For My Sweetie Pie

This pie started on September 8, 1995. That’s the night I opened my eyes to see an engagement ring, in one of those little boxes, held out over a Key Lime Pie. Here’s a photo of us taken earlier that day, before the engagement, by Joseph’s Dad from the kitchen window. We’re sitting by the pool, and my face says it all. There was nowhere else I wanted to be. It’s the same today–16 years and 43 days later. He asked me that evening at his parents’ dinner table. He polished silver serving dishes and sent his family to the high school football game. He made chicken. I was wearing navy blue. He played our song on the CD player. But I especially remember the Key Lime Pie. It came from Publix (the grocery store–for you Yankees), and it looked beautiful with that ring over it. I said yes. Without hesitation. Yes.

We called everyone we knew. We planned an August wedding. My mom began testing out Key Lime recipes for the wedding reception, which we decided would be all desserts. We like desserts, and I didn’t anyone at my wedding having to ask, “Is this shellfish?” or “Do you think they have more meatballs in the back?”

My mom made so many Key Lime pies that my family grew weary of them, but we definitely had delicious Key Lime Pie at our wedding reception!

My Joseph loves lime. He likes it in his cocktails, his cookies, his candy, and his pie. So tonight, I made him a Key Lime Pie to let him know that I’d say  yes all over again. A hundred times over.

There were a couple of new experiences for me with this pie, but the main one was ZESTING.

Last year, my mom gave us all these cool grater sets for Christmas.

Mine stayed in the package until today. Hey, don’t judge! They sell grated cheese in the store…but NOT lime zest. So I zested. I think. I just really tried not to put finger zest in that pie. The recipe (from Joe’s Crab Shack in Miami Beach) called for the zest of two limes. I zested. It smelled good. I worked hard. There were tiny green shards in the bowl. Seemed like lots of work for tiny, tiny, amounts of lime zest. Anyway, I did my best.

Next, you had to whip in 3 egg yolks for 5 minutes. That’s a long time to hold a mixer if you haven’t gotten your other ingredients ready. Enter 7-year-old helper.  Max did a great job holding on to the mixer while I hunted down Key Lime juice. The brand is called Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Juice and it smells fantastic! I also added sweetened condensed milk and blended for almost 10 minutes.

Then you just pour it into a pre-baked graham cracker crust and bake it for only 10 minutes. Seems hard to believe that something so good could happen so fast, but it happens all the time…

My husband and I had only known each other for 2 and a half months when he proposed. Something so good happened so fast!

Right now, the pie is cooling. There’s a homemade whipped cream topping, but I’m not supposed to make that until right before I serve the pie. I think the pie looked pretty without it, but you KNOW I’m gonna add whipped cream. After it cools a bit, it’ll stay in the fridge for several hours or overnight, depending on how long we can stand to wait. Happy Pie, my dear!

13 days to go–38 pies made as of today.

3 thoughts on “For My Sweetie Pie

  1. Johann Reid says:

    You had a really good example for the 2 1/2 month courtship. Your Dad gave me a ride home from the bowling alley(we were both on company bowling teams) to my apartment in October. We went out a couple of times with some of his friends(saw the movie ‘Imitation of Life’ with Lana Turner and some other old movie stars when there was a drive-in theater on Broad Street in Richmond about where the Outback Steak house is now) in November. He came home with me at Christmas time to meet the family and gave me a diamond. We were married on December the 31st. Shared the ups and downs of 5 children and 50 years and 6 months. I would readily do it all again!! AND I liked your all dessert reception and all the key lime stuff.Thanks to you and Joseph for being great kids and getting me 2 really great grandkids.

  2. joyce norton says:

    Wow! We were really slow in our courtship compared to you guys! Of course, I was only 15 years old when we got married on June 22, 1962, so we were dating when I was 14 years old-guess we needed to make sure, and we DID! It has been a wonderful marriage of almost 50 years, and if I had known how great it would be—-I would have married him when I was 10 years old—I wasted 5 years of not being with him. We actually got together the 1st time on December 31st 1959 (I was 12 years old) at a MYF Christmas Party in Blackstone after I had returned from my sister, Johann and Frank’s wedding in NC. But alas, it took him another year and a half to get back to me!!! He had an appointment with Uncle Sam in the meantime–U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. We did some eye courting in church when he was home on leave, ( don’t think his Mom was too thrilled about him being interested in a 14 year old!! Ha! but we persevered) and on May of 1961 after the church lawn party when he finally took me home, gave me a great good night kiss and the rest is history. Almost 50 years later, plus 2 wonderful children, theirs spouses and one great grandchild-Matthew! I would definately do it all over again–minus the death of our son Trey. I would love to still have him to love here on earth, but I know we’ll see him again in heaven. It’s been a great ride!!

  3. Lorraine Harrison says:

    It’s a wonderful thing to know you are with the right person. I remember the first time I met the two of you together at the java house. I remember thinking how in love you were. You still look that way. Love you guys

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