This month's location was no exception. The Reading Tree, a lovely children's bookstore on the northside of Grand Rapids, was the perfect place for an author meet and greet.
The speaker, Sommer Poquette: consultant, master campaign manager, busy mom, technically a WestMI (North) Blogger, and most recently a childrens book author captivated me with her wealth of knowledge and easy going conversation.
The delicious local food? A list lady fail. If I ever question why I write lists instead of recipes the event's Lemonade Soup will serve as my reminder.
My goal was to find a refreshing, summer-y, easy to make, easy to serve dessert to share during our meeting. This recipe sounded delish, so I gave it a try.
Frozen Lemonade Pie
1 large-size store bought graham cracker pie crust
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, chilled
1 (12 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
1 (6 fluid ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, keep frozen
In a medium bowl, add chilled sweetened condensed milk and Cool Whip and fold gently. Add frozen lemonade and continue to gently fold. Do not let the mixture become soupy.Pour mixture into the pie crust and freeze for several hours or overnight.
Garnish, if desired. Makes 8 servings.
I bought some beautiful fresh berries to serve as garnish. Imagining a lovely little plate display such as this:
Ah, perfect in theory. However, I didn't really plan ahead for our crazy heat wave and the one hour drive to our meeting location. Even with a cooler and extra ice packs, by the time we dished dessert it looked a bit more life this:
Thankfully, all the attendees were incredibly gracious and gave it a try. Some even asked for the recipe, which is why you are now getting the behind the scenes
There is probably a little lesson here about life and lemons or something like that, but truthfully the real treat of the night was the content and company, not the calories!