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Easy as, um, Pie

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Summer is great and all as evidenced by everyone's idyllic summer pictures. Kids in the pool laughing and not spitting water at each other, picking blueberries in a Norman Rockwell farm, pedicures that look like those moms never walk in the backyard barefoot to grab kids who are peeing in the kiddie pool.  Perfection!  And you know what else summer does right?  Berries. Lots of 'em. We eat them constantly in all variations. So I decided to bake a mixed berry pie so I can enjoy some of that idyllic summer and take a picture of it along with the rest of blogland!  But..I won't lie. We ate all the fresh berries so I used an old bag of frozen ones I had stashed in my freezer. Oh sue me, Summer. Big whoop.   It was deee-lish.  Here is what I did:

I used one of these

And my german mother weeped. She weeped again when I put it in a disposable pie plate (Hey, I live in an apartment the size of your pantry). She stopped weeping when I fluted the edges. Take that! HA!

In a separate bowl I stirred the still-frozen berry mix (approximately 3 cups of fruit) with 3/4 cup of sugar, a squirt of orange juice, and a dash of cinnamon. I poured it into the pie shell and topped it with a crumb topping from Martha. You all know Martha. She needs no last name. Here is the recipe I used:  http://www.marthastewart.com/336834/crumb-topping . I protected the sides of the crust with some foil, placed the pie on a cookie sheet for any juice drips, and baked it at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes. I then removed the foil and baked it for about 15 minutes more at a reduced temp of 350 degrees. I made sure it was bubbly in the middle. And here is the finished product!

Don't you wish you had some vanilla ice cream?  Yeah, so did we.

My sister has a killer collection of milk glass. Isn't this dessert set the sweetest? 

The money shot!

 YUM!  What were some of your sweetest summer moments?  Favorite berry recipes? 




  1. Welcome to the blog-o-sphere! Your title is really cute and I love your writing style. Thank you so much for linking up and partying at Home Savvy A to Z this week! I hope to see you again next week!


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