Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy 1st Anniversary

One year ago today Jeff and I got married!!
This has been the best year of my life and I am soo lucky to be married to such a great guy.

We celebrated early by going to Andrew Michael's restaurant and of course eating the top of our cake.

Decent from the side but not soo pretty from the top

Although it didn't look like it did on our wedding day, it did still taste good!!

Jeff and I went down to the Laughing Place this weekend for Easter. There we were able to celebrate our anniversary with family and friends and reminisce on our wedding day.

To my wonderful husband, I love you soo much and am so glad we are spending our life together!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Here's to It

One year for mother's day Anne and I decided to type up all of our mom's recipe's and make her a cookbook. She was constantly shifting through old recipe cards looking for the right one, so we decided it would be easier for her if they were all in the same place. That was the creation of "Teaching Keeley to Cook". Since then we modified the cookbook and came out with version 2 called "Here's To It". We now decided to be more modern and have created a blog to store all of our favorite recipes, some homemade and some not so homemade :)

Welcome to Here's To It!!

We hope that you will use this site as a reference for good recipes, a go to place when when you don't know what to bring to the cookout, or are looking for something great to cook for celebrations! Anne, my mom, my aunt, and myself well add recipes as we find them and test them out. Please feel free to comment and leave a review of what you liked, didn't like, or any changes that you might have made. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April Already

I can't believe it is already April. Where have these past months gone??
Spring is making an appearance

Good-bye fall

- Hello Spring!!

A few weeks ago Jeff and I headed down to the Laughing Place for the opening weekend of Turkey Hunting. He went out with dad touring the land calling for turkeys. Mom and I thought for sure they would come back with one since they were gone so long and considering the luck we had. While the boys were out we took a casual stroll down to the dock when we saw this in the tree above us...

A Turkey!! Right there up in the tree by the lake.
It was a hen but still- we saw more than them :)

They strolled up empty handed - no Turkey

They Looked the part though!

All in all it was a great weekend! Perfect weather for sitting on the porch, taking the dogs swimming, and hanging out in the hammock.

Morning fog on the lake

Ellie learned how to jump off the dock!

And gave Lilly (my parents lab) some competition in the water

Look at both of these great dogs!!!

Jeff was reading Garden and Gun and noticed a great article and recipe on Drunken Pie. He insisted that I make it for the weekend. After reviewing the recipe, I made a few modifications by using our traditional Pecan Pie recipe, (from Renfroe Pecan Company) simply because it called for less sugar, and adding the bourbon. I personally think that Pecan pies are really sweet, but love the Renfroe Grand Champion Pecan Pie recipe.
It turned out great! The bourbon cuts some of the sweetness and really stands out. It was so good in fact that we are going to make it again for Easter!!

Bourbon Pecan Pie

3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup light Karo syrup
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 ½ cups chopped Pecans
2- 2 1/2 tablespoons bourbon

Mix all ingredients. Blend well. Pour into unbaked 9" pastry shell. Bake 350° for 50-55 minutes or until set in center.