Conrad’s First Easter // Car Troubles, Coconut Cream Pie and Easter Egg Hunts

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Easter was certainly eventful for our little family!
We woke up early on Sunday morning with a little surprise. After a tough night with a baby in need of lots of snuggles, we discovered his first tooth! We can’t believe how fast our little boy is growing and are eager to see what he looks like with a toothy grin.
Before 9am we made a few dishes for our family dinner, fed Conrad, showered, got all dressed and packed up our car to drive to Lexington for church. You become very efficient with your time after becoming a parent! Manny and I were both feeling pretty groggy from so many middle of the night wake ups; so we stopped for some tea and coffee before the church service. We share a room with Conrad; so when he wakes up…we all wake up (more on that later in a different post!). Anyway, after getting our drinks we got back into the car and the key wouldn’t go into the ignition. Womp womp womp…Manny went into fix-it mode hyperdrive and spent the next hour and half taking the ignition apart. He went into several different shops on the street where we were parked to ask for wire cutters, screw drivers, box cutters…and he got it working again! 
We were sad to miss our church service; but so thankful that our car was working! Conrad woke up as soon as Manny fixed the car; and we wanted to play with him for a little while before driving to our next destination. Back to the little coffee shop we went! After finishing our (then cold) coffee and tea, we took a walk to a green nearby which happened to be battle green from the revolutionary war. We got a little history lesson, then packed ourselves back into the car. Next stop: New Hampshire!
We enjoyed a lovely dinner with my parents and my brother’s family. My dad hid easter eggs for my nephew to find and we enjoyed some DELICIOUS coconut cream pie that my mom made. She took down a list of everything that I can’t eat because of Conrad’s sensitive tummy and scoured the internet to find something sweet for me. Oh my word…it was amazing! I made sure to pack up a bunch of it to bring home; but accidentally left it in New Hampshire! Fortunately we have the recipe and I’ll be making it very very soon!
Hope everyone enjoyed their Easter as much as we did!
Coconut Cream Pie with Coconut Meringue
1 pre-baked pie crust of your choice
5 egg yolks
2 1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flaked coconut
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water
5 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 tsp vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup flaked coconut
Bake pie crust
Heat oven to 325
Beat egg yolks in a medium sized mixing bowl and gradually stir in coconut milk until blended. Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan; then gradually stir in the egg yolk mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil (this will take about 10-15 minutes). Remove from heat as soon as it begins to boil and stir in vanilla and coconut. 
Dissolve cornstarch in cold water and microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir and return to the microwave until the mixture boils (about 15-30 seconds depending on how powerful your microwave is!) Remove from the microwave and cover. Beat egg whites and vinegar in mixer with a whisk attachment until foamy. Continue beating and add sugar (1 tbsp at a time). Continue beating until white, glossy peaks form. Continue beating and add the cornstarch paste (1-2 tbsp) at a time. Finally, add the vanilla!
Pour the hot filling into the piecrust and quickly spread the meringue over the filling. Start at the edge and seal the crust all the way around. Sprinkle the coconut over the top and bake until lightly browned (16-18 minutes). Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour, then refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving. Enjoy!

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