Did you know that I make amazing, delicious apple pies from scratch?
It's true. Ask the boy. Or you can ask the dad. But the dad will tell you anything that he didn't make himself is delicious, so you should ask the boy.
Last year, however, I did NOT make pies. Two reasons:
These guys - long on cute, not so much on helpfulness. I decided it couldn't be done to spend a whole afternoon in the kitchen with these two clamoring for my attention. So I took a year off.
We missed the pies!!
This year, I sat myself down and gave myself a stern talking to.
"Buck up Girl!"
There are tons of moms that have been slaving away in the kitchen all while raising little ones. And I only have TWO children. Which seemed like so little that weekend as I had parked myself right in front of an 18 kids and counting marathon.
I had bags full of apples thanks to my big Sister and I was looking for something to occupy myself since the boy was out of town on a business trip. (Who goes on business trips on the weekend anyway - the nerve). So I tucked the kids into their beds for nap time and tip-toed out to the kitchen.
I usually use the food processor to make the pie crust but I didn't want to risk waking the kids. So I rolled up my sleeves, knocked the dust off the pastry blender, and set to work.
I formed dough balls.
I peeled apples.
I cored them.
I cut them.
I marinated them in sweet, deliciousness.
I rolled out the crust.
I filled the pies.
I fluted edges.
I tucked them away in the freezer for later.
At first I started with one, then I thought "That wasn't too bad" and I did another. and another. and another. and another. That's right 5!
And at some point in the process. The kids woke up. And I found myself staring at two pretty-stinkin-good helpers.