Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe & Our Vacation to Gorgeous Montana

fresh strawberry pie recipe

Last week we went on an awesome family vacation to beautiful Montana! More on that is a minute. While I was there I made this fresh strawberry pie for the first time and it was so EASY and so delish! My MIL makes this and she suggested this recipe.I used a store bought pie crust.

Fresh Strawberry Pie Filling

(Here’s what I used for this pie) and go to Cooks Illustrated for the full directions. They used twice as much strawberries and I didn’t have any lemons.)

  • 2 Pints Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Sure-Gel (Pectin)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • top with whip cream
  • Bake and cool store bought pie crust before you poor in filling

It turned out great and super festive for the 4th of July!

fresh strawberry pie recipe

So onto our big trip. We decided to drive from CA to SW Montana to visit family and it took about 18-19 hours each way. It was our longest trip with the kids. They did pretty well. We found out their max time in the car is about 7-8 hours per day, after that things start to get interesting! ha. I think they slept about 1 maybe 2 hours total in the car…I did try to keep them busy though with road trip bingo, which you can download here, and both ipads were loaded down with movies and games 🙂

road trip bingo for the car

I actually grew up camping each summer near this part of Montana about 45 minutes east and north of Missoula,. This is where we spent all our time last week too near the small town of Seeley, MT next to Seeley, Placid, Salmon, and Holland Lakes. I’m always amazed at how close together these lakes are and it’s absolutely beautiful driving through the area. My kids and husband had never been here before so it was fun showing them around.

montana image

Here we are dressed up in our 4th of July best waiting to go to fireworks!

4th of July Kids

We stayed right on the river and here is the view from the deck.

River View

This view was so great to wake up to and have coffee each morning. Falling asleep to the sound of the river was pretty great too.

Deck on the River

We took a nice three mile hike up to Holland Lake Falls one day.

hiking Holland Lake Falls

Holland Lake is so quite and peaceful. If you look close you can see the falls in this photo below taken near the beginning of the trail.

picture of the falls at holland lake, MT

I love hikes that have a falls and nice view from the top. This one has both!

The Falls at Holland Lake, MT

holland lake from the falls

I LOVE this view of Holland Lake and some gorgeous glaciers.

Holland Lake, MT

Photo of Holland Lake, MT

Here’s the river my kids caught their first fish in! Doesn’t it look like a post card?(This is from my cell phone I wish I had brought my good camera down.)

Clearwater River, MT

It only took them about 10 minutes to start catching fish!

gone fishin

We all had a blast swimming and boating on Salmon Lake,

Do you notice how there’s hardly any people?! That doesn’t happen in CA or NV 🙂

floating Salmon Lake, MT


boating on Salmon Lake

This is the view of Salmon lake as it tuns into a river. I thought the reflections were pretty.

Salmon Lake, MT

And finally some pretty wildflowers the kids picked on a walk displayed inside some milk glass!

wild flowers in milk glass

We had such a great week in big sky country! If you ever have the chance to bring your family here I’d definitely recommend it! Next time we’re for sure going to check out Glacier National Park.New Signature Graphic


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8 thoughts on “Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe & Our Vacation to Gorgeous Montana

  1. That pie looks amazing! And your vacation looks even more amazing! I’ll have to add Montana to our “travel wish list”! We had our summer road trip in June, but I’m ready to go away again, how about you?

    • Thanks Jessie! It was a blast but I’m good on road trips for awhile! Ha
      I wish flying was cheaper!! Lol
      We are going to Yosemite next month for a few days since its so close..looking forward to that! Happy summer 🙂 hugs

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