Cut one crust into heart shapes with a cookie cutter and refrigerate.
Whisk together 1/2 C granulated sugar, 3 TBsp cornstarch, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon (I used more cinnamon). Add 5-6 pears, peeled cored sliced, and 8 ounces of raspberries. Toss in sugar mixture with 2 TBsp fresh lemon juice. Prepare crust in a pie dish and pour fruit blend into the bottom crust. Dot with butter. Place heart shaped crust pieces on top in a pattern. To help the hearts stick together brush with water. Make sure there are vents. Sprinkle with sanding sugar (I used cinnamon & sugar). Refrigerate until firm about 30 minutes or more. In 400 degree oven, bake pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet to catch spill-over. Bake 20-25 minutes then reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake until done. The recipe says 85 minutes but mine only took about an hour. Cool completely and eat up!
We ate at the best Greek restaurant we've found in DFW. Ziziki's.
Austin made me love coupons (which I used all in one day).
"Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."
After working full-time at a child care center for 1 1/2 years, babysitting for some of the kiddos, and watching some of my friends have kids of their own... I have a serious case of baby fever. I miss seeing those kids everyday and having fun, hilarious (ok, and also frustrating) happenings on a daily basis. I learned a whole lot about children and parenting.
When I moved here to Texas I couldn't get a child care job due to my insanely uncooperative school and rehearsal schedule (I'm not exaggerating - it is quite ridiculous). But I finally found a nice couple in need of a babysitter. I had my interview today and got the job! It's not like it is going to bring me much of a paycheck or anything (it is only occasional), but I look forward to getting to know little Mr. Ezra!
I confessed to my cousin Sarah last weekend that Austin and I have a list of baby names... yep. It is getting pretty serious! I'm not going to tell you our top names, though. We agree on girl names more often but boy names not so much. For example, Austin thinks that Tiberius is a good name. . . . I'm not kidding (sadly). Hopefully by the time we have a baby Austin will come to his senses... I mean, we can both agree on some wonderful baby names :)
My wonderful cousin, Sarah, visited over the weekend. When we were little we used my tub-of-bows to cover people's heads with bows. Her mom had to answer the door one time with a head full of bows... it was awesome. We played lots of card games and way too many trampoline games :) She was also my maid-of-honor when I got married. I'm glad we've stayed such close cousins since we were younger than I can remember!
We had lots of fun at the Dallas World Aquarium, watching 50/50, playing poker, chatting, and of course eating! I definitely recommend both the aquarium and the movie!
2007- being weirdly wacky with makeup and dancing :)
In 2011 - a more normal picture :)
With a dog named Skeletor and one very handsome Joseph Gordon-Levitt...
Before Sarah visited (last week) I made this delectable brownie recipe from my chocolate chip cookbook. You need to try it (only if you are a serious chocolate-lover)!
Delectable Chocolatey Brownies
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on low speed to combine 1 2/3 cups ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR, 1/3 cup unsweetened sifted COCOA POWDER, 2 cups packed BROWN SUGAR, 1 tsp BAKING SODA, and 1/4 tsp SALT. Add 1 stick of UNSALTED BUTTER cut into small pieces. Mix until butter pieces are about the size of peas. There will be loose flour. Mix in 1 large EGG and 1 tsp VANILLA extract. The batter will appear dry. Add 1 cup SOUR CREAM until batter looks evenly moistened. There may still be lumps of butter but that is ok. Mix in 12 ounces of CHOCOLATE CHIPS (I used bittersweet, but semisweet would also work). Scrape the batter into a 9x9 pan lined with parchment and buttered. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out fairly clean. Cool completely, about one hour (I totally didn't do this...). Enjoy alone or with vanilla ice cream!
More to come on my adventures in the second semester of grad school and my baking endeavors... enjoy your week!