Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lemonade Pie

It’s been one of those mornings…

I woke up to a critter caught in between the fan blades of the vent-a-hood that hangs over the gas cook top in the kitchen.  After the initial shock of an animal being stuck in this contraption, the awful scratching noise it made, I wondered how the h_ll it wiggled itself two stories down in the first place.  These things are determined.  We had just spent an afternoon filling in all the gaps in the roof to get rid of the pesky squirrel living above the second guest bedroom upstairs.  And now we must have a mouse or a rat, something absolutely disgusting, stuck in my kitchen.  MY KITCHEN!  Luckily my hubby was home and my big sister, the retired cop, is in town – they could help me deal with the situation if worse came to worse and I were to pass out.  I’m not prone to passing out, but you never know. 
 We started to take apart the massive vent-a-hood (see photo below)

 it took all three of us holding it and unscrewing – trying to get to the fan.  Of course, I got to hold the end where the animal would come out.  After much deliberation, I decided maybe we should put this giant paint bucket under the hood for the little thing to fall in.  Maybe that’d be better than it falling into my face or on my body or anywhere near me.  We agreed and we set the trap.  When the final screw came out and he pulled that last part off the fan to reveal the culprit, who by the way was still making that god awful noise, rushing and putting a lid over the top, hubby rushes it out the door.  What was it you ask?
It was one of those awful black grackle birds that we all hate so much. After I finished jumping up and down repeatedly, ew ew ew. Hubby had to untangle the birds foot from the fan blade before the thing went sailing off free as a ….
I’m sure it’s over in the Tom Thumb parking lot waiting to crap on my car, but my hope is it went north for a cool summer because we all know it’s hot as hell down here in Texas. 
... And after all is said and done, we had to put everything back together - minus our third person.  My sister had a plane to catch so we took a quick break to run her down to Love Field and catch the flight home.  Back at it, we managed to balance the weight between the two of us straining with the glass, plugging in cords, screwing it to the top of the ceiling.  But always the klutz, I ended up slicing my hand with the freaking screw driver and ran off to the bathroom bleeding, while hubby held the entire thing up solo and managed to finish the rest of the assemble without me.  He’s my hero!
Thankfully, my darling vent-a-hood is all put back together again, a little wounded, a little scratched but it works!

In honor of such a rotten, sour day I've taken "when life gives you lemons make lemonade," to a whole new level - Lemonade PIE! 

Pie makes everything better!! 

The Players!

Mix partially thawed lemonade with sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl. Fold in the whipped topping and
pour into a graham cracker pie crust.  
Zest 1 lemon and sprinkle zest over the top of the pie.  
Place in freezer until frozen, about 5 hours or over night.

This is a very refreshing desert.  Hurry, this melts fast!

It is very creamy.

Holland thinks it's yummy!

Hey, I got a thumbs upfrom Holland, it must be good!

The Recipe:

Lemonade Pie

1 14oz. can Sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
1 12oz. container of whipped topping
1 6 oz. can of frozen lemonade
1 graham cracker crust
1 lemon, zested

Partially thaw lemonade, add condensed milk and mix well.
Fold in the whipped topping.  Pour into pie shell, zest the lemon and add the zest over the top of the pie. Put into the freezer and freezer for 4-5 hours or overnight.

Happy Eating!

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