s'mores pie

It can be extremely hard for me to write a blog post solely about food at times, but then again I have these recipes to share...soooooo...#awkward. Needless to say I am going to add my banter about whatever is going on my mind and then possibly hit you up with a little S'mores Pie Recipe. Some days I will have to just drop a recipe and run, but others I just can'd do that! Cool? Great. 

I feel like I have said this before, but I am obsessed with our SONOS speakers. When you work from home, or spend most of your days at home it is seriously hard to listen to the TV all day. I live for some moments of silence, but music is my love language. Spotify Premium + SONOS speakers = happy home/happy heart/happy mind. I tend to go for playlists that fit my mood and today I searched "Autumn", as that is ALL my mind is on right now. I ended up with the best playlist! It's called "Autumn is coming..." and you definitely should check it out. It always blows my mind how music can significantly enhance your mood. How one lyric can hit you right in the heart. How a song can bring back so many memories. 

"You were the best platform of which to jump beyond myself."

-Alanis Morissette, Unsent

Being a #90skid, my parents kept it pretty classic with what music we listened to. Classic rock that is, but they definitely indulged and exposed us to the music of the moment. Alanis always makes me think of not only my childhood, but growing up in general, even in high school. I guess it is safe to say she makes me think of life, as I have listened to her for decades now. But to touch on that specific line, it hits home with me right now. Whether it is a person helping you jump beyond what you're used to, what your comfort zone is, or a situation. We all need those moments in our lives...you never want to feel stuck. So take Alanis' advice, that she really wasn't giving but singing about ex boyfriends, jump beyond yourself. 

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Every year I have a hard time getting sad to see summer go. I am not sure if it's the heat getting to my head, or just the fact that I am that obsessed with fall. Also, the bugs. I AM SO OVER THE BUGS. We went on a 3 hour hike yesterday and I pretty much bathe in bug spray before we go outside. Anyways, I'll have you know I only got two bug bites and I got them inside, before our hike. I mean that's how it goes for me. The last dying mosquito, probably Zika+west nile infested (too soon?) at that, will find me and bite me. 

So whether you are fending off the bugs of summer and wishing away cooler whether, this pie will be pleasing to the palate and easy on the prep. I mean this pie really is hilariously easy. I feel like its a good "transitional" recipe. Some people relate s'mores to summer time, while I relate them to summer AND fall. 

I just counted, and this recipe for S'mores Pie (if you end up using a store bought crust), has FIVE ingredients. I mean that is laughably easy. Can I go ahead and tell you one is instant pudding? How is this even a recipe? We'll both call it one and pretend it took a lot of effort, okay? 

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s'mores pie magnolia thymes
s'mores pie magnolia thymes

S'mores Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 box prepared chocolate pudding 
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust, recipe below
  • 1/2 block (4 oz) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Directions

1. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sugar. In the bottom of the prepared Graham Cracker Crust, evenly smear the cream cheese mixture. Add the pudding on top of the cream cheese. Place marshmallows, however neatly you'd like, on top of the pudding. 

2. Under the broiler, place pie in oven and watch carefully! Let the marshmallows get a little burned. 

3. Chill pie and serve!

Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers, about 14 full crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted + 1 tablespoon, cold

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour graham cracker mixture into the buttered pie dish. Press until firm on the base of the pie dish and along the sides. 

3. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

 

 

Until next time, 

 

 

five months in a new city

Although a small amount in the grand scheme of things, I cannot believe we have been here for 5 months already! You have been quite the whirlwind, first half of 2016. I never thought we'd be moving to the Lonestar State when we got married in November...but alas, here we are. As with any move, even in an in-town move, there comes a serious side of bittersweetness with it. I grew up in the same house and didn't understand what moving was until I left for college 7 years ago. In the past 7 years we have moved separately and collectively more times than I can count and the number definitely exceeds the amount of years, as crazy as that sounds. Needless to say, moving has very much been a part of our lives for a while now. None of these moves were like this one or amounted to the distance and honestly, until the past month or so it has not hit me the gravity of it. I was so excited to try something new and get a new and much larger apartment that I ignored what was really happening around me. 

Moving away from family and friends I knew would be hard, but never imagined how hard. The phrase "you don't know what you have until it's gone", is 100% true, 100% how I feel and I am 100% okay with being that cliché at this moment in my life. I never realized how much I truly loved the city of Atlanta until we were away from it. Not just the people, and god I love the people of Atlanta, but the city itself, my job of almost three years, our church, so many hard things to walk away from. 

Back in Atlanta on our old street. See Atlanta Street's Alive post for more details on this day. 

Back in Atlanta on our old street. See Atlanta Street's Alive post for more details on this day. 

We were fortunate enough to live on the Eastside BeltLine, and sorry Katy Trail, but you don't hold a candle.  I felt like we really were able to use the city the way I wanted to with being that close to such amazing pedestrian access. I always told RT that I felt like we lived at the beach in that apartment. Growing up, my brother and I spent our summer nights cruising around on our bikes in our beach neighborhood. It wasn't until we moved to our city apartment in Atlanta that I a) had a bike again and b) rode all the time at night, making me feel like that same kid at the beach again. Additionally, we lived across the street from Ponce City Market. If you're not from Atlanta and familiar, Ponce City Market is from the developers of Chelsea Market in NYC. After living across from one, and being completely biased, I can full heartedly say PCM beats out Chelsea Market, TEN FOLD. 

If I am completely raw and honest right now, as I type this out, my heart is literally hurting. But CHANGE IS HARD. CHANGE IS GOOD. CHANGE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE EASY.  

The biggest blessing in this process, and my life, is my husband Rustin. We are both very much, GO GO GO people and that is exactly how this move came upon us. The offer was put on the table and literally a week later we were in Dallas looking for a place to live. My heart beams with pride for him and the work he put in to get us here and continues to put in while we are here. RT deserved this promotion more than anything and I couldn't see myself anywhere else in the world than getting a front row seat in watching his career blossom. 

Something a dear and wise friend of mine, Joanne, told me so many times before moving was what an exciting time this was going to be for our marriage. And, I will say, she couldn't have been more right. Our relationship has grown so much in getting out of our comfort zones. We lived 2 hours from our hometowns. We lived 2 hours from my parents' lake house where we spent our summers. We lived 2 hours from the college town we met in. If that doesn't sound like a geographical comfort zone, I don't know what does. On the emotional comfort side of things, we rely on each other in a way that we have never before. We moved out here not knowing a soul except each other. Luckily, we have found some old friends that do live out here and that has been awesome. We are always looking for fun new friends so, Dallas people---reach out and let's have a drink! 

While I miss my old job and city so much, I do feel like it's time to give the big D a little praise in this post. Okay okay okayyy. I'll admit it. I've been hard on Dallas. When we are asked about how we're liking the new city, RT immediately responds with a, "oh I LOVE IT!"; that's my happy-go-lucky, optimistic spirt of a husband for you. My doesn't do change well, pessimistic spirt always replies, "I like it, I just don't love it"...I am all about that honestly, y'all! I don't think that when you move to a new place that within the first month you have to be all, "hell yea I was made for this city!!!", I do however feel that I have given myself the time to "mourn" the lost of our previous life and getting into the excitement of really getting to discover this city of ours. So when I give my blasé answer about how I feel, it really has more to do with what I miss, than where I am. 

Diva life is hard.

Diva life is hard.

Our new apartment is huge in comparison to our old place. While I could write a love letter every day to our old apartment (as far as location went), you can't beat space. We were spending stupid money in ATL on a storage unit to fit all of our other stuff. So going from a 1/1 to a 2/2.5 has been HEAVEN. This apartment was also the only place we looked at when we came to find a place to live, no joke! It gave Rustin the downtown location he wanted and placed itself across the street from the farmers market ---WIN! Immediately after moving into this apartment, it felt like home and I couldn't have asked for more than that. Our Scoutie girl is loving all of her new space too! So just to see how many clichés within this post... it doesn't matter where you are, but who you're with that makes it home. 

Just to put you curious folks in to a perspective of where we live, as I said we live downtown, but practically in the Deep Ellum neighborhood. For my ATL people, Deep Ellum reminds me of a mixture of Little Five Points/Edgewood/Inman Park. It's very eclectic... just how I like it. There are more restaurants and places to get a fabulous cocktail at our fingertips than you could imagine. Our side of town is definitely still in the transitioning phase and it is super cool to be a part of that. Also traffic is SO. MUCH. BETTER. If you currently live in Dallas and do not think so, go hang out in Atlanta or Houston for a bit and see how you feel about the traffic in those cities. Here, going 4 miles actually takes you under 10 minutes. Going 4 miles in Atlanta could mean you're in the car for well over an hour. Rustin's commute alone has cut in half and that has made a much happier husband to walk in the door!

at Bar Boheme in HTX.

at Bar Boheme in HTX.

Speaking of Houston, we are so incredibly close and I love it! Reason being: my brother and his girlfriend, cousin and her family, and my parents (half the year), live there! We made our first trip from Dallas to Houston a few weeks ago and it really helped me with feeling like we do still have family close, because that is the truth!  

Now what have I been up to? GREAT QUESTION!!! For the first time ever I have the actual time on my hands to work on my blog in a more realistic way and for that I am so grateful. By the beautifully strange way the universe works, I got connected with an amazing family here in Dallas once we moved and have been working with them since. I cook dinner for them once a week and do a little babysitting! It has been so much fun. I never knew how exciting and nerve wracking cooking for other people would be. Additionally, I still run the social media accounts for my dad's companies, Covington Flooring and NAH Sports Flooring, as I have been doing for the past few years. I am always looking for more though...so anyone in the area that needs a personal cook/chef or if you aren't/are local and want any social media marketing, email me! 

Bottom line...FRIENDS AND FAMILY, COME SEE US. Anyone that lives in Dallas, let's hang!

 

Until next time, everyone have a fabulous weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

roasted hatch chile queso

Ever since moving to Texas, hatch chiles seem to be everywhere. I stared at the peppers for a few weeks as they rolled around in these burning baskets outside my local grocery stores, wondering what on earth I should do with them if I was to purchase. I figured I needed to bite the bullet and cheese dip was an easy solution. How could I mess it up? The main ingredient was cheese and all good things have cheese involved. So call it the most obvious solution to my hatch chile dilemma, or call it a damn good one. Either way, I have for you a fabulous recipe for Roasted Hatch Chile Queso that you'll be making for all of your football parties throughout the fall, I promise you.

Naturally, I am getting around to writing this post as the hatch chile season seems to be making an end, but here we are and the point of this post is to get you some cheese dip in your belly. If you are one to deny cheese dip, or cheese at any moment in time (other than a health reason and if that is the case I feel for you), I don't think we could be friends! Sorry Charlie! I just live for cheese and ironically, or not so ironically, all of my best friends seem to feel the same way. 

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I was specifically inspired to make something similar to that cheese dip that we all know and love so well, with the big hunks of Velveeta and the canned Rotel. Think homemade velveeta dip. Think NO velveeta velveeta dip. THINK....ROASTED HATCH CHILE QUESO. We're fancy, y'all. This Roasted Hatch Chile Queso gives you all the flavors and more of the queso we're familiar making at home. There's nothing better than using your ingredients when they are fresh. So grab a fresh hatch chile and tomato while you still can! Make your own roasted veggies(don't tell your kids or husb that the word veggie was just involved)! Grate your own cheese. For the love of god people please stop buying the pre-shredded stuff!! I PROMISE the chalky crap that goes on the outside does change the flavor. I promise the 3 minutes it will take you and the minor arm workout you'll have will be more than worth it.

roasted hatch chile queso magnolia thymes
roasted hatch chile queso magnolia thymes
Hand modeling by Rustin Truitt, for bookings please email me ;) 

Hand modeling by Rustin Truitt, for bookings please email me ;) 

roasted hatch chile queso magnolia thymes

Roasted Hatch Green Chile Queso

Ingredients

  • 3 hatch green chiles
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 oz greek yogurt cream cheese
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup taco meat
  • green onions, sliced

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. Slice tomatoes in half. On a foil lined, greased and rimmed cookie sheet, place tomato halves skin side up. Place green chiles to the other side. Roast in at 400 for 20 minutes.

3. When the chiles and tomatoes come out of the oven, allow to cool. Remove the skins and seeds. Roughly dice the tomatoes and chiles. Set aside.

4. In a medium sauce pan melt butter. Add 2 tablespoons flour to the butter. Cook on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes. Slowly pour in milk. Cook until thickened, constantly stirring, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cream cheese in chunks, stirring as you add all of it. Add the diced chiles and tomatoes. Slowly add the Monterey Jack cheese, stirring until melted. Keep over low heat until heated to your desired temperature. Be sure to keep on low, as it can burn on the bottom! 

5. Serve with tortilla chips!

 

 

Until next time, get your QUESO ON!

 

 

 

 

shrimp boil bake

While I wish I had the luxury of whipping up an authentic shrimp boil whenever, I don't. However, this Shrimp Boil Bake satisfies all cravings I have for those flavors! I can also never deny an easy dinner and this recipe is exactly that. One of the best parts is with just one pan you have dinner in under an hour! Other than just maybe one prep bowl, this seriously makes clean up such a breeze. I tend to not think that much about the process of cooking while it's happening, as in, how many dirty dishes I can accumulate in one recipe...until I make a one pan dish like this one. There seriously is something that makes a dish that much more satisfying by being an easy clean up. 

shrimp boil bake magnolia thymes
shrimp boil bake magnolia thymes
shrimp boil bake magnolia thymes
shrimp boil bake magnolia thymes

Shrimp Boil Bake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and devained 
  • 2 cups small potatoes, any will work
  • 1/2 cup andouille sausage, cut in 1/2 inch pieces 
  • 2 ears of corn, cleaned
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning 
  • 1/2 lemon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400. 

2. In a ovenproof baking dish, put the corn, potatoes, sausage. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of cajun seasoning and 3 tablespoons butter. Pour the butter mixture over the veggies and sausage. Toss to mix. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.

3. Toss the shrimp with the remaining butter and cajun seasoning. Juice half a lemon on top of the shrimp. When the potatoes are fork tender, add the shrimp and cook an additional 10 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and serve immediately!

 

Until next time,