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A bit of nostalgia and some delicious Peach Pie



I know it’s the end of October and most people can’t find fresh peaches anymore.  But I live in Georgia……and apparently, peaches are in season year round here.  Ha.
But I was at the grocery store this past weekend and came across a whole pile of locally grown peaches…..all plump and full of color.  I just couldn’t resist.  And the ironic thing, is that I actually looked for delicious local peaches all summer and couldn’t really find any that looked so perfect and plump as the crop I found this late in October.
You see, I have a thing for perfect peaches.
They must have plenty of peach-y aroma, be soft yet firm, have minimal fuzz, and offer a good amount of juice.  Mmmmm.
But if I bite into it and my mouth is offended by any of that meal-y/grainy texture….forget it, I’m through.
I guess growing up on a 10 acre plot of land in southern AZ, with a little mini orchard off to one side, doesn’t help the peach snobbery.  My father was not a farmer by profession, but man, he loved his hobby of producing fruit.  Some of my most favorite memories as a child were climbing those cherry/peach/plum/apricot/pear trees, trying to shoo the birds away from stealing the tender fruit first, as I tried to fill my shirt and pockets with everything I could reach.
I remember back in that memory of mine, that some years we had plenty of fruit to eat, can, and share with the neighbors.  Other years, the trees were barren.  I always hated those years.  But there were times when those peach trees were so full of fruit that the branches weren’t strong enough to hold it all.  (And then we were all tasked to the kitchen to peel, slice, and stuff those peaches into Mason jars for canning.)
Ah, those were the years.  I could pick the very best sun-ripened peaches to eat, right from the tree.
Back to the present.  Seeing those peaches at the store last weekend reminded me of all those years of picking/eating peaches as a little girl.  Mmmmm.
And one of my favorite things that my mom would use those peaches for…
Peach pie.
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Fresh and flavorful peaches turned into a true piece of heaven.  Oh, the nostalgia.
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So yesterday, while my little monkeys were napping, I got right work……peeling and slicing those juicy peaches.
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Then I poured a nice layer of them into an already baked  pie shell.
(The crust may look a little off because it’s gluten free.  My favorite gluten free pie crust recipe comes from this cookbook here.)
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Then I mashed up a few more peaches and placed them in a medium saucepan,
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Then I added some sugar, water, and cornstarch and cooked the mixture over medium heat until it boiled.
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Then I removed it from the heat, added a bit of butter and a tad of almond extract…….and then poured the mixture over the sliced peaches in the pie shell.
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Then I let it chill in the fridge for a while.  Well, as long as I could let it. 
(But keep in mind that it is much better after it’s completely chilled.)
All perfect and delicious and ready to eat.
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Mmmmm……just like I remembered it.
I couldn’t keep my fork out of this stuff.
(And yeah, maybe that’s all I had for dinner last night.)
As I was sampling and taking pictures, the little ones woke up from their nap/quiet time, and realized I was snacking without them.
And since the weather is now extremely pleasant here in Georgia, we flung a blanket out on the back lawn, and all enjoyed a little peach pie picnic.
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It may have spoiled their dinner…..but mmmmm, it was so worth it.
Like mother like son/daughter.
Get it into that mouth as quickly as possible.
Much better that way.


Thanks for enduring that little bit of nostalgia with me.
Sometimes flavors and sights trigger the most powerful memories.
I love it when that happens.
If you’re interested, here’s the recipe that my mom always used.
(And I asked her where she got this and she told me it came from a lady at some conference, long before I was even born.  So thank you conference lady!)


Super Peach Pie
  • 5 large ripe peaches (or 7-8 medium sized ones)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp almond flavoring
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 pre-baked 8 inch pie shell


Peel and slice 3 of the large peaches and place them into a cooked 8 inch pie shell.  Set aside.  Peel, slice and mash the other 2 large peaches and place them into a medium saucepan.  Add the sugar and mix.  Combine the corn starch and water in a separate bowl and then add to the saucepan.  Combine well over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes until it boils and thickens.  Remove from heat and add the almond flavoring and butter.  Mix well and pour over fresh peaches in pie shell.  Place pie in the fridge until completely chilled.  Serve with whipped cream.



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Stitchwiz says:

    Bless you for all your dedication and hard work teaching our tastes buds how wonderful our food can be!
    Thank you for this recipe – it sounds like the one my grandmother used to make. Alas, her cookbook disappeared many years ago. I am just glad that I had read every recipe when I was very, very young – I can still remember many of them and have spent many years trying to re-create it from my memory. (Thank you, Grandpa, for the great memory! My memory banks weren’t too full so I can almost picture some of the pages.) I remember it having the fresh peaches covered by the cooked peaches and thinking that it would be so juicy-scrumptious!
    I have gone gluten free and am thrilled to find so many great cooks who have stretched their skills to create such glorious dishes for those who have food challenges.
    I clicked on the link for the gluten free pie dough, but it did not work. Could you please help?
    Thank you

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes memories from food are so strong! And usually bring so much happiness!

      The link in this post actually sends you over to purchase a recipe book that has the pie crust recipe in it. But since then, (this post was written 5 years ago), we started using another recipe that we love even more.

      You can find it here:

      Best of luck with your gluten free eating! :)


  2. Hilda Quintanilla says:

    LOVE your newly found site! Is there a way to print just the recipe?

  3. Liltdanh says:

    I need to travel to ur part of ga from my part o ga cause my peaches around here don't look anywhere as nice as urs do and prolly dint taste as good either.

  4. Ashley says:

    nedabd –

    You're in S.C.? So close to me! So yes, you may still find some delicious peaches too. And the dish……I got it at WalMart. It's a Paula Dean dish. Anyway, good luck!


  5. PDCScarbroughpage says:

    Ashley- I'm drooling. Oh man, think I might be able to find some of those peaches now that I'm hear in S.C. and not Idaho? WHERE did you get that pie pan- I LOVE IT! I love! I love it! I seriously need one of those before Thanksgiving so please dish about the dish! nedabd

  6. Alaina says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! That looks incredibly yummy! Wish I could have been there for a taste test.

  7. sjones says:

    I'm curious why you made a gluten free crust? For health reasons I am considering going gluten free and enjoy hearing others reasons why they are as well!

  8. Kristen @ says:

    that looks delicious!

  9. Crystal says:

    I want to know what kind of camera you have. Your photos are always so perfect! Your adorable children can only help that process. And your pie looks divine!

  10. Delia says:

    You are a tremendous person. :) THis looks delish!

  11. The Wade Family says:

    I thought I was a little strange too- until I read Monique's thoughts! I was quite excited that you are in GA as well! haha! Glad to know there's someone else like me out there!

  12. suzieQ says:

    Oh, girl, if I could reach into my computer, I would be sharing a piece of that lovely pie with you and your adorable children. Your little guy is doing what I would be doing, helping that piece go into his mouth and NOT falling on his clothes, or worse, onto the ground. There is nothing like a perfect peach. Lucky you…How about in August, I send some Maine blueberries to you and you send up some of those beautiful Georgia peaches?

  13. Monique says:

    Ahhhh! You are in GA???!!!!??? I live in GA!!!! I LOVE your blog!!! I was going to say "I love you" but thought that might totally come out creepy. HA! I will not admit that the idea of jumping up and down in happiness just ran through my head. Then I realized something… I am an adult, a mom, a wife… and those <- people, definitely do not get excited because a blog they follow is based in GA. They absolutely do not. :)
    PS I had the SAME issues with peaches this summer, it was very disappointing. The apples though so far this year, not a disappointment at all.

  14. Toby & Samm + Ben, Addie, Peytie says:

    Oh my goodness, Ashley! Ellie and Connor are SSSSOOOO big! I can't believe it! You're amazing, as always!

  15. Lori Thompson says:

    YUMMY! My mouth was watering as I read this post!

  16. Martha anne says:

    Oh my! That looks so good I can't even stand it! I really want to make this now! Thanks for the reciple!

  17. Annie says:

    Peach pie is my favorite. I grew up in a little orchard/farming community and I've got the snobbish-must-be-perfect fruit attitude as well. Delish! It's the best for breakfast.

  18. Rockstargirlz says:

    MMMM, Sounds delish. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Tonya says:

    Hey, that's the SAME recipe I got from my grandma peach pie! It's even called SUPER peach pie! How funny is that? Now I need some, but being as it just snowed here in northern Utah, my chances of finding fresh peaches are slim. :(

  20. crafts, crafts and crafts! says:

    hmmmmmm this looks so yummy!!! i can't wait too try it!

  21. Snapshotsofhappiness says:

    Oh that look delicious! I don't think I have ever had peach pie. I just might have to change that soon. :P

  22. Stephanie says:

    Very yummy looking! Your children are adorable!

  23. Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) says:

    Og!! Its gorgeus!!
    Each day one sorprise!!!
    What blog so creative!! Congratulations
    I like so much. Very original

  24. Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...) says:

    Og!! Its gorgeus!!
    Each day one sorprise!!!
    What blog so creative!! Congratulations
    I like so much. Very original

  25. Özlem Mercan says:

    Ohhh harika çok güzel gözüküyor.

  26. Stephanie says:

    Oh Ashley, my mouth is watering looking at your pie! I can't believe you found juicy peaches this time of year, and then to make a pie as well. You are making me hungry.

  27. Emily says:

    Delish! What cute kids you have!

    I had some success with blanching peaches. As long as they were ripe enough when I started and got nice and cold before I tried to remove the skins, most of the skins came off without a peeler.

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