I know I’ve brought you an awful lot of sweets lately and some of you may be wondering where my family puts all of these desserts! I can answer that question simply enough, we put them elsewhere! Usually, when I make a dessert, we’ll take out two pieces of it. The prettiest gets photographed and then eaten by the male parental unit and the second one gets halved by the kiddies. After that, everyone knows Mama has more desserts to make within a few days so we give the rest away to neighbors, school staff, friends, or family.
I generally try to make something sweet on Saturday or Sunday because Sunday night a group of moms meets at our local Starbucks and this presents a GREAT opportunity to pawn off goodies! The remainder of this strawberry pie will be accompanying me tonight :).
I go through phases in my posting. Sometimes I get on a casserole or main dish kick, sometimes I get on a roll with sweets. I’ve found that I’m happiest when I just allow myself to post whatever I’m in the mood to write about as this helps me to keep having fun with things rather than get burned out. Seeing as how this is going to be an incredibly busy week (meetings at school, dentist and doctor appointments with two kids, deadlines, etc) I was really just in the mood to post this pretty pie – so here ya go!
If any of you have ever had the strawberry pie at Shoney’s or Big Boy restaurants, this is likely looking pretty darn familiar. As well it should because it is very similar to that pie - only better. Using my quick and easy mix in the pan pie crust, you can throw together this gorgemous pie quick as a wink! This would be a beautiful dessert on any table – especially at family gatherings such as Easter, reunions, Mother’s day, or cook outs!
You’ll need: Fresh strawberries, strawberry gelatin powder, cornstarch, and sugar.
You’ll also need a cooked and cooled crust. You can purchase one ready made or make my mix in the pan pie crust, which is what I did. It works out wonderfully with this pie! I wanted a bit thicker crust so I made a recipe and a half and then had room to play with it a bit at the top edges and make it prettier
Note: Do NOT use sugar free gelatin for this. I accidentally placed the wrong box in the pic. The measurements call for 3 T of gelatin powder and sugar free, having so much less volume than regular, would not allow you to measure this properly.
Rinse your strawberries and cut the tops off. Also remove any bottoms that are on the un-pretty side :).
Slice each strawberry in half.
In a small bowl, place your sugar and strawberry gelatin mix.
Add cornstarch in heaping tablespoonfuls. This is a heaping tablespoon
Stir all of that up!
Place water in a sauce pot.
You saucey little thang, you!
Add dry mixture.
Cook on medium to medium high heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching…
Until it begins to look translucent like this actually does if you were seeing it in person rather than through the lens of my camera in my dimly lit dungeon of a kitchen with the 5′ x 8′ food floorspace. ~smiles sweetly~
The man who built this house had a keen eye for miniatures.
I think he was just trying to show this off when he made the kitchen :).
Remove this from the heat and allow to cool to room temp. If you want to do this quicker, you can always fill a bowl with ice water and dip the bottom of your sauce pan down in it while you stir. The fridge works as well.
Layer your halved strawberries in the pie crust. Again, this is my homemade mix in the pan pie crust and its easy as…well, easy as pie, of course.
Yes, I’m corny sometimes but in this day and age, corny can be refreshing. Don’t you think?
This picture was just too beautiful to leave out.
I took the filled pie outside and had a nice picture of my strawberries laying in the sun.
When your liquid has cooled, pour over the strawberries, making sure to cover them all.
I couldn’t leave out this photo, either. Isn’t this a beautiful pie?
I was going to make homemade whipped cream but I ended up with a humdinger of a coupon for canned whipped cream and that stuff is SO MUCH fun to play with that I just couldn’t resist! Dollop, squirt, or scoop whipped cream on top and DIVE IN!!
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Green Kool Aid Anyone?
Mary has had me blushing and grinning since she first posted this! The recipe looks absolutely delicious (which it is, of course!) but the post still has me grinning from ear to ear!!!
She did me such a kindness a few weeks back when I received a package filled to the BRIM With Splenda! Most of you will remember that I then set out on a quest for green Kool Aid and eventually had to buy it off of Ebay from Texas (only I would end up bootlegging Kool Aid mix into the state!). I thought it would be cute to send her a packet of it along with a packet of Splenda so she and I could both enjoy the same treat she enabled me to have. I swear, I’ve drank a few gallons lately! You just gotta read her post!!! Click here. ~still blushing from it!~
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