1. Taylor Swift’s new album 1989.

2. Entering travel sweepstakes. Yes, I know that my chances to win are very small, but it never hurts to try.

3. Making challah rolls.

4. Getting Disney Parks promotional material in the mail.

5. Knowing that home isn’t a physical place. It’s wherever my husband and girls are.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement, check out the website here.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili


Banana Cream Pie

October 27, 2014 // Baking, Food and Drink


Whether it’s having a slice at your favorite local diner or a sweet ending to a hearty holiday dinner, there’s something so nostalgic about it. At my own family’s gatherings there are usually no less than three different pies for dessert. All of which must be sampled.

I was always scared off from making pies. Mostly because I could never get the crust making down. I would either roll it too thin and have a super hard time getting it into the tin or it would completely fall apart.

Then last week a light bulb went off in my head. Wait a minute – I can make a COOKIE crust. YES. That I can do.

Nothing like chocolate cookies to save the day, amiright?

Banana Cream Pie

Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie


  • Crust
  • 25 Oreo cookies
  • ¼ cup (4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • Filling
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 apple bananas (or 1 regular banana) cut into ¼ inch slices
  • Topping
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups whipped cream
  • Toasted coconut (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Place cookies in a food processor. Pulse until crumbs are formed. Pour crumbs into a large bowl. Add butter and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour mixture into a 9-inch pie pan. Press down the mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan and up the side of the pan.
  3. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
  4. While crust is cooling, pour chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl. Heat heavy cream in a saucepan over medium high heat. When cream just comes to a bubble, pour over chocolate chips. Let sit 4-5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Spread ganache evenly over the bottom of the crust. Refrigerate while you make the filling.
  5. Filling:
  6. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks thoroughly. Set aside.
  7. In a large saucepan, whisk together cornstarch, salt, and sugar. Slowly whisk in the milk. Heat mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly. Once mixture comes up to a boil, let cook for 1 minute.
  8. Remove from heat and slowly add half of the mixture to the egg yolks, whisking to combine.
  9. Add egg mixture back to milk mixture and put back on the heat. Boil for 1 minute then remove from heat.
  10. Add butter and vanilla to mixture, stirring to combine. Let cool for 30-40 minutes.
  11. Assemble:
  12. Remove crust from refrigerator. Place sliced bananas on the bottom of the crust. Pour filling evenly over the bananas. Cover the filling with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut (if desired).
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Bonjour mes amis!

You know when you start craving something and that’s all you can think about? Yeah. I’ve been dealing with that for a bit now. Last week I really, really wanted to eat cake so I made one. This week it was pie. Coconut Cream pie with an Oreo cookie crust, which, I have to say, was pretty darn good.

And now? I want to eat meat. But not just any kind of meat. I want pork chops. And short ribs. And steak. And lamb shank. All the meat that we never buy because it’s most often out of our price range.

Stupid cravings.

Anyway, hope you all have a rad weekend!

Much love, bacon, and sprinkles,

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

1. Making wish lists.

2. Testing pie recipes.

3. Good Eats on Netflix.

4. Watching Disney’s Robin Hood for the millionth time.

5. Knowing that although it is, at times, insanely stressful being a stay-at-home mom, it’s the best job I have ever had.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things Movement, check out the website here

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

I know, I know. It’s not Friday. But I don’t really care. I still wanted to participate in this past week’s #Fandom5. This time, it’s all about Halloween Costumes!

Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan – Oh. Em. Gee. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this comic and Kamala Khan. So, so good.

Maleficent – This movie was just okay, but, holy smokes, that costume and those wings are something else.

The Arrow – Alright, so Ollie sinceriously has some issues, but I really want to dress up in his crime fighting outfit. And after Halloween, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to use it on a regular basis. You know, for a PTA meeting or grocery shopping.

Oswin/Clara – I realize that there are a ton of Clara haters out there, but that doesn’t bother me. I adore her and want her entire wardrobe. C’mon, how gorgeous was flapper Clara?

Kate Bishop a.k.a. Hawkeye – She makes aviators look so freakin’ cool.

Thanks again to Megan of The Nerdy Girlie and Kristin of Super Space Chick for creating 5 Fandom Friday!

Image Credit
Ms. Marvel | Maleficent | The Arrow | Oswin/Clara | Kate |

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