Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chatting Over Pie

I am feeling much better after my "ordeal" on Thursday. I am not good with the dentist. Thursday I go back for some work on a crown, but as long as I am leaving with all my parts, that is fine. My sinus issues are calming down too, so I feel better than I have in weeks. A stiff jaw, is nothing compared to intense pain!!I have spent a bit of time quilting this past week. I got all the hand quilting done on the fall table topper. I am pleased with it. I have the binding made and ready to put on. Tomorrow, I should be able to mark it "finished" on my list of New Years Eve Challenges.My neighbor went to the apple orchard and brought me a bag of apples, perfect for a pie. I came home from church (which was awesome!) and got my pie crust recipe out, and all my tools ready.No Kitchen Aide mixer here, so all my tools are very basic...I am the same in the kitchen as in the sewing room. Old fashioned basics.This is what I found when I went to the pantry for something.....That Zachary and his rubber bugs and snakes!!!!!

I got over my shock and rolled out my pie crust.
I use the "roll it to the middle" trick to move it to the pie plate.... It works well. Do you have a trick to get the dough from the rolled out stage to the pie plate?I simply mix 3/4 c sugar, 2 TBS flour, 1/2 t. cinnamon (I use a little more) and 1/8 t of nutmeg in with my sliced apples.

The top crust of my pie always looks ugly....I cut some shapes out of the left over dough and decorate over my mistakes.The kids LOVE pie crust cut outs. I just sprinkle a little sugar on them before I bake them up. That way there is no waste!I am terrible at cleaning as I go, but I really try. Today the mess is cleaned up and the pie is in the oven for dessert tonight.It feels SOOOOO good to want to bake and do my routine chores. I look forward to serving a nice dinner to my family tonight and the pie will be a bonus! A couple of Blog-worthy announcements.....Calling all QUILTERS!!!!!

There is still time to join the Quilter's Giveaway scheduled for Oct. 1st and drawn on Oct. 15th. Debi is doing a very GENEROUS drawing for all those involved. You do not have to make something. It can be a book, a charm square pack, notions....anything quilt related. Let's have a successful 1st giveaway. It is all about on the scarecrow to join!!!

Also...all members of the Eating 2 Live community....
Where are you??? You must be eating pie!!!! Really, lets leave some comments. There is no tracker there and I know most of you are reading, but lets encourage each other. This is a closed community, so if you are not a member and want to be, let me know and I will send you an invitation. No particular fitness/weight loss program is used. We all do "our thing" and encourage each other along the way.

Finally, I want to mention my journey with 1000 Gifts.
I have had such a wonderful experience in this blog based journal. It has been such a joy. I encourage any of you who have trouble keeping a hand written journal to consider doing a daily gratitude blog. My 1000 Gifts blog "The Offering Of Thanksgiving" has been a wonderful source of communication with God. It starts each day for me and I am better for it! Let Ann know if you join. You can do that by clicking on the above banner.

Now, I know you are all going through Emerson withdrawls!!! I will end this post with a pic of Emerson and her Great Grandmother....TJ calls her "Old Grandma"!!! I love it...when she is here, he calls me "New Grandma"!


meggie said...

Hi Bren, Nice post. I bet that pie was delicious! So glad your sinus trouble is better.
The pic of Emerson with your Mum is gorgeous.

Corinna said...

Bren, you're pie looks delish! I'm going to try your rolling method with the crust next time I make pie. And I loooove your idea to make cut outs with the left overs. Why did that never occur to me? lol I've been reading and enjoying your blog for some time now. I started my own blog last week. :o)

Niki RuralWritings said...

YUM! I just got my bushel of apples. We get an "assembly line" going and make up a bunch of pies all at once, then freeze them.

The table topper is gorgeous too.

But Emerson is the most gorgeous of all!

Brenda said...

Yuuuuuum. So I have to ask. You are doing so well on your diet. How do you deal with the pie and things like that? I'd love to be a part of your weight loss blog as I am battling 10 lb I gained over the summer and refuse to let it continue to go up. Thanks.

Marilyn R said...

This post reminded me of my Grandmother's pies. She was a wonderful cook and baker. She would always use her scraps of pie dough and make "crust pie" for the grandkids. She would sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the dough and bake it up for us. Thanks for reminding me of my Grandmother today!

Guðrún said...

Ummmm the pie looks delicious.

Love Bears All Things said...

This was a great post. I think the pie looks great. I bet it tasted good too.
She's a cutie!!
Mama Bear

Sarah said...

I'll bet your pie was delicious, Bren! I am a young wife and fairly new to the baking scene... I have never made a pie before! I guess it is time to put on my big girl apron and give it a try! Congrats on nearing your first finished goal! I am rooting for Pink and Brown... I have loved Pink and Brown since you first posted on her. I would like to join Eating 2 Live. My e-mail is

Mountain Mama said...

Nothing like a fresh apple pie and a little scoop of ice cream. It looks delicious.
Emerson is beautiful! What a blessing she must be to everyone.

Rose Marie said...

That pie would be delicious regardless if you prettied it up or not.

With leftover pie crust, my Mom used to make little cinnamon swirls. She would gather all the leftover pieces, make a ball and roll out the crust into a rectangle. Dap butter here and there, spoon brown sugar all over the crust and sprinkle on some cinnamon and dribble milk over all. Roll up (securing with a bit of milk to hold together the ends) and place into a pie plate with the roll making a circle and bake for about 10 mins. When it comes out of the oven, cool just a bit and then cut the roll into pieces. Heavenly!