Favorite Recipes for Summer!

August 16, 2013

Summer evenings and cool treats are a great way to connect with family and friends.  Recently, our neighborhood had a summer fest and everyone brought a special hot-weather treat.

While thinking about summers past and the fun our family shared underneath trees and shady porches, we recalled the special goodness of pink lemonade pie.  When I asked Mom for the pie recipe, our conversation evolved into more than just recalling ingredients.  We shared memories and recollections of cherished times and favorite family events from long-past decades.  Sharing favorite recipes for summer is an excellent way to bond the generations and include aging parents in social events.

Sharing summer recipes is a great way to connect with aging parents!

Sharing summer recipes is a great way to connect with aging parents!

Our recollection of pink lemonade pie included a memory of the dear family friend who shared the recipe in 1969.  Then, Mom remembered how some family members preferred pecans and how some liked the pie  extra tart.

As we were turning the pie filling into the crusts, my teen daughter joined us and wanted to know more about the pie and why we were making it that hot afternoon.  Lucky for us, the refrigerator pie didn’t require a hot oven!

Grandmother and grand-daughter shared a pre-party sample of the pie and declared the recipe a success.

Later that evening new friends and neighbors were introduced to our family recipe and the cool, tart treat is now one new memory from the balmy Summer of 2013!

Sharing recipes is a great way to bond the generations!

Pink Lemonade Pie

One 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

One 6 oz. can pink lemonade juice frozen concentrate, thawed

1 1/2 c. frozen whipped topping, thawed

One drop red food coloring

Chopped pecans

One 9-inch graham cracker crumb pie shell

In large mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and lemonade concentrate until well blended.  Add one drop red food coloring to enhance color.  Fold in whipped topping, pour into graham cracker crumb pie shell.  Garnish with chopped pecans, cover and chill for at least 4 hours.  Serve with a smile!

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