summer treat {guest post by alice greene}

Does anyone else get nostalgic when we approach Memorial Day and the 4th of July?  (Hopefully, you had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!)  Well, I do, and one of my favorite memories is that of making old-fashioned lemonade icebox pie for our picnic meals, made with a can of thawed lemonade frozen concentrate.  The pie is so easy and quick and since it’s not baked, you don’t have to heat up the house by using the oven!

Lemon Ice Box Pie

What you’ll need:

1 prepared graham cracker pie crust

6 oz whipped topping

6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed)

14 oz sweetened condensed milk


Step by Step:

1.  Beat together whipped topping, lemonade concentrate and condensed milk.

2.  Pour into pie shell and freeze for at least one hour before serving.

                                                                                                                                                                        Source: via Caroline on Pinterest


So invite your friends and family and make it easy on yourself – grill some hotdogs, open a bag of chips and serve this cold, refreshing pie for dessert.  And by the way, make it just as easy on yourself when planning the table decorations.  Serve your favorite cold beverages in mason jars or use those same jars tied with raffia with a citronella candle inside to keep away the pests.  Use simple, yet colorful centerpieces of zinnias or crazy daisies looking beautiful in a white pitcher and finish off with checkered tablecloths in red or blue for that patriotic theme.



Lexington, Kentucky

derby parfaits

Tired of serving Derby pie for your Kentucky Derby gathering?  Try this fun alternative instead.


Kentucky Bourbon Parfaits (via)

(serves 6)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (4-serving size) package instant chocolate pudding and pie filling
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon*
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 1/2 cups coarsely crushed pecan sandies cookies
  • 1 tablespoon mini semisweet chocolate chips
 * for a kid-friendly option, use 2 tsp of vanilla extract instead


Step by Step:

  1. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, milk, and bourbon; whisk until thickened and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine whipped topping and pecans. Place half of crushed cookies evenly into 6 parfait glasses or dessert dishes. Layer half of pudding mixture equally over crushed cookies then top with half of whipped topping mixture. Repeat layers, then sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. Cover loosely and chill at least 1 hour before serving.