Blueberry Lemon Pie

2014-07-09_004 This pie. My goodness. I've been making it every summer since the boys were born. Every year I can't wait until the first batch of blueberries to make it. This year, I made it with our very own blueberries picked from our back yard. What a good feeling it is to walk outside to your own three blueberry bushes and pick enough to make a pie!

If you love blueberries and lemon this is a must try. It is essentially a no-bake pie (you just bake the crust for a few minutes) making it a cool and creamy treat--perfect for a hot summer's day.

Enjoy!

Blueberry Lemon Pie

Ingredients Needed: 1 package of graham crackers, crumbed* 1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter, melted 8 oz cream cheese 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup powdered sugar 3.4oz package lemon instant pudding mix 2 tsp grated lemon rind 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 pint blueberries 2 tbs blueberry preserves 1 cup whipping cream

1. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.

2. Press evenly in bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake pie crust at 350 for 8 minutes. Cool completely.

3. Beat cheese, milk, and powdered sugar until creamy.

4. Add pudding mix, rind, and juice. Beat until blended.

5. Spread half of mixture into crust.

6. Stir together blueberries and preserves, spread evenly over lemon mixture.

7. Spread remaining lemon mixture over blueberry mixture. Cover and chill 2 hours.

8. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form and spread around out edge of pie forming a decorative border.

*Since I was short on time I bought pre-made graham cracker crusts, baked it, and then made the filling. So easy and a great pie to make on a summer day since you only have to bake the crust and you serve it cold.

I originally found this recipe at the blog, As Seen Through the Eye Of . . .

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Team Us: Marriage Together {A Review & Giveaway}

"You guys are going to make a great team," Mr. Paul told my soon-to-be-husband, Josh, when he shared the news of our engagement. Mr. Paul was a man we respected and someone we'd both worked for during our days in college. His remark about our impending marriage stuck with me more than anyone else's response to our engagement news. It was a complement for the here and now and a challenge for the future. You're going to make a great team has stuck with me all these years as the way I envisioned my marriage and wanted it to function practically. And the mentality of teamwork has proven to be one of the most important values we've experienced the past ten years of marriage.

So it was with excitement that I read my long-time friend and fellow writer's newest book, Team Us: Marriage Together. I first became acquainted with author, Ashleigh Slater, during my early blogging days way back in 2005 or 2006. Later I worked with her in a more professional capacity writing for her website, Ungrind. And we even got to meet in real life once! So it was with great joy I read her first in-print book!

Team Us is a book from a Christian perspective about building a marriage "team." It reads very conversationally, like Ashleigh is having a chat with you over coffee. It doesn't present itself as having all of the answers to the struggles of marriage or knowing "the right" way to do marriage. Instead, it's more of a chronicle of the Slater's own marriage and what they've learned along the way to help their marriage "team" grow together. It almost reads like a marriage memoir. It is lighthearted and humorous in tone that makes it easy to read, even while also dealing with weightier issues like job loss, depression, and grief.

I think the book's strength is in dealing with communication within marriage. This shows up through out the book no matter what the topic, whether it's conflict or parenting. You can tell the Slaters work hard on respectful communication and Ashleigh gives some practical techniques on how to make this happen, like the use of the "communication sandwich," which is basically sandwiching a criticism between praise and affirmation and giving the person the benefit of the doubt instead of assuming motives and going in for an attack.

One thing that makes the book unique is there are "Ted Says" sections where Ashleigh's husband, Ted, shares his perspective on a subject or what Ashleigh has shared. Each chapter also ends with discussion questions called "Us Time" to foster reflection for an individual reader or a couple reading it together.

Check out Ashleigh's website for more information about the book!

I’m giving away one copy! To enter to win, please comment with why you'd like to read Team Us. I’ll choose the winner randomly and announce on Friday, July 11th.

Update: The winner is comment #13, Dani! Please email me through the contact form your full name and address and the book will be sent to you. Congratulations!

This contest is now closed.