Stawberry Delight

3/4 - cup real butter, softened ( 1 stick + 4 tablespoons)
1 1/2 - cups all purpose flour
3/4 - cup pecans, chopped

1 - 8oz pkg cream cheese
1 1/2 - cups powdered sugar
1 - envelope dream whip, prepared according to package directions
2 - (21 oz) cans strawberry pie filling or use homemade (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Prepare crust by adding the butter and flour to a bowl and blend using a large fork or pasty blender. Add chopped pecans and mix. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until light golden brown. When done remove from oven and let cool. While the crust is cooling prepare the filling. Prepare dream whip according to package directions, whip until soft peaks form then set aside. Mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar together using a electric mixer. Add prepared dream whip to cream cheese mixtures. When the crust is completely cooled add the cream cheese filling on top of the crust and spread evenly. Top with strawberry pie filling and chill for 12 hours. I never chill that long. I usually prepare this dish in the morning to serve that afternoon or evening. The vanilla extract is added to the dream whip. (Follow directions on packet)

Here is a recipe for homemade strawberry pie filling. Homemade is so much so much cheaper than buying canned filling. But if you are in a pinch for time there is nothing wrong than buying it already prepared. Walmart has 1lb package of strawberries for $1.35 each, it doesn't get any better than that.

Another alternative:
If you dont want to go all homemade another option is to use fresh sliced strawberries and buy the strawberry glaze that you find in the produce section usually by the strawberries in the grocery store. They come in containers or a clear bags.

Homemade Strawberry
Pie Filling Recipe

1 - cup sugar
1 - cup water
3 - tablespoons cornstarch
3 - tablespoons strawberry gelatin
3 - cups fresh strawberries, sliced
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and cornstarch. Cook over medium high heat until it boils and thickens. Remove from heat; add gelatin. Cool slightly.