Archive for May, 2011

Strawberry Cream Cheese Oreo Pie

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

A strawberry in Esther's little hands.

This past week was strawberry week. Of course, it also was dance recital and hubby’s birthday week, but this post is about strawberries. Every year the children and I travel off the mountain to the nearest strawberry patch and pick and pick and pick and pick WAY more berries than anyone should have to deal with in a week. However, because the pickin’ place is an hour away, we can only go once a season and we overdo it. This year was no exception. We came home with 20 gallons of berries – especially ripe ones – so ripe they needed to be frozen or refrigerated that very day.

The children and I rinsed, capped and drop- froze 12 gallons and refrigerated 8. Two shortcakes, a recipe of jam, 24 muffins and three breakfasts of Wheaties and berries later, we realized we needed to freeze the remaining berries in the fridge. With Daniel’s family coming for the recital, I looked around for a yummy dessert recipe and found one in one of my favorite books.

This cookbook, Food That Says Welcome, is authored by Michael W. Smith’s mother, Barbara Smith. It was given to me several years ago by my sister-in-law and I just love it. While I’ve not tried everything in it, most everything I have tried has turned out beautifully. Not only that, but most of the recipes Barbara uses take less than 30 minutes to prepare. No, it’s not the healthiest cookbook, but it’s full of crowd- pleasing, yummy recipes and sometimes that is just what I need… like last week with my last 2 gallons of very ripe berries in my fridge.

I decided to try an easy pie recipe and it was a HUGE hit. I made 6 pies, thinking we’d enjoy them over the next few months. That was Thursday and it’s Sunday evening. 5 are gone. They are that good. So, if you have berries to use up, try Barbara Smith’s

Strawberry Cream Cheese Oreo Pie:
Mix 1 stick of cream cheese with 1/2 cup of sugar. Add 12 ounces of Cool Whip. Mix well. Fold in 4 cups chopped, fresh strawberries. Pour evenly into two Oreo pie crusts. Freeze. Before serving, set out about 40 minutes to thaw a bit.

That’s it! Easy-peasy! Enjoy!

Altogether (three families), we picked 50 gallons!

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Yes, that's Anna... Watch out!

I’m just three days shy of one month with no blogging updates. I don’t have writer’s block. Everything is ok. I am just ending the month of madness – and I’m not talking about basketball.

Since Easter we have:

Christina turned 14!

Visited family in Greensboro

Danced in a ballet recital

Celebrated Christina’s 14th birthday at Carowinds

Continued with church activities including youth, worship practice (Daniel), MOPS mentoring (me) and babysitting (girls) and hosting small group

Endured end-of-grade testing

Played in the end-of-year band concert

Celebrated Mother’s Day

Wrapped up co-op classes, including the two classes I taught

Secured a braces date for Nathan

Continued private music lessons and ballet

Delivered a few meals to friends recovering from illness

Continued with swim practice for Nathan

Cheered Anna on as she got her learner’s permit

Exercise myself with some consistency

Gone to Carowinds again!

Met with a planning team for some educational classes for next school year several times.

Cleaned out our attic (a huge undertaking for a busy month! But yeah! So glad it’s done before it’s too hot to work up there!)

Celebrated the graduates of our homeschool group

Rejoiced in the marriage of two dear friends

May events still to come:

A piano recital for Christina

A tonsillectomy for Nathan 🙁

A huge dance recital for Bethany and Anna

A birthday for Daniel’s

And then, finally, summer 🙂

For the past several years, May has been exceptionally busy. Every class has an end-of-the-year recital or party. We must test the children. Folks graduate. We celebrate. And I end the month a little tired but so thankful; thankful for the academic and spiritual growth of my children; thankful for our church family; thankful for teachers investing in my children’s lives; thankful for dear ones graduating; thankful for the blessings of homeschooling; thankful for God’s grace throughout another school year and thankful for the summer weeks ahead.

Grandall and Esther on Easter day