My dad was the first person to teach me how to bake. I’ve already blogged about my him as an expert pie maker and all-around awesome person a few times. On Thanksgiving, he made pumpkin pie for breakfast and proudly displays the “evil pie” print I purchased for him in our family’s living room. He also sent me a surprise package of baking supplies to celebrate Spring!
Last year, when I sent him photo evidence of my Apple Pie Cookies, he lightly scoffed at my use of canned apples. :-P At my parent’s house, we have apple trees in the backyard. One year, my dad went into uber-pie mode and made more than ten apple pies, not wanting the fruit to go to waste. After we’d had our fill, he shared some with his coworkers, our cousins and the neighbors, too. It’s no surprise that he earned a new sense of respect from those who hadn’t ever tried one of his pies before.
So when my dad was in town, I was determined to have him bake with me. :) We already had an ambitious schedule of activities for my parents’ visit, so I forced him…(err, I mean asked him nicely) to retry a quick recipe. We followed my Apple Pie Cookies recipe using cherry filling, instead. Cherry pie always makes me think of my dad because (1) any pie makes me think of my dad, (2) he loves cherries and cherry-flavored foods and (3) he tells a funny story about a girl he once met named Cherry. As the story goes, he was working as a substitute teacher and saw the name “Cherry Pie” on his roll call sheet. Wanting to avoid embarrassing her, he pronounced her name “Sherry,” thinking that “Cherry Pie” was just too unlikely a name. He quickly learned he was wrong when she shot back a harsh, “It’s Ch-erry Pie” response. Ah well, he had the best of intentions! (He always, always does.)
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I’m sending out lots of love to my dad for being my mentor in so many ways.
- Frozen pie crusts – 1 box
- Cherry pie filling – 1 can
- Circle cookie cutter (I used a 2.5″ cookie cutter from Sur La Table which yielded ~18 cookies.)
- Egg – 1
- Parchment paper
- Flour – just enough to sprinkle on the crusts to keep them from sticking to the parchment paper
1. Sprinkle flour on 1 pie crust and roll it out on a piece of parchment paper. (I also rolled out my 2nd pie crust at the same time on a separate sheet of parchment paper, to ensure it was the same size. You’ll need it later to top your pie cookies!)
2. Pour out pie filling on cutting board and chop it into bite-size pieces. Spread topping on crust.
3. Cut 2nd pie crust into strips and weave into a lattice pattern.
4. Dip circle cookie cutter in egg wash and cut out pie cookies. Arrange on cookie sheet. Brush some extra egg wash on cookie tops.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes and then allow time to cool. Enjoy!
I wasn’t able to spend Mother’s Day with my mom this year, but I did send her a small care package with this very appropriate card. My mom is my confidant. Her courage and her strength is unbelievable. (And so is her determination to buy every book and scrapbooking accessory created. :-P <– It does make trips home fun. I always come back with a new scrapbook technique or tip tucked away, plus a few good reads.) In the past year, we’ve started sending text messages more often, though we still communicate on the phone; I’ve noticed that her sense of humor comes through that much more by communicating in text form. Lately, I’ve found myself mimicking the actions of my mom. When I sent her an update on this observation, her response was this: “Mama knows best!” (And more often than not, she does.)
Speaking of a master of one-liners and a giver of sage advice, my dad also fits this bill. Earlier this week, he sent me a surprise gift: cupcake liners and stands from Crate and Barrel. (How cute and seasonally appropriate are these lil things?) When I posted the original photo below with a caption that began with “Reason #892 why I love my dad,” his joking response was, “Is that all?” He also mentioned that he’d recently checked out my blog and was impressed by the Chick Cupcakes. :) I guess it’s time for me to do more baking.
I hope everyone gets a chance to connect with their families today, whether it be in person, online or on the phone. Happy Mother’s Day! I love you mom, and you too, dad.
My dad made me breakfast! This is one of my favorite family traditions for Thanksgiving. (And it’s certainly NOT the first time I’ve blogged about my love for this exact pie before.)
I started scrapbooking when I was in middle school, but these days, I don’t make much time to do it. When I go home to visit my family though, I can’t pass up on the opportunity to raid my mom’s MEGA scrapbooking stash. My mom picked up the hobby with several of her friends at work and now attends workshops, retreats and scrapbooking events. She has an entire room filled with tools, stickers, circle cutters, ink pads, buttons, ribbons and stacks upon stacks of velum and other assorted papers. It’s a kid in the candy store moment for me every time I sort through her materials; there’s always some small embellishment that catches my eye and inspires me to create a new page that I hadn’t planned to work on.
When my mom asked me if I wanted to go to a workshop taught by a friend of hers from her scrapbooking group during my last visit home, I immediately said yes. The focus of the class was on decoupage. We all met on a Friday afternoon and sat through a quick tutorial on the art of decoupage. Our teacher brought in the blue dress piece (above) as inspiration; she also brought all of the stamps and supplies to recreate the dress on canvas (plus a bunch of other materials for us to use liberally). Our teacher demonstrated great patience and skill in helping to explain techniques to us, oftentimes repeatedly.
First, we painted the sides of our canvas, and then came the hard part. We had to decide what we wanted to focus on as subject material. I was drawn to the clocks and time-related pieces that our instructor had in her magic bag of supplies. I was particularly taken by this quote from Sidney J. Harris: “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Amen. My mom decided to create an artwork similar to the instructor’s, using a stamp set and some delicate folding to recreate the 3D layers of the dress. We sat for hours chit chatting, working on our individual canvases, admiring others’ works in progress and snacking. With the help of a little Mod Podge, which we used to secure all of our paper, trinkets and ribbons, we each walked home with a mini masterpiece. :)