Labor Day Picnic



According to the weather reports, Labor Day was scorching hot here down south and the rest of the U.S. I hope that didn’t stop everyone from enjoying the holiday with family and friends.

That’s what we chose to do; have a family cookout at our farm. Even though we have just begun construction on our house, we’ve already built a huge metal building that we use as a storage shed. That’s where we set up picnic tables and opened the doors to get a great breeze. Even with the breeze and a commercial size fan blowing, we couldn’t escape the sweltering heat and thick humidity.shed

We all had glistening beads of sweat running down our backs but that didn’t stop conversations from flowing as we caught up with the latest news, swatted gnats while sampling the dishes everyone brought. We definitely succeeded in having a good time in spite of the smoldering heat.

The menu was simple. My husband decided to grill chicken and I made a pot of seafood gumbo. Other family members pitched in with their favorite dishes, so there was plenty to eat.

Although I knew others would bring dessert, I wanted to wow everyone with something new and unusual. I enjoy trying new recipes and always want to mix things up when it comes to entertaining, so I often search through cookbooks and magazines trying to put a twist on the same old edibles usually offered.

I found a fun dessert called “Key Lime Whoopi Pies”. I love key lime anything and decided this was just the ticket. The recipe was from an authority in cooking as well as gardening, crafts, DIY projects, you name it. She is my mentor, Martha Stewart. I know, everyone has their opinion of her. They either like her or they don’t. Well, I’m not ashamed to admit I like her. There I said it! It’s out there. I am a huge fan of Martha Stewart. I find her to be very talented in all areas and she is my go-to-gal when I need inspiration. Sorry, I digress. Back to the Whoopi Pies.

I had lots of cooking to do the morning of the cookout, but I was determined to shine with this dessert. I gathered all the ingredients and put forth my best efforts. The recipe called for a creamy key lime filling to use as glue to bind two delicious cookies together. My filling would not thicken. It was very runny and defied all efforts to bind with the homemade cookies.  I am still not sure what went wrong but I ended up with a thin useless mess. Even adding a little corn starch didn’t help. Meanwhile, my husband and kids were begging for me to hurry things along, so we could leave in time for the cookout. Still, I tried to figure out how to rescue the dessert that I was sure would be the “hit” of the Labor Day picnic. Alas, all efforts failed. I’m embarrassed to say the dessert got left at home. I feel like I disappointed Martha; I could not execute her recipe. I can’t believe I got whipped by a Whoopi Pie!

Of course, the picnic was still a success, minus the dessert. I guess when you gather with your family and close friends, no grand eats or special entertainment are really necessary. We fed carrots to the horses and took short hikes while talking about the fading Summer days and hopes that a cool Autumn to soon arrive.


To find the complete recipe of Martha Stewarts’ Key Lime Whoopi Pies, see my page at the top of the menu bar titled, “Eat Up!”  Please give the dessert a try and let me know how you do.

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