Thursday, June 12, 2014

in the good ol' summertime...

Ready to hunt down some good deals at a local flea market with my little sister. ;)
For some strange reason,
 I'm actually looking forward to summer this year.
I can't even tell you why...
I just am!
In the photo above I'm wearing my new summery seersucker dress that I made.
I'll be wearing mostly dresses this summer. 
I've just found them very comfortable as of late.
I even made a cotton slip for underneath.
Nylon slips are like some kind of torture to me once it's above 75*! :D
At that flea market I scored a few vintage dresses & some fabric!
Hopefully they will be featured in a future post.
One of the dresses, a farm-tastic brown checkered shirt-dress, fits like it was made just for me!

 On Memorial Day I made fried chicken (for the 1st time!) for my family.
Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of that,
but I did get a few pics of the strawberry pie I made.
Nothing says "summertime" like fresh strawberry pie!
I used Mary Jane's Farm's Butter Cookie Pie Crust recipe.
It is very good! I usually make my lard pie crust, but with strawberry pie I really like a butter crust.

 Don't for get to save the hulls for the chick-ie-poos!
 I added fresh blueberries to one of them just 'cuz I had them.
What is a slice of strawberry pie without a scoop (or two) of homemade vanilla ice cream?

Here's the recipe:
Sky High Strawberry Pie

2 lbs fresh strawberries
1 1/2 c. sugar
6 T. cornstarch
2/3 c. water
1 - 9 inch baked pie shell

Hull & quarter strawberries into a large bowl. (Save the scraps for the chickens!)
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar & cornstarch.
Add 3 cups of strawberries and mash well with a potato masher.
Add water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook & stir for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat. Let cool slightly. Add to remaining strawberries in the large bowl.
(You can remove a cup or so of the strawberries to make a pretty design on the top of the pie if you wish. I didn't do this 'cuz you can't tell what the pie looks like if you put enough ice cream or whipped cream on top!) ;P
Chill for about 20-30 minutes.
Pile into baked shell.
Chill for 2 or 3 hours.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.