Food – Classic Key Lime Pie

Ingredients

Crust:
1cup Honey Graham Crackers
1cup Honey Nut Cheerios
7ounces salted sweet cream butter
1/4cup light brown sugar
1/4teaspoon cardamom
Filling:
6large egg yolks
1/2pint softened vanilla bean ice cream
14ounces can sweetened condensed milk
1/2cup Key Lime juice

Instructions

For the Crust:

  1. Place Graham Crackers in a large plastic bag and roll with rolling pin until finely crushed. Pour into a medium bowl. Repeat method for Honey Nut Cheerios and add to bowl.
    1. Add brown sugar and cardamon to the cereal mix. Slowly stir in melted butter and hand mix until even consistency is obtained.
    2. Press mixture into 9-inch pie pan working from center of pan to outer edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

    For the Filling:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl and mix with an electric mixer or whisk for one minute. Slowly add sweetened condensed milk and mix for six minutes more.
    3. Add ice cream and continue mixing until smooth. Add Key Lime juice. Pour filling into prepared pie shell. Bake for for 12 minutes.
    4. Place pie on a cooling rack in the freezer for at least one hour. Remove 20 minutes prior to serving. Add whipped cream and garnish before serving.

Recipe courtesy of David Sloan and Relish.com

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Around The World – Acapulco, Mexico

        

Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend an Expo in Acapulco, Mexico as well as do some sightseeing.  Mexico is a beautiful country full of lovely beaches, and places to lose oneself.   During my stay in Acapulco, I was a guest of the Princess Mundo Imperial which is right on the beach.  It’s a large hotel with several restaurants, a bar and places to grab a quick bite.  The bar is open late, but the restaurants seem to stop taking people at 10.  It’s a lovely property, but it is in need of some upgrades, but not enough to deter you from enjoying it’s location.  It has several sister properties so there’s a van/bus that goes around to each property about every 30-60 minutes or so.

    

All of the above photos were taken at the Expo.  We were greeted by children with balloons and there was a whole cast of characters throughout the center.

Mexico is very inexpensive, especially compared to the U.S.  We made several Wal-Mart runs while there because things were so much cheaper.  Some people were able to purchase medicine over the counter that requires a prescription in the U.S for pennies compared to what we pay at home.   One of the many things I did while there was visit Banyan Tree Cabo for lunch.  It was the first time in my life I ever had blue rice.  There were so many parties hosted for us.  One of my favorites was the AeroMexico party that was held in a hangar at the local airport.

    

Acapulco has come a long way and they are actively cultivating tourism dollars from the U.S. and Canada.  Looking to their North American neighbors to help continue to turn their city around and so far the effort is paying off.  It is a beautiful city.  The people are welcoming to tourists and it’s only going to get more and more popular.  That’s not to say it isn’t without it’s issues.  You should not walk alone at night or drive yourself around, but overall it’s a safe place to visit, just be smart.  When it is rediscovered and it will be rediscovered by the masses, you’ll wish you went while it was still awakening!!!!

Natural Hair – Oil Rinsing

oilrinsing

Like millions of Black women around the globe, I have joined the movement of wearing my natural hair.  Natural hair requires a different regiment and routine than relaxed hair.  It’s been a journey learning about my hair and how to properly care for it.  It’s a journey that I will always be on because I’m still learning and things change.  For this reason, I have added the category Natural Hair.  I will feature recommendations in this category as well as photos of women whose natural hair inspires me to keep going.  I do not use every method that will be featured so I am not recommending the method or vouching for it.  It is for informational purposes only.  Each of us has to figure out their own hair journey.  If I have tried a product and like it, I will let you know, otherwise it is not likely I have ever used the product.  Much love to all my Naturalistas out there and if you have a product that you just love and want us to know about, please let me know in the comment section!!!