We just returned from vacation at the beach a week ago and have definitely been feeling the vacation blues. Ever get those? The “I miss being on vacation/wish we could go back” mood? So I thought I would create a bit of a beach escape at home and do a special meal for a date this past weekend with my husband. I enjoy cooking and he enjoys eating, so I always try to fix some of his favorite foods when planning a special meal.
I love decorating a pretty table! I gather things from around the house and see what works together. This time I did a navy, turquoise and white beach theme mixing some yard sale finds (like those adorable hobnail milkglass salt and pepper shakers I found a few weeks ago), my Better Homes and Gardens white dishes, and some blue Ball mason jars. I created a simple centerpiece by setting some shells and a starfish on a white shutter with a big turquoise lantern in the middle.
One of our favorites meals has become shrimp and grits. Oh my, the southern goodness of the two combined are just delicious. I remember years ago thinking grits with what?? But then I tried them and was forever hooked! We had some of the best shrimp and grits at a local restaurant in Panama City so I hoped to recreate that as best as possible.
This is the recipe I used and it did not disappoint – so good!
So next was dessert. One of my husband’s favorite desserts is his mom’s homemade chocolate pies. But let me tell you this story about homemade chocolate pies. Years ago, as a newly married wife, I thought I would plan a special dinner and dessert one day so I called his mom and got the recipe for her chocolate pies. I set to work making the chocolate filling over an electric stove in a ceramic cook pan… and I burnt it so bad it took me DAYS to get that pan cleaned. Her chocolate pies also have homemade meringue on top which on another attempt at making the same pies my meringue never would set up and then burnt when I tried to toast it in the oven. I really am a pretty decent cook, but I have decided I will leave the homemade chocolate pies to his mom.
So the next best thing (actually better in my opinion since I am not a fan of warm chocolate pies and meringue) is a frozen EDWARDS® HERSHEY’S® SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Crème Pie. Especially during the summer when the last thing I want to do is turn the oven on when it is nearing 100 degrees outside.
I knew I was going to buy a Hershey’s Chocolate Crème Pie, but an EDWARDS® Turtle Pie came home with me from Wal-Mart too – it was so hard to choose between all the yummy flavors! I loved how they came in pie pans with a plastic domed cover. You could totally pick up one of these, take it out of the box, and bring it to the next cookout/party/dinner and pass it off as homemade. (Not that I would ever do that… 😉 )
So my husband got the Hershey’s chocolate pie and he loved it. I even snuck a bite too –oh my, that fudgy goodness on the bottom – so good!
I tried a piece of the Turtle pie and it was amazing too! A creamy, almost cheesecake like pie with a thread of caramel going through it topped with and cookie/chocolate pieces and pecans. So good and very refreshing on a hot summer day.
So thanks to Edwards for saving the day! No burned pans or pies in this house and no turning on the oven.
And bonus… LEFTOVERS! Who wants to come over for dessert?
Plus you can save $1.00 on any ONE EDWARDS® Whole Pie by taking advantage of the Walmart EDWARDS Ibotta digital rebate (while supplies last). Just pick up your pie in the frozen section at Walmart (they are less than $5 so a great deal!), install/open the Ibotta app, scan the barcode on the package and the QR code on your receipt, and $1.00 will be added to your account.
You can find more flavors on Edwards website or follow them on facebook for new flavors and inspiration. I think we might have to try the Key Lime pie next as many of you mentioned on facebook that was your favorite. What is YOUR favorite Edward’s pie?
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