Sure, it may be easier to get a store-bought pie for your July 4th get together, but then you couldn’t say, “Thanks, I made it!” when people say how great the pie is! The first time I made this pie, it was the first pie I ever attempted, and it turned out perfect. Since then, I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, and made it my own. I call it a Pretty Easy Cherry Pie, because there will be times you’ll have to use your own judgment, and because it does take some time to make.
Let’s get into it though, because there’s nothing worse than an online recipe that makes you scroll a mile to find the important parts. I'm also including a downloadable recipe card at the bottom. Save it to your phone, tablet, or computer for easier access.
Pretty Easy Cherry Pie
6 cups Frozen Cherries, Pitted (tart or sweet - I use tart)
1/2 cup Water
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
4 tbsp Cornstarch
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 package Refrigerated Pie Crust (make sure you get 2 pie crusts)
1 Tablespoon of Milk (any kind of milk will do. I used almond)
Red Food Coloring (optional - helps make that cherry red color really pop!)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon (optional - gives it a subtle spiced flavor)
See, it's not so hard to make a pie! No doubt, your friends and family will appreciate the effort you put into making this pie for them. If needed, you can store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also make the filling a day or two before you assemble the pie.
Please let me know how yours turn out! And if you have any tips on pie making, leave them down in the comments. Same goes for any questions about the recipe! Have a happy and safe Independence Day!
The original painting is called,
“Up On The Roof” by George Hughes
the paining was made in 1959,
but i added a few modern touches to it.
let me know in the comments if you can spot them!
This one is for my Cheugs (and my millennials who are in denial about being cheugy)!
So, will rest of you just leave so we can reminisce about the 90s without your judgement?
Now that it’s just us, let’s talk about the legendary Friday night line up on ABC, also known as TGIF! It has come to my attention that a few years ago, Hulu brought back a ton of TGIF shows to stream. Some of them have moved to different streaming services so I tracked them down.
What for you might ask? Well for a TGIF themed Date Night! (or an Alone Night, or a Friend Night.) I’ve compiled a list of some of the popular sitcoms from the peak time of TGIF and listed the places you can stream them. I’ve come up with some snack options and even offer you an authentic TGIF line up from 1997.
Shows & Where to Stream Them
Boy Meets World - Disney Plus
Dinosaurs - Disney Plus
Family Matters - Hulu
Full House - Hulu
Hangin’ With Mr Cooper - Hulu
Perfect Strangers - Hulu
Sabrina - Hulu / Paramount
Sister, Sister - Hulu / Paramount / Amazon Prime
Step by Step - Hulu
Two of a Kind - Couldn't find it anywhere! (if anyone can tell me where to watch MK&A anything let me know)
I apologize now if you aren't subscribed to Hulu because this post seems like a tease. But you can still create a two hour block if you have the other streaming services, though! (if you don't have any of these streaming site, check YouTube. There's a lot of TGIF content)
Tonight isn't about being accurate, it's about the vibes. I'm literally wearing a scrunchie while writing this (I'm also watching Sabrina.) Have fun with it! If you don't like Family Matters, you can swap it with another show! You can watch 4 episodes of Boy Meets World for all I care! However, if you're wanting a true blue line up, the one from Spring of 1997 is below. I've also come up with my ideal TGIF line up.
Line Up - 1997 Spring
Boy Meets World
Step By Step
Emma’s Ideal Line Up
Boy Meet World
Hangin With Mr Cooper
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
A night watching TGIF reminds me of pizza, potato chips, and soda. But this is date night, so we have to class it up a bit. Might I suggest a 90s themed charcuterie board. Hear me out, what is a charcuterie board if it’s not just a grown up lunchable? Here are some suggestions.
Meats & Cheeses
I hope you have a super fun date night! Maybe even bump some Britney Spears while getting everything together. Let me know in the comments below what your ideal line up would be! And let me see pictures of your adult lunchable set ups!