13 January 2013

It's the year for imporvement-

Hey All,

So I have been thinking about this new year that's ahead. Its a year full of unlimited possibilities and I have decided to make the best of it. That being said January is going to be the kick off month to great crafts, good advice and sweet time savers. This year I'm really getting organized... For real this time. Since we know that we are going to be in our humble abode for a few more years I figure that now is the time to really make it what I want and less of a this will work for now.

I have some great sewing tutorials to share and a new pattern or two for you. If you would like to see something on the blog leave a comment or shoot me an email and I can get it up here for ya!

In the meantime here is my recipe for vanilla cream pie. ( I forgot about the pictures until the pie plate was cleaned out already... next time y'all) Now the reason I love this recipie is because its a three fer' ( yup I just used fer' as a word) This pie is multifaceted and can be made ahead and I think even tastes better that way. But the real kicker its 3 desserts in one ( or you can break them up and they stand perfectly on their own).

The whole caboodle is based around this amazing homemade vanilla pudding recipe. Now from what I can tell its a pretty standard recipe the ingredients can be found in most vanilla puddings and so are the measurements but what really takes it over the edge is the addition on the vanilla bean guts. They bring a whole new element to the pudding.

But there is more add bananas and you have yourself a southern banana cream pie. So really eat it as vanilla pudding with Nella Waffers, Southern Banana Cream pie or Vanilla bean cream pie it makes an awesome dessert either way.


Sara's Vanilla Bean Cream Pie.

What you will need-

{ Some of these items can be omitted in a pinch so for those you will see a {O} next to them}
3/4 -1 C White Sugar
5 T All Purpose Flour
1/4 t Salt 
2 C Milk ( I use skim but whole would make it much more decadent)
3 Egg yolks
2 t Vanilla extract
1 Vanilla Bean (guts or caviar)
1 Pie Shell Cooked
1/4 C powdered sugar
 4 oz Softened Cream cheese
8 oz Heavy whipping cream

Directions

1. Add 3/4 C sugar, flour and salt into a saucepan. Slowly add milk to the mixture while whisking over medium heat. Continue to whisk the mixture until it thickens. Then add in the egg yolks (You can add in a little bit of the warm liquid to the yolks to temper them so they don't scramble.)

  2. Cook the mixture for 3 more minutes while constantly stirring. Once it is cooked fully take it off of the heat and allow it to cool.

3. Mix the powdered sugar with the cream cheese and smear (yup I said smear) it on the bottom of your cooked pie shell.

4. Place your cooled vanilla pudding mixture in the pie shell and set aside ( or in the fridge if your into that kind of thing)

5. Add the heavy whipping cream, 1t of vanilla extract, and  1/4 C of sugar. Beat until soft peaks form. Pile it on top of your pie and serve.

Hope y'all love it!





 


03 January 2013

Happy New Year Y'all!

Happy New Year Readers!

I hope the first few days of 2013 have been more eventful than ours. We have been down in the dumps sick with fevers and coughs that just keep hanging on. Luckily being sick makes you feel especially grateful for the times when you are well. This year the hubs and I have decided to share some of our resolutions or "commitments" for 2013 with you. My thinking is y'all can keep me on track and maybe it will help us to keep them in the forfront of our minds so they aren't forgotten by February. 

Here's the list-

1. Spend more quality and quantity time together.

We have been so busy this year with different jobs and trips that it has been like we are ships passing in the night sometimes. With the NFL and UFL moving the hubs around the country we haven't been able to have a ton of real life face time but 2013 is looking like we will have a chance to spend most of it together so it's definitely going on the top of our list!

2. Take the slobber machines out on more walks.

We are a relatively active bunch in the spring and summer months but when its cold out we turn into hermits and cozy up around a heater which can make the slobber machines antsy so to curb the restlessness and maintain my sanity we are going on more excursions to explore. 

3. Attend the Temple once a month.

If y'all didn't know I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or as many know us as Mormons. As Church members we are able to go to some of our temples to learn and grow. If you want to know more about what I believe click here. 

4. Do a 5 minute "sweep" of every room before bed.

I heard about the idea of room "sweeping" during a class when I was in college. The idea is to pick up an empty laundry basket and go into each room of your house and do a "sweep" with your eyes for things that do not belong in that room. Whatever items that are misplaced go into you basket and are then put back before you go to sleep so you take 30 minutes or so to replace lost items in your home. Hopefully doing this consistently will help to keep the home in order.

5. No dirty dishes are left in the sink at night
Basically, old dirty dishes well really dirty dishes in general give me the skivvies. Thus I am trying to stop them in their tracks and make sure that all of the dishes are cleaned off and rinsed prior to being in our sink. 

6. Read the scriptures as a couple at least 3 times a week
In my faith we read books of scriptures that you can learn more about here. 

7. Save more spend less
I believe this is pretty self explanatory. 

8. Continue to grow as people.
I feel like as people we often forget and more regularly shy away from doing things that challenge and teach us to rather sit in our favorable rut. I was this was until I married the Hubs and in an effort to have more things in common I started to try new things that were completely out of my comfort zone. I can now say that I love sushi, Thai food, and can enjoy more sporting events etc. 

9. Say at least one prayer together a day.
I used to think that the family that prays together stays together was really weird but lately I have been thinking things are a saying for a reason right? So it can't hurt to try it out.

10. Read more books.
I love books and in college I used to say I can't wait until I can read for pleasure and choose the books. I said that I would read all the time. Little did I know that real life it just as busy as college life and you have to make time

There you have it our top 10 resolutions. What are y'all's if you care to share...


Hey y'all I am Sara otherwise known as the Desperately Happy Housewife. When I am not working I am busy crafting, blogging and re-decorating my house. I channel Lucille Ball and Lauren Graham on a daily basis to get me through the "Oh my gosh I just sewed my finger" moments that often happen. I hope you stay a while and get a chance to see what makes me desperately happy.

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