Mile High Lemonade Pie and A Tribute

I want to pay tribute to my very first best friend ever, Katrina Bryant.  You see she was taken from us way to early and I have not been the same since.  I have a special place in my heart for her and I was blessed to have her part of my life.  Her great grandmother lived beside us and we met when she came down to visit.  We were 3 or 4 years old at the time we first met and became friends after that. She would visit her Nana quite often through the years.  I remember the summers the most.  We would be outside all day long playing and would not come in until it was dark.  That is of course after we caught lightning bugs! Back in those days we found things to entertain us because we had no choice.  There were only cartoons on Saturday morning, Friday night videos, and no video games unless you were lucky to have Atari. We rode bikes, played games, just did whatever we could do.  One of the things we used to do every so often was set up a lemonade stand.  We would set it up by the road and wait patiently for whoever would come. Most of the time we drank it all and moved on to something else. Boy did we have fun.  I have many fond memories of my days with her.  Trina was one of a kind, she always had a smile on her face and a laugh in her heart.  If there was anything you ever needed she would be right there.  I currently live in the same neighborhood that I grew up on, I am so glad I am raising my kids here.  They will never know what fun we had but at least I can give them a little piece of it. 
Katrina's Junior Prom Picture

The day I heard of her passing was one of the hardest days of my life.  I could not believe she was gone.  I thought of all the things I wanted to say but it was too late.  I know in my heart she knew what she meant to me.  Lesson learned, tell the ones you love how much they mean to you, one day you may be too late.

Katrina with her mom and brother Patrick!

A few months ago I started to think an awful lot about her and her mother, Debbie.  I think of them often but this was a little different, almost scary.  Debbie crossed my mind all day long everyday for about two weeks or so.  I also felt that something (or someone) was waking me up at night.  One day I happened to be on facebook and I saw a couple of people send her a message that they were praying and thinking about her.  I immediately sent her a message and was frantically wondering what was wrong.  She did not immediately answer.  Well it turns out she had to have open heart surgery.  Once I found that out and I knew she was ok the nagging feeling subsided. I know this may sound crazy to some but I do think Trina was trying to reach out to me because of her mom. 

The month of June brings her birthday, I have always remembered her special day.  I wanted to honor her and let the whole world know what a special person she was.  My life would not have been the same without her in it, even if she was taken from us early I know she is one of God's angels watching over us. Happy Birthday Trina!

This pie I saw on  Southern Bite just the other day. I had been struggling with what that special recipe was going to be for this post.  Immediately I knew that this was the one! This pie was so simple to throw together.  Would be a great addition to a potluck or cookout this summer.  I hope you get to try this recipe soon. 

Served Up With Love!

Mile High Lemonade Pie
  • 24 oz Cool Whip (3 – 8oz containers)
  • 2 – 14oz cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 -12oz can frozen lemonade concentrate (or limeade)
  • 2 graham crackers crusts
NOTE: This recipe can be divided in half quite successfully if you’re looking to do only one pie.
  1. In a large bowl, stir sweetened condensed milk into Cool Whip. (Do this by hand, DO NOT use a mixer – an electric mixer can cause the Cool Whip to fall which will result in a dense or even runny pie.)
  2. Next, fold in lemonade concentrate.
  3. Divide between two pie crusts and chill for at least 3 hours. 

Happy Birthday Katrina, we all miss you!  Until we meet again........

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