November 25, 2013

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe ↠

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

 Every year for Thanksgiving, my Mom and I have always made a Chocolate Pecan Pie for dessert together. In the past few years, I've done my best to make a version that's a tad bit healthier. It's never going to be something that's good for you, it's Chocolate Pecan Pie, but with a few tweaks it doesn't have to be downright terrible for you either.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

This Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe is without the nasty corn syrup that most of the recipes call for and since there are no eggs, it has less fat. You can always buy a crust if you don't feel like making one, but this homemade whole wheat crust is as healthy as they come, I found the idea for the crust here.

Crust Ingredients ≫≫
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
7 tablespoons very cold unsalted organic butter

Filling Ingredients ≫≫
1 1/2 bananas
3/4 c water
1 3/4 c cane sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c pecan pieces
1 1/2 c dark chocolate chips

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

For crust ≫≫

Mix together whole wheat flour with sea salt in a medium bowl. Cut in cold butter using a fork and mash together well. Add 3-5 Tbsp ice cold water, a tiny bit at a time. After mixing well, mash the dough together with your hands and form a thick disc. Cover and place in fridge for about 30 minutes.

Roll the dough out slowly and carefully. This will take time and patience, and it's ok if it doesn't look perfect, as long as it tastes good...right?

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

For filling ≫≫

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Mix together the bananas and water until very well blended. Add the brown sugar and salt. Melt the butter and add to the mixture. Add the vanilla extract and chocolate chips.

Place the pecans in the pie shell and pour the mixture on top, the pecans will float to the surface. Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 325°F (160°C) and bake until the center of the pie is set and no longer trembles when touched, about 65 minutes.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

Enjoy!

Other festive drinks/desserts:


November 22, 2013

Prosecco Float Recipe ↠

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

When I started planning a week of festive drink and dessert recipes, I knew I wanted to include a fun prosecco recipe. I love this delicious bubbly drink and something about it just feels fancier than typical wine.

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

Ingredients ≫≫
1 Bottle of Prosecco (I used Cupcake Brand)
Blood Orange Sherbert (I used
Frozen Blackberries
Thyme for garnishing

Step 1 ≫≫ Place a scoop of blood orange sherbert in the bottom of your glass. Add in a few frozen blackberries.

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You
Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

Step 2 ≫≫ Slowly pour in prosecco.

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You
Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

Step 4 ≫≫ Garnish with thyme (optional).

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You
Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

...and enjoy. Cheers!

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

Little tip: if you plan on making these ahead of time for your guests, wait until the last minute to garnish the drinks, that way the thyme doesn't start to droop or loose it's freshness. 



November 20, 2013

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe ↠

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

For today's festive recipe, I decided to merge two of my very favorite desserts to make one delicious alternative to pumpkin pie. I took my Whole Wheat Pumpkin Mini Muffins and had the stroke of genius to try them with the chocolate peanut butter glaze from my Skinny Vegan Chocolate Cake on top. And as I'm sure you can imagine, they are divine. ;)

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

Muffin Ingredients ≫≫
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp and 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
3 cups natural brown sugar
1 can Libby's pure pumpkin
4 eggs (we use free range organic, you can replace these with 3 bananas for vegan muffins)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup water

Glaze Ingredients ≫≫
1 cup raw sugar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons almond milk
5 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter (store bought or homemade)
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 teaspoons real vanilla extract

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

Directions ≫≫

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl. In another large bowl, combine the brown sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, and water until blended. Add the two mixtures together and mix well until everything is moist.

Spoon batter into very well greased mini muffin tin (these suckers have a tendency to stick), if you don't have more than one tin (like me) this will take about 3 or more batches. Bake for 15 minutes. Let the muffins cool before trying to remove them from the pan.

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You
Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

For the glaze, just combine all of the ingredients in a smaller bowl until the sugar is dissolved while muffins are cooking.

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You
Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

This recipe makes about 40 mini muffins, plenty to bring to Thanksgiving dinner! Enjoy!

November 19, 2013

Fall Beer Recipe ↠

Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You

I thought it would be fun to start off my week of Fall festive and/or Thanksgiving recipes with a delicious beer recipe! This fruit (and cinnamon) infused beer is perfect for this time of year and will make the guys and gals at the party pretty darn happy.

Infusing your beer using your french press just brings out the flavors a little more and really gives it a nice and festive kick. You can use other fruits or a different beer if you'd like, this recipe isn't restricted to what I'm using...get creative.

Ingredients ≫≫
Orange
Apple
Cinnamon Stick
New Belgium Accumulation (their new winter ale, it's yummy)

Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You
Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You
Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You

Directions ≫≫

Squeeze an orange slice into your french press and then drop the slice into the bottom of the press. Slit an apple slice a few times, so that the flavor can get out, and put it in the bottom of the press along with the cinnamon stick.

Pour your beer into the french press and put the lid on (without pressing down) for 4 minutes. Once your time is up, plunge the press and make sure to gently push down so that you get as much of the fruit juices out as you can. Pour the beer into a glass of your choice and enjoy!

Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You

Cheers! These are super cute and festive served in a mason jar with a fresh apple slice thrown in.

Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You
Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You

Will you try a fruit infused beer at your holiday party or Thanksgiving dinner?

November 18, 2013

Currently ≫≫

Currently ≫≫ Home is with You
  Sweater: Target // Owl Ring: c/o Basic Impressions

Wearing ≫≫ Eyeshadow from this palette. Seriously though, RUN to your local Sephora, or order one online. This palette is my new favorite and worth every penny. The colors are gorgeous and show up just as rich and pigmented on your eyes. Plus, it comes with a few bonus goodies that I've been loving as well.

Drinking ≫≫ Coffee coffee coffee, to get me through all of my meetings, photo sessions, and editing! I'm loving having a jam packed planner again. My coffee is tasting even better these days thanks to the Silk Eggnog being back in stores. Combined with the hazelnut coffee for the Keurig and it's just about heaven. Go and get you some...now.

Currently ≫≫ Home is with You

Watching ≫≫ The Carrie Diaries. I don't know if anyone else is watching this show, I didn't think I'd like it, but it's become my newest guilty pleasure. I don't know what it is about this show, but I love it! It's come into my life at the perfect time though, because I know Dave will probably think this show is ridiculous once I'm back in Alaska. All I can say, is AnnaSophia Robb is fabulous.

Planning ≫≫ Some special Thanksgiving recipe posts for the rest of the week. Get excited for some delicious drinks and recipes that will come in handy for your Thanksgiving and other holiday festivities! And you know they'll be healthy yet husband approved. ;)

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November 5, 2013

Catching my footing and asking for your input!

Hey guys! So, I know I've been MIA on this site on and off since the beginning of the year. For those that have been around for awhile, you might be as sick of me appologizing as much as I am sick of feeling like I need to. And, for anyone who's fairly new around here, I used to post much more regularly. Although, I have to admit, back in the day when I felt like I had to post every.single.day. the content would drag every now and then, writing posts that I'm not very proud of just in order to get something up that day.

Alaska // Home is with You

Once I stopped putting that pressure on myself, I kind of swung in the other direction and have been posting very sporadically, and I have to admit that I'm not very proud of that either. I'll be the first to confess that I'm not always the best at being on top of certian things, and without a better schedule and writing things ahead of time this site has really suffered.

Juneau, Alaska // Home is with You

So, the point of telling you all of this, because there is a point...is to share that for once I'm actually planning ahead in detail for this little space and for the first time in a long time (if I'm being honest) I'm really excited about what I have coming up! I'm going to focus solely on things I am passionate about and want to share with you all, and not just what I think you want to see. There will still be giveaways, sponsors, and reviews sprinkled throughout; but I promise to only share things that I love and know you all will too.

Some of the things that I have planned, once I get my computer here in Kansas, so you can get excited too. ≫≫

Fall/Winter Beauty Favorites (A video! I'm also contemplating a few makeup tutorials, if you all would be interested in that.)
More outfit posts! (I have a tripod again, yay!)
New additions to the Eating Healthy on a Budget Series (I already have a few posts in mind, but if there's something specific you'd like to see, please let me know!)

...and of course, as always, more recipes and random life ramblings. I also would love to know if there's anything special you all are interested in seeing on Home is with You, I'm open to suggestions!

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