Oh man. You’re not ready for this post today. To tell the truth, I’m not sure I’m ready because I plan to share something with you at the end…My mom used to make this 3-step no bake strawberry pie for birthdays when I was growing up. I always asked her for a whole pie to myself but never got it! (No worries Mom. There are no hard feelings.)
Last week, I heard about a u-pick organic strawberry farm across town that was opening up for the season, so naturally, I made sure I was there on day one to glean the first fruits. It was a perfectly beautiful and sunny Florida winter day.
Actually, I did get quite sunburned. It’s almost time to make my homemade sunscreen again, which doubles as a REALLY nourishing moisturizer!
It’s really important to me to get organic strawberries instead of conventional strawberries, as the 2017 EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce has elevated strawberries to the #1 spot for pesticide residue.
I know that there is still a lot of debate if organic strawberries are truly that much different. I mean, hasn’t pesticide residue been found on organic strawberries, too? Yes. In some cases. And would you have anyway of being able to tell without a lab? No, probably not.
Here’s what I do: I still buy organic strawberries at the store if I really need strawberries, and at the very least, that makes me feel better to buy organic. But even better is picking your own! It’s a great date or outing with family members or your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends.
I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like eating a sweet juicy jewel of a berry straight off the strawberry plant.
Sweet sun-ripened berries are a thousand times better than grocery store berries, whether organic or not.
For your viewing pleasure, I’ve posted a short video about my strawberry-picking day and Mom’s no bake strawberry pie.
As I was out there picking berries, I was overcome with a desire to make a strawberry pie like my mom used to make. Let me first say this: my mom is an Expert Berry Picker. She is the Queen of Quality Control. If the berry is not perfect, it doesn’t make it into the basket, and it doesn’t get taken home. Personally, I like misshapen berries because I think they are cute and full of character, but I at least didn’t bring any unripe berries home.
Here’s the part of the post I wasn’t ready for earlier. Whew. It snuck up on me, but there’s not really anyway around it or any avoiding it. Annnnndddd the internet is forever. So here goes nuthin’.
This is a picture of a no bake strawberry pie that my mom made. We are celebrating my mom’s birthday. …I’m not disclosing how many candles are in that pie… We’re in my grandmother’s backyard on the gazebo, and we’re actually surrounded by about 200 rose bushes, among other plants and flowering things.
My sister’s arm is in a sling, and I’m not sure why. She’s also wearing one of those gold wire ribbons you off of a gift box. She’s 7 years old, and I’m 12 in this picture. Gosh, I’m just rocking those waist-high light-washed denim shorts, huh? The tucked in school t-shirt is a nice touch. *shaking my head* Why did no one else me with fashion sense when I was little? I’M LOOKING AT YOU, FAMILY.
Oh! So I guess you might want the recipe for Mom’s no bake strawberry pie. Thanks for reading. :)
For the Crust:
Crush one package of graham crackers & mix with the sugar. Pour one melted stick of butter on mixture and mold to the pie pan. Chill crust in fridge while you make the filling.
For the Filling:
Cut your strawberries in half or in quarters. Prepare your jello according to the instructions on the box. Combine the strawberries and jello and pour into pie crust. Chill until set, at least an hour.
- 1 package of graham crackers
- ¼ cup organic sugar (optional)
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- 3 cups of strawberries
- 1 box of strawberry jello (I use this natural one: http://amzn.to/2ms4Nes)
- Crush one package of graham crackers & mix with the sugar.
- Pour one melted stick of butter on mixture and mold to the pie pan.
- Chill crust in fridge while you make the filling.
- Cut your strawberries in half or in quarters.
- Prepare your jello according to the instructions on the box.
- Combine the strawberries and jello and pour into pie crust.
- Chill until set, at least an hour.