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Creamy Orange Dreamsicle Pie with Almond Shortbread Cookie Crust

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I’m dedicating this post, to the one I love! I honestly don’t even know where I’d be right now without him.

Alone, scared, and very sad, that’s for sure. He truly is my knight in shining armor that rescued me from total despair. Sadly, not an exaggeration.

You see, I have a lot of very bad medical problems, and I thought that after my divorce, and my ex calling me a “burden”, who would ever want me? I felt like I was shattered into a million pieces that could never possibly be put back together again. Ever.

Then along came Tom. He forever changed my entire life. I have never felt more loved, appreciated and just plain safe in my whole life. He takes care of me, and I him. Every single day. Every single night. Every single moment.

We are quite a matched set because, you see, he too has medical problems. So we rely on and take care of each other. I guess sometimes you have to actually be going through it to understand it and be kind, understanding, and sympathetic towards someone who isn’t healthy and can’t do things like most people can. 

I’ve met many who are kind, but so many just are not. I feel blessed and so very lucky to have found someone who is. My true soulmate. Some people sadly never find someone at all. Or worse, end up with the wrong person completely and are stuck in a situation that they see no end to.

I know what that’s like and feel so sorry for those who are miserable and unhappy. 

After having a very rough time almost my whole life, I can’t even tell you, Tom, how thankful I am to finally have found happiness all because of you. You are my world. I keep living and my heart keeps beating because of you. 

So Happy, Happy Birthday love of my life!!  We have celebrated 10 wonderful years of marriage now. Let’s have a lifetime more! I love you more than life itself, and when the time comes, with my very last breath, my last dying words will be to you.

“I love you”. 

 

Me and the love of my life!

Me and the love of my life!

 

Always remember, “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full…be thankful you have a glass and that there’s something in it”. ~Unknown.

 

 

 

CREAMY ORANGE DREAMSICLE PIE with ALMOND SHORTBREAD COOKIE CRUST

6-8 servings / Makes 1 – 9″ pie

 

For Cookie Crust:

1 sleeve Girl Scout Shortbread cookies, finely crushed, (or 1 1/2 cups fine crumbs)

1/2 cup slivered almonds, finely ground

2 1/2 Tbl. melted butter

 

For Pie Filling:

1 (3 oz.) pkg. orange Jell-O

1 cup boiling water

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temp.

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup orange juice, without pulp

1 tsp. lemon juice, concentrate is just fine

1 cup heavy whipping cream

 

Rest of Ingredients:

sweetened whipped cream, Extra Creamy Reddi Wip or Original Cool Whip

candy orange slices for garnish, optional

 

DIRECTIONS:

For Crust:

Place cookies and almonds in food processor. Process until fine crumbs. While running, stream in melted butter. Press evenly into bottom and up sides of a 9″ pie dish. Bake in 350 degree oven for 8 minutes. Cool on rack completely.

For Pie:

Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water, set aside. 

In mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy, scraping bowl and beater in-between as needed. Beat in orange juice and lemon juice. Slowly beat in cooled Jell-O scraping bowl and beater in-between additions until creamy. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl scraping all with a spatula. Place in fridge for 20-25 minutes until almost set. 

Rinse out and wash mixer bowl and paddle and dry. Switch to wire whisk attachment. Add heavy cream and start on low, then medium and switch to high as not to splatter. Whisk until thick and stiff. About 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. 

Fold orange mixture into whipped cream well, then beat with a paddle for a few turns until combined and creamy. Spoon and pile into cooled, baked pie shell. 

Serve topped with whipped cream of any kind and garnish with a candy orange slice. 

 

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susie stout

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Kelly, that is an amazing story. I wish you both a long and Bless life together. My husband and I have been married for 30.5 years &like you, he is my rock, my true love.I couldn't image my life without him. I would like to tell you that I made the Creamy Orange Dreamsicle. It Was Amazing & Fantastic.Can't wait to try your other recipes.In the meantimeI would like to share my Favorite all time recipe. I hope you enjoy it as well as we did the pie. A Favorite Recipe

Take a cup of Kindness, mix it well with Love, add a lot of Patience, and Faith in God above, Sprinkle very generously with Joy and Thanks and Cheer- and you'll have lots of "Angel Food" to feast on all the year <3

Kelly

Thursday 17th of March 2016

Thank you very much, Susie! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed the pie! And thank you so much for your kinds words! The recipe is just beautiful!!! :) <3

Becky

Thursday 2nd of April 2015

The is story is the most beautiful story some people are just b plain cruel and have their own issues so must make others feel the same as they do or worse. I know my husband will love this pie, can you substitute pecan Sandie for shortbread or Lorna dunes? ?

Kelly

Friday 3rd of April 2015

He is my rock! I think the Pecan Sandies or Lorna Doone's would be wonderful, Becky! :D Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the pie! :D

Karenc

Thursday 1st of May 2014

What a wonderful and encouraging story! I too was left by my ex after 18 years due most likely to my health issues but now have someone who totally understands and knows what real love is all about! We help each other and we both have experienced such joy and happiness - like nothing before and we are best friends! Best of everything to you both - life is wonderful when you find that certain sweetheart!

Kelly

Thursday 1st of May 2014

It certainly is, isn't? I am thankful every single day for him! :)