Thursday, February 27, 2014

Guest post: Black Bottom Pie

Thanks to my wonderful friend Katie, here is a fabulous recipe for what has to be one of the most delicious pies ever! Her heritage story of this recipe is truly sweet.

I have grown up in the shadow of amazing cooks my entire life.  My grandmother was legendary, my mother was renowned throughout the neighborhood for her baked goods, and my aunts were admired for their recipes at each potluck and social occasion.

Growing up under this burden, I was always intimidated to try my hand in the kitchen - especially when it came to baking.  It wasn't until I moved into my first apartment in college that I started to enjoy experimenting with different spices, inventing new flavors of baked goods, and hunting down my family's favorite recipes.

In the past few years, my grandmother has had to stop cooking because of various health issues, but she has been generous in passing along family treasures - in the form of stories and recipes.  One of my favorites she has shared is her mother's (my great-grandmother's) recipe for "Black Bottom Pie" - practically a staple in the deep southern heart of Mississippi where my maternal family hails from.  The stories she shares while eating this treat are some of my personal favorites.

My grandmother shared both the typed version from her mother, and a re-written version courtesy of my aunt (who was responsible for the crayon scribbles on the original version at a young age).  I share them now with you to enjoy and savor.  I wish you a tasty dessert and plenty of fun stories to go along.

Black Bottom Pie
From Forrest Milam Bowen (my great-grandmother)

Pie Crust:
18-20 graham crackers rolled to fine crumbs, mixed wel with 5-6 Tablespoons of melted butter
Line a 9" pie plate with this and pat out like a pastry
Bake for 10 minutes at 300 degrees

Soak 1 envelope of gelatin in 4 Tablespoons of water
Take 1/2 cup sugar, 2 heaping Tablespoons of flour and mix
Beat in 4 egg yolks and add 1 3/4 cups scaled sweet milk (regular milk is fine)
Cook over slow heat, stirring constantly until thick
Add gelatin and stir thoroughly
At the same time, slowly melt 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
Pour a little over half of the custard over the melted chocolate
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to chocolate mixture
Pour into the pastry and let cool

Make a stiff meringue of 4 egg whites, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup sugar
Beat stiff and add to the remaining custard mixture while still smooth and soft
Pour this into the pie and chill about 30 minutes
Take 1 cup of cream, whip, and add 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
Spread over the top of the pie
Grate semi-sweet chocolate over the top and set in fridge until cool.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Baby B maternity style

Yesterday little #3PBabyB turned 2 weeks old and my heart could not be filed to the brim with her any more than it already is! in honor of the typical Wednesday outfit posts, here's a peek at the outfits I wore while my baby bump with this little girl was growing and growing.  You can get all the outfit details here, or shop maternity styles at Old Navy, Target, and ASOS like I did throughout theses months.  If you have your own little baby bump or a friend who is rocking one, I hope these outfits inspire you to feel like a fashionable baby bump lady!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Favorite prep products during pregnancy

 < so glad to stock up on natural products like the wonderful ones in this bundle-of-joy set for little Baby B! >

Just a quick post on some of the items I totally loved while being pregnant with the little bundle I carried around for about 40 weeks.  Thankfully many of these things were recommended and/or gifted to me by sweet, caring friends who were sharing in my total excitement about Baby B's impending arrival!  So take note, if you are excepting your own little baby bundle, or have a friend that has a little one on the way, any of these products or books will be great to have on hand!

< reading that helped me feel prepared for the months of maternity, and for the early days that will be enjoyed with Baby B!  What To Expect When You're Expecting, The Happiest Baby on the Block, What to Expect the First Year, The Pregnancy Countdown Book, On Becoming Baby Wise >

< Mama Bee products kept my skin the most moisturized it has ever been!  These were so great to use as the pregnancy months went on- Burt's Bee Mama Bee Belly Butter and Nourishing Body Oil >

Monday, February 24, 2014

Wonders from the weekend

Well hello Monday! I hope all you 3P lovelies enjoyed a great weekend! Mine was filled with precious moments with our sweet baby girl, beautiful sunshine, and fun celebrations- no complaints at all here! I am looking forward to accomplishing a few goals this week and tackling some organization projects, but no matter what I'm going to make it a great week! Whatever you are facing this week, make it a great one- 3P style, of course!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Baby B Maternity Pictures

A few months ago I shared a peek into the fabulous baby bump photo shoot my sweet friend at Nic's Pics created for us. Today I am happily sharing more of these amazing pictures- and while I miss this cute little bump, I could not be more over-the-moon in love with my little girl that has arrived safe and sound from that baby bump.