Whether it’s the heat or humidity, something about the blistering days of summer makes me want for simpler times and easy living. If only daily life would cooperate…but it doesn’t. Our lives are not put on hold when we are thrown a curve ball and still we must eat!
Recently, I have been dealing with the convalescence of a parent after a bad fall. Driving 50 miles, back and forth from hospital to home, to nursing facility and back home again have made it impossible to enjoy a simple homecooked meal. Fast-food is fine…to a point, but I crave the smells of my kitchen and the comfort of knowing I have ultimate control over the ingredients. Greasy burgers wrapped in paper and chicken from a box just cause my heart to ache over all the mysterious junk I have to digest with each bite.
I have perused the pages of my cookbooks till my eyes are blurred and my mind has become mottled with the same question…”Have any ideas for supper?” After long commutes and worrying about the future of my ailing parent, I have little energy left for putting together a meal.
My hands pick and grab at the various packages of frozen veggies in my freezer as I am still wondering what I can put together in a hurry. I did manage a salmon supper with some thawed okra I tossed with cornmeal for that favorite Southern delicacy known as fried okra. Okay, I slipped on my efforts to keep it healthy, but at least it was homecooked and no outrageous amounts of added salt I would have consumed had I ordered off the menu at Cracker Barrel. Now I want something for dessert and as much as I like to keep things from being a “dump dessert,” (don’t you just hate that moniker?) I found a simple lemonade pie recipe that I know will work for my current hectic lifestyle. With just four ingredients and all found in my pantry or picked up at the local grocery store, I am happy and satisfied until the next crisis hits.
Easy Lemonade Pie
1 (8 oz.) carton of Cool-Whip
1 (6 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup of frozen lemonade, thawed
1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust
- In a bowl, combine carton of Cool-Whip, thawed lemonade, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into the graham cracker pie crust and chill in refrigerator for approximately 2 hours.
- Once pie is set, cut and serve with whipped topping if desired.