Compassion Explorer Extra: Creamy Lemon Pie

Seven girls have whipped up a cool way to help people who live in poverty—through a cooking camp in Pennsylvania. Saara’s Cooking Camp is a three-day summer camp where kids practice cooking while learning about kids in poverty.

Dani, age 14, got the idea for the camp when she was 7. While Dani was riding in the car one day, her mom explained to her why it’s important for people to use the gifts God has given them. Dani thought about what special talents God had given her. She said, “One of my gifts is cooking!”

Dani—who loves to cook, especially Mexican food—thought of a way to use her gift to help others. She gathered other caring kids and adults to help start a camp named after Dani’s sponsored child, Saara, who lives in Colombia.

Their creations are so yummy that last year they raised $7,000 during their one-hour bake sale to help sponsored children and other people in need! Here is one of their recipes.


1 lemon

3 c. milk

2 boxes lemon instant pudding mix

1 (12-ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed

2 graham-cracker pie crusts


  1. Zest lemon into a large mixing bowl, careful to avoid the white pith.
  2. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Check to be sure no seeds have fallen in.
  3. Pour the milk into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the pudding mix to the bowl.
  5. Mix with a wire whisk for two minutes or until thick.
  6. Fold in the Cool Whip with a spatula.
  7. Spoon the pudding mixture into the crusts. Smooth with a butter knife.
  8. Refrigerate.

Source: Saara’s Cooking Camp

Written by: Amber Van Schooneveld

Amber Van Schooneveld is the Managing Editor of Compassion International's blog.