July is probably my favorite month of the year. I love summer and everything having to do with warm weather, swimming, kids being out of school, fireworks, barbecues, parades, night walks, and vacations. It is such a great time of year! The winters seem to last way too long here in Utah, so I relish every minute of blue sky and warm weather.

I am excited to share with you one of my favorite summer desserts. I don’t usually fuss with making pies because they take longer than a quick cookie or bar, but this pie is well worth the effort. It is so refreshing and cool it would be a great dessert for any of your upcoming 4th of July events. Strawberries are on sale in nearly every state this week, as well as ice cream, so this is an inexpensive and fun treat for your family to enjoy after a long day in the sun. Hope you love it!

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Hope you have a relaxing, safe and festive holiday weekend!

Strawberry Ice Cream Pie
Ingredients
  1. 2 graham crust, homemade or store bought
  2. 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
  3. 3 T. strawberry jam (I used my quick freezer jam)
  4. 1 1/2 c. fresh strawberries, chopped
  5. 1 t. lemon juice
2nd layer
  1. 2 (8oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
  2. 1/3 c. strawberries
  3. 1/4 c. sour cream
  4. 1/2 c. powdered or white sugar
  5. 1 t. vanilla
  6. dash of salt
Topping
  1. 16 oz. heavy whipping cream
  2. 2-3 T. powdered sugar (to taste)
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Instructions
  1. Let the ice cream sit on the counter until it is soft enough to place in a large mixing bowl, about 10 minutes. Scoop the ice cream into a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix together until the ice cream mixture is smooth and able to be poured into each pie crust. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours, or until it has set up and is firm. Prepare the second layer of the pie.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth (you may need a little more sugar if it is not sweet enough). Add the vanilla, pinch of salt, and the sour cream. Combine. Add the fresh strawberries and mix together again. Set aside.
  3. Take the frozen ice cream pie crusts out of the freezer and spread half of the cream cheese mixture onto each pie and smooth evenly over each. Place the pies back into the freezer. When you are ready to serve the pie, whip together the heavy whipping cream and a few tablespoons of powdered sugar until the cream has become stiff. When you are ready to serve the pie, spread a generous amount of the whipped cream onto each pie. Garnish with fresh strawberries. Serve immediatley before the ice cream begins to melt. Enjoy!The ice cream and strawberries will melt down into a soupy, creamy mess. Don't worry! It will set up beautifully in a couple of hours in the freezer. Top off the pie with a cream cheese layer and some fresh whipping cream and you have a pie perfect for any summer get together!
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