Sunday, October 21, 2007
Pumpkin Patch and Apple Pie
It has been a very busy week around here and I really don't see it slowing down anytime soon. I'm trying to keep everything in perspective so that I can enjoy what is happening instead of stressing over whether or not things are being done the right way. ( I too have a little bit of "Bree" in me)
Last week we made the annual pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch with the preschool. Field trips tend to stress me out a little bit due to the chaos of it all, but this one is great. Terry's Berries is a little organic farm down the hill from us in Puyallup. The kids get to go on a hayride, feed chickens, pick berries, dig potatoes, pick apples, make cider and of course pick a pumpkin.
(I found out this year, they don't actually grown pumpkins on the farm, oh well, still fun) They end the tour at their little veggie stand and of course we bought some stuff to take home. The apples they grow there are so good. We bought a couple and decided we needed to make an apple pie for dessert.
Now, I can make a decent one crust pie (pecan, pumpkin, etc), but fruit pies are tricky. I believe you should be able to "plate" a slice of pie without it running all over the place. The filling can ooze out slowly, but not be a juicy mess. I googled apple pie recipes (I bet the google guys love that "google" is now a verb) and found one that looked promising. I usually google "killer whatever I want to make" I figure if someone calls their recipe "killer" it must be good. I actually found a recipe for "killer apple pie". Bingo
So I assemble all my stuff to make the pie. Sammie was quite the good little helper. Everything was going great. Even used my "good thing" rolling trick and viola, the pie was done.
Fast forward a couple of hours...
The house smells great... we had a yummy dinner... are ready for dessert... we cut into the pie and it was a big soupy mess!! Ugh!!!! All that work down the drain and it was not very "killer" at all. I also learned that juicy, messy apple pies are the world's best fruit fly traps. (Let's just say we didn't finish the pie) Oh, well. Better to toss a non-killer apple pie than have to say goodbye to one that was really good. So the search continues...