I’ve mentioned before that I spent my growing up years on a farm in Montana. I was the generation smack dab in the middle ~ and happier than a clam! Our house was in the middle of the yard ~ with Grandma & Grandpa on one side and my brother and his cute little family on the other.
Rural farm living had its idiosyncrasies, though. Some of them had to do with location and others were just the way things were back then ~ things like tvs with rabbit ear antennas and… party line telephones!
Do you even know what that means?
Not only did our phone have a dial with numbers on the front, it also hung on the wall, and the line was attached to 3 other “parties”. One was my Grandparents’ phone and the other was a neighbor up the road. Each of us had a unique ring, and when one of the other parties was on the phone talking, you could pick up the receiver and listen in. We kids loved the game of trying to catch our long-winded neighbor on the phone. Her conversations were well seasoned with swear words ~ which always made us giggle.. resulting in more swear words. Yep. Cheap thrills on the farm!:)
The party line thing became quite annoying, though, when you really needed to make a call and you couldn’t access your line. My parents and grandparents came up with a solution to at least be able to communicate between our homes easier. Back in those days, I’m sure it seemed incredibly high tech. Normally used in offices, they discovered an intercom system that would reach from house to house.
We could buzz and talk to each other whenever we jolly well felt like it. No party line could stop us now.
There was nothing more exciting on a hot summer day than getting a message from Grandma on the intercom saying, “The strawberry pie is ready! Come on over for a piece…”
It was a special treat that is the taste of summer to me.
It was the first pie I ever made, and the dough is a brilliant “cheat”. No rolling or pinching required.
This time around, I used a square “pie plate”. My pie pans are buried in a box already packed for the next move.
It seems that the shape of the container doesn’t make any difference in this case. Call it “Strawberry Pie Bars” or Strawberry Pie ~ either way, you’ll find it disappears quickly!:)
PS. And a few extra tips for the road: You can make this pie using a pre-made pie shell that you bake off if you prefer. It’s also yummy as strawberry pie tarts. Purchase the pre-made tart shells, bake them, and put a small amount of strawberries and sauce in each one. Serve on cute wooden round platters and they will be a HIT at your next large group event or family reunion!
- ½ cup melted butter
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1½ cups flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Filling Sauce:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 package strawberry jello
- For the crust, mix thoroughly the melted butter and milk. Then add flour, sugar, and salt. Pat into pie pan. Prick with a fork and bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cool.
- For the sauce, cook together water, sugar, and cornstarch until clear, then add 1 package strawberry jello. Cool. Pour over 1 pint sliced fresh strawberries in crust. Chill before cutting into pieces.
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