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Making Memories (and friends!) Monday: Ready, Set, PIE!

Okay, not a very creative title, but that’s all I can think of.  Don’t worry, though, because it shall be made up with pictures of pies.  🙂

Pictures to Take Throughout the Year

November (week 2)

Baked pies

Okay, so before I reveal these pictures, I have to give full disclosure:  these pies are not baked…yet.  Or perhaps by now one or more of them could be.
Hm.  Maybe I should back up here.  So on Saturday, hubby and I helped some dear friends of ours with a fundraising event they do every year:  making apple pies.  Now, this is no small feat.  The whole group, plus volunteer friends and family of group members (that’s me! that’s me!) gather in a church basement and we are all assigned stations according to different stages of the apple pie-making and packaging process.  We had people peeling apples, cutting/quartering apples, mixing the apples with cinnamon and sugar to become filling, pie top & bottom roller-outers, dough weighers, pie top putter-onners, crust cinching-with-a-forkers, apple washers, dough makers, and pie-putting-into-plastic-bags-and-adding-a-baking-directions-card-and-boxing-uppers (P.S. I love hyphens.  P.P.S. [P.S.S.?  I never could figure that one out.] those are all official job titles).  I spent about 1% of my time at the quartering station and all the rest at the packaging station.  All together, we made 184 pies that we donated to a local food kitchen/shelter, plus 411 that were ordered to be consumed (the cool thing was that people who chose to donate their funds to the group had the choice of either donating a pie to the shelter and/or having one for themselves).  If you’re doing the math, that’s 595 pies…5 shy of 600!  It was fun, it was exhausting, but overall, it was successful!

So again, these pies are not baked (because one, we didn’t have enough ovens to bake them all, and two, who wants to wait around for 595 pies to cook?).  But you can probably understand why I’m taking liberties with this one and totally counting it as a victory and allowing myself the luxury of a checkmark.  Enjoy!  🙂

The filling station, with a big ol’ pat of butter on top for good measure!

Crust station.

Top & bottom-making station.

Sealing & trimming the crust.  A very delicate operation!

The equipment while we were on lunch break, patiently waiting to go back to work.

And we’re rolling again!  On a roll?  Hm.  😉

Side shot of all the finished pies!

All stacked and pretty!

The marker for our last pies (we made 184 for the first round, which got taken away to the shelter, and this is our 411 round for friends/family/group members).

This is what Violet does with excess dough.  🙂  (I also took some home to make a quiche with for my annual Black Friday dinner.)

And now for some friend-making!  (Slightly better than pie-making.  Only slightly, though. 😉  )  Also, I was pleasantly surprised that this week’s FMM topic related so well with the rest of my post:

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: What’s in Your Fridge?

1. List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge.  The refrigerator lightbulb… a portion of meat defrosting for dinner, milk, a yellow onion, green onions, broccoli, lunchmeat, everything bagels, pickles, ketchup, mustard.

2. What kind of milk do you drink? We did soy milk for a really long time, then rice milk, but for some reason for the last year or so we switched to 1%.

3. Do you prefer fresh or frozen vegetables? I much prefer fresh; unfortunately, they don’t stay good for as long as frozen veggies do and we really only go shopping twice a month so we have to figure out how to compromise.

4. What do you currently have to drink in the fridge? Vitamin Water (XXX), a couple bottles of wine, root beer schnapps, a pack of Guinness…ummm…I think that’s it.

5. How often do you clean out your refrigerator? About once a month I go through and throw out anything that looks scary.

6. What’s the healthiest thing in it right now? I would have to say the broccoli.  Or a couple of apples.

7. What’s the most unhealthy thing in it right now? About 10 king-sized candy bars that my mom got on super-sale at the grocery store and decided to give to us, though we’ve only had one, and she gave it to us a few days before Halloween.

8. What do you wish you had in it that you don’t have now? Milk.  We have like a teaspoon left in our jug and my coffee will be so lonely without it tomorrow morning.

9. How often do you shop for groceries? Once every two weeks.  Coincides with pay day.

10. What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now? Hahaha!  A mug of leftover hot buttered rum from our housewarming party.  Guess it’s time to clean out the fridge.

Bonus:  If you could choose one thing to put in the fridge and make it calorie-free what would it be? Hm.  For some reason I have PIE on the brain.  😉  I’m thinking some sort of cream pie (lemon, banana, chocolate, or coconut) or cherry.  Mmmm.

I would love to have you guys participate, too!  Make sure to link up at the website above.  🙂

To Being Thankful for Nourishing Food For Our Bellies (not everyone can count themselves so lucky!),


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