Friday Favorites–Easy as Pie

Maybe it’s the “American as apple pie” thing, but the 4th of July always makes me think of pie.  And not necessarily apple, although there are few pies I would rule out.  In my perfect world, sugar is good for you and butter gives you a six-pack.  On the front.

Pie Recipes - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

This Salted Caramel Peanut Pie from Eats Well With Others looks like a big, round, rich candy bar.  Yum.

Salted Caramel Peanut Pie from Eats Well With Others

I have a couple of hazelnut trees by my house, and the day I’m faster than the hungry squirrels I might actually get to harvest some to make this Chocolate Pudding Pie with Hazelnut Crust from Everyday Maven.

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Hazelnut Crust from Everyday Maven

This Crème de Mint Pie from What’s Cooking with Ruthie might seem like more of a winter option, except I have a big patch of mint growing out front right now that’s just begging to become garnish.

Creme de Mint Pie from Whats Cooking With Ruthie

I have fond memories of eating blackberry pies and cobblers when I was a kid.  I just need some adorable little cast irons skillets and to convince my husband to let a few of the vines grow and I’ll be making these Blackberry Pot Pies from The Pioneer Woman on Food Network.

Blackberry Pot Pie from Food Network

I can’t even imagine how sweet and delicious this Butterscotch Pie from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice must be.

Butterscotch Pie from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

This Banana Split Pie from Raining Hot Coupons would be the perfect solution for one of those days when it’s too hot to cook, but everyone’s craving dessert.

Banana Split Pie from Raining Hot Coupons

This Caramel Coconut Cream Pie from I Want Crazy is definitely happening.  My son just discovered he likes to bake, and I watched him take a coconut from whole, in the shell, to grated last week.  I’m recruiting him to make this for me.

Caramel Coconut Cream Pie from I Want Crazy

This Strawberry Pie from Lemon Tree Dwelling is almost too pretty to eat.  I’m sure I could force myself to do it anyway.

Strawberry Pie from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Hey, all you bacon lovers out there, have you tried it in a pie?  Now’s your chance!  Check out this Bacon Apple Pie from The Loveless Café.

Bacon Apple Pie from The Loveless Cafe

My husband loves Red Velvet.  I told him it’s only chocolate dyed red, but according to him it tastes different.  I should probably stop trying to burst that bubble and just make him this Red Velvet Fudge Pie from Pizzazzerie.

Red Velvet Pie from Pizzazzerie

Have a happy and safe celebration tonight!

Friday Favorites–Pie

A couple of months ago, I asked my kids to suggest themes I could use for my Friday Favorites.  They came up with a few things, but the one that didn’t surprise me at all was from my son – pie.  That boy loves pie.  Pumpkin is his favorite, which he’s had instead of birthday cake for the last few years.  Lucky for him, his birthday happens to be in October.  So, Tucker, this one is for you.

If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would want this Cookie Dough Cream Pie from Love and Olive Oil.  And seafood.  But not together.

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This Lemon Pie from Dabbled looks delicious, but I especially like the photo collage of the steps they used to make it.  There’s another one for blueberry pie here.

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Watermelon happens to be another of my son’s favorite foods, so he’ll love this Watermelon Pie from Make and Takes.

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I’ve made Cream Cheese Pie before, similar to this one from Glorious Treats.  I actually like it better than cheesecake – it’s lighter and doesn’t overpower the fruit.

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My sister made Pie in a Jar like these from Not Martha for Thanksgiving one year.  They’re fun to eat with a fork right out of a jar.  You’d think the fact that they’re individual might help with portion control – not so much.

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I liked this Rocky Road Brownie Pie even before I read the post and found out Gingerbread Bagels is a fellow Oregonian!

I love berry pie in the summer.  This Triple Berry Pie from Instructables user kathrynl is so pretty I would kind of hate to cut into it.

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I’ve made my own version of peanut butter brownie pie before, but this creamy, fluffy-looking Mile-High Peanut Butter-Brownie Pie from Pillsbury seems perfect for summer.

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This last pie is actually a pie-cake hybrid.  A turducken of sorts…a pie baked inside a cake.  I can imagine so many combinations I wouldn’t know where to start, except to go with this Chocolate Pecan PieCake from Making Life Delicious.

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I seriously have to stop writing about food – gotta go make a pie now.

Friday Favorites–Stuff on a Stick

It’s Friday again, and the weatherman has promised we will finally see the temperature hit 80 degrees this weekend.  We haven’t seen 80 around here since the beginning of October last year, so we’re all kind of giddy.  I’m very ready for some sunshine.  What does any of that have to do with stuff on a stick?  Not a thing, but putting something on a stick has a similar effect to putting eyes on it – it just gets cuter and I’m in the mood for cute.

Most of my favorites this week are food, but I don’t know if I could bring myself to actually eat these Chili Pepper Cake Balls from Nikki in Stitches.

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These Cinnamon Rolls on a Stick from Artisan Bread in Five are cute too, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t keep myself from eating them.

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Visit Confessions of a Cookbook Queen for the Cream Pie on a Stick recipe, but stay for the hilarious story she tells along with it.

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My kids would LOVE these Donut Pops from Potter and Butler.  Don’t tell them.

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Speaking of my kids, here is their first, and so far only, Instructable.  They have detailed how to make their Fluffy Cheesy Weiner Kebabs.  Don’t knock it until you try it.

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This one is a little out of season, but I’ve still got Hot Chocolate on a Stick from Givers Log on my to-do list.  They might be good to take camping.  Or just freeze them and eat them like a popsicle.

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We’ve all seen the cake pops everywhere, which are delicious and cute, but my heart is all a-twitter for these Pie Pops from Luxirare.  The photos are gorgeous.

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I love these PopTarts on a Stick from Saucy’s Sprinkles.  I really just love that they’re homemade PopTarts – the fact that they’re on a stick is a bonus.

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Just so you know there’s other fun stuff that comes on a stick besides food, here’s an adorable Sock Stick Horse from The Napping House.

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These Soapsicles from TeachSoap look edible, delicious in fact, but unless you’re being punished for some colorful language, keep them out of your mouth.

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Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

I made myself a Mother's Day pie yesterday.  I'm sure someone in my very sweet family would have done it for me, but I was itching to do something.  I hadn't planned on sharing it here, but it turned out really well.  I combined a couple of recipes and did some tweaking, so I'm claiming it as my own.  1 (9 inch) pie crust (I can't make them better than Marie Callendar, so I use hers, frozen)

1/3 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup Bisquick

2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute

Preheat oven to 375.  Poke the pie crust a few times with a fork, then bake for 10 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 325.  Cool crust.  Mix peanut butter and powdered sugar with a fork until combined and crumbly.  Spread evenly in the bottom of the cooled crust.  Melt chocolate chips with butter in the microwave until smooth, stirring at least every 30 seconds.  Combine chocolate with the remaining ingredients in mixer bowl and mix until smooth.  Pour gently over peanut butter into crust.  Bake about 40 minutes, or until middle is set.  Cool.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. 

I think this would also be good using other flavors of chips - maybe vanilla or even peanut butter.

One note about the chocolate filling...mine didn't all fit in the crust.  I poured it into a couple of mini pie pans, sprayed with nonstick pan spray.  That works out well in my house, since we have one that hates the chocolate/peanut butter combo.  I know, but the DNA test proved she actually is mine.

Enjoy and I hope yours lasts longer than mine did...here's a photo of the last piece!

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