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Super Easy Cherry Pie Bars

These cherry pie bars are filled with cherryrific pie filling layered in a no-roll, cookie pie crust. Perfect for parties as you can hold a drink in one hand and a cherry pie bar in the other!

Okay no, hell did not freeze over nor did yours truly hit her head. No I wasn’t abducted by aliens or is someone impersonating me. It’s me, Lori… for real. Yes I posted yet another cherry recipe. I know what you’re all thinking…’but you hate cherries Lori. Like to the point you call them Demon Seeds from the gates of hell!’. And you’re completely right. I hate those things BUT that doesn’t mean you guys do. I mean it’s okay if you’re a weirdo and like them. lol love you ♥ It’s just I realized that by not sharing cherry recipes that my family loves is well, unfair to the world. You all should be able to share in the deliciousness even though yours truly wont.

Am I harsh on cherries? Nope. LOL I hate ’em and that sucks as they look so good. I mean this dessert, honestly, looks freaking amazing!  And yes, for the record I did try it. I kinda have to. I can’t publish something without ever trying it; that is just well, rude and misleading. What I will tell you is that everyone that has tried this through out the years, LOVES IT! Like to the point it’s almost obsessive. But hey, in the world of chefdom, that’s a huge compliment!

Easy & Super Delicious Cherry Pie Bars!

These types of pie bars recipes have been in my family for generations (i.e., multi-generations peeps). They are faster to make than a traditional pie as there is no rolling involved. These area also portable which meant they were perfect for picnics, cookouts and lunches.  These bars were a huge hit with my dad at the mill.

Trust me, you’re going to want to make this!

Cherryrific Cherry Pie Filling

With fresh cherries in abundance right now, it’s the perfect time to whip up this quick & delicious cherry pie filling for dessert tonight!

Okay so here’s the skinny on this recipe. Did I taste it? Yes. Did I like it?  Nope…BUT hear me out. Anyone that knows me knows I HATE cherries. Like we’re talking I’d rather lick a dirty rock than eat one, hate. However, everyone that has tried this filling (who are weirdos and like cherries in my eyes), LOVE it. Actually many rave over it and beg for the recipe.

It’s funny as this recipe takes only about 15 minutes, minus the pitting but I’ll get into pitting them a bit later in this post, and it’s only a few ingredients. But the outcome is incredible…or so I’m told. See I’ve never like cherries, ever. My sister, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough of them. But my hatred for those demon seeds as I affectionately call them doesn’t stop at just the fruit. Oh no; I go full-on anything cherry must burn in hell, hatred. LOL

I would say about the only thing that I actually like that has those little spawns of Satan in it, is my Cherry Chipotle Cola BBQ Sauce. But let’s be real here, chipotle, bbq sauce and cola combined will push the cherry taste to a mild undertone.

Get your cherry pie filling fix!

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.

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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.
Cheesecake Berry Tart5

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!

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