America’s Test Kitchen’s Fresh Strawberry Pie

Today is the day!! I’m sharing with you the beautiful, the delicious, and the oh so seasonal America’s Test Kitchen’s Fresh Strawberry Pie. I dare say this is the perfect strawberry pie recipe. I love that it doesn’t use Jello. I don’t really like fake strawberry flavor (and you are paying for all those berries, you might as well taste that!) and I love that you can either use just fresh berries if you have a lot or a combination of fresh and frozen, which is a real budget saver if berries aren’t at their peak and cheap. I can’t wait until you make this pie! If you do I sure hope you send me a picture of your masterpiece!

I didn’t leave instructions for the pie crust. The recipe just calls for a baked 9 inch pie shell, so use your favorite. Crust is something I’m not fabulous with so I don’t have a recommendation for you. I’ve tried a million recipe and a million different methods for making that crust and I just don’t have it mastered. So if you have a recommendation for pie crust for me, I’m all ears!

And can we chat for 2 seconds about the topping on this pie? It’s not just normal old fresh whipped cream. No, no, it’s got cream cheese in it! It’s a wonderful little addition to this pie. Be sure to use heavy whipping cream and that topping will stay stable for hours and even over night. This is an excellent dish to take to a party because it’s a show stopper.

America's Test Kitchen's Fresh Strawberry Pie AKA springs perfect dessert!

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Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad

chicken salad

Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad is one of my favorite dishes to throw together in a hurry and eat for the next few days. My kids and husband love this chicken salad and I love all the great flavors and vegetables it has. The best part? You can eat it however you see fit. I like to use mini bell peppers, celery, and cucumber to dip into the chicken salad. My kids liked it served on top of cracker, and my husband likes it on toasted whole grain bread with extra mayo on the bread. No matter how you Continue Reading →


the bench

1. I drove 25 minutes to the dentist this week only to sit in the office for ten minutes before I was told I was a day off. Then I got to drive home another 25 minutes without ever accomplishing the things I set out to do. Plus, it was the dentist! I was all mentally prepared to get my cavity filled and I was also taking my almost four-year-old for his very first cavity fixing too. It was a lot to gear up for. So I wasted an hour of my life, gas, and still had to go back Continue Reading →

Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

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Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping are one of those fun recipes that you need in your life “just because”. This muffin is moist, sweet, full of blueberries, and the best part? That crumb topping! You just can’t go wrong with a good crumb topping that isn’t all dry and floury (the secret is in melting the butter first). This one is a pretty perfect muffin if I do say so myself. I don’t often make muffins for breakfast; they are more of an afternoon treat in our house. I’ll let the kids eat one after baking then save the rest Continue Reading →

That one time we hatched our own chicks…

chicken chickies

I’ve mentioned a few times that I was incubating eggs from some of my hens, well folk, this weekend was their big début! This was my second clutch of eggs to try to incubate. The first batch stopped growing when we had an all day power outage and I couldn’t keep the incubator warm enough for the developing chicks. That little hiccup was something I had not even thought of happening and I was pretty disappointed. I decided I could try one more time though and I’m pretty pleased that I did. We had 3 of our 8 eggs hatch Continue Reading →

Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing

asian salad

Good morning! We had an exciting weekend with our chicks hatching in our incubator! I’m planning on taking pictures and telling you all about their birth story soon. They are the cutest little fluff balls this side of the Mississippi, though I might be a little bias. While you are waiting for a chick post you can enjoy this fabulous Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing. This salad is super versatile and would be awesome with the addition of Chow Mein noodles (you know, those “fried worms” as my dad used to call them), mandarin orange pieces and Continue Reading →

7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus


Asparagus is one of my all time favorite spring vegetables and I’m sharing 7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus today on the Hobby Farms website. Writing for Hobby Farms is a real treat for me so I’d love if you popped over and checked the article out! Plus, there’s all kind of useful information waiting there for you. Have a great Monday and enjoy some seasonal asparagus!

10 Ways to Make Spring Magical for Kids

spring flower guide

Spring break vacation pictures of families at the beach or at Disneyland were really getting me down this week. We don’t have any vacations planned for this entire year and I was moping a bit about how my kids are totally deprived (we’ve all been there right!). So instead of thinking about things I can’t change,  I decide to focus on all the things that we can do, especially ways to make spring magical for kids. It’s such a fun time of year, even in our own backyard. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do with your kids at home Continue Reading →

Farm and Garden Update: Spring 2015

peach blossoms

Spring is in the air and I thought I’d show you what we are up to in the farm and garden area of life. All of our trees budded so nicely! Our property is exactly next to my in-laws and they share the same lane, so I’ve been driving past this neglected orchard for almost 10 years now. We’ve been wanting to buy it and talking to the owner for at least the last three, so while we were around we would turn on the water and water the trees once in a while but I never really went over Continue Reading →

Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie

Healthy key lime pie smoothie

Today is the #eatseasonal post for April and I’m so excited to share this Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie with you today. This single-serve smoothie only take 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to put together. My family doesn’t really like citrus things even though I love them. I’ve been craving a nice tart dessert for weeks and this smoothie was just the treat I needed. Greek yogurt and half an avocado make it is smooth and extra creamy and the juice and zest from two limes give it just the pucker I was looking for. Limes and avocado are both Continue Reading →