light triple coconut cream pie

I usually like to have some related childhood anecdote or some interesting (to me, at least) story to tell with each recipe I post, but today, I got nothin’. Which is sad really, because this coconut cream pie is probably in my top five favorite recipes ever posted to BTHR. I should really being doing… 

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fab freebie: LARABAR for Kroger shoppers

carbuster[box] Attention Kroger Shoppers! Shop the Kroger Cart Buster event from February 26–March 10 for great values. Find out about all the savings at www.CartBuster.com! And from February 29-March 6, download exclusive, digital coupons for Kroger’s “Deal Of The Day” for even MORE savings at http://bit.ly/wxfnlU. Happy Savings! [/box]   I'm a huge fan of all things free.  I've been known to take things that I have absolutely no need for just because I didn't have to pay for them.. . .
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crispy baked fish and sweet potato chips

fish and chipsYou know those dive restaurants that are so incredible and well-known that they can pretty much do whatever they want and still stay in business? They usually have crazy inconvenient hours (10am-11:30am) and ridiculous policies (cash only) but even though they are totally not customer-friendly, the food makes it 100% worth the inconvenience of it all? Well, in a nearby town growing up, there was a seafood joint and it was one of these places. Thanks to being über landlocked, finding good. . .
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things i’m digging…

428-06421. Clinque Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder. I got this stuff on a whim before I went to an awards show last summer, and I fell in love with it. I just ran out a few weeks ago and I figured I didn't need to shell out the $20 to get more makeup when drug store stuff would do. Within a few days of wearing the drug store stuff, my face broke out. Then I tried mineral makeup I had. . .
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simple grapefruit soda

sodaWe rarely had soda in our house growing up (or as we like to say in Southern Indiana, "Coke"). It just wasn't something that was a pantry staple in my parents' kitchen. Sure, we'd buy some two liters when company was coming over, but everyday beverages were limited to tea, water and milk. This made getting a soft drink from the gas station during a road trip a real treat. We'd be in the car pulled up to a gas. . .
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a day in my life: February 23, 2012

A Day in My LifeThe last time I did A Day in My Life was almost exactly a year ago. I had intended on doing them at regular intervals, but the truth is, taking a picture of everything you do in a day is a lot more difficult and time consuming than it sounds. But in the past few months, quite a few folks have requested that I post another one, so here we are! This was my Thursday, February 23, 2012. My alarm. . .
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mint triple chocolate frozen yogurt shake

chocolate shakeRemember when I got an ice cream maker for my birthday last year and it was pretty much the most amazing thing ever? I made sorbet and  ice cream and even more sorbet. Well, the much-used summer appliance has been dormant for a few months thanks to the chilly temperatures. But I pulled it out this past weekend after I remembered last year's Shamrock Shake recipe. I wanted to try my hand at a not-so-sweet, not-so-caloric version and this shake. . .
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46 days without complaint

quote3I am technically kinda sorta Catholic. But not really. That being said, I am intimately familiar with the concept of Lent. While I've never latched onto the religious meaning behind it, I've always appreciated the concept of abstaining from something in order to strengthen your spirit. I think it's a good reminder of the power of the human will and the fragility of our luxuries. We get so wrapped up in having the latest iPhone (guilty) or those new pair. . .
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open-face hummus tuna melt

tuna meltI only had one true spring break experience in college. It was my Freshman year, and my roommate and I bummed a ride to Ft. Lauderdale with a guy she knew from one of her classes. He was going with 10 or so of his closest friends from high school and they had seats in a car and an open fold-out couch. Even though they barely knew us, adding two more people meant two more people to split gas money. . .
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what i ate wednesday: tracking

dinnerAs I said in yesterday's post, I'm back to tracking my food again (at least temporarily for my nutrition class). This day of food represents by first day "back" and man, could I ever feel the difference in portion size. I was hungry all day. I'm not sure if it was physical hunger or mental hunger, but it sucked. I even got so hungry while I was on the treadmill after work that I felt like I was going to. . .
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creamy avocado vinaigrette

avocado dressingAt our Valentine's Day dinner last week, the chef served us a starter salad that was incredible. A bed of roasted purple potatoes, topped with fresh arugula, shallots, shaved asparagus and toasted almonds all dressed in a creamy, tart avocado vinaigrette. It was so ridiculously good that Babyface got halfway through his plate, glanced at his beer and said, "This salad is so delicious that I totally forgot to drink the beer." Salad trumping beer? It must be something special.. . .
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confessions…

me rotten apple1. I eat pears with knives. I think they are too messy to eat "apple" style. 2. I've been tracking my food again for an assignment in my nutrition class, and it's forcing me to realize that my intuitive eating might not be as sharp as I thought it was. Since I've stopped tracking food over the past year, portion sizes have gradually increased and so have the number of treats. I might just keep tracking for a few weeks. . .
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wild blueberry banana super bread with lemon glaze

banana breadDoes anyone else out there hate ripe bananas? Yuck. I do. I will not touch a banana unless it still has a nice tinge of green to it. Brown spots? Fahgettaboutit. Those suckers make me gag. Too sweet. Too mushy. Too banana-y. Just thinking about eating one gives me the willies. Thankfully, ripe bananas work perfectly in baked goods. The high sugar content helps to sweeten the dish and the mushy texture of the fruit means it incorporates nicely into. . .
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1520

1520Happy Monday, friends! The Cook for the Cure Raffle is over. The donations are all in. The winners have been notified (check your e-mail!). I am absolutely in awe of the numbers I saw last week. We raised a total of $1520 to fund research and prevention programs in the fight against breast cancer. $1520! You know how much good the Avon Cancer Crusade can do with $1520? Here are some examples: Fund 15 mammograms for women without health insurance. . .
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last chance to win a kitchenaid mixer!

mixerJust a quick Friday afternoon post to remind you guys that today is the last day to buy tickets in the Cook for the Cure raffle. You have nine hours left to get in on this amazing deal! If you've been waiting to buy tickets, now is the time! By joining the fun you are (a) saving lives and (b) signing yourself up for a chance to win nine awesome prizes, including a brand spankin' new KitchenAid stand mixer in. . .
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