When Life Gives You Lemons…

April 26, 2017

…bake lemon pie!

I mean, come on: pie is way yummier than lemonade anyway.

I’m still completely blown away by the response to my last post about resigning from my dance team coaching job. At one point on Monday, I could see that I had almost as much traffic on my site in that moment as I had in an entire day on my busiest day ever. All the support everyone left for me in the comments, on Facebook, and on Instagram just made my heart so happy. I am wholly encouraged knowing so many others have been through similar heartache when they found themselves in the right place at the wrong time.

In honor of all that, some optimism was definitely in order. It was time to literally turn the “lemons” in my life into something much sweeter.

If you’re going to bake a lemon pie, you should probably bake THIS ONE from Joanna Gaines. Oh. My. Lord. It’s really so, so delicious. We tried the recipe out for Easter brunch this year, and it was so good, we’ve made it two more times since then.

Full disclosure: in case you’ve forgotten, Easter was a little over a week ago. I checked the calendar and figured out Mike and I baked three lemon pies in seven days. I think this is one of those rare occasions when being an adult is just as awesome as five year old me hoped it would be!

Yellow is my favorite color, so I’m also obsessed with how this pie looks. It’s such a gorgeous pastel shade of lemony goodness!

Every time we’ve made this recipe, we’ve had extra filling left over; this time, I decided to try my hand at making some little tartlets. I mixed up some extra graham cracker crust (about 7-8 squares with 2 tbsp melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar) and pressed it into a mini muffin tin. After baking the crust for 4 minutes, I added a small scoop of the filling and baked for 4 more minutes. They were a little tough to pop out of the tin (next time I’ll use more nonstick spray), but other than that, it worked like a charm. I will definitely make these the next time I’m hosting a party. They were the perfect little bite of sweetness.

As I looked to the future with the glass half full, I decided a little crafting was in order. Like this graphic? You can download the printable in my new Etsy shop for just $1. It would be a great card to go along with a gift of a lemon pie to a friend or family member who needs some encouragement…or maybe you want to put it somewhere handy to remind yourself to stay optimistic whenever life gets hard, as it inevitably does.

I hope your life hasn’t been too “lemony” lately…but if it has, maybe some lemon pie will lift your spirit like it did mine. Enjoy!

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