pad for the spray mop. The liquid holder on this mop was developed to use any cleaner you prefer. So if you don’t have wood floors to be concerned with, you can just put in something recommended for your floor type.

O-Cedar Pro Mist Refills

So now, while I’m still going over my floors twice, I’m at least doing it with one device which means I’ve made more room in my broom closet!

broom closet

And if there’s anything just as important as having clean floors for your holiday company,  it’s having things organized. You never know if someone will accidentally open the broom closet thinking its the pantry and you don’t want to be horrified when 5 mops topple onto their heads.

You can find the O-Cedar Pro Mist Mop at any of your neighborhood WalMart stores. Just look for the red branding, and the one with the big loop for the handle.

O-Cedar Aisle

Can we still be friends now that you know how dirty Stella, Milo & Murph make my floors?

And Murphy Makes Three!

dogs are a girl's best friend

Last week, I picked up “Floyd” as the newest temporary member of the Broussard clan.

Floyd was a rescue pup, just as Dennis was and through the same organization.

Murphy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Everything told me to say no, that the timing was wrong and that I was unavailable to foster at the moment.

It was the husband’s birthday week. It was a week of approximately 5,000 deadlines that were coming due. It was the week of one of the only home games I planned on attending. It was the week I was hosting the Cookoff Before Kickoff crew in my home (more on that later).

It was the week that everything was leading me to simply say no.

But the desperation in the leader of the organization’s voice was something that I just didn’t have it in my heart to ignore. They were in the process of rescuing multiple dogs from a backyard breeder and another handful from some freakazoid Amish puppy mill. With more dogs than foster families I said yes.

Murphy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Yes to providing him a safe home, a cozy bed, and the promise of daily meals.

Yes to promising him that he would no longer be forced to be a reproduction machine.

Yes to showing him that he is one of God’s creations and deserving of compassion and affection.

Yes to teaching him that the same human race who mistreated him, was also capable of adoring him.

And despite my selfishness of what I may or may not have had going on last week; yes.

I said yes.

He came to us frightened, shaking, and barely willing to leave the safety of his crate.

His hair had to be cut to remove the fleas and matting that happens over 17 months of neglect. His ears infected and in need of treatment. And of course, that same manhood that was used for human profit needed to be removed.

And despite everything this little guy has been through, in no more than a week’s time he has begun to show the resilience and companionship that the Cavalier breed is known for. He has learned to snuggle. He has learned that a cozy home and a soft bed to rest his head is so much better than a life spent  in a backyard….and boy is he savoring it. He has learned what treats are and approves.

Murphy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

He hasn’t come without issues but if there were ever a boy who wanted to please, it’s this little guy.

This morning, a week after I brought him into my home I sat down to write his bio and take his photos for him to be placed online for adoption.

Without warning, I broke into tears with uncontrollable sobbing with fingers unable to hit the send button.

I saved the email in my draft folder and gave myself some time to think. I even asked for an extension in posting his information until Friday.

Can we handle a 3rd dog?

Are we crazy for considering a 3rd dog?

If Stella & Milo could speak, what would they say? And how will this affect them?

I looked into Floyd’s gorgeous eyes and I knew. I knew exactly why my eyes were flooding with tears and my fingers paralyzed from emailing his bio.

I watched Stella & Milo choose to sleep next to his crate while he slept and I knew their decision, too.

I knew that he belonged with us.

Murphy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

“You mean I get to stay here FUR-ever????”

And so we scheduled his adoption and renamed him Murphy rather than calling him Floyd because let’s face it, Floyd? No.

He’s a tiny 19 pounder so we named him Murphy and call him Murph….Murph the Smurf.

And just like that, Murphy makes three!

The three amigos- Stella, Milo & Murph

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

And honestly, we probably are a little crazy.

But I’d rather be crazy with too big of a heart than no heart at all.

dogs are a girl's best friend

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Tailgate Tuesday: Crock Pot Taco Soup

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I can’t tell you how excited I was to make the Crock Pot Taco Soup for this week’s Tailgate Tuesday.

The temperatures here are a little cooler here, keyword being “little” and by golly if a person can wish Fall weather into the atmosphere then I’m that person.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Crock Pot Taco Soup is PERFECT to serve while tailgating/home gating because not only is it a fix it and forget it type of meal, but it also serves a small army.

And the beauty of it is that you can modify it to the ingredients that you prefer. If you’re like myself and you don’t love a ton of tomatoes then just add 2 cans rather than 3. Not a fan of super spicy? Then skip adding jalapenos. If you need more spice in your life? Then toss in a can of green chili’s and garnish with a jalapeno slice.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Limitless I tell you.

Tailgate Tuesday: Crock Pot Taco Soup.

Crock Pot Taco Soup
 
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Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 c. onions, diced
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 can (4.6 ounce) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 ounce package Ranch salad dressing mix
  • Corn chips, for serving
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Shredded cheese, for garnish
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet until onions are translucent; drain if necessary then transfer the browned meat and onions to a large crock pot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, black olives, taco seasoning and Ranch dressing mix; cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. When serving, place a few corn chips in each bowl and ladle the soup over the chips. Garnish with sour cream, cheese and green onions.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I like my Taco Soup served with Fritos but my husband likes it with tortilla chips. I say purchase both and give your guests an option.

Seems to work in my household.

Arrange the toppings in a DIY type station and let people garnish as they please.

 Extra cheese. Sour cream. No sour cream. Green onions. Or, no green onions.

So fun!