Remember that post last week about how I was finally happy to be wrapped into fall? Well that was quickly followed by days on end of gloomy grey skies and rain. The kind of days that you never want to get out of bed where it’s cozy and warm and you can watch How I Met Your Mother marathons. A friend said there should be “rain days” akin to staying home when we get “snow days”. I fully support this idea.
Forcing myself out of bed last Friday, I went on a baking frenzy. I made a whole slew of mini apple pies which I baked in a cupcake tin. Whiskey apple, caramel apple, and classic apple cutie pies were everywhere in my kitchen. Coming to my senses from my apple cinnamon haze, I thought, what the heck am I going to do with all this pie? And then I sent out this tweet:
I woke up the next morning (admittedly late since I was up late baking) and there was barely any light coming through my window. Had I woken up in the middle of the night? Nope, the gloom was on a rampage and the skies were darker than ever. “This is ridiculous,” I thought in my head, “I’m gonna make my own sunshine then.”
I decided it was time play pie fairy again (which I hadn’t done on a “big” scale since last Valentine’s Day). To make things even more fun, I made a double sided sign, the one you see in the photos above. Thank you ex-teacher craft stash. The price to pay for one of these sweet pies? An obligatory photo op with pie and sign. Thankfully folks who love pie are fun people and they all said yes! I made stops from B'ville, to the Syracuse University hill, to viewing the Cardiff Giant. I even stopped at the Salt City Urban Craft Market, but thought better of bringing sticky pies into a place full of art. If you were in CNY last weekend and claimed there was nothing to do, next time try stepping foot out your front door.*wink*
After a brief reprieve of sunshine in the days following my pie fairy adventures, the skies have turned grey again…this time with threats of snow! Looks like I’ll be making more of my own sunshine in the days to come. Life is what you make of it as they say.
Thank you to Teri, Lorne, Mitch, Alyssa, Pat, Adam, Tracy, Ty (recreator of the Cardiff Giant), Derek, Amy, and little O & little A for being such great sports and letting the pie fairy have her fun!
Ah autumn, I have finally settled into you, like the comfort of a well worn hoodie. The scenery has changed and I feel like we went from no leaves on the ground to yards full of them.
I went apple picking with some new friends to the makers of the best cider ever: Beak & Skiff Orchards. We gorged ourselves on apples, cheese curds, and apple pie (even though we were both going to be making apple pie later…can there ever be too much pie?). I really wanted a big doughy apple fritter, but Beak & Skiff doesn’t make those. Their apple fritters are just tiny fried slices of apple. SAD FACE. Oh well, Dunkin Donuts will be getting my apple fritter craving business soon.
Columbus Day weekend I traveled with my parents down to Pittsburgh, PA to see my little brother in a show called BLAST!. It’s basically drum and bugle corps for the stage (and if you don’t know what drum & bugle corps is…think marching band, minus the woodwinds). This is his 2nd National tour with them, and he also spent 4 summers in Japan with them. The show gives me chills every time I see it and I especially love when they perform this song:
I miss him a lot when he is on the road, especially around this time of year when we usually do our annual family autumn day trip. I decided I would bring an apple pie down to him and his cast mates. As the year looms ahead and they’ve already spent 2 ½ months living in hotels, I thought some fall flavor & a little home cooking might be a welcome treat.
I may not have the best photos of the pie, but I had the best time sharing it with some of the best looking company! Make a pie, hug your family, and enjoy the changing of the seasons.
Hard to believe that only days ago it was so hot I actually turned my air conditioner on. We can hope for a couple more warm days, but I think autumn is going to set up camp for good now (at least until winter). I wasn’t willing to give up summer just yet before posting fall harvest pies, so I sat here looking through photos of the pies I made this summer, but had yet to post. I obsessively bought peaches this summer…and made a few pies of course.
Peeling the peach; a delicate process that I do by using mine and everyone’s grandmother’s method of dunking the peach in scalding hot water for a couple minutes, then a quick dip in cold water and the skin slides right off.
To start, I made a Peach Raspberry pie. I decided that I didn’t want a whole lot of crust, so I just folded the top over and left the middle exposed. Surprisingly the pie held together as you can see without a runny mess.
Then there was a Peaches and Cream Pie. The recipe repeatedly told me to trust it…it swore it would firm up once the pie cooled. It didn’t. Oh well, I will have to try it again next year. This was also my first time trying a curled crust edge.
This entry is the first in a trio of peach pies. The next 2 posts will also be a peach pie parade. Click read more to find the recipe for the Peach Raspberry Pie.