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Kale Apple Ginger Smoothie

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I’ve always said that this blog follows what we eat, week in and week out. And the truth is that lately, this is what I’ve been eating. It’s filling, tasty, and it hits the spot in a way that no other food is hitting the spot right now. So smoothies it is- bring on the kale, ginger, lemon, and apples.


Kale, Apple, Ginger Smoothie

2 apples, sliced and frozen
1 carrot, sliced and frozen
2″ ginger root, sliced
1 bunch fresh kale, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 cups of apple juice, depending on preference and strength of your blender

Combine ingredients in a blender and purée, adding apple juice as needed. Serve immediately.

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Lovely Internet 3.14.14

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1. Happy Pi(e) Day! Dive into our pie collection.

2. Speaking of pie, this one by the ever talented Emily looks fantastic.

3. Buttered eggs? Sold!

4. As someone who had her family planning choices publicly discussed by a group of 5 year olds (my favorite answer to the question “Why hasn’t Ms Elena had a baby yet?” was “maybe she doesn’t want to lose her job.” Thanks team.), this video made by teachers made me roll on the floor.

5. How many of these have you read? (I’ve read 70!)

6. In search of Puddles.

7. We eat a lot of pizza.

8. Beautifully intimate.

9. This girl is my hero.

10. Preach.

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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Skillet Tarheel Pie

tarheel pie 2 This weekend we headed north to celebrate my dear friend Charlotte’s upcoming wedding. Charlotte, lover of many foods other than wings but especially wings, was treated to a special food centric shower. Guests were encouraged to bring the couple a gift for the kitchen, and to fill it first with food for the party (actually perhaps the most genius trick for hosting a wedding shower ever). Gifting food is one of my favorite things to do, and this was a perfect way to honor Charlotte and share food with family and friends.

tar heel pie 4 My one rule for weddings is that I always gift cast iron. I’m a completely dedicated cast iron user, yes, but I also appreciate what it symbolizes. I have cast iron passed down to me by my grandmother. My dad has his grandmother’s cast iron cauldron, a family heirloom that I would one day love to inherit. Cast iron is the wedding gift that will last as long as your marriage, as long as your grand children’s marriage, if you treat it well. Treat it as carefully as you treat your relationship with your spouse. Just don’t light your spouse on fire.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset In the skillet I made Charlotte one of my favorite pies, the Tar Heel Pie. The Tar Heel Pie is essentially a chocolate chess pie with pecans, and it’s so easy to make you won’t actually believe it. To sweeten the deal I topped it with pecans, brown sugar, and a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset While we were in DC we also got the opportunity to explore a bit, visiting friends and taking a few short trips out into the city. I’ll be back in two weeks for the bachelorette party of my lovely friend Rachael, and I’m looking forward to seeing the city in full bloom. That and spending some quality time with my two best gals, 1-95 and Audible.

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Skillet Tar Heel Pie

1 cup chocolate chips
1 stick melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
Pie dough (halve this recipe here)
1/4 cup pecans
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup chocolate
1 tbsp melted butter

Pour hot butter over chocolate chips and stir until fully incorporated.  Whisk together remaining ingredients and add to chocolate. Pour into pie shell. Top with pecans and brown sugar. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes.

Mix together melted butter and chocolate to melt. Drizzle around edges of the pie, or evenly across. Let cool and serve.

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