I had the chance to participate in a #CollectiveBias promotional event to honor military heroes – #CMSalutingHeroes. This week Bill and one of his veteran friends, Toby, were doing some yard work, and I decided to give these two heroes a special “Thank you for your service” treat during their coffee break. I baked a special “My Hero Pie” (recipe below) made with a red, white, and blue theme of apples, blueberries, and raspberries. I served it up with coffee and used Nestle Coffee-mate as my creamer.
When I was at Walmart, I found the Nestle Coffee-mate in these patriotic themed containers. They were the perfect touch to honor my heroes. Coffee-mate has decorated their French Vanilla and Hazelnut liquid creamer and their Original powder creamer in patriotic stars and stripes. These limited edition designs are going to be exclusively available at Walmart from Memorial Day to Independence Day. In honor of our Military Heroes, Nestle Coffee-mate proudly partners with Operation Homefront. Coffee-mate’s contribution helps Operation Homefront provide a wide range of support to our military families.
“Thank you for your service.” I hear people say that to my husband so very often, particularly when we visit the VA hospital for his medical care. It’s an easy phrase to say but many who say it have no idea what that service really entails. Only those who have served in our military and their families know the true sacrifice that these men and women have made to protect the innocent from tyranny and keep our country free. The majority of our military are just kids fresh out of high school when they enlist to serve. They have no idea what the reality of their service will entail. They are still starry eyed and idealistic. My husband Bill says that boot camp was a real wake up call for him. He went from his mother and his Nana coddling him and feeding his ego to drill sergeants who verbally and physically tore him down to rebuild him as a man with an undying loyalty to his comrades and his country. He served with pride in the Navy aboard a destroyer during wartime. He went from being a naïve young New Hampshire farm boy to a seasoned world traveler and military professional. Bill’s military service made him the man he is today – a man with a sense of responsibility, devotion, loyalty, and love for his country and his family.
We see our returning military heroes in crisp, clean, glamorous dress uniforms marching in parades and being honored at ceremonies. We don’t see them covered with mud, dodging a hail of bullets or carefully patrolling dusty roads through barren desert hillsides, wondering if their next step might be their last if they come in contact with an IED. We don’t see them huddled in dirty tents missing their families on a holiday while we back at home gather warm and cozy around a decorated Christmas tree. We can only give lip service to the sacrifices they make. Sacrifices like missing the birth of a child, missing their sons and daughters graduate from high school, being part of a child’s first birthday or Christmas, and of course, the ultimate sacrifice of dying in a foreign land faraway from family and friends who didn’t have the chance to say good bye. These are sacrifices that we who haven’t endured them can never completely understand. All we can do is say “Thank you” and we must do that more often! We enjoy the lives we have because of their sacrifice and bravery.
The Summit Project honors Fallen Maine Heroes
Here in Maine we have the third highest percentage of veteran’s in the United Sates. 1 in 7 Mainers are veterans so the tradition of service in our state is strong. To honor Maine heroes who have died in service to their country since September 11, 2001 (60 heroes to date), we have “The Summit Project” . On Memorial Day 2014, Summit Project volunteers honored these fallen veterans by hiking to the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest peak and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Mountain Trail, carrying in their backpacks stones engraved with each fallen hero’s name. Each stone was chosen and donated to the project by the veteran’s family. We all should take the time to honor our heroes, not just on special holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veteran’s Day, but on any day that we encounter them. Honor them with a “Thank you for your service” and contemplate what that service really means.
Patriot Fruit Pie – incredibly delicious with a red, white and blue touch!
Patriot Fruit Pie
How much more patriotic can a pie get than this red, white, and blue fruit pie using apples – white, blueberries – blue, and raspberries – red! I use Splenda to for part of the sugar amount to reduce calories.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
- Yield: 6-8 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American as Apple Pie!
- crust for 2 crust pie
- 2 cups sliced apples (Granny Smith are my favorites for pie)
- 2 cups fresh blueberries (Maine, of course)
- 2 cups raspberries
- 1 1/2 cups sugar (to cut calories I use 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup Splenda) plus 2 tbs. sugar
- 5 tbs. cornstarch – this pie is incredibly juicy
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- Preheat oven to 425F
- If you use manufactured pie crust, sprinkle both sides of the bottom crust with flour before placing in pie plate.
- Place bottom crust in pie plate.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over bottom crust. This will create a caramelized layer to help keep juice from leaking through bottom crust. I do this with all my fruit pies.
- Sprinkle 3 tbs. of cornstarch on top of sugar.
- Dust raspberries with 1 tbs.corn starch and place in pie plate in an even layer.
- Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger into 1 1/2 c. sugar. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of this mixture over raspberries.
- Place apple slices in pie plate.
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar/spice mixture over apples.
- Dust blueberries with 1 tbs. of cornstarch and place in pie plate.
- Sprinkle last 1/2 cup of sugar/spice mixture over blueberries.
- Top with second crust. If crust is solid be sure to make a few slits in the top to vent steam. I often use a pie bird which eliminates the necessity for slits. Also this pie looks very pretty with a lattice work top.
- Cover crust edges with aluminum foil 20 minutes of baking time.
- Remove foil and continue to bake for another 25 minutes.
- Let pie cool completely before cutting to serve.