we've had several things to celebrate lately.
one of which was dan's birthday.
first of all, i sure am glad that boy was born.
(i tell him all the time that he walks on water)
the girls love to hear about our slight, very slight, age difference ~
for example....i was in the 4th grade the year he graduated from highschool
that one freaks her out!
anyway~ we celebrated at home by allowing him to grill his own steaks
while we served some yummy veggies
& a peppermint pie for dessert
it's obviously super simple
but i felt all pioneer womanish
as i photographed the creation.
honestly, i realize it would have been even simpler to just
pour some melted pre-made peppermint icecream
into a pre-made crust
but where's the fun in that?
so here you go~
for the crust~
1 package chocolate wafer cookies
3 hard peppermint candies
2 Tbl sugar
1 stick unsalted melted butter
for the filling~
1 cup hard peppermint candies
& save a few for garnish
1 1/2 pints vanilla icecream , softened
whir together cookies, candy & sugar in food processor until mixture has a sandy texture and is very fine. add butter & process to combine
transfer crumb mixture to 9 inch pie dish
& press down evenly to sides
process peppermints until fine
round up your now softened icecream
& mix in the candies
transfer to the chocolate pie crust
allow 4 hours
( actually mine required more)
which if you are living in atlanta
you could simply place outside in the frigid temps we're having!
now mix up some shiny chocolate glaze
which despite the picture
does not call for vanilla
1/2 c heavy cream
1 Tbl light corn syrup
5 ounces semisweet chocolate roughly chopped
bring corn syrup & cream to a boil over high heat
remove from heat & add chocolate
whisk until smooth
let sit until warm
( do not pour over pie while hot)
if needed reheat glaze in microwave for 30 seconds.
i think i love celebrating birthdays at home
even more than eating out
i LOVE to eat out
brinkley usually sits beside our table
with his manners of course.
cracks me up
one of these days
i will remember to change my white balance
& maybe focus a little better.
a few of caroline's friends made dan some birthday cards.
how sweet is that?
caroline worked for hours & hours on the gift for her daddy.
she has actually talked about creating this for the last year.
she loves board games & decided to make him a custom Sorry game
complete with sports & trivia.
& when i say she worked for hours, i mean she worked for hours!
she cut out little people
researched various sports trivia
& made him a priceless treasure!
happy birthday sweet man
all 5 knudsen women love you big as the sky!!
alirghty, i'll be back soon to share more of our celebrations
now i need to finalize that christmas card creation!