What does this easy Key Lime Pie recipe, a Fifth Wheel and a Tornado have in common?
Well, just this past week, Southwest Florida has been experiencing hair-raising weather, with Cat 4 Tornado warnings, flood warnings and some folks have experienced tremendous wind damage to their homes and properties. We were lucky – lots of rain and wind, but no damage.
The last couple of weeks I’ve been enjoying life in sunny Naples, Florida with my husband Mark and our three pooches, Barkley, Max & Millie. The average temperature has been between 75 and 85 F, near perfect for this Canadian girl during the month of January. We’ve parked our Fifth Wheel here for the winter at Neapolitan Cove RV Resort and are both embracing the lifestyle and the warmth. It’s a beautiful spot, sunny and warm, with lots of time for the beach and playing golf. They even have a beach for dogs!
We Love Key Lime Pie!
We’ve been exploring, trying out some of the local restaurants or barbecuing at home. Oh and eating pie. Did I mention that we both have developed a fondness for Key Lime Pie? Well here in Florida, you can find it on just about every restaurant menu and since I always look at the dessert menu first – (doesn’t everyone?) I’ve been able to sample a few different recipes and decided I needed to share an easy key lime pie recipe with you!
Key Lime Pie was invented by a Key West cook, called Aunt Sally and there are many recipe variations out there. Key Lime Pie is usually made in a graham cracker crust, and is a baked pie that includes egg yolks, condensed milk, and fresh key lime juice. Some are topped with whipped cream, and others have delicately browned meringue topping. But for this no bake easy key lime pie recipe, we’ll stick to the whipped cream topping!
Now I love to bake and whipping up a graham cracker crust is easy to do. Heck I could even buy a graham cracker crust courtesy of Mr. Keebler! And instead of fresh key limes, there is always ✅ Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice . After all, this is an Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe! We do have a propane oven in our Fifth Wheel that works really well. But I wanted to see if I could create a Key Lime Pie filling made the same way I make my Lemon Meringue Pie – on top of the stove.
The ingredients for my easy key lime pie recipe are similar, however instead of corn starch that is the thickener for lemon pie – key lime pie uses sweetened condensed milk and it’s the combination of this and the lime juice that causes the filling to thicken. For those that have made a lemon pie, you know that mixing the ingredients takes a few extra steps – you can’t throw all of the eggs into the hot lemon mixture since you would end of with lemony scrambled eggs! But this little extra effort is so worth it! So with that in mind I set to work to see if I could convert a pie recipe made for baking in an oven, to a cooked pie filling, just like this easy key lime pie recipe.
I wish I could share a piece of this melt-in-your-mouth real key lime pie right now. OMG it is so good! Here is the recipe, with step-by-step instructions. It is the best key lime pie recipe EVER!
Are you ready to make this easy key lime pie recipe with me? Let’s get started!
a delicious and easy key lime recipe that is quick to put together and cooks on top of the stove. Perfect for RV life and travel!
graham cracker crust - 9"
can sweetened condensed milk
key lime juice
of white sugar
Separate the eggs, put the whites in the freezer!
Beat the egg yolks in a large saucepan until thick with medium speed on your mixer.
Stir in the condensed milk and key lime juice
Cook on the stove on medium-low, stirring constantly until the mixture starts to thicken. Don't leave it or it will stick to the pan and we don't want that to happen!
Once the filling has thickened, remove from heat and let it cool just a bit. Pour it into the graham cracker crust pie shell and set aside to cool.
Garnish with Whipped Cream, Lime Zest and thin slices of fresh lime. This is the very best key lime pie you will ever make!
Garnish: I use thin slices of key limes, along with a sprinkle of lime zest.
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When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed – 7 Ways To Help You Find Balance
Does your “To Do” List make you want to lie down?
You just don’t know how to get through it all. No wonder. We are nation of overwhelmed people. Social media and the evening news hit us at every turn.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, everything is off. Relationships with family, your spouse, co-workers.
My favorite part of the nightly news is the Happy Story they leave until the end. You know the one that shows courage, determination, or someone just did a really nice thing? I wonder why they don’t start the news with that?
But I digress.
Just know you are not alone.
Do I feel overwhelmed at times? Of course. I think everyone does.
Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed about the new job?
Or looking after your parents? Am I spending enough time with my kids?
Yes I know.
This list provides tools to help!
- Please don’t expect to do all of these things.
- That in itself would be overwhelming. Pick two.
- Two things that you can easily fit into your life right now. Just two things that really resonate with you.
Let it go.
Please. There are things in this life that we can control, but so many we can’t. Pick your battles. Is it really worth it to stand on principle? Or is this the one time you compromise? This can apply both to our work lives and at home. And it’s also closely related to our striving for perfection so…..
We are so hard on ourselves. Always striving to be the best we can be. And that’s good! But trying to be perfect is exhausting. We. Are. Human. Beings. Prone to making mistakes, because that’s how we learn! Create an environment around you where others feel safe to share their mistakes and how they have learned from them. You will be amazed at how relieved you feel when you say goodbye to perfection. You will probably stand up straighter as a result.
Writing meditation or journaling daily for 5 minutes Writing in a journal, sort of free flow writing for 5 to 10 minutes every morning is a great strategy (IMHO) to clear the mind of clutter. A brain dump if you will. Even getting up a few extra minutes early to have your tea or coffee and journaling in a pretty notebook is so calming, almost like meditation. Journalling has become very mainstream, there are journals for health, journals for weight loss, journals to overcome stress, bullet journals (they’re fun!) just about every combination. We’ll be talking more about journalling on the blog in the weeks and months to come. I think it’s that important. I first heard about it in a book by Julia Cameron, called The Artist’s Way. It’s an interesting read and you can get it through this link. Journaling has gotten me through some very challenging times in my life. I’m happy to say I’ve been meditating through my writing for many, many years!
Sleep on it
Use the 24 hour rule! – This is my absolute favorite strategy. When I am facing a problem, either at work or a disagreement with my spouse, giving it 24 hours to settle, to think about it in your mind, come up with solutions or compromise is the best. Resisting the need to rush to be right, to get something to go YOUR way, may not remove the overwhelming feelings you are experiencing. One day. 24 hours. It really isn’t a very long time. If you manage people, I’ll bet you already have this tool in your toolkit.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s really hard to think about fun, right? But please make it a priority. Are you having any fun? This is a difficult one for me. I work full time at a desk job, and my passion, this blog, is my Side Hustle. So you get where I’m going right? If you are in a stressful job at work, have children or elder care responsibilities, debt, or any one of the many stresses that we juggle in our daily lives, chances are you aren’t getting any. Fun, that is. And fun doesn’t need to cost anything! A visit to the local park, checking out the Community Calendar where you live, the local library, join a community sports team and meet new people! I know some folks who think decluttering their home and cleaning are great fun! (Not me, rest assured) When I’m overwhelmed and stressed I bake pies. Explore the walking trail in your neighborhood and see where it goes? Have you tried Geocaching?
Eating, exercise, sleep
These three contribute to my feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, fatigued on a daily basis! We are an inert, java addicted, sleep deprived nation! Well I am for sure. You too? If you work at a desk or workstation all day, and the go home and drop on the sofa to surf the net, have a Netflix marathon, or scroll your phone, chances are your body is screaming for a little exercise. If I didn’t have two dogs who count on me to get them out for a walk every evening, I wouldn’t either. But here’s the thing. Our bodies weren’t made to sit 12 to 16 hours a day! So what about stretching as soon as you get home, before you sit down and pick up the phone or laptop. We have a stretching activity at work every day. Folks gather for 15 minutes and do stretches. A colleague of mine has a set of hand weights she keeps by the television, and uses them during commercials. A ball chair – you know the ones with the exercise ball in them? I use that when I’m journaling in the morning with my cup of coffee. Helps strengthen the core, sit up straight too. All kinds of good benefits!
Step away and breathe, find silence in the noise. Okay, so we’ve touched on this above, but for sure there needs to be down time, off the devices. Having a buffer between screen activity and sleep is the best thing you can do. But more importantly, turning off the noise lets us get back in touch with ourselves, our thoughts, and our loved ones. Some simple things to try is to make meal times a “device free zone”. Giving yourself 30 minutes to decompress before bed every evening really does help. Try it for a week and let me know if it makes difference!
Start right now
So pick two things and only two.
Try them out for 30 days.
Give yourself the gift of that time to see if it makes a difference.
I’m pretty sure it will.
Be kind to yourself.
This is the first post in a new category “Living”. We’re just going to talk about life. All of it. Sometimes life is messy, and sometimes it is just so amazing you can’t contain yourself!
I hope you are having an amazing day. Feel free to share this post with your friends too!
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Homemade Apple Pie is the best! And this Dutch Apple Pie With Streusel Topping and Cinnamon Roll pie crust recipe is perfect for Beginner Bakers! You build the pie in layers, a bottom crust, the apple filling, and the top is really like the top of an Apple Crisp, sweet and crunchy full of brown sugar and butter. Yum! Yum!
When I bake apple desserts, I like to mix it up a bit, and will often use 2 or 3 different varieties of apples. I’ve included a really cool graphic here for you, that shows a sample of some of the wonderful varieties there are.
I went into the grocery store the other day to buy my apples, and I thought I was picking up a bag of McIntosh – but when I went to bake my pie, discovered they were Jersey Macs. Bon Appetit says the three best apples to bake with are Honeycrisp, Pink Lady and Mutsu – but I think it’s all personal choice and besides its fun to experiment!
Now I like a tart taste to my apple pies, so I always include fresh lemon juice and a little lemon zest. I also put in about half of the sugar that other recipes ask for. The reason for this is that apples are very sweet on their own and you want that flavour to come through in your dutch apple pie.
When slicing up your apples, try to cut the slices fairly thin and pile them up! I use 4 cups of peeled and sliced apples for only a 9” pie plate. That’s because the apples will cook down and you will still end up with a glorious mile high apple pie!
My daughter made one the other day – I was so proud! A lot of the recipes call for using Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and that’s great because they are so easy to use. However I had a batch of fresh buttery pastry made (just whipped it up in my little food processor) so I was all set. You can make some too, here is the recipe. I call it my Insanely Easy Pie Crust. Honestly it takes about 10 minutes. Promise!
How to Make Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust from Scratch
This is the fun part! I’ve set out the process step by step and it really is very easy. I think it’s much like the rugelach cookies I make during the holidays!
The whole cinnamon pastry thing is very nostalgic for me too. When we were kids, my Mom would take the leftover pastry from her pie baking and make us a delicious cinnamon roll just for us. And this pie crust tastes just as good!
You will need enough pie crust for a two crust pie. There will be a bit left over, but I usually just use it up in a separate cinnamon roll treat!
- Roll out the dough, and cut it into a rectangle.
- Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with a tablespoon of brown sugar and ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
- Starting at the long edge, roll the pastry, keeping it fairly tight. I needed two long rolls to fill my deep dish pie plate – I love this pie plate! It’s from Good Cooks, (you can see it when you click the link!) and it can stand up to anything I throw at it! I have a lovely red one at the trailer, and this white one, here in our small space in the city.
- Using a pastry cutter, slice the rolls into small pieces as show here and place them on a sheet of parchment paper. I follow the guide on my pastry sheet. (another link)
- Then place a sheet of parchment paper on top and pressing your rolling pin down firmly, roll it out. The little pieces will stick together. Peel off the top layer and quickly flip the pie crust into your well greased pie plate.
- Don’t worry if a few pieces don’t stick. Just put them in the pie plate and use your fingers to press them into place.
- Flute the edges, and brush the cinnamon roll pie crust with melted butter.
- Wrap it up in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
- Note: you can see the the finished pie crust is darker than normal and that’s due to the cinnamon mixed throughout!
Brown Sugar & Cinnamon on the pie crust
Little cinnamon rolls ready to become pie crust!
Completed pie crust, brushed with melted butter
Pile your sliced apples high!
Apple Streusel Topping with pats of butter
Your delicious finished Dutch Apple Pie
The whole cinnamon roll pie crust thing is very nostalgic for me too. When we were kids, my Mom would take the leftover pastry from her pie baking and make us a cinnamon pastry roll for us. And this pie crust tastes just as good!
This is THE most popular pie in our family now. I even make it as a gift for my brother and sister! Mark thinks adding raisins would make it a perfect pie. What do you think?
If you loved this Dutch Apple Pie With Streusel Topping recipe, then check out my other apple recipes!
Mom’s Apple Pie
Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp
Start with a delicious buttery Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust and Build this scrumptious Dutch Apple Pie on top! A perfect recipe for Beginner Bakers. Make it a family time, with apple peelers, and pie crust rollers! 🙂
Servings: 8 slices
Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust
Pastry for a two-crust pie
" pie plate
Dutch Apple Pie
cored & sliced apples
fresh lemon juice
fresh lemon zest
all purpose flour
Roll out the pastry in a rectangle
spread one side with 1/4 c brown sugar
spring 1 tsp of cinnamon on top of the brown sugar
Carefully roll the pastry along the long side and quite tightly
slice evenly - about 3/4" (don't measure!) and place each slice in the bottom of a 9" pie plate, pressing them in as you go to fill the sides and bottom.
Repeat with the second pie crust - you may not need all of it.
Mix the sliced apples, white sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, corn start in a large bowl, making sure the apples are well covered, then set aside.
In a separate bowl mix the brown sugar, flour, and butter - I use a pastry blender to evenly mix the butter.
Build the pie by placing the apple mixture in the bottom of the pie crust, pile it high in the centre, leaving room around the edges.
Spoon the brown sugar mixture all over it, again piling it high. The apples will cook down, so don't worry if it looks like too much topping.
Bake at 350F for 50 minutes or until golden and you can see the apples bubbling.
Let the pie cool, and serve with your favorite ice cream or freshly whipped cream. Enjoy! Note: prep time includes making pie crust and peeling apples.
A rainy weekend at the trailer, and with the change in the weather, I’m thinking comfort food and something sweet!
I think homemade anything is the best – and this is the BEST Salted Caramel Sauce recipe by far! And so easy to make too!
Salted caramel recipes are popular anytime. You can find salted caramel sauce recipes just about everywhere and there are some really good ones too! The sweet & salty flavor is so rich and creamy and really enhances just about anything.
What goes well with Salted Caramel?
Well, we use it on coffee cake, pancakes and now my newest recipe – Blueberry Pear & Walnut Galette. You can even make salted caramel candy!
Related: Ice Cream Sauce Trifecta – Chocolate, Strawberry and Caramel Sundae Sauces You Can Make at Home!
Now this salted caramel recipe uses heavy cream, the kind that has at least 35% milk fat.
I’ve been asked “can you make salted caramel sauce without cream?”
Yes, you can! Just substitute evaporated milk one for one if you wish.
This time I wanted to make something just a bit different, so I experimented with different flavors. The result is this thick caramel sauce recipe and the secret sauce is almond-flavored liqueur.
I used Amaretto Di Saronno, but I’m sure there are others. This salted caramel sauce recipe makes about a pint – and can be doubled to make more, which is what I will do the next time I make a batch.
I think these little jars of salted caramel sauce would make perfect gifts at Christmas time and for hostess gifts. I’ll use these cute little mason jars, like the ones shown here with twine ties around them. What do you think? You can click the link to get them for yourself!
Here is the Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe, just for you.
- 1 cup dark brown sugar – well packed
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tbsp. Amaretto (almond flavoured liqueur)
(Prep time – about 30 minutes):
- In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
- As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
- Remove from heat and add the liqueur
- Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
- Pour into glass jars for storage
- Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.
A delicious and easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe that makes up a thick sauce in minutes using heavy cream. We completely change the flavor with a hint of almond by adding almond liqueur, like Amaretto!
dark brown sugar
- well packed
almond flavored liqueur
In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
Remove from heat and add the liqueur
Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
Pour into glass jars for storage
Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.
I’ll admit it.
I absolutely love apple desserts.
Apple Pie, Apple Crisp, Apple Muffins, Apple Coffee Cake…
You get the idea, right?
And I also have a very limited amount of time to:
- Grocery Shop
So I thought this list of easy apple desserts would help.
And, with a little planning, this post is going to show you how to serve these delicious treats any time.
Yes, that’s right!
First, though we need to get your pantry in order. Don’t have a pantry? No problem!
Check out this post on how to set up a pantry – it’s been really popular, and has a shopping list printable for you to take to the store!
Basic Pantry Items
I find that stocking these basic pantry items all the time, keeps the fun in baking desserts.
No need to rush out to the store, and you can strike while the iron, er oven is hot. Right?
Here’s the instant download: Just click on it and you will have this amazing printable to help you stock your pantry.
And if it’s in the budget – an apple peeler.
I just got one of these little suckers, and I have to tell you it is such a time saver.
You can order one right here.
Okay. Now you are ready.
Let’s get baking these amazing Apple Desserts!
5 Quick & Easy Apple Recipes For Busy Moms
Mom’s Apple Crisp
Mom’s Apple Crisp:
Who doesn’t love a big bowl full of apple crisp, still warm from the oven! I often make it in these little ramekin style dishes, but you can still make this recipe in a 9 x 9 square pan. Because we want lots of leftovers, right?
Apple Pie Muffins
Apple Pie Muffins:
An easy apple pie muffin recipe that will become your GO TO for BREAKFAST! Healthy, wholesome, with homemade apple pie filling, a great freezer recipe.
Do you have a cast iron skillet? Then this will be your Go To recipe. A Pandowdy is similar to an Apple Cobbler and is the way they used to make apple pies, way back when, before we started making pie crust. The light biscuit dough gets dropped on top of the apples by spoonfuls, and of course everything bakes together and gets all happy and cozy.
Upside Down Apple Cake
Upside Down Apple Cake
You’ve heard about Pineapple Upside down Cake? Well now there is an apple version, and let me tell you, those deliciously baked apples are just bursting with brown sugar, cinnamon and look at that caramel sauce! Oh yeah.
Apple Pie Coffee Cake
Apple Pie Coffee Cake
Think Dutch Apple Pie meets coffee cake! The easiest recipe is right here! I call it Love In
Prep time for all of these desserts is less than 30 minutes, including peeling the apples!