Aunt Susan’s Chocolate Pie

I thought I’d pop in with a quick blog post before Thanksgiving to help y’all out! I received a few comments on Instagram from friends saying they had pinned my family’s chocolate pie recipe from the old Every Day Cheer blog, and now that the blog is no longer up and running, they were bummed that they didn’t have access to the recipe.

So! I thought I’d post my Aunt Susan’s Chocolate Pie recipe here on my personal blog. This recipe is my all-time favorite dessert. It’s super simple, but I can remember absolutely loving it as a kid and no chocolate pie matching up to the goodness of this pie! The little index card that my mom wrote the recipe on says “Susan’s Chocolate Pie” because my Aunt Susan always made it for Christmas.

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Aunt Susan's Chocolate Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 large can of evaporated milk
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 square of bittersweet chocolate
  1. Roll out pie crust and place in a pie plate
  2. Cook the pie crust according to package directions
  3. Combine sugar, cocoa and flour in a medium size pot and stir
  4. Add the evaporated milk, vanilla, egg yolks and chocolate and put over medium heat
  5. Mix and stir constantly until the pie filling thickens (keep the egg yolks from scrambling)
  6. Pour pie filling into the cooked pie crust
  7. Refrigerate for two hours
  8. Top with real whipped cream


We’ll have it for Thanksgiving this week and then I’ll probably make it again at Christmas. I hope you all enjoy! And don’t forget the real whipped cream!


Seven Layer Salad for Easter

seven layer salad

A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to make a seven layer salad for Easter dinner. I played around with a few recipes to get the dressing the way I wanted it and to put my favorite ingredients into the salad. And now it has become one of our Easter traditions. I never knew I could love seven layer salad so much!

It’s so pretty on the table. Each little layer adds something new, and it’s just plain delicious! I really only make this for Easter Sunday and think it’s the perfect addition to our traditional Easter menu.

Seven Layer Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Prep time: 
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Serves: 15
  • Head of iceberg lettuce
  • 8 eggs, boiled
  • Real bacon bits (I like Hormel)
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Frozen green peas, thawed
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  1. Chop the iceberg lettuce and put in a good layer on the bottom of your clear dish; I like to use a trifle dish.
  2. Chop the hard boiled eggs. I'm not a neat chopper, so I just chop them up so they fit nicely in the dish.
  3. Add the eggs on top of the lettuce.
  4. Add the bacon bits on top of the eggs.
  5. Add the layer of chopped green onions.
  6. Add enough shredded Cheddar to cover the top.
  7. Add the peas to the top.
  8. In a separately bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, and lemon juice.
  9. Pour the mayonnaise mixture on top of the trifle dish for the seventh layer.
  10. Refrigerate the salad until ready to serve.

*This post was originally posted on Every Day Cheer last Easter, but I wanted to share it with my readers here.

Cookies for Santa

Now that December is here, the boys have been asking me every day, “Is it Christmas? Is Santa coming to our house?” Hudson has a little calendar and he marks off a day every day, so he can see how many days we have until Christmas Eve. But their excitement is so sweet!


My friends at Peek a Whoo sent us this sweet placemat for Santa’s cookies and some adorable aprons and chef hats for Hudson and Hayes. (And there is a discount code at the end of the post for you to grab some, too!) Because we have these things, Hudson has been asking to make cookies for Santa for the past few days, too. So I thought we could at least give it a test run.


I wanted to try a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, and little James Walker has turned me into a cookie monster lately anyway!


I let the boys get on the counter to help me and they were just so excited to help! And then they were excited to eat the chocolate chips.

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Hayes pretty much smeared chocolate chips all over his face and hands. It was remarkable how he made such short work of those chocolate chips. But they were pretty excited to help with it all. And then they were excited to start wrestling on the counter top and the fun ended shortly after that.

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The cookies were absolutely fantastic! I’ve included the recipe here in this post for you and your kids to try this season. Seeing all three of my boys’ names on the placemat just makes me so stinking happy! I can’t wait for James Walker to be here!

Chocolate Chip Cookies for Santa
Recipe type: Cookies
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 c up light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream butter and sugars into a stand mixer.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla.
  5. Beat until combined.
  6. Add flour, baking soda, and salt.
  7. Beat until combined.
  8. Add chocolate chips.
  9. Beat until combined.
  10. Scoop onto cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  12. Let cool for 15 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Peek A Whoo is offering 10% off aprons and placements in their shop with code COOKIES.

*Hudson and Hayes received the aprons, hats, and placemat as a gift from Peek a Whoo. Thank you!


Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars

Todd was asking me for some kind of yummy dessert, and we were both looking for some comfort food after we lost Fiona. I hadn’t made these delicious butterscotch cream cheese bars in a long time, and I wasn’t really wanting chocolate, but I did want something super sweet. These are perfect!

They’re not the fastest dessert to make, and there have been times I’ve made this dessert when it has turned out to be a complete mess, but still delicious. I guess those are the best kinds of recipes… the ones that taste great no matter how ugly they look!

But, gosh, they sure are delicious! And worth every single calorie. And if you’re worried about the calories, then plan to just drop off half of the bars to your neighbor or best friend.

But I can tell you that I’m not really interested in sharing these.

Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars

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Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 2 dozen
  • 2 cups butterscotch chips
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine the butterscotch chips and butter in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and pecans.
  5. Press ½ of the crumb mixture over the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch baking pan.
  6. Beat the cream cheese in a mixer bowl until fluffy.
  7. Add the condensed milk, egg and vanilla.
  8. Beat until blended.
  9. Spread over the prepared layer.
  10. Top with the remaining crumb mixture.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
  13. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator, before cutting into bars.


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