Tuesday, March 22, 2011

30 by 30, #27: Host a Pie Party.

In case you aren't familiar with the 30 by 30 Project, here is the original post, with the big fat list.

Do you know about my love of pie? My love of pie is great. It is vast. If it was an ocean, it would be the Pacific. I love pie like Clark loves Jimmer. We are talking seriously love of pie here.

I heard about the idea of a Pie Party around Thanksgiving time, which also happened to be when I was creating the 30 by 30 list. Inspiration, if you ask me. Anyway, some people invited their friends over every year for a post-Thanksgiving shin-dig, wherein they could bring their leftover pie to share and start the holidays right. Kind of an early Christmas party. I thought it was brilliant. But there was no way I was waiting for next Thanksgiving to enjoy a plethora of pies. I quickly decided that Pi Day (3/14) was the day, the absolute best day, to host a Pie Party. You get to celebrate that Queen of Baked Goods, The Pie, and simultaneously bring joy to the math nerd of your home (does every home have one of those? Or is it just me?).

And so the day came. We invited some friends over, and being a Monday night, we had a Pi(e) themed FHE. Lots of scripture references of 3:14, fun pi facts, and, of course, we partook of many pies. Many, many pies.

Our friends brought an Oreo pie and a Razzleberry pie (notice the pi shape in the Razzleberry!). I made Pumpkin, Cherry Cheese (Allen's Favorite Cherry, for those who are familiar with the recipe), and Apple Cheddar pies. The Apple Cheddar pie recipe was courtesy of the Pie Lab (Why do I know about the Pie Lab in Greensboro, AL, you ask? Because I love pie, remember.), and it was OUTSTANDING. Seriously good pie. The cheddar cheese is in the crust, which makes it not overly cheesy. Just the right amount of salt to balance out the sweet of the apples. And to make things even better, it's not terribly difficult to make. I highly recommend it.

I also wanted to attempt making some Pie Pops. Unfortunately, I never made it to the craft store to purchase the sticks. Do they even sell lollipop sticks at craft stores? I have a hard time doing anything but the basics with my kids. But that is another post for another day. Anyway, I opted to make "Mini-Pies" instead. Julia still called them Pie Pops, though :)

I thought they were pretty cute, and really quite easy. And, of course, delicious. That is the most important quality, really.

All in all, I felt like the Pie Party was a success. People had fun, we all ate pie, and then I had leftover pie for the rest of the week. Did you know a slice of pie makes a delicious breakfast? Also, a snack. And dessert. I'm thinking that this will have to be an annual event. Actually, bi-annual, we'll do it at Thanksgiving too. Maybe it should be tri-annual, so we can take advantage of all the fresh fruit in the summer. Don't you think?

Mmmmmm. . . . pie. . . .


Cheryl said...

Definitely sounds Yummers.

Sabrina said...

Check you out, Betty Crocker. That is some serious work. Pies are not an easy baked good to make. I have to say, I do not share in your love of pies. Of course, I'll hardly ever pass up a sweet treat, but pies are way down on my list of a good way to eat sugar. Brownies, on the other hand, or doughnuts, wow, I could die a happy lady if I had as many varieties of those to choose from as you had varieties of pies. I am glad you had fun with it. Sounds like pi day is the perfect holiday for your family :)

Megan D. said...

Definitely, definitely tri-annual! And I will be flying out for the next one :) Thanks for showing me the Pie Lab too! Oh man.

Shari said...

Being a Math teacher, yes I think every family has a math geek! Anyway, I celebrate Pi-Day in my classroom, it's quite fun! Pies are a but messy for the classroom, so I have the students bring in the King Size bag of plain M&Ms; they weigh 3.14 oz. The catch is that I don't tell them what the item is, just that it weighs 3.14 oz and you will get to eat it in class. It's fun to hear their stories about searching and searching only to find it next to check-out line! I give them 2Pi points of extra credit (6.28)! What a fun day!