Guest Post: My Favorite Summer Pie

Today’s guest post comes from Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert. Her blog is about saving room for the best parts of life.

Hi! My name is Tricia and I’m a Fredericksburg Virginia blogger. That almost sounds like an introduction made at an AA meeting or something but if you want to get right down to it, blogging is a type-of addiction, or at the very least, addictive. We all blog for some reason but I can’t tell you in JUST a few words why I love it so much. Maybe we thrive on collecting virtual friends from all over the world, maybe we need a creative outlet and a way to express ourselves, and maybe some of us are compulsive bakers. I probably fall somewhere in all of the above categories and so many more.

I was contacted by the lovely and talented Tinsley, foodie contributor of Virginia Bloggers and half of the husband wife blogging team behind CookingShorts. Tinsley wanted to know if I would do a guest post on my favorite summer pie. In 2011 I posted a pie a week for the entire year and ended up with 52 different, wonderfully delicious desserts, and a lot of new friends. Each Sunday my grown children and their friends would stop by to see what I had made, and what they could take home. To each of them I am grateful because instead of 10 extra pounds it would have been 30 or 40 if we had not shared. Please stop by and check out the list of all 52 pies!

So … I’ve thought a lot about summer pies and spent a lot of time trying to pick just one favorite. But in the end I went with Key Lime Pie. Key Lime Pie reminds me of vacations at the beach and icy cold Margaritas. This pie is incredibly simple to make with a bold flavor that is tangy and tart, sweet and fresh. The filling is so smooth you’ll want to savor each and every bite. This pie tastes like summer!


Key Lime Pie

Graham Cracker Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups crushed graham crackers (one whole wax paper package – not a whole box)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • 1 can (14 ounce) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup fresh key lime juice
  • Zest of one key lime

Sweetened Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

 Click here for step-by-step instructions.

I hope you get a chance to make this pie and hope you enjoy as much as we do.

Here are a few of our other summer favorites:

Blueberry Pie

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Summer Berry Pie

Blackberry Pie –

Margarita Pie w/ pretzel crust

Fresh Peach Pie

Thanks so much for allowing me this opportunity to visit with you! Come see us!


Guest Blogger: A T-Shirt and Pearls

Hi there! I am Sarah from over at A T-Shirt and Pearls. A T-Shirt and Pearls is a collection of my musings on fashion, decorating, cooking, entertaining, and life in general. I have a little something for everyone, so stop on by and check things out. Hopefully you’ll find something you like and stay awhile. You can also link up with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest via my blog.

I live with my husband, Britt, in Richmond, VA. We met while attending Randolph-Macon College and decided to stick around. It was an amazing decision and we love our little home and life in the suburbs of Richmond.

While I have you here, I wanted to share an upcoming event that is happening right near my Alma Mater, in the quaint little town of Ashland, VA. The event is called Deck the Halls and is taking place on Sunday, December 2 from 11-4. I am so super excited for this event and have already gathered a group of girlfriends to go with me. I hope some of you will join us there!

Deck the Halls is a fundraiser for Hilliard House. Hilliard House provides housing and supportive services for homeless women and children (up to age 18) for a stay of up to one year. Their mission is to provide support and services to these families in order to build their capacity to go out and live productively in the community (information from So, in a nutshell, this event is for a really good cause. I encourage you to check out their website to learn more about their programs and ways you can volunteer.

Deck the Halls is an outdoor event on a historic farm in Ashland. The cost of your ticket allows you to make as many fresh Christmas decorations as you can carry! {I have had two third floor apartments in my life and I have learned how to carry a lot, like bags from my fingertips to shoulders…two trips are for weaklings. So, I plan to make and carry a lot of good Christmas decorations!} They will provide you with a variety of fresh cut greenery: pine, cedar, hemlock, fraser fir, holly, nandina, boxwood and more and all of the greenery is from local farms! They will also have bows, wreath forms, wire, clippers, gloves, and anything else you need for your wreath making adventures. There will be garden club volunteers there to help you with your creations incase you are not very crafty, which I am not. While you are there you can visit the warm and cozy Big Red Barn for holiday treats, cocoa, and live music. There will also be pre-made greens and other goodies for sale.

The cost for all of this is only $25 (!!!) but get your tickets now because after Thanksgiving the ticket price increases to $30. Still a good deal, but why not save yourself $5?! For all of the details on this event and to purchase your tickets you can click here. You can also visit the Facebook page for Deck the Halls here.

This will be my first time at Deck the Halls and I am excited to fill my home with the smell of fresh greens all while helping a great organization. Make sure to check back on my blog because I will be posting pictures of the event and all of my goodies I create…hopefully they will be worthy of sharing and not a hot mess! See you soon!

Sarah @ A T-Shirt and Pearls

Event Announcement! Meet Up @ Kabab Grille

Hey bloggers!

Come join the Virginia Bloggers at Kabab Grille in Richmond on August 4th at 1:00 PM for a #VAis4Bloggers meet-up, where we will feast on authentic halal Pakistani (Punjabi) dishes prepared especially for us by the creative, and award-winning kitchen.

Kabab Grille has offered us a 50% discount ($5.75 for everything except drinks) on an array of menu items that will be served to us family style, as well as the opportunity to sample more of what we’ve tasted—or entirely different dishes altogether—from the impressive lunch buffet.

In addition to the ever-changing buffet menu, some of the dishes prepared exclusively for us will be Chicken Tandori Kababs, Goat Curry, Channa Masala, Tofu Jalfrezzi, Tandori Naan, Chicken Curry, and assorted Basmati rices. Vegetable dishes will rotate throughout the day, but may include Baingan Bharta (eggplant), zucchini, and Daal Tarka (lentils).

And of course, let’s not forget the real reason I’m going to be there: Halwah, a saffron-and-pistachio infused cream of wheat dessert that I first tasted at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival and subsequently had a near- foodie heaven experience.

Please RSVP to if you can make it!

[For directions, please visit Kabab Grille’s website.] You can also check out their Facebook page here!

Hope to see you there!

Secondhand Sundays @ The Roanoke Market

Hello there VA Bloggers, and friends, my name is Bekuh and I blog over at Secondhand Sundays. Secondhand Sundays is my personal blog that showcases my love of vintage, food, crafts, and the great outdoors. I live in the southwest corner of Virginia with my husband Ryan and our pup named Nellie. I’m here today to share a little bit about our recent adventures at the historic Roanoke farmer’s market. It’s important to Roanokers that you add the word historic before farmer’s market whenever you mention the downtown area, just a little tip if you ever visit, wink wink.

Ryan and I are committed local shoppers and a huge portion of our monthly food budget goes towards locally sourced fruits and veggies. For a lot of people, my family included, this seems like a crazy budgetary decision considering we’re newlyweds with more than a few student loans to pay off, but it doesn’t have to be expensive to live this way. Farmer’s markets do have pricier booths, and organic can get outrageous quick, but with a little effort and menu planning you can find great deals on real produce. A bonus, you get to spend a morning with the one you love picking out all the goodies.

We love to go to the markets early when the booths are still being set-up and the crowds are sparse (this was right after the freak storm so the crowds were even more tame last week). We scope out what looks good, and what vendors carry items we’re anxious to look at, and then we get coffee or some goodies to eat while we plan our attack.

Now I’m not saying we don’t make some rash decisions on what to buy based on looks, like those carrots above. We had no plans to buy carrots but I couldn’t resist snatching up a bunch and they made a delicious addition to our grilling that night. You also have to remember to browse all of the stands for a good deal, the tomatoes below were beautiful but we ended up finding the same gorgeous tomatoes for $1.50 a pound just a few stalls down.

Farmer’s Markets are also a great source for floral and fauna and I love checking out the flower stalls both growing, and cut for bouquets. It usually inspires me to go home and redesign our centerpieces, or buy a bunch of flowers for our bedside table. They had giant succulents for $7 and I found it really hard to resist such a great deal.

Buying in bunches seems to be the best method for saving money at the markets; containers full of potatoes, or cucumbers that they sell at a discount. You can usually tell when something is hitting it’s peak season because they have bunches and bunches of it at every stall. I’ve also been told you can haggle with the stall vendors, though they’re mostly older farmers and I feel terrible asking them to make things cheaper. Their sweet old faces always melt my heart.

We left the market with a container of cucumbers, potatoes, three tomatoes, a basket of peaches, and a bunch of carrots having only spent $14. Take that Walmart and Kroger, I kick your chemical and pesticide covered veggies in the face. I hope I’ve inspired you to visit your local farmer’s market and try out the delicious foods that live there. I promise you won’t be disappointed by the quality or the price. You are what you eat, at least that’s what I’ve always been told.

big kiss,


Richmond Vegetarian Festival This Weekend!

Summer time is festival time.

And there is nothing I love more than a good celebration bringing the community together around a shared interest.

Especially when that interest is food.

Vegetarian food? Well, that’s just (non-dairy) icing on (vegan) cake.

I know where I’ll be this Saturday: the 10th Annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival at Bryan Park.

(Not to be confused with New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park. Just, you know, in case you made that mistake, too.)

Join me for a couple of hours of restaurants and exhibitors proferring their vegetarian-friendly wares, while we listen to local music and enjoy (what will hopefully be) a lovely summer day in the park.

The festival lasts from noon to 6:00, and the Virginia Bloggers will be meeting at 1:00 at the festival entrance, should you care to join the pack! [If you are late, tweet to us, or use the hashtag #VAis4Bloggers.]

May the greens and beans be with you. :)