Strawberry Hand Pies

In the summer Ian and I have a Saturday morning ritual which consists of waking up early, walking to the local farmers’ market, and buying hand pies for breakfast. While Ian opts for the savory meat pies, I favor the fresh fruit selection. Their offerings vary week to week, but I always keep my eye out for their strawberry hand pie.

This sweet summer flavor brings me back to my childhood when I would spend afternoons in the garden gathering produce. My mom would transform baskets of tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and rhubarb into pickles, jams, and pies. One of my favorites was her fresh strawberry pie. It never lasted long, so you had to be quick to get a slice!

Therefore, when I saw the little farmers’ market stand selling strawberry hand pies it reignited my love for this sweet treat. I decided to modify my childhood pie recipe into and easy-to-eat hand pie that is perfect for outdoor gatherings. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Hand Pies

Ingredients:

For the pies:

  • Pie Crust
  • 1.5 C. crushed strawberries
  • 1/2 C. sliced strawberries
  • 3/4 C. sugar
  • 3 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/2 C. water

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 C. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs. water

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350˙
  • In a saucepan, simmer strawberries, sugar and water together for five minutes. Add cornstarch and stir until mixture thickens. Remove from heat, stir in the sliced strawberries and let cool.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out pie crust. Add a dollop of pie filling in the center of the dough, add the top layer of dough and crimp the edges shut with a fork.
  • Bake pies for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Drizzle with powder sugar glaze and let set before serving.
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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

With the sun going down later in the evening, we like to end our nights out on the patio. While Ian likes to crack open a cold beer while we watch the sunset, I often opt for a glass of lemon water. Lately, I’ve wanted to spice things up and thought I would try and recreate a refreshing summer drink I found at a local restaurant – Strawberry Basil Lemonade.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

This drink does not require an excess amount of work and makes a simple store bought lemonade feel indulgent. It can be a bit sweet, depending on your taste, so you can water down the lemonade by adding a few more cups of water than instructed.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Once you pour yourself a glass, you are ready to sit back and relax. It’s a refreshing drink to enjoy on a warm summer night and would be the perfect addition to any social gathering. Insider tip: with a splash of vodka this doubles as a delicious adult summer cocktail!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of pink lemonade concentrate
  • 52 fl oz water
  • 1 C. strawberries, sliced
  • Handful of fresh basil

 Directions:

  • Thaw the pink lemonade concentrate and add in the water. Stir to combine.
  • Muddle two basil leaves in a glass and top with pink lemonade.
  • Add in a handful of sliced strawberries and enjoy!

Summer BBQ Place Setting

Summer BBQ Place Setting

Anyone else counting down the days until the weekend? I know it’s only Monday, but knowing Labor Day weekend is just a few short days away has me giddy. Bring on snoozing the alarm, sunset walks, and heating up the grill for dinner!

Summer BBQ Place Setting

Summer BBQ Place Setting

I don’t know about you, but Labor Day weekend wouldn’t fee complete without grilling out a meal. This year’s menu includes corn on the cob, peri peri chicken, grilled pineapple and a tossed summer salad. Is your stomach growling yet? I know mine is!

Summer BBQ Place Setting

To spice up our patio table settings, I decided to incorporate fresh blooms. By clipping off a single rose stem and tying it around a folded paper napkin with twine, I was able to add a rustic pop of color to the table. Perfect place setting for a relaxed Labor Day weekend BBQ party!