Bourbon Molasses Pumpkin Pie

Bourbon Molasses Pumpkin Pie

Let’s talk turkey. And by turkey, I mean pie. Last week we continued the annual tradition of Friends-giving at our apartment with the tiny kitchen that really should only have one…mayyyybe two people in it at any given time. But hey, you work with what ya got, right? This is the sort of thing that forces one to learn to prep ahead of time.

Confession: I didn’t even used to read all the way through a recipe before starting it; which, as we all know, can catch us unawares as we start cooking, only to realize that the dough has to chill for TWO HOURS until you can get any further in the recipe. So guess what? I totally Don’t stop! Keep reading…

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Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Pie

You wouldn’t think I needed another rejuvenating California fix after my recent trip to LA, but I did. I went to San Francisco for ten days last week and just about died I was so incredibly happy and relaxed.

I got to explore more of the city and a lot of the East Bay. I got to go north to Muir Woods to breathe in that amazing redwood scent and to Stinson beach to dig my feet in the sand while enjoying a picnic with one of my favorite people in the world. I got to spend the whole time with some of my closest friends from high school and college. I got to relax, bake, and go running and hiking; I got to try some pretty freakin’ outstanding restaurants and some trendy SF bars.

Chocolate Cream Pie

I feel so lucky. Oh, and I also made a Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie. Yeahhhh :)  But first, here’s a look into my California time…

Enthusiastic

The theme of the week :)

Graffiti

Dolores Park

Dolores Park

Jack Kerouac

Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Don’t stop! There’s more…

Mmmm Berry Pie

Raspberry Pie

This past week in my tizzy of what I’m foolishly calling a “quarter life crisis,” I decided to do some things that just felt good. No matter how you week is shaping up, I highly recommend you do at least one of the following things:

1. Go for a long run – always clears my head and makes me feel good. But please, please run on the grass – not the concrete – save your knees! Please! I feel like a grandma, but really, this is a good one to keep in mind :)
2. Treat yourself – latte…2% milk. Yeah.
3. Skype with that friend who you deeply miss. They will always make you smile and she’ll probably have a great story for you. And then you’ll realize that the two of you should probably be talking several times a week. (Get on the 10 minute conversation train! The closer I am to someone, the more often I call them, and it’s usually for just a quick “hello” or “oh my gosh, I just saw a tiny fluffy puppy being pushed in a stroller, and you had to know that immediately.”)
4. Have some alone time.
5. Make a lattice pie! It’s so easy and looks so fancy!
Seriously, this recipe was a piece of pie….That’s how that saying goes, right?
Raspberry Pie