The Case of the Missing Strawberries

strawberries in wooden basket

I had this fantastic plan (for about three hours) today.

I had a bunch of beautiful, ripe, delicious strawberries and a grand plan for a little strawberry pie.

I was going to crush those ripe berries.  I knew I needed about 1 cup of sugar and 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.

Put that in a pot on the stove, add in those berries, and cook until transparent.

Add in some whole berries that were washed and hulled.

Let it cool slightly and pour into a baked 9″ pie shell.

Let it set in the fridge to chill.

Grab that pie and top it with sweetened whipped cream spiked with a smidgen of vanilla extract.

Delicious.

Easy.

And definitely not happening today.

Those strawberries were far too appealing to someone else in my household.  They disappeared quietly and quickly.

Okay, so I can’t blame that someone.  Fresh strawberries are always tempting.

Likely there wasn’t truly enough for even a little pie.

It also is nice to hear, “I’m sorry I ate all the strawberries.  They were just too delicious.

But a girl can dream…

…of pie.

…of strawberries.

There’s nothing wrong with that.

I’m also certain there’s not a better gift in the world than something from the garden, well-tended, and given with absolute generosity.  It melts my heart every time.


Do you have a favorite recipe for fresh strawberries?  I’d love to hear about it while I daydream of strawberry pie.

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  • I had almost the same dream only to be foiled also! I dreamed of fresh strawberries in my smoothie. Opened the fridge only to discover my strawberries were not so fresh. Had purchased them before vacay. Waaaaa!!! Your pie sounds divine. Hope you can buy two quarts next time and hide one away for pie.

    • Oh no! Leslie that is no fun to find out your strawberries went bad. I’m lucky enough to have a really big sweetheart that has gifted me lots and lots of strawberry jam (and strawberry rhubarb, and strawberry kiwi), so I just made some biscuits and was happy as a clam. A smoothie sounds much healthier. I never even thought to make a smoothie!