Baking with Rachel Raye: Strawberry Pie

Howdy partners!

This summer I have been expanding my Pinterest boards and picking up new sweets and decorating ideas for parties and hang outs with my friends. I’m not really good at cooking ‘real food’, but I love baking. Something I want to do with this blog is start uploading my Pinterest baking results (both fails and not-quite-fails-but-not-really-a-success) so that should you want to try it, you have all of my knowledge of the recipe at your disposal. I’m going to start by giving you the recipe to a favorited strawberry pie that my Grandma Selby gave me the recipe to, that I have changed to fit my Mom’s taste. It’s pretty easy to make (in my novice opinion), it just takes a bit of time.

Selby Strawberry Pie:

  • 9in Baked Pie Shell (My mom prefers the graham cracker crusts- I buy them from Schnucks for ~$5)
  • 6 cups fresh strawberries (~2 qts)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbspns cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pkg (6oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 tbspns sour cream
  • 3 tbspns powdered sugar

(Bake pie shell if not store bought, cool)

Beat cream cheese, sour cream, and powdered sugar until smooth. Spread on bottom of baked shell.

Mash enough strawberries to measure 1 cup (I like to mash and drain them so there are no skins-it looks more like a sauce or a juice rather than a bunch of mashed berries. But if you like that extra bit of texture, it’s all up to you!).

Mix sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; stir in water and crushed berries. Cook over medium hear, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 min and let cool. (Don’t let it cool too much or it will become a jelly that is rather hard to pour. Make sure that you are continuously stirring or the bottom of the mixture will scorch and not only will you be sad, but your mixture will also clump and separate and all of these horrible things that you don’t want to happen to you).

Fill shell with remaining berries and pour cooked berries/ berry mixture on top. (For the remaining berries (raspberries or strawberries, this recipe is interchangeable, I like to cut them in 1/8ths because it makes the pie smoother, but cut chunks at your own discretion. I won’t judge you).

Chill at least 3 hours (you’ve earned it). Let the pie do the same, or let pie chill until set.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you’re going to make these in bulk, I recommend only doing 2 at a time, they turn out better than trying to do 4.
  • When at Walmart or Schnuks, the big boxes of strawberries make 2 pies
  • Don’t let pie chill too long or it will want a pair of RayBans and an ecig.
  • When pitting strawberries, you can use a spoon to dig the core out to eliminate danger of using knives, and it does a really good job.
  • Attached to this post is a really crappy picture of my first attempt at this pie sitting in my boyfriend’s fridge. I’m available for weddings and bat/bar mitzvahs. #professional photographer (please note this picture was taken before the pie set, so it is not the finished product). IMG_20170612_192706
  • The end result will be almost a Jell-O filling for your pie.
  • Cream cheese layer can be hard to put in pie, and should the need arise, it is easy to use fingers to spread, but make sure your hands are clean (duh)



High School Musical 1



Hullo frands. It is that time of the year again where I have to begin planning the next three months of my life, a.k.a, summer. As much as I would absolutely LOVE to sit around and do nothing, I am an ‘adult’ now which means I have to go to work if I want to be able to afford anything fun or necessary in my life. (I’m sorry guys, I regret putting the gif in- it’s really distracting, but it makes the post more fun? I should have put it in last or something).

Summer is a great time for college and high school kids to find a job to be able to pay for anything they might want to do during the school year, or any trips they might want to pursue during the summer or breaks- in theory. I myself am currently saving up to go to concerts (Def Leppard, Queen, Fall Out Boy- you know, the usual), however motivation is hard to come by. I’m almost done with finals, I don’t have any more homework, the days are getting longer, the weather is nicer- I WANT TO SIT ON A BEACH ALL DAY AND READ FOR PLEASURE!!! And I’m sure many of you are thinking similar thoughts.

-Reality Check- ( This is where s*** gets serious)

This is only the beginning. You have to be able to afford things, and if you are anything like me, and impulse control is an issue, then you need to sit down and buckle up because working is in your future. But you’re in luck because I’ll be right there beside you, bitching loudly the whole way.

I have come to the conclusion that should I want to go out with my friends, eat out at a restaurant every once in a while, have food in my apartment, gas in my car, travel, I need moolah. Cold hard cash. Dollares in my account, and that doesn’t come from sitting on my ass all day every day, wishing I had a summer body without working for it *sighs wistfully*.

This summer, I have decided, will be a summer of hardcore- parkour, let’s get down to business to defeat the huns kind of summer. This doesn’t mean all work no play, but it does mean buckling down and getting stuff done. I have already enrolled in two summer online classes, I have one job (my job from the school year), and I am looking to get a second that would function as more of a night job that would beef up my savings account for the upcoming year. I won’t be moving back home this summer because the lease on my apartment is a year long and I can’t afford to pay for something that I am not making use of, however this also means that I will still be buying all my own food, and not saving as much as I would be if my lease were shorter (but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. There are benefits to this though- my own Wi-Fi, most of my neighbors move out in a week to go back to their homes abroad, and I’m 4 blocks away from my current job).

I know that if I want to achieve something that I will have to work hard for it. For me that means graduating on time, gaining new and diverse experiences to be able to apply to my life (and put on my resume), as well as being financially stable when I leave college. To achieve my goal that means picking up extra classes over summers and breaks, studying abroad at least once, and working enough to not have to worry about how I am going to afford basic necessities. Something that I have challenged myself with this year was to make enough money to cover my living cost. My parents gave me enough money to cover my apartment, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could be responsible, find a good job that would pay the rent, and maybe have leftover money for food so that I would not have to dip into the money my parents gave me, and I could invest that in something. That did not happen this semester, but it is a goal I am striving to achieve in future semesters.

Now I realize that I am very fortunate in what I currently have and where I am in life, and that when I graduate I won’t immediately move into my very own 4 story house in the Bahamas, but having a plan is something that is important to me, and something I value. It makes me feel more secure in my future. Obviously, however, this is not everyone’s take on life and I know and respect this. You do you, Imma do me.


On to lighter topics! Sorry I veered off track there for a bit- ANY HOW! My summer plans that I am trying to save for include, but are not limited to (note: the following information is subject to change):

  • Concerts
    • Queen
    • Def Leppard
    • Lalapalooza
  • Traveling
    • Summer Family vacation (I want a bunch of souvenirs)
    • Broadway show
  • Festivals and other miscellaneous adventures that pop up

I originally planned to go on a trip for the Harry Potter Day festivals on the 30th of July, but I’ll most likely be in Colorado on vacation with my family at that time (no complaints!) so I’ve rescheduled that for next years adventures. I know the list isn’t a long one, but again, I still have 2 sessions of summer school and work so I can’t take THAT much time off. Let me know if you have any suggestions of things to add to my list! I’m always looking for new experiences (even if they’re small things)!!!

Hope you all are enjoying the weather: let me know if you have any summer plans that you’re excited about! 😀


The Office: S1E1 (The Bathroom)

At work, on my floor, there is a bathroom. This bathroom is all the way at the (opposite) end of the hall, and despite having luxurious soaps, only has two stalls. Now our building tries to be energy efficient. This means that if no one is using a room the lights are off. This applies to bathrooms. This is not an embarrassing story, but it is about my greatest fear. The point of saying that there are only two stalls shows the infrequency that this lavatory is in use. Rarely is there more than one person in there, but should someone else have the urge, there is no line and no awkward waiting for that single user to finish. However, since this is not a large room and rarely are there two people letting nature take its course at the same time, it has become muscle memory that I turn the light off when leaving the throne room. Now surely you all are wondering what my greatest office fear is that so clearly involves the bathroom. Well, here it is:

What if I turn the lights off on someone (by accident) while they are still on the throne?

The John is a sacred place, and similar to fight club, no one talks about fight club. This does not discourage small children from disclosing their secrets to their parents, but your bowel movements are not generally something you post to your Facebook page or something that gets you the most retweets (no need to prove me wrong as a social experiment). But what if- WHAT IF- I walk in, and walk out while someone is using the loo and SHUT THE LIGHTS OFF?

Do I apologize, flip the switch and run away (they could track me down later using the 50 different cameras on the way back to my office in the Hall of Presidents)? Do I calmly act like the incident didn’t occur and flip it back? What if the recipient to my blunder later recognizes me by my shoes?!


Should I shout indignantly and hope no one stays around to find out that it was ME that was just sent to the depths of my dark tomb labeled ‘EM-BARE-ASS-MENT’? Do I sit in silence upon the throne until my work is done? Do I carry night goggles with me at all times?

Please discuss.