|Burlap tablecloths, mason jar glasses, candleholders, daisies, paper plates, sweet tea, lemon ice box, and cobbler!|
I have been a busy bee fitting in summer events while the summer disappears before my eyes. School finished last week. My friend and coworker's brother (Tribble) is on the CMT "bachelorette-style TV" show Sweet Home Alabama. Seems like an excuse for a party to me! What better for a summertime party than a summertime theme....and summertime desserts?
I wanted to try lemon ice box pie. I know, it goes against my "dessert should have chocolate in it" belief. I ended up making two pies and a classic peach cobbler (leftovers are certainly headed to work).
I tried my grandmother's (Maw's) recipe and Emeril's recipe. They are two very different pies. I thought I would like Emeril's but I liked Maw's recipe better. It is a little more work but light and fluffy...how I think a lemon ice box should be. My meringue on top didn't do as I hoped. Water got in the egg whites. I know, big mistake. But I went with it. Here are the recipes if you are interested!
Maw's Lemon Ice Box Pie:
|I don't have a pie plate...so a quiche dish had to do!|
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 (14-ounce) can condensed milk
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 prepared graham cracker crust (I used Maw's recipe above)
Combine the cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Pour into the pie crust. Refrigerate overnight.
I will leave you with a few fun party pictures. United Way campaign starts in the morning and I have guests and a company meeting to prepare for!
|Lanterns out front - Sarah enjoys. :)|
|Special guest...the Kirbster!|
|Yes, those are Ball jars. Just like the show. :)|
|The crew...we don't get together enough!|