Well hello there. Long time no see. I made you this Chocolate Bourbon Pie with Mint & a Brown Sugar Pecan Crust. I had every intentions of sharing this beauty with you right before the Kentucky Derby so that you could be seduced by its rich chocolate-y goodness while you watched the ponies trot around the race track. But that was not meant to be as Shitala, the Indian goddess of sickness, unleashed her fury, leaving me stricken with a case of the flu so mad it seemed my body would never be able to successfully shake it.
I was not happy about this curse because I had set aside my intense fear of needles and braved the dreaded flu shot. Yes. I embarrassed myself by acting like a three year old as I got poked and prodded. . .and all for nothing as it turns out.
This Seals & Croft tune is running through my head as I continue to nurture my love-hate relationship with marshmallows (You can read about that HERE , HERE, and even HERE). I know it might sound silly since these Homemade Strawberry Amaretto Marshmallows aren’t flavored with jasmine at all, but everything else about them reminds me of summer breezes and warm weather barbecues where marshmallow -y s’mores are the much anticipated grand finale.
When I was a little girl, my metal Mickey Mouse lunch pail and the iconic peanut butter and jelly sandwich were the best of friends. They were inseparable and you would be hard pressed to find one without the other. Come noon, the bell would sound and I would scurry down to the cafeteria . . . lunch pail in hand. I would pull down the latch with a voracious appetite and flip open the lid only to find the two of them clinging to each other. But as I grew older, the lunch pail was abandoned and my love affair with peanut butter and jelly faded. And so the friendship became a distant memory.
Oh boy! Have I got lots of news for you today. First, let’s get all the important business mumbo jumbo out of the way.
My Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Black Sesame Crust was featured, alongside 16 other dreamy pies, in Buzzfeed’s article “17 Delicious Pies for People who Love Baking”. You can find the link to this feature HERE. Oh. . .and my Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Pie Surprise (remember that one?) got an honorable mention. You can see the original posts for both of these beauties HERE and HERE.