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Backyard Party: Key Lime pie

photo11Last weekend we celebrated my birthday, yes it was the big 4-0. I decided to have backyard party with kids and adults, as most of our friends have small kids like we do. We also just finished our tree house and play space (we still have some more shelves to add to our mud pie kitchen) so the kids will have something to do in our backyard.

It was a great party and we had a great turn out, all of our family members helped with the party, putting out decorations and food preparing.  When it comes to food I try to go as simple as possible in an event like this.

This was our menu:

For the kids:

Hot dogs and hamburgers

Ice cream

For the Adults:

Different kinds of salads

Tomato and Mozzarella with basil

Different kinds of dips


Anti pasta

For the BBQ

Roasted potatoes

Sautéed onions and mushrooms

Sausages (found this great butcher place here in Toronto who makes their own sausages)


Dessert table

Carrots cupcakes with Pansy flowers

Norwegian Success cake (Almond cake with egg custard)

Key Lime Pie

Here is a recipe for my Key Lime Pie

I squeezed key limes (by hand) for this pie, but if you find real key lime juice that would work too.

Here is the recipe I use:

Keys Abraham's Key Lime Pie

  • 3 egg yolks (whites not required)
  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 4-5 ounces Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice (more for tangier pie)
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 9" graham cracker pie crust

Pour condensed milk into blender. Add cream cheese gradually, in small portions and mix until smooth. Add egg yolks and blend well. Pour in Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice and continue blending until mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into the graham cracker pie crust and bake at 350° for 10 minutes. After baking, let stand for 10 minutes before refrigerating.

Since raspberries are in season I added raspberries on the top of the pie and decorated with whipped cream for the top. Key Lime Pie is great in hot summer weather. Enjoy!

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