CEREAL MILK chocolate coconut cream pie

Mar 17, 2017

Cereal milk.
My all-time favorite ingredient.
Most recently, I have found myself incorporating it into everything.
Personal fav: dumping it into my morning iced coffee.
This week each year I find myself craving Lucky Charms.
On Tuesday, Pi Day had me craving pie as well, so I created a Lucky Charms pie.
Not just any Lucky Charms pie, but a cereal milk chocolate coconut cream pie.
Check your pulse. and your blood sugar.
Recipe (if it even counts as a recipe):
Bake your pie crust (or mini crusts) and let them cool completely.
Make your cereal milk chocolate pudding (recipes below) and incorporate 2 parts pudding to 1 part whipped cream.
Fill the crusts with the magical goop.
Sprinkle with left over Lucky Charms (if you have any left over, why would you have any left over?) and dollop with whipped cream.

Cereal milk chocolate pudding:
2 2/3 cups cereal milk
1/4 cup cocoa 
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
(Sweeten with sugar according to how sweet or unsweet your cereal milk ended up being)

Bring 2 cups of cereal milk to a boil in a saucepan, then remove from heat. Sift cornstarch into a bowl. Whisk in the salt. Drizzle in the remaining 2/3 cups of cereal milk while whisking to incorporate. Whisk in the egg. Drizzle about 1/2 cup of the boiled cereal milk while whisking quickly to incorporate and prevent lumps from forming. Transfer the mixture back into the saucepan of boiled cereal milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Press the pudding through a sieve then stir in the vanilla extract. Divide between 6 dishes. Serve warm, or chill in the refrigerator till completely set, about 2 hours.


Buy a chocolate pudding mix and add cereal milk as the liquid (according to the package directions).
I'm never too good for the quick & easy (and cheap) Sandra Dee semi-homeade way, but sometimes usually homemade is best.

 Also, I prefer coconut milk with my cereal, so I accidentally made my pies dairy free. 
I incorporated Califia toasted coconut almond milk (left over from my bowl of Lucky Charms) into the chocolate pudding mix and used SoDelicious coconut milk whipped cream. 

the great book wall project

Mar 15, 2017

For the longest time, I've had quite the obsession with books. 
As a kid I didn't play with Barbie dolls or baby dolls; I read books. 
As an adult, I find myself incorporating books into all of our decor.
Books are quite nostalgic.
The worn pages. The smell. The dog eared corners.
We used vintage books as centerpieces at our wedding and many of those books have been re-purposed around our home. 
Over the last few months, I've been working hard (and very, very, very slowly) on this book wall project. 
We have a large open wall in our living room and I wanted to fill the space with one huge installation.

We are lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by many historic homes. Over the last year many of these homes are being renovated. The home across the street from us is one of the oldest in McKinney, housing it's 5th generation.
The owners recently repaired a fence on their property and I was lucky enough to get some of the scrap wood from their old fence. 
Reclaimed wood.
Doesn't it have so much character?
I started off by nailing the wood to some wall studs for extra support.
Books are heavy.
Flashback to 5th grade, when books were so heavy, that you just hadddddddd to have a rolling backpack. Anyone else? The great fad of 1999.
After arranging (and re-arranging and re-arranging) the book placement on the floor, I finally became brave enough to nail each book to the wood.
It literally took me about a month.
Analysis paralysis.
I nailed each book (open, nails on both sides, through the pages) and left about 6 pages to spare in the middle (without nails through them) so that I could invisibly hold them down with double stick tape (covering the pages with the nails in them).
Did that make sense?
That was oddly very hard to put into words. 
Basically: buy all the nails and all the double stick tape and make it happen.
Isn't she lovely? 

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