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Making Memories through the Holidays
We are a very close family. Well, at least, our immediate family is close, and spending time together is very important. We love to build and share memories together, and often, these memories involve holidays and food. Food, you might ask? It seems like lots of things revolve around food, and holidays (vacations, too) seem to include lots of special food.
One of my kids’ favorite holiday desserts is peanut butter pie. Years ago, a coworker brought a peanut butter pie to work. It was so delicious that I made sure to get the recipe from her. I’m not sure where she got the recipe, but this peanut butter pie has become one of the most requested desserts in our household. The kids even seem to want peanut butter pie for birthdays, but the most requested time for peanut butter pie is over the holidays! I have a secret though… This pie is so incredibly easy to make! Want to make your own?
All you need for this is one brick of cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, non-dairy whipped topping, and a prepared pie crust. I’ll include the specific amounts in the recipe card below.
This is NOT hard to make, but it CAN be messy! Powdered sugar can fly through the kitchen like pixie dust if ingredients aren’t mixed in the right order. Personally, I set the whipped topping out to thaw and the cream cheese out to soften well before starting to make the pie. When I get started, I put the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar in a bowl and mix with a spoon. I try to mix as much of the powdered sugar into the cream cheese before getting my hand mixer out. Then, I add the peanut butter and mix the three ingredients together with the hand mixer until the mixture is very smooth and creamy. Then, I am done with the hand mixer. At this point, my kids are hanging around ready to lick the beaters clean. Using a spoon, I spoon in 1/2 the container of whipped topping and fold the topping into the peanut butter mixture until mixed well.
Then, I put all the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pie crust. You can use graham cracker crust, but I have gravitated toward using a chocolate cookie pie crust. After distributing the peanut butter mixture in the pie crust, I spread the remaining whipped topping on top and refrigerate the pie until serving.
I don’t add decoration to the pie because it is eaten so quickly; however, it would be easy to drizzle chocolate syrup or sprinkles on top. Since there are four of us, I usually cut the pie into eight pieces; however, my kids would prefer just getting 1/4 of the pie at a time. Yeah, they really like this pie!
Desserts aren’t the only thing that makes or represents family memories. Our Christmas ornaments are like a storybook of memories of our lives together. We put up our tree this weekend, and I had fun looking through the ornaments that remind us of what we’ve done and where we’ve gone. From the year Don and I got married to the years the kids were born, our lives are played out on our Christmas tree every year.
Each year, we pick out an ornament or two that will remind us of things that we’ve done or things that we like at the time. The other day, we went over to our local Walmart to pick a couple of ornaments out for the year. We found the Hallmark ornament section in the Garden section.
There were LOTS of Hallmark choices, and Walmart even has 16 exclusive Hallmark ornaments! They even had some fun Hallmark cards for giving gift cards or money. After much searching, we found two ornaments that seem to sum up the year for us.
One of the two we bought was this R2D2. Marvel Boy LOVES Star Wars. With the new Star Wars movie coming out next month and Marvel Boy enjoying a ride on Star Tours this year, this R2D2 seemed a logical choice.
The second ornament will forever remind us of our 2015 Florida vacation. Plus, it circles back to food, doesn’t it? We just got back from a two week vacation down to Florida where we spent some time on the beach, took a short Disney cruise, ran a 5K for a special charity, and spent a marathon day at Walt Disney World. Why will this special Hallmark ornament remind us of our trip? First of all, it has 2015 on it. Second of all, we always seem to see special cupcakes (and eat) at Walt Disney World. This Minnie Mouse cupcake will always represent special memories of our trip for years to come!
Check out more great holiday ornament ideas! Which ornament are you most looking forward to this season? I’d love to hear about your favorite family traditions!
Plus, don’t forget to grab your copy of the peanut butter pie recipe below.
- 1 - 8 ounce brick of cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy works best)
- 1 - 8 ounce container non-dairy whipped topping (thawed)
- 1 prepared pie crust
- Mix by hand powdered sugar and softened cream cheese together in a medium-sized bowl. Once mixed, add peanut butter and mix using electric hand mixer until mixture is smooth and creamy. Add 1/2 container of whipped topping and fold in until mixture is smooth. Spoon peanut butter mixture into pie crust and even out. Top with remainder whipped topping and refrigerate until serving. Refrigerate leftovers.