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One Happy Mama: My experience with a chocolate chip pecan pie with a candied bacon graham cracker crust

I absolutely love bacon. I could subsist on it, seriously. I also love pecans. I think they’re awesomely yummy! These are two of my weaknesses, so you can imagine my reaction when my BFF casually mentioned this pie, that a friend of hers serves at a local restaurant. Get ready, it’s a chocolate pecan pie, with a candied bacon, graham cracker crust. My heart skipped a beat when I envisioned this awesomeness!

Unfortunately, I live in PA, while my very lucky friend, Steph, lives in Hilton Head, the home of this wonderful pie. I’ve been vowing a visit, to no avail, but luckily, Steph loves me so much that she shipped one to me as a Thanksgiving treat!!! She was my most favorite friend that day! And, it was awesome. This pie had a cool smokey flavor that blended so well with the nutty pecans. It was dreamy.

I felt so privileged, that I posted a picture on my Facebook page and bragged to all of my friends. I was the only girl in PA that had a pecan & bacon pie from One Hot Mama’s in Hilton Head. I’ll tell you what, I was ONE HAPPY MAMA that day!

Are you jealous? Well I’m going to feel a bit like OPRAH when I tell you that you can have one too! My handy dandy friend Steph just sent me a link to order these pies and have them shipped anywhere! (ok, maybe just the US) Don’t you want one? I know you do! So, here is the link. Click it & order one so that you can be the envy of your bacon & pecan loving friends too!

Click here to get your pie!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie with a Candied Bacon Graham Cracker Crust Ordering Instructions

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Finding Peace in Waffles

I’ve been yelling ALOT lately. My kids are out of sorts, and some days I feel like I am raising a pack of wild raccoon  They scurry around the house, eating everything, and making large messes.

By Phil Coale, AP

By Phil Coale, AP

When I attempt to correct them, they run off snickering. UGH!! Then the extreme mom frustration sets in. At this point, I usually start with my litany of punishments and rants…threatening to bring out “the big black trash bag”, “time-out”, “no friends today”, “Ollie is watching” (our elf), “Santa’s coming”, “Don’t make me call Daddy!” (the little buggers have learned that Daddy is much nicer than mommy, so this one needs to be retired…)

Usually on a day like this, I grudgingly clean it up, then get distracted with another chore, and sometime around 2:00 in the afternoon, I find my cold coffee next to my soggy breakfast. No wonder I was STARVING and miserable!

Well, I decided to STOP. BACK OFF. RELAX. I came to the realization that I am not Donna Reed. I work full-time. I have a blog. It is Christmas, and I am married to a UPS driver (pretty much out of commission until after the holidays). I stood on the knowledge that I am generally a clean person, my friends and family know this. My children are good kids, who usually listen. This circus is temporary!

Coffee?? Where was my coffee? and my waffle? I made a healthy breakfast for myself, but have yet to eat it. I WILL HAVE MY WAFFLE!

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I grabbed my warm coffee, and my crisp waffle, at 9:00 in the morning, and I settled into my cozy nook in the kitchen. Isn’t that why I bought myself leather chairs with ottomans? I enjoyed my breakfast, smiled at my children, and found my missing inner peace.

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So, here is the recipe for my “Peace Waffles”. Try them. Put your feet up. Let your kids make a mess. Be a happy mom.

I’m glad I did.

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The Steps to Inner Peace Through Waffles…

1. Start with a multi-grain waffle (I like Van’s)

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2. Toast it in the toaster.

3. Spread a layer of peanut butter on top. (any nut butter would work)

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4. Top with a sliced banana.

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5. Sprinkle with pecan halves.

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6. Serve with coffee, or tea.

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7. Eat it in peace!

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Peace Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 multi-grain waffle
  • 1 small banana
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of pecan halves

Preparation:

1. Start with a multi-grain waffle (I like Van’s)

2. Toast it in the toaster.

3. Spread a layer of peanut butter on top. (any nut butter would work)

4. Top with a sliced banana.

5. Sprinkle with pecan halves.

6. Serve with coffee, or tea.

7. Eat it in peace!

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