Today A2 turns 12! She refused to let me post current pictures of her, so here are some from ten years ago instead.
A2 is an amazing artist. She has her own blog (private invite only, due to her age) featuring her drawings and designs. One of the characters she created and wrote Manga about was Bunny. Bunny is adorable, but her work has matured significantly since these were made.
A2 continues to take stunning pictures with my camera. I’m always surprised to turn it on and see what she’s captured.
This afternoon A2 and her dad have a date at the archery range. She’s expressed a great deal of interest in learning to target shoot. Her Uncle David was an expert marksman, who could even take down a pheasant in flight with a bow, but A2 doesn’t want to shoot animals, just cedar bales.
In addition to art and photography, A2 loves music. She plays both the clarinet and the piano, and she hopes to add guitar playing to her list of achievements this year.
She’s also very kind-hearted. One of her favorite school activities is spending her recesses and lunch in the special-ed classroom befriending students there. She’s always making gifts for everyone in the family, including the cats.
In honor of her special day I made her favorite dessert. It’s frozen peanut butter pie that is simply to die for! A2 asked me to share this concoction with everyone. The recipe hails from The Dunes Restaurant, my first place of employment. The restaurant itself burned down some time ago and was never rebuilt, so sharing the recipe is guilt-free… eating it is another story.
This recipe is not too sweet, but it is rich. I didn’t have the small sized chocolate chips to make this one so they’re a little bit too big to achieve the right texture. Using Honey Roasted, as opposed to regular, salted peanuts, isn’t necessary, but they are a bit crunchier and taste better, imo.
Peanut Butter Pie:
1ea. 8 oz. package cream cheese 2ea. 14 oz. cans sweetened, condensed milk 1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup small, dark chocolate chips 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 baked pie crusts. (The Dunes used standard pie crusts, but I like graham or oreo… it’s a matter of taste, really)
Whip cream and set aside. Beat cream cheese until soft. Add sweetened, condensed milk and beat until fluffy. Mix peanut butter thoroughly into cream cheese and milk. Stir in chopped peanuts and dark chocolate chips. Next fold in whipping cream. Pour into crusts, sprinkle chocolate chips and more chopped peanuts on top. Freeze for two to four hours before serving.
Happy birthday A2, we love you lots!