Fresh Strawberry Pie

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Fresh Strawberry Pie

This my friends is one of those pies that sings to my heart. 

Fresh Strawberry Pie is almost like shortcake but in a Flaky Pie Crust or Graham Cracker Crust dependent on how you roll. One of the most important things when making a Fresh Strawberry Pie is making sure the strawberries are incredibly ripe.

I went all the way this time with a Flaky Crust because I was already making that luscious Lemon Meringue Pie I shared last week so I had a second crust needing to be put to use.

Lorna has been asking me to make another one since we devoured the first one in less then a day so I'm thinking maybe I'll have her help make another one for Easter. This is one of those desserts I could eat for breakfast or dessert for the rest of my life and totally be content.

I'm pretty sure my family will agree! 

Minestrone Soup Recipe

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easy to make Minestrone Soup recipe is the perfect way to use up garden vegetables with pasta in a tomato broth.

Recipe for Homemade Minestrone Soup filled with pasta, and vegetables in a delicious tomato broth from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
I made this Minestrone Soup the other weekend because I had a fridge full of veggies needing to be used and the kids always love Minestrone Soup.

It's the perfect vessel for sneaking extra veggies into the kids and a meatless meal into Colt. I swear my husband thinks he's going to wither away every time he knows somethings meatless. He actually questioned me when I was making the soup about the lack of meat since we were cooking dinner together. I had to reassure him he wouldn't miss the meat and I always make it like this. 

The look on his face pretty much said he was sure I was starving him but by the time he had the soup he completely forgot about the lack of meat and devoured the leftovers the next day for lunch. The beans and hearty tomato based broth make this Minestrone Soup Recipe very filling and the meat won't be missed.

I know you'll love Minestrone Soup as much as we do! 

Lemon Meringue Pie

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Lemon Meringue pie is a year around favorite! This recipe has step by step instructions for a weep free meringue!

This weeks Sunday Supper theme is Spring Fling to celebrate all the amazing foods of spring.
One of my favorite ingredients in the spring time is lemon so I thought this is the perfect time to share my recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie with a weep free meringue.

There's nothing worse then a layer of liquid covering your gorgeous lemon filling the next day when you go to slice your pie from the meringue weeping. Something about the creamy lemon filling covered with light billowy meringue in a flaky crust that just screams spring to me.

It's an elegant dessert with just a bit of effort.

Our winter was rather mild this year and I think we might have had only had 1 snow day that was more of a light dusting but I'm still totally ready for the warmer weather of spring. Luckily it's come a bit earlier this year in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and the tulips have made an early appearance in the fields and I've been loving every minute of it.

I'm ready for the warmer weather to bust out my favorite spring dresses, sit out on the patio with the sun shining on my shoulders while I enjoy Sunday Supper and a big slice of this Lemon Meringue Pie while the kids throw the football in the yard.

Life doesn't get much better then in those moments! Shall we get on to the recipe?

Boston Cream Pie

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Boston Cream Pie recipe is a light yellow sponge cake filled with vanilla pastry cream and covered in chocolate ganache

I remember from an early age lusting over the gorgeous Boston Cream Pies at the local Bakery growing up. Layers of light yellow sponge cake filled with creamy vanilla pastry cream and covered in chocolate ganache combined to make a gorgeous dessert worthy of any occasion. This particular recipe was 15 years in the making.

When Colt and I first became married I tried many Boston Cream Pie recipes that usually ended in a disaster with an overly dense cake, too sweet of pastry cream and excessively sweet chocolate ganache.

I spent a lot of time over the years perfecting the layers of yellow sponge cake to become light, airy and not overly sweet. Then I filled it with a rich vanilla lightly sweetened pastry cream and covered it in a rich chocolate ganache.

I opted to make 2 (8") cakes and trim the tops level over the traditional single cake sliced into two.
I will be the first to admit no matter how hard I tried to slice the cake perfectly into two I always ended up with two uneven pieces of cake.

By trimming the tops level and filling with pastry cream the finished slices turned out equally as stunning as the local bakery with much less trouble.

Are you ready to make Boston Cream Pie?


Baked Hot Wings

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Baked Hot Wings
I figured this picture was long over due for an update since the original isn't very pin worthy and we make these Baked Hot Wings all the time.
You really should make them too just because they are that good! 
My favorite combination of Hot Sauce for these wings is Franks and Cholula Hot Sauce it adds an amazing depth of flavor and a little extra kick! 
I know you'll love these as much as we do! 
*Original Post*
As I've said it before ❤ Hot wings! In case you've missed the other recipes I have Fried Hot Wings and Boneless Hot Wings too. There's just something about little chicken drumettes smothered in hot sauce. The best part of this recipe is it's a little bit healthier since it's baked and not fried! I also love that you don't really need to babysit these babies once there in the oven other than to occasionally brush a little juice out of the bottom of the pan over the top. I made these a bit milder for the kids but to spice things up a little bit brush a little hot sauce over the top the last 20 minutes of baking!

Tuscan Ham and Bean Soup

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A hearty soup recipe filled with smokey ham, white beans, zucchini, yellow squash and kale.

Tuscan Ham and Bean Soup recipe is filled with white beans, zucchini, yellow squash, and kale from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
I made a big batch of this Tuscan Ham and Bean Soup last weekend because even though it's been sunny it's still been very cold and when it's cold I crave soup to warm my bones.

This soup is probably not authentic Tuscan because I'm not Italian but more my rendition of a perfect soup to take me away to Tuscany on a chilly day.

I used 2 large smoked ham hocks because we had gone out to our favorite butcher and picked a few up but a really meaty ham bone would work too. I loaded this soup with kale, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and celery to keep it healthy. The smokey ham was the perfect disguise to hide the veggies from any picky eaters you might have in the house.

It was devoured with just enough for Colt's lunch the next day. If you aren't feeding an army this recipe could easily be halved, or the leftover's could be frozen for an easy quick dinner the following week.

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake
I've been dreaming of Strawberry Shortcake all winter, so when I finally found really ripe amazing smelling strawberries at the market I decided to make this  Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake because I wasn't in the mood to make traditional biscuits and roll them out.

I made a moist and light yellow lemon buttermilk cake for the base because I knew it would be the perfect flavor combo.Then filled it with fresh strawberry puree, diced strawberries and smothered it in freshly whipped cream.

My Dad who never eats dessert decided to have a slice and said it was the best ever. He even wanted to have a piece for breakfast the next morning and let me tell you that is way out of his normal. I don't think I've ever seen him eat sweets for breakfast, the man even drinks his morning coffee black! 

So I know if he loves it as much as the rest of the family you'll love it too! 
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