Have I ever mentioned that I usually cook two different meals for dinner? Well, I know that I have at least said a thing or two about my Husband, Dave’s, picky food habits… which leads me to no other option than to cook two entirely different meals more than half the time. And it’s not just him that leads to the difficulty- it’s me too. I have a real distaste for meat. Dave on the other hand, would eat meat all day long if he could. So you see, if I would just eat meat than I wouldn’t have half the trouble planning meals that I do. We’ve simply been at an impasse about food for our whole marital relationship (5 years this June- wohoo!). But now that my daughter is getting older and she is going to start eating real food soon, I am on the search for meals that both Dave and I will eat. I don’t want her to see me cooking a separate meal for him and then end up having her expect that she can have something different too. That’s all I need is to be cooking three meals a night…
I am lucky enough that although Dave is picky, he doesn’t usually have a problem with healthier options, specifically whole-wheat. Which brings me to this pizza! It’s made of 73% whole-wheat flour, giving it a hearty dose of fiber and nutrients that you don’t normally get with the basic white pizza dough. The dough is a bit wetter and stickier than usual because of the added water to make up for the flour changes, just use a little extra flour for easier handling. [click to continue…]
My Husband put together our new GIANT trampoline this weekend! It was so exciting. When I was younger I always wanted one, but my backyard was about the size of a 4-by-4 haha. Can’t blame my parents. It just wasn’t feasible. Dave on the other hand, was one of the lucky ones. Nice big backyard- nice big trampoline. Ugh, so jealous. As most parents do, I want my kids to have all the stuff I couldn’t have when I was a kid. So as soon as my daughter reached an appropriate trampoline jumping age and the weather was right, I set to hooking her up with one. Here is the thing though- I just wanted a standard sized large trampoline (with a net, of course, she is only 2 1/2 after all…). Dave begged to differ though. Standard wasn’t good enough- “We must have THE biggest one they make!” Haha My daughter is this tiny little spec of a girl on this enormous trampoline. Pretty silly.
Now on to this decadent pie! I did not make this pie this weekend. I made it a few weeks ago when my parents were visiting. I waited and waited to have visitors to make this pie. God forbid I make it when I am the only one in the house that will eat it. Because that is exactly what I would do- eat it. ALL of it! I’m sure you might have guessed that this pie isn’t quite figure friendly… so to say the least it would have been fairly disastrous. So I waited in order to save me from myself.
When I first saw this recipe (from “Baked: New Frontiers in Baking” by Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito- LOVE it!) I thought it was a basic chocolate chip cookie dough put into a pie crust. NOT true! A better way to describe it would be to say that it is the flavor of a chocolate chip cookie, but with the texture of pecan pie- ooey and gooey. Pretty darn awesome. And of course, whenever you have anything ooey and gooey it just begs to be served with ice cream! Perfect. [click to continue…]