So I’ve decided to take on a “happiness project.” Don’t freak out, I’ll still be your “ray of sunshine” – as a sweet-talking friend described me. But let’s be real here, it’s already past the middle of the year (and while I’ve kept my one New Year’s resolution to make at least one new recipe every week and then blog about it), I know that there is lots more that I can and want to be doing! I’ve been having fun frolicking in New York, enjoying the DC brunch culture, hittin up Jazz in the Sculpture Garden and farmer’s markets. I have a good job, great friends and family, and an awesome city as my playground. But I want more from myself. I’m going to take on little things everyday to make life even happier! JOIE DE VIVRE :)
Today, I started by writing down 100 things I want to do. I sat down for an uninterrupted 20 minutes and wrote down 100 things that I want to do (today/tomorrow/when I’m prune-y) – places I want to go, careers I want to have, people I want to meet, things I want to learn, ways I want to live my life! I’ll look at the list in a day or two and then pick out things I can actually do now and things that are long-term, think of specific ways to accomplish those things, and do them! I’m starting with two simple things: setting aside more time to read and starting to volunteer at an urban youth garden. Here’s a little happiness inspiration (:
*Accept yourself, and expect more of yourself.
*Create a most wonderful day for yourself. Remember you are in charge of your happiness.
*Let kindness prevail inside and out.
And in the meantime, let’s make PIE! :D Pie always makes me happy! I made a lemon icebox pie and got crazy with a giant curl of lemon peel – don’t be crazy like me. You should probably just sprinkle some lemon zest over the top.
Here’s what I did:
Lemon Icebox Pie
For the graham cracker crust:
Pulse to a fine texture in a food processor:
-1/4c. roasted unsalted almonds
Next, pulse in until fine:
-about 12 whole graham crackers
Pulse in the rest of the ingredients until combined:
-5 T. melted butter
-pinch of salt
Press the crust into your glass pie dish (you can use a second one on top to press it all down if you’re lazy/super clever like me – thanks for the idea, Mom!)
Brush the crust with a beaten egg, and bake the crust in a 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes until it’s golden brown.
For the filling:
Beat together in an electric stand mixer until smooth and silky:
-1 8oz. package of cream cheese
-1 can low-fat condensed milk
-zest of one lemon
-1/3c. fresh lemon juice
-1.5 t. vanilla extract
Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust, and refrigerate overnight. Right before you’re ready to serve it, top the pie with fresh whipped cream (whipping cream whipped up and sweetened with a quarter cup of powdered sugar) and lemon zest OR a GIANT lemon peel curl if you’re crazy like me.
Slice up some happiness! :)
**French phrase for fun:
Qui voudrait une tranche de tarte au citron?
Who would like a slice of lemon pie?