Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pie Day

Pin It Hi Friends! Happy Pie Day! ( I know... Cheesy please forgive me. I just had to say it.) 

Last year my mother in law gave me the great idea to have a "Pie" party on 3-14. (I'll take any reason to have friends and food! Wouldn't You?) Have some friends over and serve Chicken Pot Pie for dinner, serve various pies for dessert- fellowship, laugh, giggle, and visit and then send everyone home with a homemade pie crust..... Sounds fun doesn't it?.... 

Well... I failed. I totally forgot! I woke up this morning to plan our menu for having guests over for supper this evening and then it dawned on me that it was "Pie" day.... and I completely forgot to have my "pie" party. 

So to salvage my plans I decided to serve a pie for dessert to our friends. A good ol' homemade all the way from scratch strawberry pie. I love having guests and preparing and planning for them. I'm so glad God designed us for relationship. Aren't You? 

During the process of making this homemade pie for our friends. I broke my favorite dish.

I was so bummed! And after I made the pie- I decorated it too early so it didn't look as pretty for my guests. 

I was planning on blogging about my pie recipe and taking lots of pictures to show you guys the pretty pie........ But then my pretty pie pretty at all.  This is real life. 

Has something like this ever happened to you? After I figured out my pie wasn't going to be as pretty as I planned, I immediately hurried to make some cookies for a back up. (Most bloggers probably wouldn't post this info ha!) I didn't want to serve our guests an ugly food! (I believe you eat with your eyes as well as your mouth? Don't you?) 

Also- when I broke my favorite dish- It made such a loud noise that it woke my sleeping babies. What an afternoon? I thought... Maybe I should change my blog name from Embracing Grace..... to "What not to do...". Here at the Farris homestead we live the "real" life with mistakes and failures (Let me just add the word "daily" to that sentence). 

Please tell me you do this in your family too? But I'm so thankful that there is grace. One of the Websters definitions for grace is Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.  I'm so thankful for the grace our heavenly father bestows upon us and for the grace that my friends and family freely give me. 

No one complained about the "ugly" pie. We all ate, caught up on each others, lives and had a great time. Posted below is the recipe for the pie. It is pretty... Just don't make the mistake of decorating it too early like I did. haha.

                            First I made the pie crust. I used Pioneer Woman's recipe.

First I combined 3 cups flour with 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1 1/2 cups shortening. Cut with pastry cutter until it resembles small pebbles.
Next I added a ligthly beaten egg. Also- go ahead and add 5 Tablespoons of cold water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

Grab your sweet toddler and have her help you stir the mixture until it is just combined. Use two wooden spoons. (Very important)
  Now it's time to roll it out and put it in the pie plate. After I put the decorative edge on mine. I put foil on around the edge so that it doesn't burn. I take the foil off when there is about 5 minutes left on the pie. Cook the pie crust for about 10-12 minutes @ 400 F
Now it's time to make the glaze. Very easy. 1/2 cup sugar mixed with 1 Tablespoon corn starch. 

Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Pour the sugar mixture into the water. Cook on medium heat until it thickens until "glaze" consistency. 
Next pour 1.5 oz of strawberry jello mix into the glaze. Turn off heat and stir until all dissolved. Set aside and let cool. By now your pie crust should be done. While the crust and glaze are cooling to room temperature. Cut up your strawberries. 
Aren't they pretty? Put your strawberries in the cooled pie crust. Pour glaze over the top.  You can now add whip cream and garnish to the top to make it appealing to the eye. I added chocolate chips to mine. 
Now... to the honesty part. I put the whip cream on WAY too early. So when my guests arrived-  The pie didn't look pretty anymore. :(  I was pretty bummed. I knew it wouldn't look as pretty a couple hours before they were expected to arrive.........So what did I do? Revert back to safety. Whip up some chocolate chip cookies. and put them on a pretty platter.  

I gave my guests a choice... Yummy---not so pretty pie OR yummy pretty cookies. What do you do in such a dilemma. duh! Eat BOTH! 
We had a great evening with Money Family Musings enjoying food, fun, fellowship and TACOS. 
Here is a pic prop to my big helper. 
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Blessings to your family,

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