Saturday, August 5, 2017

Peach Fluff

I am so excited to be sharing this very famous (at least in our house) recipe today! This one brings up so many memories for me as we had this at a close friend's home quite a few times when I was growing up. This also happens to be one of my dad's favorite recipes, and since his birthday was recently I was able to surprise him with it! Food gifts are my favorite to give! 

This recipe is a summer staple. It's fairly easy to make, and it makes A LOT so if you have a picnic or BBQ to go to this would be the perfect option. This dessert also looks impressive in the pan, and it's a great way to use up the best summer fruit....PEACHES! 

This dessert starts with a shortbread-like crust with delicious pecans in the crust. I toasted mine and it gave it an extra nutty flavor. The crust is topped with a sweet cream cheese mixture, and then all of that gets finished with a peachy, fruity, delicious topping. Crunchy, nutty, sweet, tangy, peachy! This hits all those delicious notes all in one bite. 

May I introduce you to: Peach Fluff!

Peach Fluff

recipe from a sweet lady at church who was gracious enough to share it with me!

To Make the Crust

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and press into a 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. 

To Make the Cream Cheese Filling

1 8oz tub Cool Whip, defrosted 
1 8oz brick cream cheese, softened 
1 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl combine all ingredients with a hand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. 

Spread mixture onto cooled crust.

To Make the Peach Topping

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 3oz box peach Jello
8 fresh peaches, chopped

Add water, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture is thick and clear.

Remove thickened mixture from heat and add in box of peach Jello. Whisk until combined.

Add chopped peaches into thickened sugar mixture and stir to combine.

Pour peach topping over cream cheese filling.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

I hope your family enjoys this dessert as much as my family does! Happy summer to you and yours! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Warm Honey Mustard Potato, Spinach, & Salami Salad + An Egg!

Let's talk about summer and easy summer meals. Have you guys done anything fun this summer so far? Any plans coming up? I honestly just want to buy a blow-up pool and lounge in it for days. We have a concert coming up which will allow us to get away for a weekend. I am REALLY looking forward to it. 

I've also been reading so much more, and it's making me wish I had a porch so I could spend the evenings out there. I usually like to read non-fiction, but summer always makes me want to read those summer specific books that come out every year. This is a great list from one of my favorite bloggers, and I'm hoping to work through a lot of those recommendations. Our vacation isn't until the beginning of October, so I'm extending my summer reading until then. 

On to the recipe! This is one of the most delicious recipes I've made in a long time, and it's so quick. It's also easy to customize to fit the produce that's in season, or the tastes of your family. Please make this, and tell me how you like it. 

Honey Mustard Potato, Spinach, & Salami Salad

2 lbs red potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
12 ounces of salami (I used pre-cut)
a few handfuls of baby spinach
2 green onions, sliced thin

Boil potatoes until tender.

Whisk together oil, mustard, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add potatoes, salami, green onions, baby spinach, and toss gently to coat in dressing and allow spinach to wilt. Serve warm with a poached or fried egg. This also tastes fantastic cold!