Strawberry Pie and Fellowship

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Our weather has been absolutely beautiful lately. The rains have missed us, which is not good,but temperature-wise we are cooler than normal for this time of year. That is a welcome relief after the hot, sweltering weeks we have just had.

The weather was also perfect for a picnic the other night! Our care group in church was invited by another care group from church to come to a picnic…..all we had to do was bring our own lawn chairs, make a treat to share and show up.

I decided to make a fresh strawberry pie to take along for our treat. This decision was made easy by the fact that our local grocery stores had an amazing sale of fresh strawberries.

When I told my husband that I was making pie he got kind of a hang-dog look on his face. He then questioned me why I was making pie to bring somewhere else. I assured him I had planned to make two so one could stay home for him!

The recipe I used comes from a cookbook I received as a bridal shower gift over 37 years ago. I am pretty sure it was also the one my mom-in-law always used and her Strawberry Pies were always the best!

I will share the recipe with you and I think you will find it very easy to make and pretty much no-fail….which is the best kind of recipe.

Fresh Strawberry Pie
Crust:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oleo or butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Mix and pat into pie plate.
Brown at 350º  for 20 minutes.
Filling:
2 1/2 cup strawberries (about 1 pound)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 heaping Tablespoon cornstarch
3 Tablespoon Jello(not sugar-free)
Blend sugar, cornstarch, and jello in saucepan.
Slowly add water while using whisk.
Boil till clear, stirring continually.
Let cool.
Mix well with strawberries and pour into baked pie shell.
Refrigerate till firmly set.
NOTE: If you want Fresh Peach Pie; you can use about 7 fresh peaches and 3 Tablespoons peach jello.   I have done this and it is also amazing.

 

The pie was a hit at the picnic and was just one of the many tasty treats that were available that night. The food was great, but the evening of games and fellowship was truly a gift.  It was a blessing to visit with fellow church members of all ages. It was fun to see everyone, young and old, enjoying themselves on a beautiful summer evening.

One of the games we played was a lawn game called Kubb (or Viking Chess). It was a lot of fun and challenging. It is kind of hard to explain so I am posting a link where it not only tells you how to play, but how to make your own set!  This Old House   (I am thinking I need to try make one of these.)

I have decided I will never be a tournament quality player of that game ( I would actually say my level of playing is substandard!), but it didn’t really matter…..fortunately.  I think my skills are probably more in the pie and food making category.

When it comes to food and food making….I love to use the old cookbooks that I have used for years. I love the fact that those old recipes have been tested by time and were used years ago by women who wanted to feed their families and others with wonderful tasty food.

There is something comforting about using an old cookbook.  The pages are tattered around the edges (at least mine are), there are spots on those pages from splatters while mixing a recipe and there is writing by the really good recipes so you know which ones to use and how you should maybe alter it.

Life can be the same way…..there is comfort in the familiar even though it is tattered and worn. Our lives can be splattered with the things that have happened to us. We show that we have been used by life and made it through. We are a testimony to faithfulness and a richness of the blessing that becomes more valuable with the passing of time.

May you live your life in such a way that your life is a “recipe” for others to follow…..perhaps a little frayed….a little splattered….but still blessed.


Your lives are a letter written in our hearts;
everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you.
2 Corinthians 3:2b
New Living Translation

 

 


 

 

 

 

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36 thoughts on “Strawberry Pie and Fellowship

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Amen, Amen, Amen.
    You are right- our lives are tattered and weather beaten and so much more. We are so different from the babies we once were. We have been evil and we have been recipients of evil from others. But we have stood the test of time, so far. The Lord who led us through life this far will lead us along further and others will see our lives and perhaps read from them and even look though our foot notes to learn from our own life lessons. We are all cook books for others to read- nice metaphor.
    Susie

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  2. kindergartenknowledge says:

    I can’t wait to make your Strawberry Pie! Yum! There was a time when I would not eat strawberries EVER! And my mother made the best Strawberry Shortcake…she made it with layers of homemade crust! I finally came to my senses! Your church group picnic sounds so fun! My kind of party!,

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  3. bcparkison says:

    Sounds like a fun time was had by all. Several years ago I made my own ‘old’cook book by copy and paste from all the recipes from our families and put them in a book form for my boys and their families. Why we need new ,cut out, recipes is beside me.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am starting to gather the favorites and putting them in a box for now. The intention is to make a family favorites cookbook for my sons and their families also!
      My husband always wonders why I look at new cookbooks….he thinks we have enough recipes…he might be right!

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  4. Deb says:

    It’s funny that you mention the pages in the cookbook being splattered with food, that was one of the things I noticed about your pic and knew it was a great cookbook. My favorite cookbook looks the same way! I’m going to try your pie recipe and for the peach recipe too, thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had such a wonderful time, gatherings such as those with lots of good food and fun are always so enjoyable! I had to laugh about your husband and his face…hehe! 🙂

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  5. peggyjoan42 says:

    Wonderful post Faye. Years ago in Arizona I made many rhubarb / strawberry pies that were great. We grew both of these ingredients. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Trying to set that example for others to follow keeps a person on their toes. I have done a lot of soul searching lately, trying to be a better person – a full time challenge. Ha Glad you made an extra pie for your husband – he sounds so much like my husband. (men so like little, funny, boys). Lol

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  6. goldenbrodie says:

    One of my favorite cookbooks is so old, it’s stained and I’ve written in it…like you and some of our favorite recipes are in this oldie. We bought it when in New Orleans in the early 80’s, its bound like yours and it is “Talk About Good” written and collected by members of the Lafayette Junior League, their relatives and friends. We love it.

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