Since I’m going to be spending the summer in North Carolina instead of Los Angeles this year, I thought it important to prioritize a list of things to accomplish while I’m here. In the next 3 months, I need to:
1. Float down a river in an inner tube. Preferably with a cold drink in my hand.
2. Go on an afternoon hike and see at least 1 waterfall.
3. Drink sweet tea until I feel sick.
4. Go to an outdoor concert. Preferably on a warm, muggy night. If someone hands me a cold beer while this is happening, I won’t turn it down.
5. Splurge on a ridiculously nice dinner with my husband.(I can do this anywhere but it still needs to happen in the near future)
6. Go to Saluda’s Coon Dog Day Festival. Seriously people, you just don’t find these kinds of things in CA.
7. Eat biscuits and gravy for breakfast. At least 5 times.
8. Sit on my parent’s front porch and read a book.
9. Spend the day at a small mountain town I’ve never visited before.
10. Make a strawberry pie and eat it within 24 hours. Check!
Well, I have one down and a mere 9 more items to go. If you want to add any of these to your summer list, please feel free. Except #8. That might be weird. But this strawberry pie is something that you absolutely need to make happen. Strawberries, sugar, a pinch of corn starch, and pie crust. And if you want to omit that last ingredient and just spoon this over ice cream, that works just fine too.
What’s on your to-do list for the summer?
This recipe is a long-time favorite of my stepfather and his family. Hope you all enjoy it as well.
- 1 quart strawberries, chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 baked pie crust
- Whipped cream
Place half of the berries in the baked pie crust. In a large sauce pan, mash up the remaining berries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and add the sugar and cornstarch. Reduce the heat to medium and cook slowly, about 5 to 10 minutes or until the mixture is thickened.
Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then pour over the uncooked berries. Chill for at least 1 hour. Top with whipped cream.