Thankful {Mini Lemon Meringue Pie}

Long weekend, I am very thankful for the long weekend.  I am thankful for a lot, but this year the long weekend wins top honors. We headed out-of-town for Thanksgiving, always more relaxing than a house full of chores staring you in the face.  Thanksgiving day was gorgeous, great day for a walk on the beach.  Followed that up with a turkey bowl and some final prep in the kitchen.

A small group of us, but we managed to do some damage with a delicious meal.

And somehow found room for dessert.  Chocolate pie, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pie.  I loved the pumpkin pie this year, using brown sugar in place of sugar was the key.  The brandy I splashed in didn’t hurt either.

Pumpkin Pie

Though my favorite was the lemon meringue pie. Pies, really.  I took Biz’s lead from last year and made individual pies. A perfect bite size dessert after our huge meal. It was easy to prepare the bulk of it and assemble as needed.  I bought the crust, cut it with a biscuit cutter and cooked in a mini muffin pan.  I made the lemon curd recipe from my Food in Jars cookbook that I got at the last Chicago Food swap. Though I used regular lemons, not Meyer.  I was worried it was not going to turn out, it took a lot longer to thicken than the recipe states.  But no worries, it turned out perfect. Buttery, rich, lemon-y.

Lemon Curd

Thanksgiving morning I whipped up the meringue (egg whites beat to a stiff peak with a touch of sugar), assembled the pies, and browned the tops in the oven for about 10 minutes.  The hardest part was holding off eating any until dessert time.

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

No leftover pie! But there was some leftover curd that I can mix into plain Greek yogurt this week.

Lemon Curd

Good day, great long weekend, even the prosecco was happy.

smiling prosecco




  1. biz319 says:

    What a wonderful weekend! I agree, when you are not at home during a holiday, the laundry isn’t calling your name!

    Hooray for mini pies too! I’ve had pie every night the last three nights – I am taking the rest to work tomorrow so there are no temptations next week!

    Enjoy your Sunday – Go Bears! 😀

  2. Aimee says:

    Cute kiddos! And your dinner looks delicious. I love the idea of going out of town for the holiday especially somewhere with that kind of view. I’m glad you had an enjoyable long weekend.

  3. jillyinmn says:

    I cannot believe how long and pretty her hair is. She looks so grown up. Ugh. Freeze them. The GO Bears comment kills me. My poor Vikings. . .I LOVE the mini pies, they look delicious! Happy belated Turkey day!

    • Jacky Hackett says:

      Jeff was lucky enough to go to the Bears game! Meaghan just got a ton of hair cut off, I failed to take a before picture. Her bangs are new, Taylor Swift influence.

  4. Sara says:

    Looks like a totally fantastic Thanksgiving plate…yum! And love the mini pies…just the right size when you’ve got lots of desserts going on and a big meal. Bet the pop of sour lemon is the perfect ending!

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