Last night was a first for me. I went to an Ingredient Party. My lovely friend opened her beautiful home to a few friends and we shared a great meal, with all the components sharing a few common ingredients. It was fabulous. Our host couldn’t decide between the pecan and the lime. So it was a pecan and lime themed party.

We started with cranberry lime adult beverages:


That’s the way to start a party! They were very refreshing.


My Lime Cracker Pie sat proudly next to those drinks.


The appetizer tray was right up my alley – chips and salsa, stuffed olives (oh, yessss), and one of the most delicious things I’d ever tasted (I find myself saying that a lot). They were little limey, goat-cheesy, white chocolately tarts. That’s what I said – lime, goat cheese, and white chocolate…in a tart shell. You heard correctly! They were divine. And our host got them at PUBLIX. That’s another reason why (my newly re-done) Publix is so wonderful – they have their own gourmet fromagerie. Seriously.

Anyways. I could go on all day about cheese.


I can’t be stopped. So don’t even try.


Another friend also brought a cheese for an appetizer, about which I could also talk all day. BRIE. I love my brie. I could put away a whole wheel. I’m not even jesting. Who says that? Anyways, my friend marinated pecans in a brown sugar and orange liqueur mix overnight, and then baked it, and served it with crackers and sliced apples and pears. I meannnnnn.

After pickies, it was time to sit down and eat.


We all felt like we were at a fine dining establishment, which doesn’t happen all too often with us, all having thirteen kids between the six of us.


We had gorgeous pecan-crusted chicken breasts, shrimp with a limey mango dip, a beautiful salad with bacon, pecans and a bunch of other really amazing add-ins, and a fiesta quinoa with corn, black beans, cilantro and more.


DELICIOUS. Seriously.

Imma need those recipes.

Do you call pecans “pe-cahns” or “pee-cans”? I am from the south and I tend to call them “pee-cans” although some Southerners would argue that is what you used to keep undah ya bed.

Either way.

We took dessert on the patio. Surrounded by candlelights and laughter, we enjoyed some dark chocolate bark (with so many yummies in it – goji berries, pepitas…), Butter Pecan ice cream, and my Lime Cracker Pie.




So the pie turned out exactly as it was supposed to, and it couldn’t have been more easy to throw together. It had FOUR ingredients and ended up tasting like a Key Lime Pie.

I made it earlier in the day and it sat in the fridge, flavors melding together. If you like Key Lime Pie, this is a great recipe for you. Sadly for me, and also ironically, since it’s the recipe I both made and had been wanting to make for a few years, I don’t care for Key Lime Pie. I mean, I’d EAT it and I did, but it isn’t one I’d order usually.

Here the the world’s most simple recipe:

Try it (but only if you like Key Lime Pie).

If you ever get the opportunity to go to an Ingredient Party, go! Thank you again, to my friend, for hosting!

I hope you have a wonder Friday!


PS – Quesitos.

Have you tried those? I ate a  lot of them in my youth – my high school Spanish teacher (with whom I am still amigas – Hola Sra.!) used to sell them as fund-raisers. I gave a lot to that “charity”. Anyways, they are a pastry filled with cream cheese. Yummers.


My Mom picked up a few for me earlier this week. I shared one with Smalls (Bigs was in school) and froze the other. Go me!


Smalls was a fan, as evidenced by this photo. 🙂

We worked off those shared calories, in a shared way:


Riding the exercise bike with a 20 month old on your lap is quite a work out. I better treat myself to another quesito for getting through that work out.


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