Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pretty Stones and Apple Pies

I wasn't entirely sure I wanted a gray and drizzly day, but it turned out to be a good one in spite of the lack of sunshine and blue skies. I got up just a little late, but Uncle Joe and Grandpa were downstairs to keep an eye on The Trio while I took a quick shower. While I sipped my morning brew and scrolled Facebook, I made the wonderful discovery that today is National Coffee Day. What could be better on a gray autumn day than coffee? Pie, maybe?

I sent the kids out to find "pretty stones" in the driveway and they returned a little while later with pockets bulging. They didn't know I'd purchased two lovely bags of polished rocks from the Dollar Tree and scattered them about on Saturday afternoon. They were quite delighted by their find and spent a bit of time sitting at the table sorting and classifying. A successful plan implemented. I must remember this trick next summer.

While the grandkids looked at their treasures, I started about baking. First a loaf of banana bread. Aubrey opted to help. She wore an apron, chopped walnuts, and stirred the batter. Once the bread was in the oven, I started on pies. "What do you love doing so much you'd do it for free?" (A line from a movie we recently watched.) Perhaps my answer is baking pies. I was blessed to discover my apple peeler/corer/slicer hiding in the cabinet with my pots and pans. It made short work of what is the longest, most tedious part of apple pies, and the kids loved eating the "apple ropes" that piled up on the table when I turned the crank.

There are now five apple pies cooling on the counter, just waiting for someone to love them. At least two have homes (well, three if I count the one that's staying here... ) and I am conjuring up recipients for the others

11 comments:

  1. I'd love to purchase one if possible.

    Sherman used to love the "Apple ropes." He would stand underfoot, just waiting for them to very likely fall into the floor. I miss him!

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    1. You only need pick one up one day after school. Maybe Monday.
      :0)

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  2. Oh...and you are truly a very cool grandmother. Way cooler than mine used to be.

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  3. OH, the best grandmothers are tricky.

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    1. I'm trying to be trickier every day.
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  4. I love pie also, but alas since I hav discovered I am totally gluten allergic ........ No wonder I had belly aches after pie and many other things ............. I cannot find a GF recipe that works, but I'm still working on it :-)

    Marilyn from Canada

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    1. I should kick the gluten too.
      I haven't had any pie yet, but the pizza the guys ordered tonight sucked me in.
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  5. What a neat trick...you are a sly Gramma!
    Enjoy your pies..
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  6. Good idea to keep the kids out of the way while you worked your kitchen magic. I personally love apple pie!

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