Category Archives: Pies, Crisps, & Tarts

8 Must-Make Pies

You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust – so I’ve pulled together my 8 favorite pie recipes for you, all in one place! After writing a huge post all about pie crust, I wanted to share a few classic, simple, perfect-for-every-holiday pie recipes to go with it. You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust and this post is just that – all things pie! I decided I’d group 8 different traditional pie recipes together for you. This way, when you need a pie to try, you can just pop into this post and look Continue Reading →

8 Must-Make Pie Recipes for Your Holidays

4 Recipes for Perfect Pie Crust

This is your ULTIMATE guide to making a perfect pie crust! It has 4 great recipes – traditional, whole wheat, graham cracker & chocolate cookie crusts. I’ll be the first to admit that I used to be totally intimidated by pie crust. I felt like there were too many rules, too many recipes, and too many differing opinions on what makes one crust work and another one flop. Do you use shortening, butter, or lard? For how long do you chill it? I thought that if I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, I’d ruin hours worth of work because pie crust was fussy Continue Reading →

4 Recipes for a Perfect Pie Crust

Have you gotten on the energy bites, energy ball, date ball/bite, little-nuggets-of-heaven bandwagon yet?! I’m here to convince you that you need this simple, healthy, whole food treat in your life. Healthy Cherry Energy Balls are going to become a staple in your freezer in no time! I taught a menu planning/food prep/cooking class last week and I had so much fun! I took 8 different kinds of date balls with me as part of the treats. I had a lot of questions about what they were and what was in them, lots of people were a little skeptical too, but Continue Reading →

Healthy Cherry Energy Balls (Homemade Cherry Pie Larabars)

South of the Border Cheesy Bacon Quiche is just the dish that you need in your meal plan this coming week. I love making egg heavy dishes because owning backyard chickens means I always have eggs on hand and because they are delicious. Quiche used to really scare me and I would often make egg bakes (same idea just without a crust) because pie crust! Just thinking about making a pie crust sent shivers down my spine. I have attempted so many different pie crusts it’s not even funny. They always turn out weird. I need a pie crust cooking Continue Reading →

South of the Border Cheesy Bacon Quiche

Today’s recipe is one of my favorites! I love a good bar dessert because they come together quickly and feed a crowd. America’s Test Kitchen’s Raspberry Streusel Bars are one of my all time favorites because they taste like pie with about 1/4 the work. I’ve been making this recipe for years and it is always a huge hit. The crust is a bit like a shortbread, crisp and delicious, the filling is perfect (thanks to a jam + fresh fruit + lemon juice combo), and the topping is streusel! What’s not to love? Oh, and it’s raspberry! One of Continue Reading →

America’s Test Kitchen’s Raspberry Streusel Bars

Lemon lovers unite! This simple North Carolina Lemon Pie is going to surprise and delight you, and I can’t wait for you to make it so that I can hear how much you enjoyed it! This recipe comes from the May 2015 issue of Cook’s Country magazine. It’s the magazine version of my favorite cookbooks (produced by America’s Test Kitchen!) and it is always fabulous. If you aren’t currently subscribing, I’d pick up a few copies from the library because they are not only full of great new recipes, but they have a tons of information, tips, and tricks. You Continue Reading →

North Carolina Lemon Pie

Emily from One Lovely Life is here sharing one amazing pie recipe, just in time to squeeze it in before Thanksgiving! This Fall Fruit Pie looks fabulous. I’m not going to have time to try it this week, which means I’ll have to have pie next week, :) Pie is a Christmas food too, right?! It’s pie season, which basically means it’s happiness season. Cake is fine and good for birthdays, but I really feel like pie says “home” and “homemade” more than just about anything. Crispy, crumbly pastry filled with warm fruit filling and topped with a buttery pecan crumble? Continue Reading →

Fall Fruit Pie

Thanksgiving is here! I’m so grateful to be spending the week with my parents. We’ll drive up to Indiana to be with grandparents and my large extended family on Thursday, and I’m giddy with anticipation. It’s been 6 or so years since we’ve spent this holiday with my family here in the Midwest, and I’m excited for my kids to have a few memories of the things I enjoyed so much as a kid! I made this pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin for my husband’s birthday, and have been saving the recipe for this week! The pie is awesome. The Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Pie from Fresh Pumpkin

15 Perfect Pie Recipes

15 Perfect Pie Recipes is just the post you need to get you excited for Thanksgiving, or anytime for that matter. It’s always a good time to enjoy pie, always. This recipe round up fetaures everthing from fruit and pumpkin pie to sugar cream and chocolate; there is something for everyone. My favorite pies are my mom’s cherry, sugar cream, pumpkin, and pecan. Husband on the other hand loves all things cream pie. And I can’t get anyone in my house to eat more than one piece of traditional apple pie. Weird right?! What’s your favorite pie? Enjoy a little Continue Reading →

15 Perfect Pie Recipes

This is the first pie recipe I’ve ever posted on my blog. Ever. Ok, that’s not totally true. I posted this beauty (ha!) back in the day before I cared what my pictures looked like and no one read the blog (and that’s not how I make chicken pot pie anymore either… maybe I should update that one!). But since I started caring, I stopped sharing pie. I have indeed been making pies since I started blogging, but you see, my pies aren’t pretty. I’ve been forgoing sharing my favorite pie recipes with you because my pies are normal looking. Continue Reading →

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Emily from One Lovely Life and I are teaming up in the coming months to work on some fun posts for you all. Here is the first collaboration and I love it! Emily is a ninja in the kitchen and she’s here explaining the difference between all those delicious fruit desserts that make summer so tasty. You’ll feel so knowledgeable and very hungry when you get done reading. Take it away Emily! Summertime is here, and delicious fresh produce is everywhere! Summer brings fruit of all kinds–nectarines, peaches, plums, and cherries to the markets. I’m always looking for yummy ways to Continue Reading →

Summer Fruit Desserts Explained – the difference between cobblers, crisps, grunts, buckles, and more!

When I was a little girl my family lived in Hope Indiana on Walnut street in a small one story home that had a purple clematis growing up the trellis on the porch. This house was the first home that my parents ever owned and I have great memories of their adventures in first time home ownership. We planted a garden behind the little shed and found amazing old bottles, my dad planted a sour cherry tree just for me, my mom planted red and yellow tulips all around the edge of the fence in the back yard, and this Continue Reading →

Rhubarb Crisp with no other fruit

Strawberries! My mom and dad have strawberries ripening at their house in Kentucky as we speak and my dad keeps texting me pictures of the perfectly red fruit before he picks them. Oh the jealousy inside of me! At least he’s not making videos of them eating Mom’s strawberry shortcake. That might kill me slowly. Since I don’t have a berry batch of my own, yet, I’m settling on enjoying fresh picked strawberries vicariously. I also thought it would be fun to share the strawberry love today by highlighting some delicious looking recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. Whether Continue Reading →

13 Strawberry recipes you need in your life!

It’s been so quiet around here lately! I thought we should end the work week with a delicious recipe and then I have some explaining to do come Monday. This recipe is one that I shared a year or so ago on another blog, but I thought it was high time it made an appearance here. Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie is kind of a cross between a quiche (very eggy) and a strata (very bready). My family loved it! You can’t go wrong with eggs, ham, and cheese all piled into one dish. Plus it’s super easy. We Continue Reading →

Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie

black raspberry cobbler recipe, cobbler recipe

I’m taking one more day to celebrate my grandpa’s life… and that celebration comes in the form of food. I’ve decided to share a piece of my heart with you by sharing part of the last letter I ever wrote to my grandpa. Grandma said that she sat on the bed and held his hand last Sunday, the day before he died, and read it aloud to him. She told me he was sleeping but she was sure he was still listening. The letter helps to explain this dish and its deep sentimental meaning for me. Grandma makes this raspberry Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Raspberry Cobbler

Once in a while Amazon will have $5 magazine subscriptions  and when they do I normally snatch something up. I love magazines because they have lots of concise information that is fun and easy to read in short spurts. Can you tell I’m a mom or what? Anyhow, I’m getting Family Fun, Better Homes & Gardens, and Country Living right now (yup, each was only $5 for the year!) which is a perfect mix for me. Country Living didn’t have tons of recipes this past month, but the few they did were amazing and I’m working my way through each. You Continue Reading →

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart with a Graham Cracker Crust

Everyone has a favorite pie. Thomas loves cream pies, my babies love pumpkin, my grandpa loves pecan, my sister gobbles up chess pie, and me, I’m a cherry kind of woman. My mom made a mean cherry pie and it was always my dad’s favorite. I think that I clung onto that fact and emulated. Thanks, Dad.I don’t have a good pie crust recipe without margarine/shortening in it, so I don’t really like making pie. What is second to pie though? Crisp or crumble! I had to fight off the birds for a few ripe sour cherries growing in my Continue Reading →

Cherry Crumble