This week has been pretty exciting. Last Saturday, some really great family friends we haven't seen in too long came over to our house for dinner. We grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, had baked beans, the best crock pot hash brown casserole, ate pie, and re-watched the Crimson Tide win their fourteenth national championship. (Props to my dad for that last one.) That weekend was also filled with a bridal tea, cute snacks, a birthday party, and more great friends I hadn't seen in forever.
I didn't think I was going to have any 4th of July plans besides watching my old dorm implode (I'll get back to that in a second), but it turned out to be pretty eventful! The night before, my friends grilled out at their apartment, and everyone else brought or prepared something. There were hamburgers, corn, watermelon, beer macaroni (yeah, that's a real thing), and of course, 4th of July cupcakes with pop rocks and sparkler candles that were blown out while Whitney Houston sang the Star Spangled Banner in the background. So we kind of celebrated the 4th a day early. But after watching a 13 story building collapse, hanging out at the pool, and dinner with old friends and new friends, my roommate and I finished out Independence Day by biking to the amphitheater and watching fireworks in downtown Tuscaloosa.
And now things should be pretty calm for a couple of days, which is why I figured I should go ahead and write about this pie!
This is another recipe from my grandmother's collection. I'm not sure if she ever made it, but I've wanted to try it ever since I saw it. I've never made a pie before, and it turns out that this one is super easy. Especially if you buy a pie crust at the store, which is what I did because I didn't think I was going to have time to make one. But if you do want to make your own pastry pie crust, here's the recipe my grandmother cut out of a magazine.
TOLL HOUSE PIE
Granny's Recipes 002
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (Or mini chocolate chips)
1 pie crust (homemade or store bought)
- Prepare pie crust according to instructions, or set out store bought pie crust to thaw.
- After the crust has thawed, place in pie pan according to instructions above.
- Preheat oven to 325.
- In a medium bowl, beat eggs on medium speed until foamy.
- Add flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla. Beat until well blended.
- Cut butter into 1 inch cubes. Then blend in butter.
- On low speed, mix in chocolate chips.
- As you can see in the pictures, my sort of sank to the bottom of the pie. If you don't want this to happen, you can use mini chocolate chips instead.
- Pour pie filling into prepared crust and smooth it out with a spoon or rubber spatula.
- Bake pie at 325 for 1 hour.
- Let pie cool and serve with ice cream.
Now back to my old dorm imploding.
My sophomore year of college, my roommates and I decided to live in Rose Towers, an ancient thirteen story dorm. When we signed up to live there, we didn't know a new dorm was being built where the parking lot was. We woke many mornings to drills, horns, and blasts, but it was actually kind of cool to watch the progress of the new building. I thought the construction was pretty annoying at the time, but looking back on it, the worst part of living in Roach Towers was that it was just old and gross.
It may have been dirty and decrepit, but I have some really great memories from my time there. And even the bad memories are kind of funny now when we look back on them. The first week when our room flooded, family dinner nights, roommate guitar hero jam sessions... Still, I was really excited to see it collapse. Then, about a week ago, I remembered I started this blog in that old twelfth floor dorm room and it has completely changed the path I was on when I started college.
But it looked so cool when it imploded. Seriously, one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life.
My roommate, one of our friends who was visiting, and I woke up super early, made a Starbucks run, and arrived at the viewing area that was set up in a parking lot nearby. I was so surprised by the number of people that showed up. There were students, families, old people, babies. It was crazy. And I made sure to get it all on video so I could share it with you. :)
And here's another video with an aerial view and an after shot.