July 2, 2015

#morningwalkswithamy

I love walking.

I'd probably walk everywhere if I could, but sometimes it's not the most...reasonable...mode of transportation. For example: after 10pm in my neighborhood by myself. I sometimes think about making intelligent choices, Mom.
Nia and I have had ants in our pants about our grown-up nursing jobs to start [she has one, I'm still waiting on DreamJob2015] and we get together for 7am morning walks around Indianapolis. This morning we hoofed it 18,470 steps.

Of course, we started by walking to the doughnut shop. Priorities.
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There's a doughnut at General American Donut Company called The Bennie that was possibly the best thing to cross my lips in forever. It was heaven. Go get yerself one if you're in Indy. Then walk 5 miles to work it off. (-;

We followed paths and found flowers and trees and buildings and other delights.
"Look at mah leg! LOOK!"

Then we were back in my 'hood and walked on some of the smaller side streets I hadn't been down before. And I fell in love.

With a house.

It was tiny and beautiful and I wanted it.

Can I be a homeowner? Can I mow a lawn? Can I unplug a toilet? How much can I take out for a mortgage? Who will loan this new-graduate, pre-job human being money? Am I a grown-up? I love this house.

Then I did some more research and freaked out a little. I'm so not ready to adult. Maybe I'm ready to adult? House payments? Taking care of things? I can do that....maybe? No. YES. I can do that.

How much would payments be on that casita?

Nevermind.

Then I fell out of love.

It was a torrid, fast, tumultuous romance.

But now I'm thinking about homeownership. WHAAAAT.



June 25, 2015

words

I was ready for a new desktop wallpaper. (-: 

Embrace life, friends! 


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June 23, 2015

strawberry cream pie

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I arrived up in northern Indiana to see my grandparents and they announced that we were having dinner that night in town.
The menu? A fish fry.
The company? Three other couples my grandparent's age.

It was just me and eight 80-year-olds. Other people love hanging out with their grandparents, right?
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One of the ladies mentioned that she'd gone strawberry picking and I needed to know everything. I'd never picked strawberries before. The next morning I got up and my grandpa and I headed 20 minutes away to the fields at LeCount Strawberry Farm.

I've been back three times and have gotten around 50 pounds of strawberries total. Most of them were for other people because these red gems needed to be shared with the world.
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I made strawberry cream pie with one quart of berries cleaned and cut in half.
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First, I made the pie crust. You could make your own or you can get one from the grocery store. I have no judgement. Bake it and let it cool.
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The filling is cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar. If I had my stand mixer I'd whip it for a good 5 minutes. With the hand mixer I was lazy and only did about 3 minutes. It was fine.
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Next, you're going to make the glaze. If you feel like this is too thick for your taste use less cornstarch. I liked it, but the grandma thought it was on the ugly side.
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It may be ugly, but the taste...oh, I'm going to need a minute.

SO.GOOD.

Strawberry Cream Pie

1 qt strawberries

Clean the strawberries and cut them in half [or, if they’re super-large, bite-size pieces].

1/2 cup Sugar
1-2 Tbsp Cornstarch
3/4 cup Water
1 Tbsp Light Corn Syrup
1/2 cup Fresh Berries, crushed/smashed

In a saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and it will thicken up. Mix in the crushed/smashed berries. I used 2 Tbsp cornstarch here, but if you want it to be thinner, I would just use 1 or 1 1/2 Tbsp. You can’t screw it up. Let this cool to room temperature and mix it with the berries.

3 oz Cream Cheese
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar

Combine the cream cheese, vanilla, and whipping cream. Add the powdered sugar and beat for 3-5 minutes until it fluffs a bit.

Pour the creamy mixture into your pre-baked pie shell. I didn’t actually use it all because I wanted this to be mostly a strawberry pie, but you can make that call for yourself. I kept the extra to dip berries in when I ate them later. Top with the glazed berries. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the cream set. You could top it with some whipped cream if you feel like it, but I don’t think it needs it.

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