Strawberry Season

Strawberry season for us in New England is a few weeks away. There really is something about sitting in a field full of strawberry plants, the sun shining down on your face, the birds singing and the smell of life in the air. I’ve always loved quiet moments, those moments you smile to yourself because…

Perfect Peach Pie

A perfect Saturday afternoon at the orchard provided us with plenty of peaches. We picked both yellow and white peaches and after careful consideration we have decided that white peaches are superior to yellow. Since variety is the spice of life, they both make an appearance in this fresh fruit pie. With the windows open and…

Coconut Cream Pie

I can be a bit of an overachiever. Last night, I made homemade tortillas for our chicken quesadilla dinner. Then as requested by a certain awesome kid, a spinach smoothie. Then I made a coconut cream pie. After all those dishes and the counter space needed to do these tasks, the kitchen became a nightmare….

Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie originated in Key West, Florida back in the late 19th century. Key limes are more tart and much smaller than the usual limes we’re used to seeing. Spring is the season to seek out key limes in the grocery stores. And that’s just what I did. This recipe uses both the zest…

Lemon Meringue Pie

I am a believer that everything happens for a reason and that is because God has a plan already laid out for each and every one of us.  We need to listen to our hearts in order to know what our purpose in life is. That inner voice is God. Listen. As insignificant as it may…

Freshly Picked Cherries = Cherry Pie

Saturday. It’s a wonderful day. It’s a day full of possibilities. It’s a perfect day for picking. Cherries are in season here in Connecticut and Belltown Hill Orchards is the only orchard in the state that you can pick-your-own. We chose mostly Bing cherries with a few Rainier thrown in for color. These cherries were soaking…

Blue Ribbon Apple Pie

Last year, I won a blue ribbon for this apple pie. The recipe is adapted from my high school culinary teacher, Mrs. Carlisle. Start with her pie dough. Of course, you have to pick your own apples: Peel, core and slice about 10 medium sized apples. In a bowl, combine them with 3/4 cup sugar,…

The plumpest blueberries there ever were…

I don’t know what it is about pyo farms that I love so much. Yesterday, we went to my favorite farm…Belltown Hill Orchards. It’s a third generation family owned farm of about 155 acres. They have pick-your-own produce from June to late October. My husband, son and I picked about 7 lbs of blueberries with wide…

Homemade Chicken Pie {made with love}

My son has had some trepidation about the launch of this blog. His biggest gripe, “You can’t just give all your best recipes away for free!” I let him in on a little secret, the reason they taste so superior to him is because of the love I bake right into them, especially for him. He seemed to accept this theory of mine. I…