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I LOVE PIE. I love making it and eating it and looking at it…sigh… My favorite pie is pecan, and let me tell you, I can make a pretty mean pecan pie.

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There is a restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina called Mama Dip’s that we used to go to before every football game (GO HEELS!) This place is quintessential homecooked, southern comfort food. They have fried chicken, Brunswick stew, pulled pork vinegary bbq, pecan pie, and any other amazing unhealthy food you can think of. Mama Dip has a book of recipes, which my family uses for their pecan pie. This is the recipe I BASE my recipe on. I’ve made some adaptations, but let me tell you, I’ve had the pie at Mama Dips and it is gewd.

 

 I made the pie because it was our friend Zac’s 20th birthday  and he had never had one of my pies before. Pecan is my specialty also. So I made up the pie and 10 minutes before it came out of the oven I had 10 people guys over asking where the pie was. So when it came out of the oven I didn’t have very much time to get pictures, so they’re not the best. My apologies. But even I was itching to get a piece. 🙂

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Okay, so here we go..

 

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter

1 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup dark karo

1/2 cup light karo

3 eggs beaten

1 cup of chopped pecans (or more!!!!)

1 unbaked pie shell, whichever recipe you prefer

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a saucepan melt the butter, but be careful not to let it brown.

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Also please note my cute spatula!

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Mix in the sugar and Karo and cook, stirring every so often, over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

 

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Take the mixture off the burner and allow to slightly cool just for a few minutes. Stir in the eggs and mix well.

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Then stir in the chopped pecans and stir around making sure the pecans are coated in the mixture. It makes for a crispy top!

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Pour into the pie shell and bake for an hour! I like to cover the edges of my pie crust with foil for the first 30 minutes of baking, otherwise they always burn, so it’s up to you whether or not you want to do that.

 

Another note, I did make my own pie crust, but I’m still working on getting it right and I’m a bit self conscience of it..I feel like I’m not too good at it, so maybe later I’ll post a recipe for that!

But let’s have a moment for the pie crust. ha! 🙂

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Let it stand for 30 min-to an hour so that the center sets up.

 

And here it is..and like I said..I got like two pictures of it before it was devoured.

 

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Yum YUM!

 

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And here is the view from my window this morning at 5 am when I couldn’t sleep!

 

Until next time 🙂

I’ve been up to lots and lots of crochet goodness lately. I got a parcel in the mail the other day, which had more Stylecraft yarn, so I was able to resume my popcorn flower grannies for the pillowcase. They are so pretty, however, they take effing forever to crochet up, and I feel like it’s just taking WAYYYY too long. But they’re pretty so I guess I’ll get over it.

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I can’t until they’re done!! I think it’ll turn out really nice.

Daniel’s mother’s scarf is also coming along. I’ve taken a short little break from it just because I got bored and wanted to work on my flower grannies, but it’s over half way done.

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Here it is a tad bit longer. EXCITEMENT!!

Until next time!

The past few days have been filled with the sweetest of sounds. I live facing the East River and on many occasions they have little events and weddings and concerts so when we saw them setting up music equipment it wasn’t such a big deal. Dan and I were midway through making dinner when I heard the music start so I opened the window. The music sounded so familiar, but I just couldn’t place my finger on it. Dan took a listen and he said “Sounds kinda like Edward Sharpe..” And then I screamed “IT IS!!!!!!”

We abandoned our dinner and ran down to the water and lo and behold it was. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were having a secret concert!!! Tickets were $30 and that’s a bit steep for us so we just decided to sit on the side and watch. We watched for about 30 minutes and then they just started letting people in for free! I honestly don’t think anyone there was as enthused as Daniel and myself. We sang and danced to our hearts’ content. It was also an incredible and intimate concert. There were only about 150 people there. The stars were beautiful, the music was beautiful, and the atmosphere was to die for. Only in New York would this happen. HA!

After the concert we came home and resumed dinner and it was as if nothing had ever happened. It was so surreal.

 

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The next night Daniel and I went to dinner with his grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, and 3 younger cousins. The younger kids and grandma and grandpa went to see Newsies and the rest of us went to see Let It Be, the new Beatles musical. It was great! It also happened to be opening night. It wasn’t much of a play, but more of a concert. They played something like…30-40 songs and it was amazing to actually hear the songs live. It is the closests we will ever get to going to a Beatles concert.

 

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I’m a crazed Beatles fan! A;DLKAF;SLDKFJASDA;DLFJ

 

Over and out!

Happy Monday to all! I had a most splendid weekend. Not only did I get a ton of crochet done, I also visited Long Island and celebrated mine and my guy’s half year anniversary. Busy busy!

 

Here is my new project I’m working on. I’m making a scarf for my boyfriend’s mother since the first one just would not do. I am LU-UHVEing the colors. I want to make a blanket out of the exact colors. I think it would make an excellent, comfy, cozy winter blanket.

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I love all the dangly ends! But then I think about all the weaving in I have to do and I hate them. 🙂

I’ve never done a “at random” stripey type pattern because, to be honest, it kinda stresses me out. I feel like I have to think about it even more and I’m nervous I’ll have too much of one color in an area and I’ll think “OHHH NOO IT’S TOO GREY HERE IT’S RUINED!”. But this time, determined to do it, and inspired by Attic 24 I’ve persevered and I love it now. Hooray for trying new things!

 

Here’s my hot date for our anniversary! WOOP! We were going to do this free history walking tour around Greenwich Village, but alas, it poured as soon as we stepped out the door. So instead we ate at our neighborhood Belgian restaurant, Petite Abeille. It has the most amazing mussels! I got mussels and Dan got steak and as usual we split everything right down the middle and it was delicious.

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And of course I spilled butter sauce on my shirt and ruined it. Good one, Vic. After dinner we went to Baskin Robins and got icecream cones and then hobbled home all nice and full. We rented Wreck It Ralph, which was amazingly cute, and laughed and had a wonderful laidback night.

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NOM!

 

Onward to Long Island! Daniel has family out there so we went for a nice day visit. I got to try tubing from a jetski for the first time and I met his lovely grandparents. I love the beach. I always feel so relaxed so I read a little bit and crocheted and swam in the bay and was a happy camper.

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On the train. It was an hour long train ride and we listened to music and ate Taco Bell and I crocheted. Happy times!

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Here’s Dan and his cousin Kimberly, and myself on the tube gearing up to go out. I’m slightly freaking out at this point! It was the most scary/exhilarating/fun thing ever!

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Hi Mr.Crab!

I did suffer some battle wounds. The skin on the my elbow got skinned right off while riding on the tube 😦 So painful! reminds me of my rug-burnt knees as a child.

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Here I am looking pale and awkward as usual.

 

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

past couple days I’ve had to put my popcorn flower granny project on hold because I’m low on my light purple Stylecraft yarn. So, whilst it’s being flown over the Atlantic to my doorstep, I’ve been working with my other colors. I wanted to do something that would use all my stylecraft colors and be quick….sooooo I decided to make some bunting. I’ve been on a garland/bunting kick lately. I guess because it’s so quick (I’m not very patient wah).

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It was so difficult to get a decent picture of the bunting! It was so long, and my room was so messy. Eep!

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First off, I love this yarn. It’s so cheap and soft and colorful and did I mention cheap? The only downside is the fact that it takes almost two weeks to get here from the UK. BOO! It’s worth the wait 🙂

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I used this bunting pattern from Carina’s Craft Blog. Here embroidery is amazeballs. It’s on my list of things to conquer next. It hooks up incredibly fast, I made 16 in one sitting of  two-ish hours. Connecting them is easy also.

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A first on this project was blocking. I’ve never blocked anything because I’ve never really had to, but since the edges kept folding up I decided it was time to put on some big girl undies and just do it. And it was easy peasy smeasy.

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I just pinned the triangles down to my mini ironing board (thanks mom!) and then used my tiny handheld steamer (thanks again mom!) to steam them for a few minutes. I then let them dry and that was that. SO easy.

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I hung mine up in my room since I have this hangy downy beam and I love waking up to a burst of color, and my boyfriend approves. YAYAYAYAYYY! I LOVE IT. I always get so excited after I complete a project.

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My wonderful boyfriend nailed my bunting up for me! And bless his heart he had to move it about four times.

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I tried to get a picture of the entire thing but this was the best my boyfriend and I could do. Yes, my room is incredibly messy. This is why there aren’t many pictures of it! HA!

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My guy and I have also been watching Animal Planet round the clock. It’s reality tv, but you’re learning about animals. (That’s how we validate it to ourselves haha). We love Treehouse Masters!!! Anywho, if you love trashy reality tv and you’re tired of Duck Dynasty and Hardcore Pawn, switch over to Animal Planet.

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And on another sidenote, today is my boyfriend and I’s half a year mark and I’m excited, darn it! You might think it silly, but I’m always finding an excuse to celebrate something. My mom bought me a book of the history of NYC and in the back it has several walking tours around the city that highlight historic landmarks and has little tidbits of history, so we’re going to do one of those today! YIPPPEE! I can’t wait.

Also whenever you have the chance check out my instagram themenagerie or my personal vicasaurusrex

Until next time!

I have finally finished up my flower and sea penny garland! I love it so much. It adds so much cuteness to my little crochet corner in the kitchen.

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I initially started this project to use up some cotton I had laying around. For the lime green, magenta, and blue I used Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton and for the red I used Peaches & Crème. I don’t have the original labels so I don’t know the legit names..whoops :).

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Hanging above my apron collection.

I loved making this garland. It was incredibly easy to make and easy to carry around and work on on the subway and at castings. Maybe one day I’ll make it even longer. Who knows. Hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about food, cooking, and to show off my food pictures :).

I love recipes, however, I use them more as guidelines rather than a written in stone recipe. Many times I’ll be perusing recipes and I have MOST of the ingredients..not all of them, in which case I improvise. I love love love improvising. This is where you can get creative with cooking and where I have the most fun. It took me a couple years of adding a dash of this and a dash of that to learn how to improvise, but believe me you, it is the most handy of handy skills in the kitchen. It, for me, is usually what turns a dish from good to great. I highly recommend you start experimenting with spices and herbs and finding out what you like and don’t like and which flavors go together. My mom also told me growing up that the best cooks know how to improvise. My dad always said it was one who was tidy..if that’s the case I’m screwed. :p

Like I’ve said before, my boyfriend, Daniel, and I are trying to eat healthier and with less gluten. So, having that said, I whipped up this meal which was fantastic.

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We had roasted southwestern spaghetti squash boats. Yurrrrrmmmmm. It’s healthy and totally improvised. Yeyuh! I roasted a spaghetti squash in the oven, and meanwhile cooked ground beef with peppers, black beans, corn, garlic, onion, chili powder, cumin, and salt on the stove. then scraped all the sketti out of the squash. I mixed it all together and put it back in the squash, topped with cheese and that was that. This meal is very improvision-friendly. You could add salsa or tomatoes or throw some gauc on top, or skip the beef and make it veggie friendly. I know some of you are like “beef is not healthy, it’s red meat blah blah and you have cheese blah blah”. Red meat, beef included, is high in iron, which most women lack, The heme iron in red meat is easily absorbed by the body. Red meat also has vitamin B12, which helps make DNA and keeps nerve and red blood cells healthy, and zinc, which keeps the immune system working properly. Some people are freaking saying red meat causes cancer and heart disease but everything is fine in moderation. It’s all about portions people! I love red meat..so I had to stand up for it. And as for the cheese..it’s a sprinkle, so deal.

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Seriously, this meal was so easy to cook up, healthy, and incredibly delicious. I was inspired by all the “stuffed spaghetti squash” dishes, and the ingredients I happened to have, which were all tex-mexy.

And here are some photos from dinner the other night I just wanted to show off. Daniel brought home a flank steak so I ventured out to learn how to cook it. He was also my kitchen helper for the night. 🙂

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Upon googling “how to cook flank steak” this article helped the most. I seasoned it only with salt, pepper, and butter, and I cooked it in a regular non stick pan. So if you don’t have a cast iron skillet have no fear. I cooked the steak less time than the instructions said because I always always ALWAYS manage to overcook steak. I DO NOT like medium, or anything above that, cooked steaks. It’s like chewing on shoe leather as my father says.

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Here’s the finished product. OHHHHHH yum. Butter is not healthy, but we were having steak and that doesn’t happen to often around here so we went all out. Ha! BUTTER FO LIFE!

We also had a ton of veggies.

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And of course even though I cooked it less time than the instructions said, I STILL overcooked it. It was still excellent though, so no complaints!!

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Have fun improvising!!!