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Butterscotch Pudding Cream Pie with Toffee Crunch!

Calling all Butterscotch lovers!!!  This is the pie of all pies!  A graham cracker crust with a layer of fudge is the perfect foundation for the most dreamiest, creamiest butterscotch pudding cream filling you’ll ever have!  And HELLO!!!  Toffee Crunch on top!  This is truly a butterscotch lovers dream come true!

Did you ever make something, not sure if others would like it but in your head, you kinda ‘knew’ it would make sense?  Well, that’s where this pie came from. I had been cleaning out my fridge and found a jar of my hot fudge sauce and some butterscotch topping in the way back. They were kinda sitting in the spot where sauces and mystery meats go to die…waaaaaaaaaaaay in the back. Now they were clearly in their wrong fridge spot (which is SUUUUUUUUUUUCH an issue for me).  Everything and I mean EVERYTHING, in my fridge has a designated spot. Milk and juice go in the door with the milk always being closest to the door opening. Ketchup and mustard going on the same shelf as the mayo. Jelly and sweet sauces go to the next shelf. butter goes in one area and the fruits/veggies go into their respective drawers.  God help you if you put a tomato in the meat drawer. OMG, it’s full on war. Well okay, not really but you’ll seriously bug me until I move it.

So that’s kinda where this pie evolved from. Now Mom made a ton of pudding pies growing up and honestly most of hers were from the instant mix. Making homemade pudding from scratch is awesome and the flavor can’t be beaten but I didn’t have a lot of time to make it plus I wanted to clean out my cupboards. You see when we were remodeling the kitchen I had to clean out ALL of my pantries and cupboards – you’d be surprised how much stuff you forget you have! Well at some point in time I bought a bunch of instant pudding mixes. Pudding mixes are a great flavor addition to cakes and cookies but honestly I never really use it for pies.

…til now!
I should call this The Disappearing Pie!

Grandma’s Orange Cream Ice Box Pie

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My Grandmother’s orange cream ice box pie with NILLA Wafers crust is luscious, creamy, dreamy and no bake! It’s the perfect warm weather pie!

Grandma stood all of 5′ nothin but when it came to her cooking and baking, she was a giant in the kitchen! Grandma grew up in during The Great Depression where treats like this were almost non-existent. Having to help raise her siblings, Grandma learned the value of a hard day’s work. She learned that you didn’t need money, shiny things or fancy stuff to be happy. She learned to respect the ingredients and that with a few basic items you could create deliciousness. That mantra has stuck with me through out my entire life. She, along with my parents, taught me the value of a dollar and that quality ingredients matter.

But wait, before I continue I have to share this, make sure you nab these awesome iBotta offers to make this delicious pie! Be sure to join team TKW Family using code: rkhavaw I LOVE this app and use it all the time! 
With Spring here, this is the perfect warm, weather pie!

Creamy No Bake Cheesecake Strawberry Tart

Oh Summer how I love you! The sun on my cheeks, riding with the windows down with the radio blaring (80’s metal naturally), backyard cookouts and chilling out with friends around a fire-pit drinking a few cold ones. There’s just something simple about summer to me.  It’s unpretentious and more ‘take me as I am’ type of season. It’s carefree even.  The kids are out of school, families are going on vacation, graduation parties are in full swing and it’s like every weekend someone is having a cookout.  No need to get dressed up or put on a winter coat.  Just throw on some shorts, grab a tank shirt (clean please) and if you are one of those folks that likes flip flops – grab ’em.

Summer is a time to chill out in the evenings, hang out with family and friends on the weekends.  Catch a game – FYI, PNC Park here in Pittsburgh is GORGEOUS!!!  OMG one of the prettiest skyline views ever!  And if you’re like me right now you’re in full on Penguins Fever as we are going for the Stanley Cup.  GO PENS!!!  Yeah – I’m a HUGE sports fan.  I mean growing up in Pittsburgh AND having 4 older brothers of which one of them played for the NFL it’s kind of requirement to be a sports fan.

Growing up our house was the house that folks gathered at especially during the summer. We had 41 acres and a field that was an actual football field (with goalposts). Again – 4 brothers, all played sports.  I can remember us having cookouts weekly and at least once a month we’d have a huge picnic/bbq where at times we had close to 200 folks there.  Everyone brought stuff even though Mom would insist that she would take care of the food.  It’s funny as we were probably the poorest family yet somehow she managed to put out a spread a king would be impressed with.
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I can still remember her the day before the huge party we’d all have our jobs to get things done.  The boys were in charge of setting up the volleyball net and tether ball, my sister would set up croquet, my job was to thumbtack the plastic tablecloths to the 6 picnic tables Dad built as well as the 10-15 card tables and whatever else we could use as a table. Heck we’ve even used wooden saw horses with sheets of plywood across them as a table.
Make this tart and you’ll be the hit of ever summer cookout!

No Bake Coconut Key Lime Mini Cheesecake Pies

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Okay now that it’s May I REFUSE to allow Mother Nature to give me any more cold weather that requires me to turn on my furnace in the morning or late evenings.  I REFUSE to wear a coat in the morning to work only to ride home with my air conditioner on.  I REFUSE to have to keep a coat in my car “in case” it’s nippy out.  I REFUSE, you hear me lady?  Yeah… that went over like a ton of bricks considering my furnace is actually running right now AND I have sweats on.  I swear, Mother Nature is a cruel witch.  But you know what I decided if I can’t make her change the weather to that in the tropics, I can bring the flavors of the tropics to me!  That’s where these amazing No Bake Coconut Key Lime Mini cheesecake pies come into play.  They have all the tart and citrusy flavors of the tropics but sadly without the grass hut or the cabana pool boy.  I tried asking Mr. Fantabulous to be the cabana pool boy but he wasn’t having it.  But what he was having were these pies!

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Are you a key lime lover too?  Do you know the different between key limes and regular limes?  I’ll be the first to confess I didn’t. I mean I used to think they were one in the same.  Man was I sooooooo mistaken! When I was in my 20’s I went down to Key West and it was there I had my first real key lime pie.  OMG it was unlike any other pie I had ever had. SUPER tart but yet you craved more and more.  You’d make that ‘tart’ face – you know the one where your lips purse, you close one eye while squinching up the other, you maybe shudder a bit from the tartness but then as fast as it hits it, is as fast as it dissipates leaving you with such a smooth bright flavor.

Check out some more Effortless Pies!

Bring the tropics to your kitchen with these pies!

Chocolate Cream Pie Brownie Trifle

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Now that it’s officially Spring (although if you live in Pittsburgh you beg to differ considering some areas had snow) it’s time to switch from the rustic winter and fall pies and focus more on the creamy and cool kind. But that’s not to say that those traditional pies like the one from MRS. SMITH’S®  can’t be enjoyed all year round.  Lord knows we’re a pie household! So when the good folks from EDWARDS® reached out and asked for a way to make Easter and Spring a bit sweeter I was thrilled! As soon as I saw that we could use their  HERSHEY’S Chocolate Crème Pie in the recipe I jumped at the chance to share my Chocolate Cream Pie Brownie Trifle!

It has layers of fudgy chocolate brownies, fresh stablized whipped cream, crushed chocolate wafers of course chopped up chunks of EDWARDS® HERSHEY’S Chocolate Crème Pie. Oh yeah your Easter dessert just got wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy more awesomer!

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So into my car I went for a quick run to my local Walmart to grab me one of these scrumptious pies. And as I’ve said before having the aisles marked so clear make my shopping a breeze. BUT wait, there’s more!  Have you guys checked out that new app IBOTTA?  It’s pretty cool!  You sign up and can get cash back on your purchases at local stores.  Here if you sign up, look for Walmart and all the great rebates they offer you’ll see a $1.00 rebate off of the EDWARDS® pies. Plus there’s also an offer for MRS. SMITH’S® Pies as well!  All you do is unlock the reward, scan in your receipt and if it’s validated you get money back!  SWEET!
Grab your spoons and let’s dig in!

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