Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I have JUST the perfect summertime pie for you today! But first, I must attend to some BID-NESS, and I'm gonna do it in bullet points, because I can..............

*Just need to toot my own horn a little bit, because just this morning my sweet little blog received......get ready for it.......its TEN THOUSANDth hit! Which means that people have clicked on this address that many times. Which totally blows my mind! Guess y'all DO like food, and really crappy photography, after all.

*My first ever Willow House partaaaay event is tomorrow night, and we're getting ready over here on Spruce Drive. Cooking and decorating, just waiting for you to stop by! You can call me for directions if you need them (this is such a small town; everyone knows where everyone lives!) at (315)369-5210. Food. Wine. Decorating inspirations, abound--hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

*SPEAKING of Willow House--I'm very smitten with my newest acquisition, my Hawthorne Hurricane!......

So versatile, so sturdy, so stylish! You can, of course, use it with a candle, but you can also use the hurricane as a vase for branches or longstemmed flowers, or even for a trifle dish. I've loaded mine, here, with split green peas, but another stylish look is to use clear, blue or green seaglass as a filler--be creative! In case you'd like one of these for YOUR home, it can be had, easily, by clicking on my website, located in the upper right hand margin of this here blog. The Hawthorned Hurricane retails for $39.96, and is item #41395.

*One other thing--anything you see for sale from Willow House that retails for over $39.96 is really a great deal, BECAUSE you will get your second item, $39.96 or less, for half price. Just so you know!

Now back to the really important stuff--dessert! I've made this pie forever and a day--it is the perfect dessert for a hot summer night, when you just need a liiiitttttlllleee something sweet, and also want something sorta light. This dessert also looks a lot more difficult to make than it really is--gotta love that.

I always make my own graham cracker crusts--just so much better than the store-bought variety, although one of those would be perfectly fine here, in a pinch. If you DO make your own, just follow the directions on the graham cracker crumbs box, bake and let cool completely.......

In a large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and lime juice.............I still think this juicer is one of my favorite kitchen devices, ever.......

Add 2 drops of green food coloring to the milk mixture....don't worry if it looks freakishly neon green at this point, as it will all be diluted with whipped cream.......

In a mixer with a wire attachment, whip 2 cups of heavy whipping cream until light and fluffy and does this on your beater......

A little at a time, GENTLY fold the whipped cream into the milk / lime mixture. Spoon into crust and use spatula to smooth top......

Freeze overnight, or at least 6-8 hours before serving. Remove from the freezer 10-15 minutes before you'd like to serve. Garnish with lime zest or a slice of lime, placed "just so", like I did..........

Super deeeee---lish! Here's the recipe:

Serves 6-8

1 can (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
6 tblsp. fresh lime juice (NOT from a bottle!)
2 drops green food coloring
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
1 graham cracker crust, from scratch or store-bought
Lime zest or slices, for garnish

In a large bowl, combine milk and lime juice. Add food coloring and blend well. Gently fold whipped cream into lime mixture a little at a time, until all whipped cream is incorporated. Spoon into crust. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer 10-15 minutes before serving. Garnish with lime zest or slices.


*Our visit with my husband's sweet mom and dad, and for my father in law's ever-improving health

*Feeling so much better, myself!

*The Knotty Pine Restaurant, for being open tonite so I don't have to cook!


  1. Wow, Leslie! I'm so sorry that your liver is being naughty. Please drop me a line and let me know you things are going for you! In the meantime, think I'll be naughty and whip up one of those yummy lime pies......

  2. Leslie, this pie sounds yummy. You're way too good to be in New York, where ever that is. You need to live close to me so I can test taste. Aunt Bee

  3. Momma- As I recall, there is an adorable picture of me eating that pie that I'm sure your viewers are dying to see. I'm very disappointed it got left out. More pictures of me, please!