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  1. I’m not fond of fruit pie but love chocolate pie — this is my favorite! (I can’t remember where I found it...maybe all recipes? or food network?) Chocolate Pudding Pie To make decorative chocolate curls, wrap a medium-size chunk of semisweet chocolate in plastic wrap. Rub the wrapped chocolate between your hands for 1 or 2 minutes to warm it; the chocolate should not melt. For larger chunks, microwave on low for about 5 seconds. Unwrap the chocolate and, using a vegetable peeler, slowly and evenly scrape the edge of the chunk until curls form. If the chocolate is cold, the peeler will make ragged shavings rather than curls, so repeat warming the chocolate as necessary. Ingredients: For the filling: 2 1/2 cups milk 5 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped into slivers 4 egg yolks 3⁄4 cup sugar 3 Tbs. cornstarch 1⁄4 tsp. salt 1 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cookie crumb crust, made with chocolate cookies For the topping: 1 cup heavy cream 1 Tbs. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract Chocolate curls for decorating Directions: To make the filling, in a heavy nonaluminum saucepan over low heat, warm together the milk and chocolate, whisking until the chocolate is melted; the mixture will be speckled. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow. Add the cornstarch and salt, then the vanilla, and whisk until well blended. Slowly pour the warm chocolate mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly until well blended. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it thickens and begins to bubble slowly, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crumb crust and smooth with a spatula. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface, and refrigerate until completely cold and firm, 2 to 3 hours. To make the topping, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed or a whisk, beat together the cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped cream on top of the pie. Decorate with chocolate curls. Refrigerate until ready to serve, but let the pie stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving to take the chill off. Makes one 9-inch pie; serves 8.
  2. Blurb ( is my favorite! It’s easy to use and the quality is great. I create a family book for each calendar year (and any big trips we take) and am currently working on 2015. It’s a bit tedious but the books are so fun to have. Good luck!
  3. Our boys have really enjoyed these.
  4. Away luggage? any opinions? Positive? Negative? I’ve been researching carry-on suitcases and this brand keeps coming up. I need six suitcases, one for each of us in our family, so am trying to make a good choice! Would love any feedback if anyone has any.
  5. I haven't heard of this one! I'm hearing some (unfamiliar to me) games mentioned again and again... I am not sure where I've been not to have heard of these! I'd thought I was pretty in the know when it came to games ? So grateful for all these suggestions!!
  6. Exactly! We have Ticket to Ride on my iPad... I am familiar with Pandemic but not the others you mentioned--I will add those! Screens (for schooling...and for games...) will be a huge asset to us while we're away...
  7. Great additional suggestions...thank you! Being put on the list to explore!
  8. Qwirkle is a hit here, too! The major concern is space... but weight would also be a concern. We're hoping to take everything we need in just a carry-on for each of us. I haven't heard of Munchkin! I will add that to my list to look up. I agree that we'll want some plain old fun games...and even games that don't appear to be educational still can provide a lot of lessons... Like learning to lose happily! ? (Our older 3 are great losers but our six year old is still coming to terms with not winning every game... ? ) We have and enjoy Dominion and 7 Wonders (Splendor is another one we enjoy!) but I think those would take up more space than we could allow. I'm thinking we'll also each take a game but when we have friends or family come visit along the way we could swap them out...especially if one winds up feeling more like excess weight (games not being used or enjoyed as much).
  9. We have gifted this before! Not my favorite either ? (although I probably shouldn't say that since I haven't actually played it!). I can imagine more creative thinkers really enjoying this one!
  10. I'm not familiar with The Builders--I will look that up. Thanks!! Cards are a big hit and we could do so much with just a couple decks!
  11. Thank you! I hadn't heard of Dos or Hanabi. Those look fun; I'm going to put them on our list to get (whether to take or to enjoy before/after ? ) I'll need to organize a few game nights where we play all the games back to back and vote on what we want to bring with us ?
  12. And thank you to Kareni for making this post!!!!
  13. I’m so grateful for all these responses!!! I can’t wait to comb through them later and take notes/look them up. We have many of these games but some are new to me—we’re always on the lookout for new games!
  14. Oh my goodness, you’re so kind!! Thanks for doing that and for the great suggestions!!
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