I love fresh fruit when it comes into season in Ohio. Strawberries especially! Lucky for me my friend and a local tie-dye artist, Jessie Wenzler, has access to a strawberry patch.

Last Saturday, I went to her house, and while she was not sure if there were any ripe strawberries yet, we were going to check. The berries were almost all ripe and in major abundance!

It can be hard to tell when they are ready because the little patches of berries grow under the big leaves and they are not right out in clear view.

A few of the berries we picked.

I have always wanted to make a fresh strawberry pie from a recipe in my 1956 Puerto Rican Cookbook. These small berries were perfect. I doubled the recipe and sent a pie to work with Jeffrey.

Life is short so I bought pie crusts and pre-baked them.

Other ingredients for 1 pie
2 tablespoons corn starch
4 tablespoons strawberry flavored  gelatin
1 cup of cool water
1 cups of sugar

1 tablespoon of fresh lime
3 boxes of fresh strawberries
Whipped cream


In a sauce pan stir in all ingredients with a wooden spoon and bring to boil. Let cool

This makes a glaze gel that holds the pie together and makes the crust taste like strawberry cookies.

Clean the berries and place then with the ends up in your pie crust. Poor gel mixture into pie. Chill for 3 hours and garnish with whip cream.

The jello was super quick and worked well. Honestly, the pie was not overly sweet and tasted really good.

Behind the scenes~

A couple of weeks ago my friend Lawanda and I had a photo shoot with Susan Gertz owner of Dogpatch Pet Portraits. My dress will be on display at Kettering Rosewood Art Centre’s juried show called The View. Opening reception, Thursday June 1st 6-8pm.

Still a few spaces in my Endless Tea and Scones Embroidery Class, June 8th at Communitea Cafe. All supplies included!

Thank you for reading!
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Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
Tracy McElfresh