Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by Michael's Woodcraft

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One of my favorite chain restaurants to eat at is Chili’s. All of their food is good and I can’t leave out the cold beer, we especially love their all you can eat chips and salsa! I have to tell you the bad news first; Chili’s is no longer offering their Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie. I can hardly believe it; everyone I know loves this dessert. My wife loves this dessert so I had to find the copycat recipe. The first time my wife and I ate at a Chili’s was in 1996 in Cookeville, TN. This location was brand new and had just opened. That evening we had a lot of fun and we had the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie for the first time, wow!! If was delicious!

The Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie is a warm cookie bar filled with nuts, coconut and chocolate, then covered with a large scoop of vanilla bean of ice cream, drizzled with chocolate syrup and caramel sauce, sprinkled with walnuts! It’s heaven on a plate, downright scrumptious and absolutely delicious!

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There are many copy cat recipes out there, we like this Copycat Recipe

Ingredients:

For the graham cracker crust:
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the cookie layer:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded coconut, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Vanilla ice cream, chopped walnuts, chocolate cause and caramel sauce for serving.

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 6 X 6 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

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In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter, mix using a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Pre the graham cracker mixture evenly on the bottom of the prepared dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips on the top. Bake for 5 minutes or until the chocolate is melting. Remove from oven and spread the chocolate over the graham cracker crust evenly.

 

In a medium sized bowl, whish together the flour, sugar, baking powder. Measure the milk, oil and vanilla and add to the dry ingredients. Using a hand mixer, beat together on low speed until combined. Chop the coconut and walnuts. Add the coconut and walnuts and beat until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

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Pour batter over the crust. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into cent comes out clean.

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To serve, melt butter with cinnamon in a small skillet until sizzling. Place a piece of pie on top of the sizzling butter. You can either eat from the pan or remove from the pan to a plated. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, walnuts, chocolate and caramel sauces!

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Here’s another picture of the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie right before we massacred it.

See my dessert Recipes!

Making Crème Brûlée               Hot Fudge Cake

creme brulee       hot fudge cake and ice cream

Strawberry Pie                            Chocolate Cheesecake

strawberry pie       chocolate cheesecake recipe

Cheesecake                                 Red Velvet Cake

cheesecake     red velvet cake

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Ostrich Ferns Emerge

Posted in On the Mountain, The Garden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2014 by Michael's Woodcraft

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It’s finally warm enough for the Ostrich Ferns, they are emerging everywhere. The ones that get more sun have already completely emerged and the others in deeper shade are just now showing their fiddleheads!

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The Ostrich Fern grows all over the mountain in the shade in the wet low lying areas and along the creek beds. Some are 18 to 20 inches tall but in other areas where the trees are tall they are growing 3 to 5 foot tall.

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The Ostrich ferns are one of the most beautiful and showy ferns. As you can see they are erect in stature with graceful arching fronds that resemble huge ostrich ferns.

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These stand nearly 3 feet tall.

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

 

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What I saw

Posted in Mountain Hiking, Mountain Water, On the Mountain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2014 by Michael's Woodcraft

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Southeastern five-lined skink lizard hiding on tree

A good friend an I went hiking Saturday on the mountain for a little more than 2 hours. The hike took us across the ridge and down across two small creeks. This was the first time for me in this area. I was surprised to fine the huge rocks with the spring.

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Southeastern five-lined skink

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Dwarf crested iris, Iris cristata

Dwarf crested iris, native to our area

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eastern fence lizard

This looks like a Eastern Fence lizard but I am not sure. He looks somewhat prehistoric.

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COURAGE is knowing what not to fear – Plato

 

 

Blooms Are Every Where

Posted in The Garden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2014 by Michael's Woodcraft

 

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White Azalea

It’s Saturday afternoon and we have the most beautiful weather! It’s sunny, clear sky’s and 79 degrees F.

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Everything is blooming and they are absolutely beautiful this year. I wanted to share a few pictures!

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Viburnum Opulus Common Snowball Bush

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Rocky Creek Moss Covered Rocks

Posted in Mountain Hiking, Mountain Water with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2014 by Michael's Woodcraft

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Good morning Y’all

Well, the sun is rising up over the mountain and it has the makings of a gorgeous spring day. Yesterday, we received 2.6 inches of rain in less than 12 hours. Today our high temperature is suppose to get to 64 degrees F and by the weekend, temperatures will be in the middle to upper 70′s.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
― Plato

 

Mother Black Bear and Cub

Posted in Mountain Wildlife, On the Mountain with tags , , on April 4, 2014 by Michael's Woodcraft

 

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On my way home yesterday there was a mother black bear and her cub sitting about 100 feet off our private road. My camera was in the back seat floorboard, by the time I got my camera I was able to get only  one good picture before they took off running.

Have a great weekend!

 

Deer on the Mountain

Posted in Mountain Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2014 by Michael's Woodcraft

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Yesterday evening I decided to take a quick hike down to the creek when I saw something move not too far in front of me. I stopped immediately as I am always cautious when hiking due to all the black bears in our area. I didn’t spot anything at first until I heard the sound of leaves again and then I spotted four deer.

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There are two deer in the above picture, do you see them?

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There are three deer in the above picture, can you see them?

Make someone smile today! :)

Enjoy your day!

 

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