Goal #23: Make a fruit pie from scratch. No short cuts!
That’s right! Another goal crossed off my list!
As I love baking, it may surprise you to know that I had never made a fruit pie before…much less from scratch. So, putting this on my 30-ish Before 30 list might sound silly, but was really something I’ve wanted to do for some time.
Since I’m usually the one that makes dessert for Easter when getting together with my mother-in-law’s side of the family, I figured this would be as good a time as any to take on this goal. I found a recipe for Cherry Pie in my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and then got my mom’s pie dough crust recipe. I was ready to roll.
Here’s a shot of my lovely crust in the pie pan ready to go. It sure didn’t look pretty, but it was in there and it fit well. One thing I did notice afterward was that you can tell I’m used to rolling dough out for cookies. I think my crust was a bit too thick. I didn’t get any complaints, and was even told by some of those eating it that they like a thicker crust.
Here’s what the filling looked like before It was put in the pie. It was just frozen cherries, sugar, and cornstarch. Since I opted for frozen cherries, the filling had to sit for 45-50 minutes in the sugar and cornstarch mixture. I think one thing I would do differently next time is not use my favorite stainless steel bowl for it. Because the cherries were frozen, I think the stainless steel helped keep the cherries cold when they were supposed to be thawing a bit. I’ll use one of my plastic bowls instead.
Here’s the pie all ready to go into the oven! I opted for the lattice top since it’s the most decorative and I figured since I was making it from scratch, I might as well go all out. Lattice tops are actually pretty easy. As you can see, my strips aren’t exactly even in width or placement, but no big deal. It’s all about flavor and taste when making a pie. Who cares if it looks perfect!
And here’s the finished product! Fresh out of the oven! It looked great! And it tasted pretty good! The pie wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be. The recipe called for tart cherries but all I could find were sweet cherries. Then add to that all of the sugar that goes into the filling. The pie still had great flavor and everyone that had some enjoyed it! One of Don’s aunts even complimented me saying that she has never made a fruit pie from scratch. That made me feel great! I’m so glad I added this goal to my list. It might seem like a silly thing to want to do, but I’m glad I did. Now I know that making pies isn’t such a time consuming or “scary” thing.
I’m officially 2 months and 19 days away from hitting my 30th birthday. I’ve taken a bit of a break from my list. Well…sort of. I went crazy with my goal list last year and I started to feel like I was getting obsessed. So, I have it mapped out how I’ll hit a few more in the last 2 1/2 months. Here we go.
1. Write a short story or novella. – Yeah, I’m still not sure if this will actually happen. Maybe I’ll get lucky when Don’s traveling in April and get some inspiration. We’ll see.
4. Have our first baby! (….) – :::sigh::: I have no control over this one. Infertility sucks big, hairy, smelly, sweaty balls. After 17 months…still nothing…and still no real reason why.
5. Send a card a month to someone for no reason. Family or Friend. (19/21) – I’ve got this. No problem.
12. Clean out and organize the basement. – We’re actually in the process of finishing our basement. It’s slow going. I’m not sure if I’ll hit this goal by my birthday. But it’ll definitely be done by the end of the summer.
14. Plant a garden. Flower, Herb, or Vegetable. – This one is going to depend on when we can get a landscaper out to our house to put some fill into our yard. If they can come early, I’ll get my flower garden in. If not, then maybe I’ll have to stick to just planting some herbs in some pots and go planting crazy next year.
18. Have at least one real date night a month. (20/21) – One more to go!
21. Make homemade bread for the first time. – There’s no reason why I can’t have done this already. I’ve had the recipe for months and month.
22. Pick a weekend and completely spoil Don. – I think this might end up happening on his birthday weekend.
23. Make a fruit pie from scratch. No short cuts. – Doing this for my dad’s birthday at the end of this month!
26. Have a picnic with Don. – This is so easy and we just haven’t done it! Though, unless we get some warmer weather in May, we might have to have a living room picnic.
27. Get a professional type camera and use it. Or learn how to better use my current camera and use it. – Already started this one. It’s slow going on my current camera.
29. Finish 15 of my Presidential Challenge biographies. (1/15) – I won’t hit this goal. FAIL.
31. Make a 30-day photo diary. (Will happen 4/20/13 – 5/20/2013)
32. Finish an entire book of crossword puzzles. (Bought…and begun!) – I’m about 25% done with my book!
33. Learn 30 new words. (1/30) – I won’t hit this goal. FAIL.
So…there you go.
I’m also doing alright with my book club’s genre challenge. Not that you could tell by looking at my list. But I’m feeling OK with it. I’ve got plenty of time to get those books finished. I’ve liked everything so far! Here’s to hoping I can hit all of the genres without really pushing through things too quickly.
I’ve officially crossed off another goal! I hit goal #8! “Read 75 books in 2012”. I’m so excited! There were a couple months there were I thought I would miss my goal. I’m so glad I pushed through and did it! You can see my entire list under the Books Read link above or by going here.
I decided I’m not going to shoot for a certain number in 2013. My book club is doing a Genre Challenge throughout 2013. I’m going to do that instead. I think there are only around 30 different genres on the list. So, this next year might be a slow year for me! You can check out the list of genres under the Books Read link above or by going here.
2012 was a great year! Here’s hoping for an even better 2013!
Here’s #75 for the year!! I hit my goal! I actually finished this book a couple days ago! Whew! Last year, I hit 75 books on New Year’s Eve. So happy to hit my goal! Anyway, this was another Kindle freebie. Here’s the Goodreads summary…
“Her first thought: ‘Who are you?’
It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!
Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!
Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?
‘I don’t want a divorce.'”
This was another typical Kindle freebie. It was an entirely predictable book with outrageously impossible situations…that was still an entertaining read. I liked it and am happy to have spent the few hours reading it.
It’s definitely a quick read, but still cute.