We just got back from the best vacation in Costa Rica. We spent the last 2 weeks there, and it was so incredible. For the first week, we were in a rented house near Manuel Antonio with family. This year is my in-laws 45th wedding anniversary, and instead of a big party they wanted to take us, and my SIL’s family on a trip. We zip-lined, toured rainforests, repelled down waterfalls, went snorkeling, and saw tons of wild life. The second half of our trip was just the 3 of us in the Southern part of the country, in an area called Corcovado. That was much more remote and definitely a different experience. It is so good to be back, but that is a trip we will remember for a life time! I can not wait to share it all with you in “Thursday Things” over the next month, or as soon as I can get through all our pictures!
Welcome to day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Pies and Pastries”. I hope you enjoyed this week as much as I have. So many great bloggers, and so many great recipes! And to top it off today we have an amazing Giveaway for you!
This pie is a Christmas tradition on my husbands side of the family. It has quickly become the thing I look forward to most with desserts at my in-laws over Christmas. It is the classic mint and chocolate combination that I love this time of year. It is also super light, that you always have room for it, even after a large meal. And a bonus, there is no baking involved!
My son enjoys this pie as well. That wasn’t always the case though. When he was a little younger we would joke that there was real grasshoppers in there, and that was why it was green. He played it off like he didn’t believe us, but still wouldn’t touch the pie. Now his smart 7 year old self knows better, and made sure he had a good sized slice when we had it for our early Christmas this year.
Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.
Today is something a little different for me. This is one of those recipes that you make, and don’t tell people what is in it, until they are done. Then they are shocked and surprised, because they would never have even tried it otherwise. I am a picky eater, and I can tell you I am one of the people this recipe is designed to trick. I was skeptical, but went for it anyway, and guess what? You would never know what is in there! You are all wondering what I am talking about, right? Tofu. That is right people, I actually bought a pack of tofu, made this, fed it to my family and they had no clue. (insert evil laugh here).
I had heard of this before, but when Ann over at Healthy Cooking for Me made it and gave it rave reviews I just had to try it. I am not a big fan of orange and chocolate together (gasp), which is what Ann did. So I went with the another classic; mint and chocolate. I was honestly shocked there was no after taste, strange texture thing, or even a hint of anything but chocolate and mint. I will say one thing, it was thinner than I thought mousse should be. It has been years since I have had mousse, but I remember it being thick. This was more like a thick pudding consistency. Maybe a firmer tofu would help with that? I have zero experience with tofu, so maybe someone else could help with this! But if you want to try a super quick and easy mousse, with less guilt, this really is the way to go.