A Pie That Changed My Life

5 years ago I saw the movie Waitress for the first time. I liked it. I wouldn’t say I loved it, but it did make me want to make a pie from scratch–AND that one pie did change my life.

It made me wake up at dawn to practice my pie crust every week. It made me give pie away to others. It made me work with my hands, my brain, and most importantly, my heart. It made me look at my world in a whole new way, through my tastebuds.

It made me want to live a whole pie life–AND I do. Any time I doubt who I am, or why I exist, all I have to do is make a pie and remember when I decided to actually start living and licking all my pie plates clean. 

What was the pie that changed my life forever? The Falling In Love Chocolate Mousse Pie from Waitress. It helped me fall in love with cooking, no telling what it might do for you? 


Falling In Love Chocolate Mousse Pie


9 inch baked pie crust

1  14oz can of condensed milk

2/3 cup of water

1  4 serving package of cook and serve chocolate pudding

 1 oz. of unsweetened dark chocolate

1 pint of whipping cream


In a saucepan, combine condensed milk, pudding, water and mix well.

Over medium heat, add chocolate and stir until melted. Whisk the mixture until it thickens.

Remove from heat. Cool then put in fridge to chill throughly (an hour is good).

Stiffly whip cream using a mixer. 

Fold whipped cream into chilled pudding mixture and beat until smooth.

Scoop into pie crust. Put it in the fridge and chill until set.


Mother’s Day Strawberry Pie!


I have a little pie hobby and it was recently featured on Hallmark’s Think.Make.Share blog (Yay!)


If you’re looking for a trustworthy strawberry pie recipe– check it out! It’s great for all the special people in your life– especially you. I also give some crust tips, because as we all know, crust can be oh so tricky.

National Pie Day or the day I ate pie for every meal.

January 23rd is National Pie Day (I didn’t make it up I swear!)

So to celebrate I decided to eat homemade pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Here’s my day of pie!

Breakfast: A tiny strawberry pie.


Lunch: Sugar Cookie Pie (4 inches. Getting a little bigger!) and a warm steamed milk.



Dinner: A pie created just for tonight! Spaghetti Pie with a Pillsbury garlic breadstick “pie” crust.






So yummy and so easy!


Happy Pie Day to Everyone!

the infamous litton’s pie

as part of our pie crawl in knoxville, the one place that kept coming up for a go to place for pie was litton’s.  litton’s is a knoxville institution that has been around since the 1940s, specializing in burgers and baked goods.  steph, john and i timed our pie adventure there poorly because their coconut pie, which has been featured in better homes and gardens, was all sold out for tailgating.

as a second batch of family was here the weekend, we hit up litton’s for lunch and this time they had pie.  dad and i split a slice of the famous coconut pie.  i would give it 3 stars out of 4.  crust was definitely prebought, size of slice was adequate, and unlike the last piece of coconut pie i recently ordered, wasn’t too sweet, nice combination of consistency and taste.  but definitely not mind-blowing pie.

i don’t know why pie is such a frustrating experience in knoxville.  i couldn’t even get a good pic of the piece of pie.  i’m starting to blame the south as a whole.  all they seem to want is banana pudding.  the midwest i’m beginning to conclude is the king of pie making in america.