Delicious Peanut Butter and Banana Pie with Homemade Chocolate Syrup

It always seems that I have at least one or two bananas that eventually begin to turn brown, of which I do not want to throw out, and typically I end up making banana bread with them. So today I went on perusing the good old net to find something beyond the standard banana bread and I ran straight into this recipe. I found the adorable blog Chocolate Covered Katie a healthy dessert blog, and she made a no-bake peanut butter pie. It looked amazing and lucky for me I had 3 very brown bananas and all the other ingredients on had I needed to make the pie. (Since I only had 10 inch spring form pan, mine is rather flat.)


1 cup peanut butter
3 bananas
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
a pinch of kosher salt
4 T. powdered sugar

I blended all of the ingredients in my blender until smooth. 

For the crust I had to improvised since I REALLY wanted chocolate but had no chocolate graham crackers or cookies. Unlike Katie, I did bake my crust for about 5 minutes in an oven set at 350 degrees F.

So for the crust I used...

2 1/2 cups crushed regular graham crackers
1/2 cup of heath bar, crunched
2 heaping T cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter melted 
1/4 tep. kosher salt

Toss all the dry ingredients together and then add the melted butter. Press the crust into a prepared spring form pan and bake. Remove and let cool.

Pour peanut butter banana mixture over the cooled crust and set in the freezer until it firms up.

To serve, remove from freezer and let set for about 10 minutes. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and crushed peanuts and enjoy!

Since my kids cleaned me out of store bought chocolate syrup, I had to resort to making my own. It was pretty easy though, all you need is...

1 cup Hershey Cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tbs. real vanilla

In small saucepan whisk together the cocoa and sugar, add the water and salt and over medium heat gradually bring the mixture to a slow boil. Make sure to stir constantly and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Remove pan from stove, add the vanilla and let cool completely. Mixture will thicken upon cooling. Store in the frig in an airtight container for up to one month.

By the way, this dessert got two thumbs up from both the kids and the old hubster.

Ciao 4 now!


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Our Memorial Day

Today was a beautiful day spent in Califon, N.J at the town's parade and war memorial dedication. As we approached the parade route, this was the view of the bridge. 

The parade was not a long one and it had all of the usual parade participants.  A bag pipe ensemble...

...some local cheerleaders who stopped to show us a routine...

...and the antique cars.

Representatives of a few of the local fire departments.

A brigade of civil war re-enactors who gave us a six gun salute. 

And after the parade all gathered at the new park to hear the mayor's words of remembrance.

And his words of thanks to this 93 year old WWII veteran.

A veteran who helped to make sure, along with all of those who lost their lives, that we may live in freedom in this great country of ours. The high school choir sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and all rose to their feet clapping and cheering afterwards.

On November 19 1863, 150 years ago this year, President  Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address...

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

God bless the brave men and women who have served and are serving now in the armed forces. 

God bless those who served and did not live to come home 

God Bless this great nation,
God Bless America. 

Memorial Day Remembrance

Wishing you all a safe and happy day as you remember and celebrate the bravery of our fallen soldiers. May they know what they have done for us and this great nation and for that we can't thank them enough for their dedication to the United States of America.

May they Rest In Peace
God Bless


Our Lady's Tears ~ The Flower of May

We have lily of the valley all along our walkway leading to the back of our house. As a little girl playing over at my good friend Christina's, I remember Lily of the Valley lining the side of her house. I close my eyes and breath in deep, and their light fragrance takes me back to those wonderful childhood days.

How beautifully perfect they are...each little white bell looks exactly like the one next to it. The dark green leaves provides a dramatic contrast.

Lily of the Valley "Song of Songs" 

 Perfect for a blushing bride's bouquet.

 Lily of the Valley...signifies the return of happiness.

Wishing you all much happiness today and every day.

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The Historic Clement Doyle House ~ Bucks County's Designer House Garden Tour

Today despite the dreary weather and drizzling rain, my sister Kim and myself along with our parents who are up from Florida visiting, decided to spend the afternoon taking in this year's Bucks County Designer Home and Gardens Tour. Due to the fact that there was no photography allowed inside the house, I am unable to show you some of the spectacular rooms the area designer's created. But the exterior of the home and gardens were just as stunning as the interior, and I was allowed to shoot photos of them!!! Yippee!!! 

Designer House 2013 is the historic Clement Doyle House located in Doylestown Pennsylvania. According to the history records, in 1692 Edward Doyle and his wife Rebecca  moved from Ireland to Bucks County Pa. after receiving a land grant from William Penn himself.

Edward and Rebecca had two sons,Clement and Edward Jr. who also settled in the area. William Doyle, son of Edward Jr., owned a tavern in the center of town known as Doyle's Tavern. The area became known as Doyle's Town and in 1776 the spelling was changed to it's now known name of Doylestown. It was Clement Doyle who purchased 148 acres in the Pine Run Valley. The land was subsequently sold and bought with several subdivisions of the property happening over a period of years.

The history of this home actually begins in 1811 when the owner of the property at that time, John Salome, began building this beautiful stone house. In 1814 a large barn was added to the property.

The home boasts 5,000 square feet of living space with beautiful extensive gardens sitting on 9 acres of stunning real estate. Now I am going to stop giving you a history lesson and let you enjoy these fabulous gardens!

And what is a designer House without offering a wee bit 'o shoppin'!

Ooops!!! One more area I forgot to share...this beautiful outside dining area just off of the lovely morning room.

I hope you enjoyed this tour. The proceeds benefit the Doylestown Hospital and the many services they support. 

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week!


To view last year's Designer House, Spring Valley Farm, just follow the link here.

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