My Secret Weapon & Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie

  Our garden is growing nicely, praise the Lord! 

  We have already enjoyed several rounds of green onions, and a couple of salads.  Oh, and I will be sharing an amaaaazing Mexican Salad with you next week. 

  Anyhow, we do everything we can to keep our garden’s pestiside free.  Unfortunately, this means we have bugs that think our garden is an all you can eat buffet. 

    This was taken a couple weeks ago, but see poor, poor little Stubby down there, to the left.  That tiny weed looking one in the row of ever growing lettuce…….

  I’ve pointed it out for you with a white sign to help you determine just who Stubby is.


Stubby is not returning to his former glory as his brothers and sisters have done004 after gracing us with a lovely meal.  This is because Rolly-polly’s thought he was their lunch.

Meet my Secret Weapon:


Cayenne Pepper, that I buy in bulk.


  This protects poor lil’ Stubby and his garden friends, like Mr. Tomato Head, from big bad bugs.  Plus, it keeps our veggies pesticide free.  Score!

 Remember my new favorite Push Crust recipe

  Well, it has opened up a whole new world of pie baking for me and this Black Berry Cream Cheese Pie is a winner!  We won’t be ready to pick fresh blackberries from our patch until late in the summer, but my freezer ones from last year worked just fine!

  This Blackberry pie isn’t overly sweet as some can be. The small amount of sugar still allows the berries natural flavor to come through, and the cream cheese layer?  Well that’s just bonus! 🙂

Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie

  • 1 whole Baked Pie Crust
  • 5 cups Blackberries, Fresh Or Frozen Ones That Have Been Thawed, Divided Use
  • ½ cups Water (or You Can Use Berry Juice If You Thawed Frozen Berries)
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • ⅔ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 6 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Grated Lemon Zest
  • Optional Garnishes: Whipped Cream, Additional Berries

Preparation Instructions

Prepare and bake your pie crust according to your recipe or package instructions. Once baked, allow it to cool before filling it.

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine 3 cups of berries with water or berry juice. Bring to a boil. Once you’ve reached a boil, remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled, strain and push the mixture through a sieve, just to remove seeds. Return the syrup to the saucepan. Stir in the cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring and boiling for 2 minutes. Then remove from heat and cool.

Blend the cream cheese, milk and lemon zest until smooth using a mixer if you have one. Spread the mixture evenly into the cooled pie shell. Top with the remaining 2 cups of uncooked berries. Pour the cooled, thickened syrup over the berries, evenly. Refrigerate for 1 hour before topping with whipped cream and additional fresh berries for garnish.

Dig in! This is a fantastic, fresh-flavored pie! YUM!

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This makes me really really anxious for Blackberry picking time!  And then, I remember the climbing the fence with barbed wire part, and worst of all, the thorn part.  Horrible, awful, make your skin hurt for weeks from the poison, thorns.   This makes me really really anxious for DALE to pick some Blackberries for us soon! 🙂

{Love you, honey! You good little berry picker you……}

I am hoping we have enough Berries to sell this year! (fingers crossed)

Happy Organic Gardening & Baking!


This post linked to Smockity Frocks.


Butterfinger Banana Cream Supreme Pie & Killer Spiders (interesting combo, right?!)

  Wierd title, I know, but I had to somehow sum up this posts topics, and I came up with nothing clever. 

  Just to clear up any confusion: there were NO spiders found in my pie.


We will talk about spiders later!  First, I want to share a new dessert recipe with you, one that we made over the weekend.  It is called……   


  As soon as I saw it had sour cream in it, I was in! And it was very good!  The Butterfinger makes this already amazing Banana Pie recipe, unique!


16 graham cracker squares, crushed (about 1 1/2 cups)

1/4 cup butter, melted

3 T. Sugar

16 oz. container Cool Whip, thawed

8 oz. Sour cream

1 package (3.4 oz) Vanilla Instant Pudding and pie filling

2 medium bananas, sliced

1 – 8 pack (0.65 oz. each) Butterfinger bars, crushed

  Finely crush graham crackers in large zip lock bag.  Pour into small bowl, add melted butter and sugar, mix well. Press crumb mixture into pie plate. Set aside.

  In same large, now empty zip lock bag, open and crush 8 mini Butterfinger bars. Set aside.

  In a large bowl, whisk 12 oz. whipped topping and sour cream until blended.  Add pudding mix, whisk until mixture is well blended and smooth.  Spread half the filling over crust.  Slice bananas and arrange over filling.  Top with all but 1/2 cup crushed Butterfingers.  Spread remaining filling over Butterfinger Banana layer and top with remaining Cool whip.  Garnish with 1/2 cup reserved crushed Butterfingers.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.  Cut into wedges and enjoy!

This is so simple and so good!  Happy Pie Making!


Moving on to the second part of my post:


  Oh, how I HATE Spiders!  I mean reallyreallyreally HATE them! 

  When I first married Dale, and would spot a creepy crawling spider, I’d scream and hollar until he came and killed it for me.  Well, once we had our 4 little Fergusons, and the brave warrior & mother bear came out in me, that has slowly changed.

  First, I got brave enough to kill the nasty spider with a 2 x 4.  Ok, not a 2 x 4, but think of an object similar to that, one that would keep the spider as FAAARRRR away from my body as possible, when reaching out to smoosh it.  Then, I’d leave the dead spider AND the 2 x 4-like object right there in the spot, until Dale could come clean it up.  I thought it was a lovely arrangement.

 Dale didn’t agree.

  Next, I got brave enough, to kill the spider with a fly swatter, shrieking and screaming: “Ew!” and “Would you DIE already?” as I wacked it to pieces.  Then, I’d suck it up with our dust buster, while turning my head away, so I wouldn’t have to see it.


  Finally, I managed to get brave enough to kill the dumb thing with my slipper.  (with some shrieking mind you) Then, I’d pick it up with toilet paper and flush it, and go sanitize the bottom of my slipper.  Gross!  I managed this daring feat, only because it was going to crawl near where my babies were playing.

Brave, right?!?!  I thought so.  I guess my biggest spider issues are the following: 

First, they are creepy.

Second, they are just plain devious. 

  They lie underneath my weapon of choice, PRETENDING to be dead.  BUT, when I just barely lift up the object of death, to see if they are smooshed to my liking…..

  AHHHHHHHHHHH! The dumb thing springs into action and darts towards my feet.  Thus provoking ear-shattering shrieking and superman like leaps on to the bed or chair nearest me. 

  Did I mention…..I hate spiders!?!?!?!

  Well, the other day, imagine my horror,  when a SPIDER crawled across my baby’s tray while he was eating his veggies. It crawled RIGHT TOWARDS HIS SWEET BABY HANDS!!!!!

I have reenacted it below, for your viewing enjoyment….

*NOTE: The “spider” (hand) you see in the photos, is not in fact, an accurate depiction of the size of the actual spider.


  The spider I smooshed was more the size of….hmm, a small ugly creepy thing?!

Oh, that doesn’t help you?  How about the size of a pea? A teeny teeny little baby pea.


Great, now I’ll never be able to eat peas again. 

  Ok, back to my re-enactment….

Oh my! What is that??????


{GASP} A spider crawling towards my precious baby?!?!?!?!

There was no time for slippers, 2 x 4’s or fly swatters.  Without thinking I reached out, and…..


EW! I still get the creeps thinking about it.

Here is a photo:

What do you mean, you can’t see anything?!

It’s DEAD SPIDER GUTS.   Right there!038-2

  Still don’t see it?????  Ok fine, I can’t see it either, but it’s there.  I can still feel it……{CHILLS} Gross!


     Why are you shrieking mommy?                                 You are funny!

 Things you should know:

I check my shower for spiders every time before entering. 

I have defeated the high chair spider with my bare finger. 

The shower spider is next on my “Hit list”. 

Oh, and the creepy one guarding the back door in the garage.

I am a brave warrior.  I am a brave warrior.  I am a brave warrior. I am a…….

Scaredy cat!!!!!!!!




Updated photo: 2014-1-24