Baking With Your Husband and Other Saturday Randomness

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Today was a wonderful day. My husband and I had a stay at home date and baked a pie together. This was the first time I made pie crust from scratch. It has always scared me, and pre-made is sooooo easy. But I figured I had been baking long enough to give it a shot and since this pie wasn’t for anything in particular there was no pressure.

When I was asking my husband when I should  take on my baking fears he said, “Tomorrow, so I can help.” Whata guy. Like seriously. Normally I make the food and the mess and he cleans it up. Which is wonderful. Lovely. Delightful. Loading the dishwasher is my nemesis. So it felt wonderful to know my husband wanted to try his hand at baking with me, and he is not a baker. He asked me if the pie dough needed time to rise. Nope, nope honey. So cute.

We had a blast. While we were moving from pie dough, to filling to dough again, he would do the dishes. He applied the nice, light pressure we needed when rolling out the crust. I mixed and bossed, which really works for me. Our crust got a little warm and we were worried that it wasn’t going to hold the filling when we cut the pie. But after waiting patiently for 3 hours (ok maybe only 2.5 because we put the pie in the fridge to hurry up the cooling) we cut the pie and it looked beautiful!

And it tasted even better. We are now excited to make it again for Thanksgiving! If you want tips and tricks on making pies, or to find this recipe, click on over to my go-to baking blog, Sally’s Baking Addiction. Here is the recipe for the pie we made, it is Cranberry Apple goodness. Seriously everything I have made from her blog has been delicious. You should definitely check out her cookbooks as well; Sally’s Baking Addiction and Sally’s Candy Addiction. I won both and use the frequently. She is currently writing Sally’s Cookie Addiction and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy, as her cookies are my favorite thing to bake.

After making our gorgeous pie, we had a little pie crust dough leftover and my husband really wanted to use it up. So we put it in the fridge and about an hour later my husband decided what he wanted to do with it. Welcome to our lunch today:

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They were good. Don’t judge.

We finished the day off with reading/watching football and eating Chicken and Dumpling Soup. You guys, it was a really good day.

And guess what!! We are headed to Arizona next week! We will be visiting for the first time since we moved back to Oregon. I am so excited to visit with our friends and hope to see some family too! But I am also a little nervous.

I am nervous that all of the emotions I had when we left will come back. Even now, over a year later, I still get sad about leaving. And then I feel ridiculous, because my life here in Oregon is amazing. But, I guess, such is grief. So I am putting the nerves on the back-burner and just ramping up my excitement. I get to laugh until it hurts with my friends. I get to cuddle a baby. I get to see my students. I get to eat Cafe Zupas. I get to enjoy weather in the 70’s and 80’s. Yay! Yay! Yay! It is going to be a blast.

What pie making secrets/stories do you have? What are you up to this weekend? What are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

I love you more than perfect pie crust and Arizona dust,

Whitney

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