Archive for May, 2011

Today I was trying to figure out what to get my mom for Mother’s Day and I could not think of one thing that she needs.  So I decided that I would try my skills at watercolor painting and if it turned out horrible I would still have time to make it to the store before Sunday in order to buy a present.   I bought the paints and brushes several years ago and for some reason they have just been sitting in my closet collecting dust.  I don’t really know why I didn’t use them before.  I guess that maybe I was afraid to try. 

Anyways, I just kind of sketched a picture that I liked and painted away.  I think it turned out pretty good.  What do you think? 

I hope my mom likes it.  I will probably have it framed and matted before giving it to her. 

Now on to my next venture of the day…..Banoffee Pie!

I first heard of this a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for a pie recipe on the internet.  I’m not sure how I stumbled upon it but it sounded amazing so I thought I would give it a try. 

Bannoffee Pie

1 ready made graham cracker or chocolate pie crust

1 can sweetened condensed milk

3 bananas, sliced

1 container cool whip

toffee bits, chocolate shavings, or instant coffee sprinkles

The first step is to boil the can of condensed milk in water for approx 3 hours.  Please make sure that the can remains covered with water so that you don’t have exploding cans of hot sticky mess all over the kitchen.  I just added water as needed to the pan.  Once the can has boiled for 3 hours let it cool down for about 1 hour. 

Open the pie crust. 

Open the can of condensed milk.  It should now be a sticky, sweet, caramel-like texture similar to dulce de leche.  Yes, I had to try some.  Yum!

Spoon the caramel goodness into the pie crust  and spread it around so that it is in a nice even layer.   Now slice the bananas and layer on top of the caramel. 

Layer the cool whip on top of the bananas.

Finally sprinkle with the toffee bits, chocolate shavings, or instant coffee sprinkles. 

It is really rich and ooey gooey good.  Enjoy!


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