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Out To Eat – Sea Salt

The other evening, my friend Brooke and I ventured over to Sea Salt for some delicious food. Where ever there is patio seating under the stars, we are there. It was quite the fun night followed by some ice cream of course.

Something Sweet.

recipe found via pinterest here.

What better way to break the silence on this blog than with a yummy treat! I have been horrible at blogging but spending all that time with my little ones, so it’s a good trade I do believe!

Now this recipe calls for chocolate syrup drizzled on top, but my one and only is not the biggest fan of chocolate, so I just drizzle it on my pieces.

– 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (About 9 full/long crackers — just throw them in a gallon bag, zip, and crush with a rolling pin.)
– 5 tbsp butter, melted

2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
– 2 cups heavy cream + 1 tbsp
– 2/3 cups sugar
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 carton strawberries, sliced into thirds or halves
– 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

(1) Preheat oven to 375.
(2) In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until a crumbly, moist mixture forms.
(3) Gently but firmly press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom/sides of a pie dish.
(4) Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
** This is the only baking that you need to do for this recipe.
(5) In a medium bowl, use an electric mixture to beat your cream until it holds firm peaks. Set aside.
(6) In a separate, larger bowl, mix cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar until smooth and creamy.
(7) Fold about 1/3 of the whipped cream into your cream cheese mixture to lighten it, then add the rest. Gently fold until evenly incorporated and smooth.
(8) Spoon filling into your cooled pie crust, and spread it out in an even layer.
(9) Layer sliced strawberries in an overlapping rows around the top of the cream.
(10) Melt chocolate + 1 tbsp cream, and stir until smooth and liquid. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the strawberries.
(11) Stick the pie in the fridge for a few hours to allow the creamy filling to firm up.
(12) Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy!
** Strawberries go fast, so this won’t keep very long. Try to eat everything within 3-5 days.

get going.

yesterday we did nothing. nothing at all. the boys were both sick and so we spent a lot of time being couch potatoes. towards the evening they were showing signs of cabin fever. not fun. so this morning they watched their cartoon, i scratched liam’s back with my hair brush and we got ready to go to the park. it was much needed for all of us; fresh air, room to run, warmth of the sun, it was great. there was another little boy there that tried to talk to oliver. you can’t really explain to another child that oliver has autism and doesn’t speak.. so i don’t. the kids usually just figure he isn’t interested and they leave him alone, which is fine. we play together; growling, chasing, playing ready-set-go. we took the long way back home, as i studied others landscaping in the neighborhood. what looked good, what didn’t look good. trying to get ideas on how to spruce up ours. when we got home we played a little more in the backyard and i started to till the garden to get it ready. once oliver and liam saw all that good dirt being dug up they quickly joined in. and i was happy to see them do so. today is a good day.

what’s for dinner.

yes, i sit indian style at the dinner table, not proper, but very comfy.

it has been pretty  nice out lately and i’m loving it.  i feel as though i am solar powered, the sunnier it is, the more energy and motivation i have to get things done. i’m itchin to get started on our garden and fix up the front yard, but it’s still a tad too early for that. so i will just start on spring cleaning our home. to help with my spring cleaning i have started a new pinterest board to pin ideas on how to get more organized. now i’m not the best at keeping things organized but i do enjoy trying.

on top of being productive i even made a delicious dinner. apricot chicken, red potatoes, and green beans. yummmmmmmmy. i ran to the store bought some organic chicken for half the price due to it needing to be sold that day, grabbed some steamed green beans from the frozen food section, used the last of our red potatoes that were on the verge of getting too soft, slow cook high for 4-6 hours, and viola, dinner! oh and i made grilled cheese for the boys.

apricot chicken
1 can apricot preserves
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1/2 bottle of russian salad dressing
4-6 chicken breasts

red potatoes
cut into cubes, soften in the microwave
then cook on the stove with some olive oil, pepper, garlic, oregano, and dash of beau monde seasoning.

little helpers.

as you can see, liam still has some scars from his hand, foot and mouth disease. poor guy.

little ones can be perfect little helpers, or distractions. every time i go to put the dishes away liam has to come help. and oliver is now picking up his spills with whatever he can find; blanket, shirt, his socks. it is all pretty adorable to watch. they even help putting the toy phones where they go…. in the fridge. and of course the magnets that were on the fridge really belong in the oven drawer. and how better for oz to drink his water than with a measuring cup. all very logical places for these objects.