Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cool Summer Treats + More Zydeco Fun

The heat is on in Cajun country and one way that I've found to beat the heat is to hang out by the pool and sip a refreshing frozen drink and eat a yummy cold dessert. This fab recipe for Lemon Icebox Pie is just such a dessert. It was my dear Godmother's recipe and making it always brings back fond childhood memories of eating it over at her house on lazy summer afternoons. So easy to make and out of this world, cher! Enjoy!

 Nanny's Lemon Icebox Pie

2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs        
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
6 tbs.'s butter, melted

In medium bowl, combine the graham crackers, sugar, and salt. Stir in the butter and mix well. Transfer to a 9 inch pie pan and press evenly across bottom and sides to make a crust. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely.


3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
21 ounces (1 1/2 (14 oz.) cans)  sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
In large mixing bowl, whisk together the first 3 ingredients. Pour evenly into the prepared crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool completely and cover and chill for 4 hours.


2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar

Beat whipping cream in medium bowl with electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spoon over chilled pie and garnish with lemon slices.

I'm also including a few my favorite frozen drink recipes which are also guaranteed to cool you down on a hot summer day. Cheers!

Frozen Strawberry Daquiris

2 cups fresh strawberries
1 (6 0z. can frozen lemonade concentrate, undiluted)
3 0z.'s light rum
2 tbs.'s fresh lime juice
1 tbs. sugar
1 cup crushed ice

Blend all ingredients with ice in blender and pour into a tall glass and garnish with fresh fruit. Makes 2  Recipe may be increased for a crowd.

Frozen Pina Coladas

1 1/2 oz. light rum
2 oz. cream of coconut
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 cup fresh frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup crushed ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy! Serve in your favorite cocktail glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge. Warning: These can be addicting!

Will be sharing these at ~
See Ya in the Gumbo~Potluck @ Ms. EnPlace

 More Zydeco Fun

Here's another little clip that I took at the festival of the crowd dancing to Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys at the fais do do. There are several of my friends in this clip who were really "cutting the rug". You know who you are. This one's for ya'll!

Wishing ya'll a fun and fabulous summer weekend! Merci beaucoup for coming by!


Big Dude said...

The pie and the drink both seem perfect fot a hot day, but not so sure about the dancing

Linda Starr said...

oh that lemon pie looks so good, dancing only early am or late evening.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Love these "summer" pies. Delicious!

Year on the Grill

Lynnie @ Ramblings from Vintage Gal said...

Hi, Thank you so much for joining my site and so nice to meet you. I can't handle Cajun food but the pie and drinks sound fabulous.

cloudia charters said...

always a gracious and pleasant visit, dear

Enjoy your weekend!
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GardenCentre said...

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Helena Halme said...

Those frozen pina coladas look delicious! Even though winter has returned to the UK again, these will keep us happy in the rain for the Queen's Jubilee! xx

Helena Halme said...

Meant to also say that your blog always makes me so happy! I want to go dancing now! xx

Velva said...

I can definitely dig a frozen drink and dessert by the pool! You obviously know how to stay cool.


Pooch Purple Reign said...

awesome fun ! that pie is so pretty !
~laura x

Connie said...

I love this pie recipe, Yummy and thank you. It is perfect for warm summer evening cook-outs. Hey, check out Steve's Motorcycle Rocking Horse that he built for his granddaughter. Over at:
It's pretty darn cool. Thanks again for this great pie . . . we love pie around here, Connie :)

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

That lemon ice box pie is to die for cher!

Six Sisters said...

The lemon pie is one I want to add to my 'love' list! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

MM said...

I love family recipes. Thanks for sharing your Godmother's Lemon Pie. Perfect for cooling off in this heat.

Thanks for linking up!

Kittie Howard said...

I'm not much for cakes, but, pies - can't resist a slice of pie, especially anything with lemon.

Sorry to take a bit to get back to you -- the first explorers (Spanish) reached southern LA in 1528. Resistance from the Chitimacha Indians but disease from European contact followed, numbers decreased. My grandmother's people came from Alcase Lorraine (sp.), unto itself at the time, but according to her spoke French. They were trappers, older teenagers when they got passage on a ship and were off. Whether this was a French or Spanish ship, I don't know. Come to find out, the reporter who called - he and his parents (Cajun French first language) had lived next to my great-grandmother and heard from her some of the same stories (in French) I'd heard in English (from her or Ma). Hence, he knew where to look for his book, but needs more stories. Could've knocked me over with a feather!

Locally, a tornado touched down not far from us during that bad weather. Lots of flash flooding in VA and MD. Dry now, rain forecast but none to speak of lately.