Sunday, December 23, 2012

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Listen friends, I know it is Christmas Eve and all, but if you are like me then you have some family gatherings to attend. With food in hand. This pie is perfect. It will take you 5 minutes to throw together. Bake it up while you get ready. Prepare for excess gifts from your family members after they taste this. Because they will love you for it.

My mother in law gave me this recipe a few years back and my hubby adores this pie. I try to make it at least once every holiday season.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter (I use the real stuff), melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1 (6 oz.) pkg. (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups pecan halves

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare pie crust as directed on package for one-crust filled pie using 9-inch pie pan. (Just use a frozen crust. For reals. It's so easy and takes literally two seconds)

2. In large bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs; beat well. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Spread evenly in crust. 

3. Bake at 325 degrees for 55- 65 minutes or until deep golden brown and filling is set. (Watch carefully, it can get too done really quick! That being said it usually takes me at least 65 minutes to get this done.)

That's it. Amazing and easy.

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, coffee, or straight from the pan. Or eat it for breakfast the next morning. Like I was doing in this photo.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sophie the Pup's first photo shoot

 On November 28th, 2012, we added a new member to our family. Sophie the puppy. She was 8 weeks old and weighed 6.6 lbs.

It was love at first site. Sophie is a rescue pup and I went and picked her out of a whole bunch of sweet dogs that needed good homes.

She was the cutest one.

Allegedly, she is part lab, part German shepherd. But who really knows.

We don't care what you are, we'll keep you, Sophie!

We had a rough first night. As in, lots of crying (from the pup) and lots of accidents (from the pup) and not much sleep (by me or the pup). But she's getting the hang of it. And she's so darn cute, we didn't really mind.

We did a little photo shoot to capture her first days with us. Get ready for cute puppy overload.

Tiny Sophie!

Sophie loves a good bone. She hates her harness. Even though it is Martha Stewart. Designer harness for my girl? Of course.

I never really understood the term "puppy dog eyes" until I saw these babies. They kill me.

 Hanging out with Caleb, her fave.

 She hates going on walks, but she loves a good belly rub. She already sits for her food and is about 90% potty trained. Such a smart pup!

Early morning, no make up. Don't care. Night shift is putting those wrinkles under my eyes.

In love with my sweet girl!

Some people have kids, but now we have a puppy. Boom. If you haven't already been overloaded with Instagram pics (we are @lorrib and @navierstokeseqn), don't worry. I will clog your Facebook feed or your blogger feed with adorable puppy goodness.

Merry Christmas to me!