happy thanksgiving!!!

November 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Holidays, NaBloPoMo, Photos | Leave a comment

my key lime pie is a success!!! i haven’t tried the whole thing yet but the filling is pretty yummy and so is the topping. i’ll post the recipe in case someone that reads this might be curious. the only thing is, the crust is slightly burnt. the recipe says to bake the crust for 20 minutes. i only put it in for 18 minutes so i could check to make sure 20 minutes wasn’t too long before it started to burn and well… 20 minutes would have been way too long. here are some pictures!

these were taken with my iphone. i’m no food photographer or anything…

without topping

with topping

here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick butter) melted
2 (14-ounce) cans condensed milk
1 cup key lime or regular lime juice
2 whole eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lime zest

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter with your hands. Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan, and bake until brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before filling.

Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

In a separate bowl, combine the condensed milk, lime juice, and eggs. Whisk until well blended and place the filling in the cooled pie shell. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Once chilled, combine the sour cream and powdered sugar and spread over the top of the pie using a spatula. Sprinkle the lime zest as a garnish on top of the sour cream and serve chilled.

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out with the old, in with the new-ish…

November 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Posted in NaBloPoMo, Photos, Random | 4 Comments

i didn’t post yesterday. again. in all fairness, i had a pretty stressful day. my mom wanted me to drive her to toys r us to look for a wagon for my nephew, and then we were going to go to the grocery store to buy some thanksgiving things. i wanted to get some ingredients because i plan on making a key lime pie for dessert! from scratch! i’ll be checking something off of my life list!

while discussing where we were going to go and what we were going to get, i stumbled upon an ad for a local kia dealership. the ad had one of those keys attached to it and if you take this key to the kia dealership and it unlocks a car, you win that car. since my car’s engine all but blew up the other day, i figured why not? free car!

well, long story short, i didn’t win the car. but i did win a $50 gift card to giant eagle and a powerball ticket. i gave both to my dad since it was his key after all. but… BUT… i came home with this:

zoom zoom…

i’m going to be a published photographer!

January 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Photos, Rants and Raves | 1 Comment

okay, not really. the picture that i took while driving downtown last week is going to be posted on only in pittsburgh tomorrow! not really a huge deal, but i think it’s kinda cool. 😀

and…

I GOT PAID TODAY!!! so to keep you updated on the status of me getting my paws on a digital SLR, here’s the updated spreadsheet!

update: i made it! woohoo!

“pittsburgh proud”

January 21, 2010 at 10:45 am | Posted in Photos | 1 Comment

pittsburgh proud

taken on the corner of 5th ave and pride street downtown. irony?

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