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I made a pie…for real!

So let’s just say I am not Julia Child.  Now don’t get me wrong I can cook a basic meal, but when it comes to anything outside the meat, potato’s and vegi’s category…I am a newbie!  Fall seems to make me feel very homemakery (I know it’s not  a word, but come on it’s good!).  I find myself online looking at websites like Better Homes and Gardens or Martha Stewart (don’t tell anyone) wishing my house and food looked just a little more like the ones they show pictures of.

After a long Halloween weekend I woke up to make my roommate and boyfriend Ross some breakfast.  I looked outside and it was one of those rainy and cold Montana mornings.  Cooking and watching football seemed like a great Sunday Funday to me.  Ross loves Reeces Peanut Butter Cups so I thought maybe I could find something to make that was kind of like those.  Past that I had no idea others.

I pulled out the “Joy of Cooking” that has sat in my cupboard relatively untouched that my wonderful Aunt Donna sent me with a sticky note inside that says “this will show you how to cook most anything”.  Hmm..seems like a win!  Insert screeching to a halt noise here.  Have you seen that book???  It is 5,000 pages! (ok, a little extreme I know)  As I thumbed through the endless pages of cakes, bars, torts, pies, and instructions on how to do everything involved with baking, I was lost!  That book does have instructions on “most things”, thanks Aunt Donna.  It will be great further along in my cooking life, but not now.  The internet seemed like a much better idea.

I googled “reeces desert” and wahlah!  Numerous versions of yummy treats appeared.  I scrolled through until I found one I thought I could pull off, and hit print.  One main problem is that it was Halloween so I actually wanted to use Reeces Pieces and the recipe didn’t have it in it, I was going to be brave and figure it out.   The next couple of hours the guys played some dumb football video game, and I made my own version of what I had printed off online.  Let me just say, I hate waiting for things to “set”.  This gave me entirely to much time to eat all the bits and pieces of the leftover ingredients… by the time the pie was done I wanted nothing to do with it!  The boys ate it that night and said it was yummy, but they are boys, they eat anything!

It wasn’t until last night that I sat down right before going to bed and tried what I had worked hours on.  In my brain I was waiting for a less than wonderful experience, but I was pleasantly surprised!  This pie was good, really good!  This is something I would actually serve to people.  I must say….I was shocked.  You’ve got to try this recipe!

1 Premade Graham Cracker Pie Crust
1 Package Vanilla Pudding
1 Package Chocolate Pudding
1 Bag of Reeces Peanut Butter Cups
3/4 cup of creamy Peanut Butter
Whipped Cream

Make the Vanilla Pudding like the package says.  I used the instant one that you just add milk to and it’s ready in 5 minutes.  Melt 1/2 cup of peanut butter and stir into the Vanilla Pudding.  Pour the mixture into your Premade Graham Cracker Pie Crust and fill it half way.  Let set for an hour (the boring part).  Once the hour is over, top that layer with smashed up Reeces Peanut Butter Cups.  My pampered chef chopper worked perfect!  Then make the Chocolate Pudding.  Melt 1/4 cup of peanut butter and stir into the Chocolate Pudding.  Pour the mixture on top of the smashed up Recces Peanut Butter Cups and let set for an hour (another boring part).  Then top with another layer of smashed up Recces Peanut Butter Cups.  When you are ready to serve, add the whipped cream.

YUMMY!  Now I want to try more baking!  Can you help by posting your favorite, EASY, baking recipes?

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