Ugly Pie

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.  We decided to take it easy this year and just have a little meal at home.  The heat is just unbearable so going to a picnic anywhere seemed unrealistic.  Especially with the little man.  We just grilled up some brats and I made my famous watermelon salad.  We also had potato salad and a really delicious dessert.  What was for dessert you ask?!!!!

Recipe courtesy of my good friend Belkis.  (Go visit her blog: belkiscruz.wordpress.com)

I call it Ugly Pie because it’s pretty ugly when I scoop it onto my plate…but so SO good.  It’s incredibly simple, and goes down really easy.  It’s a nice light dessert for the summertime.

Here’s what you need:

1.5 Graham cracker packets

A tub of Cool whip

8 oz of softened cream cheese

2 packets instant chocolate pudding

sugar

1/2 stick of butter (melted)

Mash up the graham crackers, add sugar and melted butter and mix it all up.  To take this crust over the top add a few shakes of cinnamon.

Pat that graham cracker mix into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Make sure it’s packed tight.  If the graham cracker mixture isn’t sticking to itself add more butter.

Next mix together half of the cool whip and the cream cheese.  Mix until it is fluffy and lay it down on top of the crust.

Make the chocolate pudding according to the instructions on the packet.  It should be 2 cups of cold milk and mix until it sets.  Once it sets pour it over the cream cheese/cool whip layer.  Add the rest of the cool whip on top and decorate with graham crackers.  I decorated with Oreos because I didn’t want to open another pack of graham crackers.

Let it sit in the fridge to set a little and dig in!

I didn’t take a picture of it scooped out because we weren’t patient and didn’t let it sit in the fridge to harden.  It was a mess, but I don’t care, it was SO good.

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Watermelon Salad

It is sweltering all over the country and that means it’s time for a refreshing recipe.  This salad is really easy to put together and so delicious.  It’s an interesting mix of flavors and it is certain to peak some interest.

I haven’t made it after I moved here to Minnesota, because watermelon costs about $4 for the tiny ones.  It’s ridiculously over-priced.  But when I lived in Texas, I made this all summer long!

Here’s what you need:

Watermelon

Red onion

mint

salad greens

salt/pepper

cumin/coriander powder

feta cheese

red wine vinegar

olive oil

Chop up all your ingredients and put in a bowl.  Add salt and pepper and cumin-corainder to taste.  Mix the olive oil and vinegar in a container and pour over the salad.  If you’d like a crunch, some chopped almonds go well with this salad.

Grab a cool glass of water, it’s going to be pretty stinkin’ hot for a bit.

Let’s have some Pho!

Today we went to one of the many Vietnamese restaurants here in the twin cities. It’s called Quangs Deli and it’s in uptown. It’s spacious but cozy if that makes sense. They have a variety of things on their menu, but we go for one reason. Pho!! I had a craving today and so off we went. We always get the chicken pho or pho ga and its so good!! Its basically chicken noodle soup with the most amazing broth. I believe they season it with star anise, cloves, cinnamon, and a few other things. Chinese five spice comes to mind. There’s a million videos on youtube showing how to make it and one of these days I’m going to attempt it. My son enjoys the chicken from our soup and someday we’ll all be slurping away at the long vermicelli together. If you haven’t tried this delicious comfort food, you must!! It’s great for when you’re sick, on a rainy day, or just when you want something warm and soothing. My freshmen year of college I ate pho every single day and lost 20 lbs!! It’s not totally balanced but it’s basically water so it goes a long way.

Check out this picture…is your mouth watering??

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I also took a picture with flash and got a pretty cool image.

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So our router died and I’m having to write this from my iPhone which isn’t easy. Hopefully I have some time this week to pick up a new router. If any of you have a good recipe for pho please tell me!! If you live in the twin cities please check out Quangs they have good egg rolls too. Another place we frequent is Pho Tan Phat and Pho 79. There’s also Pho Hoa but we don’t go there often. If you like egg rolls you’ll LOVE the rolls at Que Viet…they’re HUGE and really good!!

Also if you have suggestions for routers that don’t crap out after a few years please let me know!