the world needs more pie!

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
― David Mamet

Why do I like to bake?

Why does an eskimo like snow?

Because it’s all we’ve ever known!

I grew up in an environment that cakes & cookies didn’t come from the store, they came from the oven in the kitchen…our mother’s, grandmother’s and lots & lots of aunts.  It has always been a tradition of passing favorite recipes, one to another.  Some of them used more times than others, while a few are only pulled from the recipe box during a special time of year.

However nobody in the family baked donuts. Which meant: it was permissable to get these from our favorite local donut shop, Mighty Fine Donuts.  And that was always a mighty fine treat for us!

(The glazed twist & chocolate-iced frycakes were always my most favorite!)


Even today I have a hard time buying a pie, cake, cupcake, or cookie from a bakery shop; although there are plenty of excellent local bakery’s to choose from!

These goodies came from Fuhrman’s Cider Mill & Frank’s Market.

(Okay, so maybe I purchase a nibble-or-two every once in a blue moon, giggles!)

Throughout the years pies became my favorite treat to bake!

Apple, pumpkin, pecan, grape, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb to name just a few.  Most recipes have been passed along through the kitchens of many wonderful baking women; whose hands I watched kneeding the dough, mixing the batter, or whipping up a batch of sweet frosting.

All with heaping scoops of love sprinkled in!  

Imagine my delight, when our daughter recently traveled home for a one-on-one pie baking lesson. What a blessing to have her hands now added to this special tradition!

Helen watches the love going into the making, hoping some of it sprinkles down to her below!

Two hands that made,

one apple & one grape.

With heaping scoops of love sprinkled in,

a job well done…

fresh from our family’s oven!

“Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.”
― Yogi Berra

hugs n’ blessings to all the hands who are baking for those they love!

Grape Pie

3 1/2 cups concord grapes

1 cup sugar

4 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon lemon juice

9 inch unbaked pie shell

Streusel topping:

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

Wash, drain and stem grapes.  Remove skins and simmer pulp for 5 minutes.  DO NOT add any water to pulp.  WHile hot, press pulp through a sieve (or food mill) to remove seeds.

Combine strained pulp with skins.

Combine sugar and flour; add to grapes.  Blend in lemon juice and butter.  Pour into pie shell and cover with streusel topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

5 thoughts on “the world needs more pie!

  1. You look like you put such love into making these delicious endulgences. I also laughed at the pup staring at the process.
    People know I write about the importance of healthy eating, BUT, I also write about the importance of BALANCE. Since I know you practice this, I hope you enjoy every mouthful!! 🙂

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    1. Indeed, I try my very best but every once in a while there’s one too many nibbles…giggles. But truly, I give away MOST of what I bake as it is a far greater delight to ‘share’ my goodies, than I could ever receive from eating it ALL by myself. (Plus, my hips appreciate that I chose to share!)

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