Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Birthday Pie

Hubby's Birthday Pie
I survived. I made Hubby's birthday pie on Wednesday. He liked it, too. 

He wasn't impressed by my technique. I thought the patchwork, rustic look for the pie crust would make it more "flaky." He questioned whether the apples would be cooked, because it didn't look properly sealed. I considered those open spaces "vents."

Hubby believes pie crusts should be homemade. I believe you can buy a perfectly tasty and looking crust at the store. 

Before I put away the recipe book, I realized I had failed one key step in the pie crust process. Roll it out on wax paper. I rolled it out on a fancy French mat Hubby bought for all of his bread creations. I pieced strips of thin crust together. The wax paper is easier, because you just flip the crust into the pie pan in one large piece.

I hope I remember this lesson next year, because I'm sure he'll want Birthday Pie again. 

While I'm grateful he liked the pie, the situation made me realize it's a lot easier to edit words together than a pie crust.

What are you Thankful for this Thursday? 


  1. Fellow Campaigner here . . . wow, pie is no easy feat. So glad it turned out well!

    I am thankful for 3 happy, crazy children and a husband who couldn't be any better. :)

    I look forward to getting to know you better through the Campaign.

  2. Janet. Nice to meet you. Sounds like you have a fun house with all the kids and a hubby.

  3. I am thankful that my local Stop&Shop has pretty good pies already baked so I don't have to do it :)

  4. I am with you on that Susanna. It was Hubby's birthday wish, so I did it.

  5. That looks great - well done you! I'm thankful that my littlest girl (aged 7) is happy to have gone back to school today, all proud of herself. She's a Junior, not an Infant now, y'know :)

  6. haha! I'm with you--I 'd rather edit words!!

  7. Hi Stacy - Birthday Pie!!! Why didn't I ever think of that? I would prefer pie anytime. That will definitely be for my next birthday. I love the comparison. Editing words is tough, but if you are choosing to edit your pie crust after it is on the pie, your edits are in bites. YUM!!

    P.S. Thanks for your many kind comments! Take care.

  8. I've cried over many a pie crust, or bread loaf, or short-planned dinner, but it's worth it when something comes out so amazing I can't believe these hands put it together.

    The pie looks delicious.

  9. I'm thankful that my husband realizes any pie from me HE should be thankful, whether it's homemade crust or store bought. I'm pretty much a rotten cook!! I try but... yours looks delicious though!

    Anyway, here to say Hi to a fellow campaigner and thank you for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  10. I'm thankful for a visit from my BFF from England. :) I'm a fellow campaigner and new follower. :)

  11. @Beth - Happy your daughter enjoys school. The Junior comment made me laugh.
    @Christinia - Yes. Words are easier.
    @Maeve - Hubby declared it's his birthday, so he should be able to choose. You should do the same.
    @Victoria - I'm excited when anything I make is edible.
    @Allyn - I'm a rotten cook. See my note to Victoria.
    @Ciara - So glad you had a visit from your friend. Distance is tough, but thank goodness for all the technology to communicate and the ability to send an email at odd hours. :)

  12. Hey, Stacy! Thanks for commenting on my blog and for becoming a Follower! It's great to meet you!

    Even if something was wrong about Birthday Pie, going by your photo, I would eat this pie in a second. In fact, I wish I had it right now to eat because it looks so delicious.

    And what a small world that you used to live in Rockingham, NC - so did my husband! He lived there for 13 years, until 1990, when his family moved. I'll email you with more info to see if you guys know each other!

  13. Hi, Stacy.

    I'm a fellow campaigner and very interested in "process," so am looking forward to reading about your "journey" as a writer.

    I don't use twitter but will be adding the NF writers to my blog's sidebar.

    See you around the campaign!

  14. Like your Thankful Thursday blogs. I am like your husband -- I want pie for my birthday. And, it has to be strawberry-rhubarb pie.

    Looking forward to getting to know you. I'm realizing that many of you have blogspot, and I have a wordpress blog. Haven't figured out to use the Google Connect yet on WP. Fortunately I do have a Blogger acct. and profile.


  15. You are far braver than I. I did attempt to make a blackberry cobbler this summer. Your pie looks better:) Thank you for your consistence, intelligence, and inspiration. I speak from the heart. I am giving you the Appreciated Follower Award. You are welcome to stop by my blog and pick it up tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

  16. Ahh, now I want pie. I'm gonna have to got to the store (I don't bake, and believe me, you wouldn't want to eat anything I made anyway--yucky).

    Thanks for popping by my blog and all the support you gave me--I really appreciate that. More than you could know.

  17. I'm loving all the pie love!
    @Lauren - I'm much older than your hubby and moved there in 2006. I'll respond to your email.
    @Sandwiched Writer - that's very kind to promote the NF group. I'm making my way through the group this weekend.
    @Patricia T - I tend to sign up for email notices of posts. Makes a mess of my inbox, but I read more blogs this way vs. the Google Connect.
    @Tonia - You are too kind. I appreciate your kindness and the award. I'll be over. It's a long weekend, but I feel like I'm losing time.
    @Angela - What was that funny tweet you had that day - "Our relationship is real." I still laugh when I recall seeing that Tweet. It's very awesome that you have righted your publication path. In fact... someone here might be interested to hear you story —

  18. The birthday pie looks delicious!!!
    Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

  19. Hi Stacy: many good lessons in this post. My takeaway: Just because you're not perfect at something doesn't mean you shouldn't make the attempt. And if you're attempting pie, there's even a reward at the end!

  20. Gail, Hubby there was a sweet reward at the end. After Hubby got over the messy look. He dug in to his birthday treat.

  21. I love a pie to look rustic, makes it look more home-made and yummy!
    Wagging Tales - Blog for Writers

  22. Hi Stacy, now I'm craving pie, and that picture made my mouth water.

    Now, what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful my family is still with me. I saw your caretaker's blog. My dad is in home hospice and my mom and I are his caregivers. However, my mom's health is almost as bad as my dad's. But my parents are lucky. They have good health insurance.

  23. Thanks for stopping by Charmaine and Doralynn.
    I'm sorry to hear about your father Doralynn. Being a caregiver is tough. Hopefully, you both can get a break to refresh yourself. I think it helps the person being cared for, too.

  24. I think it looks delicious! I love to bake and usually use Mr Grillyfish's birthday (this week) as an excuse - this year I made cherry victoria sponge! Nothing nearly as exciting or daring as birthday pie though, I am very impressed :)


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