Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lemon Ice Box Pie AKA... Key Lime Pie

Tomorrow, our family heads out to Joshua Tree for Thanksgiving dinner with Dominique, Justice and Liam.

This is not to be your normal Thanksgiving dinner, folks.  This holiday is headed up by a family of creative artists.  Nothing is as expected.  Nothing is as it should be.  Nothing is normal.

The title for this holiday:  "The Nightmare Before Thanksgiving"

Justice and Liam didn't get a chance, due to Dominique's condition, to properly celebrate Halloween.  The two decided that now would be a good time to don our costumes and have a Breakout Thanksgiving Celebration to beat all others.  We are all instructed to wear costumes.  And not just any costume.  It's to be the costume which defines our ultimate fantasy of what we've always wanted to Be, Do or Have. For me, that's easy.  I'm going as a Queen.  My daughters advised me that for me, that's not a costume.  But that's another story for another time.

What I really want to share is my recipe for our family's favorite holiday pie.  Lemon Ice Box Pie.  Also Known As Key Lime Pie.

Growing up in Florida, I had plenty of experience with tasting the worlds best Key Lime Pie.  You readers from Florida know what I'm talking about.  No matter what kind of restaurant you go to, Italian, Mexican, Seafood, Greek, Indonesion, Cuban, the menu always features Key Lime Pie for dessert.  I've tasted some of the best.

When I was married to Dominque's father, John, I was introduced to his Aunt Mizelle.  John was born in the humble town of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  This is a town where the loving hearts are huge and the early onset of stage two diabetes is preceded by much laughter, love, hugging, heart felt conversation and sugar.  Life is short.  Eat dessert first!

Aunt Mizelle was famous for her Lemon Ice Box Pie.  When I tasted it I thought "Hmmm, this tastes suspiciously like some of the best Key Lime Pie I've ever had.

Without further ado, or further a don't, here is the closely guarded family recipe for Lemon Ice Box Pie:

This refreshing dessert compliments your next holiday family gathering (which may be your last).  It goes well with Turkey, Stuffing, Love, Laughter and Costumes.

Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Enjoyment Time:  Till Death Do Us Part

1 eight ounce package of cream cheese (softened)
1 fourteen ounce can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 graham cracker crust
Lemon or Lime juice
Cool Whip

Combine softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in a large mixing bowl.

Mix with hand mixer until smooth.

Add Lemon or Lime juice until you like the way it tastes.

Pour into graham cracker crust.

Allow to chill overnight to set.

Serve with a dollop of Cool Whip

Now if you want to get all fancy about it like they do on the Food Network, feel free to make your own graham cracker crust and mix up your own whipped topping from fresh cream.  This all depends on whether you're more comfortable in a double wide or South Beach.  Either way, your taste buds and your enjoyment of life is sure to sing with delight.  I've made this pie for many family and friend gatherings.  The reviews have been truly overwhelming.  Give it a try.  And while you're at it, give life a try.  This season is all about Thanks and Giving.

I usually charge ten big ones for this recipe, but today you get it for free.  Or, if you're especially in a giving mood, you can pass on the ten bucks to this family who is in need of prayer, love, friends, family and money:

Click on the "Donate" Button to the right for credit/debit cards or make out a check to "LOST FACTION PRODUCTIONS" and you can mail your contribution to:

Lost Faction Productions

c/o Jennifer Evans
1225 Gaviota Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  I am continuously in awe of the amazing outpouring of love I'm feeling during this time.  Life is a beautiful gift to be savored.  Now go savor your Turkey!

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