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Buckeye Pie


A few months ago, we had my good friend Krista and her husband Jake over for dinner. Krista and I met in college, we were both Criminal Justice majors. I was from Iowa, she was a local. Somewhere along the line, we just clicked and have became really great friends. So when she asked what she could bring for the dinner, I told her dessert and as usual she did not disappoint.

For weeks after our dinner, I craved this Buckeye Pie (kinda like a Buckeye Bar, but in pie form). I was so excited when she emailed me the recipe that I had to make it right away for our first cook out with our neighbors.


You’ll need Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Butter, Powdered Sugar, Instant Chocolate Pudding and Milk and Cool Whip.


In a bowl combine peanut butter, vanilla and softened butter. Then mix in powdered sugar until the mixture is crumbly. It is easiest to make it crumbly with a fork.


In a separate bowl, prepare instant chocolate pudding according to the package for the pie filling.


Mix in all but 1/4 cup of the peanut butter crumbles.


Pour into a baked pie crust.  Just don’t do what I did and forget to bake the pie crust before filling it. I had to make a graham cracker crust since I put the filling in the pie shell without baking. Opps! 


Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle remaining peanut butter crumbles on top. Refrigerate before serving.


Doesn’t that look fabulous? Thanks Krista for sharing the recipe with me! I might just have to make this again tomorrow!

Click on the link to view a printable version of this recipe: Buckeye Pie


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Pasta with Tomato-Blue Cheese Sauce


Last weekend we had some good friends over for dinner. When I started planning our little dinner party, I had originally planned on making a Vodka Cream Pasta. But as I was flipping through my recipe binder I found a recipe from the amazing Pioneer Woman, for Pasta with Tomato-Blue Cheese Sauce and realized I already had most of the ingredients to make it.


While I was putting the dish together, I made a drink we used to make in college. It’s much better with peach schnapps ;o) You mix together Sprite, Hawaiian Punch and Orange Sherbet in a pitcher and serve.


This pasta dish turned out wonderfully and was so easy to make (just be sure to pay attention when sautéing the garlic so that it doesn’t burn). The recipe says that it serves six. There were four of us for dinner and we ate leftovers for the rest of the week, so it definitely serves more than six without being doubled.

Click here for the recipe: Pasta with Tomato-Blue Cheese Sauce.

***Mine never got to thick, so I didn’t have to use the half and half. But it never got thick enough so I made a mix of cornstarch and water and added it until the sauce became a consistency that I wanted. ***

Of course Ree never lets me down and this meal was a hit! I served it with a salad and dinner rolls.