Friday, June 17, 2011

Raspberry Cream Pie...and a Challenge!

We have our winners (winners were selected by Random. Org) They are #1 & #10
Hope said... I'm a follower!
Rebecca said...
I know it is summer when I can go outside without shoes on and walk through the grass!
Congratulations Hope & Rebecca! Please e-mail your addresses to so we can get your nailpolish to you!

And now for a yummy recipe and an AWESOME Summer challenge that we hope you take part in!

One of the fun things we did when we were together last month was make this pie.  This is a cherished recipe from Nan's family and the perfect summery dessert:
easy, sweet, and...
no bake.

Since summer is upon us and so is the heat, we thought we'd share this amazing dessert with you!
Here's what you are going to need:
2 9-inch graham cracker pie crusts
2 envelopes of Dream Whip (found on the baking aisle)
1 cup milk (we were feeling decadent and used half & half!)
2/3 cup sugar
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 package Danish Dessert (usually near the Jell-O)
1 package raspberries, thawed and drained
Best friend optional, but makes cooking more fun!
If you are feeling adventurous, you can make your own pie crusts by mixing crushed graham crackers and some melted butter and pressing it into your pie tins.

Michelle's masterpiece!
Start out by mixing both envelopes of Dream Whip and the milk in a mixing bowl.
Use a mixer to beat until the mixture forms peaks.
These are soft peaks -- notice how they're a little droopy?
In reality, we probably should have mixed this until stiff peaks formed (stiff peaks will stick straight up), but we were on a deadline. :)

Add sugar and cream cheese to the Dream Whip mixture and mix until incorporated.
We also added some of the liquid from the raspberries, which gave our cream a lovely pink tinge.

Yum!  This is good enough to eat by the spoonful.
 Spoon this mixture into your pie shells...

...and spread it out evenly.

Pop your pies in the refrigerator or freezer while you make the topping.
Follow the instructions on the package for cooking your Danish Dessert.
It will get really thick, like this:

Let it cool for a minute or two, then gently fold in your raspberries.
Spread on top of the pies, like a glaze.

Is your mouth watering yet?
 Admire your handiwork.

 Cover your pies.  If you use store-bought crusts, they usually come with little plastic lids for covering.
Since we made our crusts, we stuck toothpicks in the pies and then tented them with Press'n Seal.

Refrigerate your pies for 3-4 hours, until set.
If you're in a hurry, stick 'em in the freezer.

There will be a little bit of a mess to clean up,
but it's totally worth it.


 cleanup can be fun!!

After the pies have set, gather your family and friends around and share with them this culinary wonder.  They will love you forever and beg you to make this pie on a regular basis.

Please note: this pie does not keep for very long for two reasons:
One - It's so yummy that everyone will want another piece.
Two - The graham cracker crust will start to get soggy,
so plan to make this the same day you want to serve it.

Okay, you've seen the recipe, so what's the challenge?

We want to know YOUR favorite summer recipe!
Send us the instructions for your favorite summertime recipe and we will share it here on She Said!
Everyone can try each other's recipes, and then at the end of the summer, everybody can vote for their favorite.  The winner will receive a prize and eternal glory as the first She Said Recipe Winner!

Any recipe is fine: main dish, side dish, dessert, entree, beverage, whatever, but please make sure it is a
no-bake recipe --
we want to keep our homes as cool as possible this summer!

Email your recipes & picture of your creation to
We will post as many recipes as possible through the summer!

Ready, set, go!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Giveaway is Extended!!

We heard a few of you were having trouble being able to comment in our giveaway post. Hopefully I have fixed the problem!
The giveaway is Extended - so you still have a chance to win!!
The giveaway closes Friday June 17th and TWO lucky ladies will be announced & will each win a bottle of
NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Pink Promenade Creme

*** Don't comment on this post! Go down and comment on the Giveaway Post below! Good Luck!***

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bring on the Summer Giveaway!

I know that it's summer when: I can wear flip flops!!I get chilly easily and when I can have warm summer sun on my tootsies then I know that it's here!
Speaking of  long has it been since they've seen the sun? and better yet....will you allow them to be in the sun?
I am a nailpolish girl. Always have been and always will be. I love the look of well manicured hands and feet - it's so...feminene, beautiful & GIRLY!! From my first days with Tinkerbell peel off nailpolish to my two-coat "arsnic"-smelling (according to Mr. S.) adult nailpolish I LOVE it all. If OPI, Sally Hansen....Wet & Wild are hearing me I would LOVE to be a nailpolish tester!!
....okay enough about my affinity for nailpolish, back to the topic on hand...
So, your toes...are they cold? Do they look like winter?
Break 'em out of those socks, pull out the polish and let's get them ready for summer!!

You Will Need:
Nail polish remover
cottonballs  & Q-tips
Nailpolish (this summer bright colors are in!)
Flip flops
the Telephone
a Book/remote control.....if you are questioning the last three items on your list they are of necessary convienience. If someone comes to the door, calls & to pass the time while your toes are drying you have everything you need at your fingertips...walking needs to be at a minimum!
Remove your old, chipped, nailpolish - be sure to get every bit of Carribean Sea (or whatever color you have) off those toe nails. Next, do a quick wash (soap & water) of those feet and a complete Dry.

Once you are ready (everything is at reaching distance and you have at least and hour to yourself) get yourself as close to your toes as you can. I tend to bend myself in a yoga-looking position, today we will call it "Polish of the Toe". Sit on the floor with knees bent at the chest. Take your right foot and place it on top of your left knee. Take a deep breath in and a slow exhale. You should be able to hold your foot with one hand while polishing with the other.
Pull out the Polish and let's go to town! In this picture I am currently using Tangerine Dream - oh yeah. I usually do two coats of a color. Depending on how - cheap - the  nailpolish is you may need to do more than two to get your desired color (cheaper nailpolish is "watered" down). If you really, really want to you can do a top coat of clear, but I find that my pedicure lasts just fine without it - a manicure is another story! You can use toe seperators if you have them. I usually don't. You can use cottonballs if you need to (I usually use it for my pinky toe b/c it bends in a bit)

 Then let them Dry. Give yourself some time. Read a book. Watch a movie. Chat with an old friend. Give your polish at least 20 minutes (unless you are using fancy "express" finish polish) before you move around too much. I like to give myself an hour and here is why:
1. It will be DRY. I can walk, put my feet in socks and or slip into the covers without fear of smudging
2. An hour to do whatever I want!!
You can correct any mistakes with a Q-tip dipped in nailpolish remover or you can create some pretty fun designs with the tip of your nailpolish brush. Be creative.
There ya go! Don't they look pretty? Don't ya just want to put them in some sandals and walk around? I do!

Score some polish of your own and get ready to rock them in flip flops this summer (because it's gonna come eventually)
Here is how! **make sure to leave a SEPERATE comment for each entry that you make**
  1. Mandatory Entry: Become a  Follower!! We love our readers and we hope that you love us back by following our blog! (already a follower? Just let us know!)
  2. Become a Fan on Facebook - we love getting more friends!
  3. Repost this giveaway on your Facebook or Blog (leave a link so we can see it!)
  4. Finish this sentance: I know that it's summer when ______________
The contest closes on Friday June 17th. There will be TWO winners. Each will get a bottle of
NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Pink Promenade Creme
Mocha Mish Mash  gave a pretty sweet review on this polish and she knows her stuff!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends...

The last day of eighth grade, 1997
Natalie, Anne, Michelle, Nancy, Merisa
The story of Michelle and Nan begins in middle school, but we're not the only two players in that story.   
There are three other equally-important members, and together the five of us formed a friendship that has withstood time, distance...
...and teenage mood swings.

We all were friends in seventh grade, but our friendship solidified in eighth grade.  Eighth grade was truly a magical year...
ask any one of us, and we'll tell you the same thing.

  We stayed friends through high school, but went our separate ways after graduation.  We have kept in touch the best we can over the last ten years, but our chances to be all together have been few and far between as we've moved even further away and become busy with school, work, and families.

2006 - Nancy, Natalie, Anne, Michelle, Merisa
Last year, we were able to reunite for a few days to surprise Michelle at her baby shower.
It was a loooong drive, but the shocked look on Michelle's face when she saw us made every second worthwhile!

2010 - Nancy, Merisa, Michelle, Anne, Natalie
 One of the most amazing things about our friendship is that no matter how long we've been apart, we can pick right back up where we left off.  It's like we've never been separated -- our conversation doesn't skip a beat.

And let us tell you -- we can talk a lot.

After our baby shower weekend reunion, Mr. S said he was amazed at how much we could talk...and talk...and talk.

On May 21st, we were *thrilled!* to be together again,
this time to celebrate Natalie's wedding.

2011 - Michelle, Merisa, Natalie, Nancy, Anne
It was so fun to see each other, talk, and see each other's families.
Most importantly, it was fabulous to celebrate Natalie's happy day.
Congratulations, Natalie and Clint!!!

Between Natalie's ceremony and reception, we quickly zipped over to a bridal shower for another one of our longtime friends, Becky.  Becky has been friends with Michelle since third grade and with Nan since seventh.  Neither of us had seen Becky in almost four years, so we were so happy that we were able to see her for a few minutes and meet her awesome fiance.

We love you, Becky!!

But wait!
It doesn't end there!!

As if that weren't enough fun,
Michelle came to stay with Nan for a week in

Yep, it was pretty exciting for us!
We haven't been able to spend that much time together in we don't know how long.

We had a great week talking, visiting the USU campus, discussing the Royal family, talking, eating, watching The Biggest Loser finale (thanks for hosting us, Hope!), talking, laughing, watching videos from Nan's 14th birthday party, talking, squishing Tiny S's cheeks, shopping, and talking.

We also had a blast....

Playing Beatles Rockband
Channeling our inner Paul and Ringo
Going out for Mexican at Cafe Sabor
Nan ate beans!  A Kodak moment for sure!
Cooking together
Check back next week for the recipe!
 And having a photo shoot with Brandi Lyn
More photos coming soon!
We had a wonderful time together
and "goodbye" came way too soon.
Although it's hard to be apart,
Elisabeth Foley had it right when she said:

"The most beautiful discovery true friends make
is that they can grow separately without growing apart."

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