Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dessert - Hershey Bar Pie

My daughter and I are preparing for Christmas. We attended a concert last Friday where she sang with her school’s Christmas Chorus. I had planned to post a video of the concert for you to enjoy; however, after three years of faithful service, my Flip Camcorder decided to malfunction just as the singing was about to begin. Thankfully, I thought to take my digital camera and was able to take several pictures of Alana in her beautiful evening dress. The school had a bake sale to raise money for the dresses. Alana and I made Peanut Butter Delight Cookies, a recipe I’ll share with you soon.

Here is a clip of last year’s concert. Alana is on the left in the first row. My amazing daughter has grown considerably in the last year and is nearly as tall as her music teacher.

Yesterday was unseasonably warm for this time of year. Rather than spend my entire day in the kitchen (as I often do on weekends), I decided to get out and enjoy the weather. I visited two flea markets and three Goodwill stores in search of bargains, little treasures that are often overlooked. At my first stop, I purchased a 10 inch cast iron skillet. I paid $5.99 for the skillet, which is about a third of the cost for a new one. It needs cleaning and reseasoning, but should be ready for blackened catfish soon.

I also purchased a glass bowl for a mere $2. I enjoy having fresh fruit in my home. The bowl and fruit look nice on my kitchen table.

On my way home, I stopped at a produce stand. The proprietor had several fraser fir Christmas trees for sale. I paid $20 for a beautiful tall tree, which is $10 cheaper than the average price at other places in the area. Driving home with that tree on the back of my truck, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree playing on the radio, filled me with a sense of the season that I’ve not felt in a long time. Yes, I’ve been smitten by the Christmas Spirit. We’ve got a tree to decorate!

It occurs to me that I’ve not posted a dessert recipe. Here’s an easy one that I learned from Shannon Lindell. Warning, this pie could possibly turn you into a chocoholic.

Hershey Bar Pie

23 large Marshmallows
1/2 cup milk
6 Hershey Bars
2 (8 oz) tubs whipped topping
1 graham cracker or chocolate cookie crust

Break 5 1/2 Hershey bars into little squares.

Combine marshmallows, milk and candy bar pieces in a medium saucepan over low to medium-low heat.  Slowly melt together, stirring often.

Remove from heat after ingredients are completely melted; let cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

After the mixture is cool to the touch, fold in one tub of whipped topping. Pour into a pie crust and chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

Top with remaining tub of whipped topping and grate remaining half of Hershey bar on top.
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White Christmases are rare in this section of The Old North State. I’ve seen two in my life, the most recent was last year. The odds of a Christmas with snow are slim here, but we can hope...we can always hope...

school closings —
the snowmen arrive
flake by flake

The Heron's Nest Volume XII, Number 2: June, 2010


  1. curtis, another great dessert! you have such a beautiful & talented daughter! you are a WONDERFUL father!!

  2. $20 bucks for a tree - you did get a deal! I am a Thrift store addict. Why pay retail, when there are perfectly good gently-used things out there? Plus it is like a treasure hunt. I got a brand new pair of slippers yesterday at Good Will (I prefer GW Boutique thank you) for a mere $3.00!

    Will have to try that pie sometime.

    Sorry we missed hearing Alana sing. I know she was awesome!

  3. Curtis, here's to thrift stores! I've been devoted to them for --- sell since I was in my early twenties. There's a great Goodwill near me, and I consistently find treasures galore. Good for Christmas shopping, too. Most of my clothes are from there--I find Chico's, Talbott's, Liz Claiborne, etc. as well as many other fine labels.

    Congratulations on your beautiful Alana---and on your beautiful tree. Enjoy the season!

  4. Wow, Curtis, Alana looks so grown up! You must be proud of her.

  5. Thank you all for visiting and for your comments.

    Alana and I added 300 lights and candy canes to our tree yesterday. More decorations to follow soon. :)

    Oh, and a recipe for homemade oatmeal cookies! Yum!