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Ode to Cool Whip II

The big yellow one’s the SUN!  The big yellow one’s the SUN! ~ Brian Regan

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. ~ John Denver

Here comes the sun do do do do. ~ John Lennon

Send out your ray of sunshine ~Jason Mraz

La la la la lemon ~ Ernie from Sesame Street

If there is one food on this earth that evokes visions of sunshine and summertime, it is the lemon. Think of sipping iced cold lemonade on the beach on a hot summer day or devouring Italian lemon ices so cold your teeth shiver, but you have to eat it fast or it will melt all over your hand.

I love lemon flavored desserts.  When I was pregnant with my first child I craved broccoli (yeah good for you) and lemon meringue pie!  I had never eaten lemon meringue pie in my entire life before then. Since then lemon has become a favorite choice. I linger over lemon cheesecake.  I long for lemon cake with powdered sugar.  I love homemade lemon bars.  And yes, given the choice between chocolate cake and a lemon dessert, I will always choose the lemon. There is something light and refreshing about a lemon dessert.  Chocolate cake is delicious but can be overwhelming after a rich dinner.

Tonight we are going to our friends’ house for paella (mmmmmm). Again, I’m in charge of dessert. So for my second Ode to Cool Whip dessert I decided to make frozen lemonade pie. It’s light. It’s refreshing. It’s cold.  It’s easy. It’s lemony. It has Cool Whip!

I used about 8 oz of Cool Whip, a little bit more than half of a 12 oz can of frozen lemonade (the other half is for beach bound lemonade), and one 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk.  I blended them together using a hand mixer rather than the electric mixer my mother-in-law has that I swear is an original from 1908!

Next I scooped the lemony goodness into pre-made graham cracker pie shells and squeezed them into the over-packed freezer.  Truly, the only difficult part of making this dessert was trying to find the sweetened condensed milk in the grocery store.  Later I will garnish my pies with twists of fresh lemon, but right now I’m headed to the beach with some lemonade.

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