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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Let's Make Coconut Macadamia Nut Pie!

It's National Pie Day and that's what I'm thinking out loud about today.  I'm here to share with you one of my all-time favorite pie recipes.  Years ago I ran across this recipe in a Family Circle magazine.  Family Circle had been a popular publication at our house for years and I was extremely sad to see it end this past December after being in business for almost 90 years. 

Here's What You Need
1 homemade or refrigerated ready-to-roll piecrust
1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
2 boxes (3 ounces each) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
1-3/4 cups milk
4 ounces macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped 
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup shredded coconut, toasted

Here's What You Do
Heat over to 450 degrees F.  Place the piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges.  Stick it with a fork a few times.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely.

Reserve 3 tablespoons of the cream of coconut.

In a medium-size saucepan, mix remaining cream of coconut, pudding mix and milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil and is very thick, about 18 minutes.  Take off heat and stir in half of the nuts.

Pour filling into the cooled piecrust and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Whip cream and reserved 3 tablespoons cream of coconut to stiff peaks.  Spread over top of the pie.  Top with remaining nuts and toasted coconut.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

The nuts add a nice little crunch to this cream pie.  It's going to quickly become one of your family's favorite pies too!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Cozy Funnel Neck Sweater!

When the weather turns cold, don't we all just love to reach in the closet and grab something that's cozy and comfortable?  I know I sure do and today I'm sharing a sweater that I just can't get in too many colors.

I originally bought this Loft Outlet sweater in navy blue and absolutely loved it.  The material is nice and soft.  Add that to the fact that it's machine washable and I knew I would be going back for additional colors.  If those two facts aren't enough to make you want one, it's currently on sale for only $14.99!  How many would you like?!?  The one pictured is Chinois Green.  It's also available in Industrial Navy, Medium Grey Heather, Orchid Breeze, and Winter Violet.  Click HERE to check them out.

For work, I wore it with a pair of camel-colored pants and my new favorite heels.  I have gotten a ton of compliments on these shoes and they, too, are super comfortable.

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The sweater is great to wear with jeans and booties too.  It's just so darn comfortable!

One of the main reasons I purchase the green color was to match a pair of earrings I got in my Rocksbox set.  You guys know about Rocksbox, right?  Just in case you don't, the summary is it's a subscription service that sends you three pieces of jewelry at a time for a monthly fee.  You keep them for as long as you like.  When you send them back, they send you three more pieces of jewelry.  The monthly fee, $21, can be used towards the purchase of any of your pieces.  These earrings stayed with me.  If you would like a free month of Rocksbox, visit their website ( and enter the referral code PENNYBFF15.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Weekending - January 17, 2020

Weekends typically go by way too fast and this one was no exception!  Here's the recap ~

Friday I managed to slip out of work a bit early due to inclement predicted weather.  I wish I could say that I made good use of my time when I got home, but the truth is I sat in bed, did some work and watched television all night long.  And it was pretty glorious!  Eric even brought me dinner in bed. 

Saturday morning I rose early and finished getting ready for my friend Linda's visit.  She had decided to postpone her arrival until Saturday due to the above-mentioned weather.  Soon after she arrived, we were off to a cooking class at one of our favorite stores, Fezziwigs

The title of the class was perfect for the blistery cold day - Winter Soups and Hearty Salads. 

We watched as the instructor cooked, roasted and tossed together two soups and two salads.  They were all equally delicious and I can't wait to make them at home.  

When the class was over, we did a little retail therapy before going home to get ready for dinner.  We were meeting up with a dear friend of ours and her daughter, Sharyn and Audrey.  Sharyn and I have been friends since the first grade and we all became buddies when our schools united in the sixth grade.  That's a lot of years!  It was wonderful catching up and getting to spend some time together.

We were very excited about watching the Kansas City Chiefs play on Sunday.  They are Linda's home town team and who doesn't love Mahomes!  I have lots of Facebook friends who live in and around the Kansas City area and it was such fun last week seeing their pictures of their town being painted red.  You better believe we will be glued in front of the television for the Superbowl cheering for them to win it all!  

Besides the fact that watching football with others is a blast, I love having tons of food to munch on.  We have so many leftovers I don't think I'll be cooking this week at all!  One of the things I made for the game was a coconut cream pie.  I'll be sharing the recipe for this mound of deliciousness later this week.  

We have a busy week ahead, full of fun things.  I have to admit, I love having things to do on the calendar!  I hope whatever is on your calendar this week is making you happy!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Five on Friday - January 17, 2020

We have made it to Friday!  I was beginning to think this week had no end!  Today might be a fitting end to an already crazy week because freezing rain is predicted to begin this morning.  Lord, let me just get through today!  Amen.

Hope you enjoy my five for today!

1.  National Hot Buttered Rum Day
How fitting is this - National Hot Buttered Rum Day on a day that's supposed to be so gross outside that all you want to do is sit by the fire and drink.  Need a recipe?  It sounds pretty easy:

1 1/3 oz dark rum (such as Myers)
1 small slice of butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
boiling water

Mix the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla essence in the glass until it’s creamy. Pour in the rum and the boiling water over a teaspoon and mix well.

2.  Dolittle
Opening today is Robert Downey Jr. starring in Dolittle.  I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about seeing this one.  Maybe if I had kids to go with me I would feel differently.  I know my mind will keep wondering when Dolittle will turn into Iron Man.  Anyone in your household excited about this one?  Here's the synopsis from Fandango.  
After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

3.  Kansas City Chiefs
I'm so excited to watch the Chiefs game on Sunday!  We're having a couple people over to watch with us and that makes it even more fun.  There are so many fun things these days to gift sports fans.  One of my favorites was these lights you can attach to your car door and they project the Chiefs logo on the ground.  Cool, right!  Check them out HERE.  

4.  Rare
Selena Gomez's new music on her cd Rare is released today!  To mark the occasion, Selena even got the word "Rare" tattooed on her neck.  Good thing it wasn't titled something really long!  In recent interviews, she's talked about how this was a personal project, saying "It's the most honest music I've ever made and I can't wait for you to hear my heart.".  Well, the wait is over!  Grab your copy HERE today.

Rare [Deluxe]

5.  So me this week.....


Enjoy the weekend!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my plans don't get canceled because of the predicted weather.  A friend is spending the weekend with me and we're scheduled to go to a cooking class tomorrow and out to eat with some other friends.  It should be a fun time!  Pop back in next week to see how it went.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Best Picture Goes To...

Hello there! Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday. I'm doing a little thinking about the 2020 Oscar nominations today.

On Monday morning, bright and early, the Academy announced the nominees.  Nine motion pictures are vying for the title of Best Picture.  

Every year, I try to see all the movies up for the title of Best Picture.  This year there are nine.  I've seen five, have no desire to see one, never had heard of two and can't wait to see one.  Guess which two I've never heard of - JoJo Rabbit and Parasite.  Have you seen them?  

I might be the only person left on the planet who hasn't seen Joker.  I might see it only because it's nominated.  From everything I've heard, it's just not a movie that you leave feeling good.  

Which movie are you placing your bet on for the win?  I'll let you know my thoughts as soon as I've seen them all, which hopefully is before the Oscars air on Sunday, February 9.

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