It’s officially Spring! Spring spring spring spring. It just feels so good. And Spring brings so much gooooooood with it: seeing the cherry blossoms, picnics in the park, budding flowers, baseball games, hiking, airing out the house with fresh spring air. So much to look forward to! This past week, my family had a get together at my mom’s house on Bainbridge Island, and you could feel Spring everywhere! The sun was out, and we were feelin’ goooood. Look at that blooming tree!


It was warm enough to let the dogs get muddy play with the hose…


Oh, and the horses!! Can’t forget about these trouble makers. Iktomi is very interested in my camera.


Whenever we get together, everyone is in charge of making something for the meal. It makes it more fun when everyone contributes their talents. For a couple weeks in advance, we are all on a big group text message, giving suggestions, brainstorming, pairing flavors. We all have our favorite recipes that each family member makes, and certain ones are requested for every. single. get-together. (Chicken wings, mom? 🙂 ) I have become the pie baker in our clan. I’m not exactly sure when that happened, but somewhere along the road, pie requests started flooding in from my siblings and parents, and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. This time, Key Lime pie was requested from each person. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s citrusy and refreshing, the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and in my opinion, the perfect dessert for a warm Spring day. The best part about it? It’s as easy as pie. Literally. Such a quick prep, minimal baking time, and is best served chilled so you can make it in advance. Now, what could be bad about that? You will need:

3/4 cup lime juice

5 egg yolks

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Here’s how you make it~

Start with the crust, which is just the recipe for a graham cracker pie crust on the back of a box.  Combine the ingredients, and press the crust into your favorite pie dish.

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Next, in one mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, condensed milk, and lime juice. I like my pie extra tart, so I add a leeeeeeettle extra lime juice, about 3/4 cups, but 1/2 cup will be just perfect.

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Once that is all mixed together, pour your filling into the graham cracker pie crust, and voila! Now it just needs to bake, and I barely lost any time bonding with the fam. Perfect.



Finley loves to help. He’s a pro in the kitchen…


So! In it goes, to a preheated 375* oven for 15 minutes. That’s it! Just enough time to wash the dishes you used and return your kitchen to an orderly state. Once it comes out, let it cool down, maybe by an open window, you know, all movie-like and stuff. Garnish your homemade deliciousness with some lime wedges, and maybe some cool whip, and sit down with your loved ones to enjoy.



See the little crumbs I got onto the pie? Yep. Did I mean to do that? Nope. Does it matter? Not one bit! Because it is homemade and that’s what makes it charming!

Now, back outside to get a little more sunshine and to catch up with these darlings. Don’t worry Dad, you were greatly missed, but here in spirit. (He lives in San Diego!)



After much much laughter, and memories made, it was time to catch the Ferry back to the city. A wonderful spring day, the first of many this season. Ahhh, Seattle, your a beaut. Until next time, enjoy these upcoming glorious days, {even the rainy ones!} and happy pie baking!

xx, Lael


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