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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

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessPies #CollectiveBias

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

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EasterMadeEasy #CollectiveBias

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!

Peach Slab Pie with Streusel Crumble

Growing up summer wasn’t summer with out fresh peaches. Mom would make peach jelly, peach pie filling, peach cobbler and peach pies. Peach pies are traditionally round, topped with a crust and if you’re like me, always served warm with vanilla bean ice cream. Now the round type pies are what’s expected when you tell someone one you’ve made a pie however you know me I like to mix it up; give the unexpected.

Okay fine, I’ll fess up. Honestly I didn’t want to be bothered with rolling the crust out, then having to roll out a 2nd one to make it pretty. And the thought of having perfect fluted edges… oy! I just wasn’t feeling all that effort (not that it’s a lot but still). I wanted pie, but I also wanted lazy. Wha? Don’t judge me. lol

Peach Slab Pie

That’s when I decided to go with a slab pie. Now I haven’t had a slab pie for eons; probably not since I was little and it was one of our summer neighborhood picnics. Slab pies are one of the best types of desserts to make for a crowd. They are portable and easy to eat. You don’t need utensils and you don’t have to worry about this delicate flaky crust that could fall apart when you’re trying to manhandle/shove it in your face.

These slab pies are perfect for tailgating and football parties

Homemade Apple Pie Filled Poptarts

Ever since I introduced you to my homemade PopTarts featuring traditional glazed strawberry, you’ve asked for other flavors. So with that I gave you 3 chocolate flavor combinations to keep you chocolate lovers at bay. Well recently there was a huge surge of “hey, what about an apple pie filled version?”…

Your wish is my command!
apple poptart

Apple pie filling is pretty straight forward IF you are making a traditional pie.  However when making poptarts you need to fill it with cooked apple pie filling.  WTH?  I keep typing “applie” instead of “apple”.  Thank GOD for spell check!  Seriously, where would we be today without it?!  And OMG don’t even get me started on when I’m typing up a document and even spell check doesn’t even recognize what I’m trying to say.  Now THAT’s sad!  Has that ever happened to you?
Yes, you can have apple pie for breakfast!

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