I don’t for the life of me know how I let myself get hoodwinked into doing things I don’t even like to do…

For years my family has been spending Thanksgiving with our dear friends, Holly and Chuck. This year we they are having Thanksgiving at their New River home. Of course I always ask Holly what we can bring and she always says that because she knows how much our daughter, Shantel, loves to bake… it would be perfect if we would bring pies. No problem. Shantel does love to bake, has a great recipe for her homemade pie crust, and Dutch Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pies are her favorite to make… So we always bring several pies…

Now anyone that knows me, knows I love to cook, but I DO NOT like to bake AT ALL!!! I would rather cook the entire Thanksgiving meal than make and bake one pie… So, then… how is it that I got hoodwinked into making all the Thanksgiving pies all by myself?

Well it went something like this… Shantel’s apartment is very small, and has a tiny little kitchen. She doesn’t have a Cuisinart Food Processor that she insists she has to have in order to make perfect pie crusts, and her kitchen is just too small and her dishwasher just broke down and she has class on Wednesday’s so she won’t be available to come home to make the pies today so they will be nice and fresh for tomorrow… blah, blah, blah, and so Shantel asked me if I would make the pies for her…? Are you kidding me, they didn’t have a Cuisinart Food Processor in the little house on the prairie days either but from what I read they turned out some pretty good pies… But, I love my daughter, wanted to help her have the homemade pies she loves so much, blah, blah, blah… 🙂

If these pies were only going to be for our house… I would have opted out and bought pies at Costco! But, because they are for my sister by love, Holly, I decided I would suck it up and make the pies from scratch myself… and so I did… 🙂

I started out at 7:00 a.m. and mixed the flour, water, shortening, and ice water until it came to a ball and pulled away from the side of the Cuisinart Food Processor just like Shantel instructed me to do, making sure I did this separately for each of the four pies I had to make…


I put each ball of dough into plastic wrap and set them in the refrigerator to chill while I got the fillings for each pie ready…


I assembled all the ingredients for the pie fillings.


I had to core and peel the apples for the apple pies.


I rolled out the dough and put it into the pie dishes and filled them with the sugar and spices and everything nice fillings I made for each apple pie.



I made the crumb topping for each apple pie and began working on the fillings for the two pumpkin pies I still needed to make.. all the while I was humming to myself this tune… patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man, bake me some pies as fast as you can… roll them out, roll them out, and put them in the pans, turn around, look around and do it all again… and again, and again… 🙂 Take the apple pies out and put the pumpkin pies in…


Wait a long, long time until a knife inserted in the middle of the pumpkin filling comes out clean… Yep, they look ready to me. 🙂


Six hours later, and a big mess in my kitchen to clean up, I have four homemade from scratch pies that I think look beautiful… and because I can’t have sugar… I can’t eat any of them… did I mention I don’t like to bake?

I’m exhausted and feel like I need to make like my cat, Carmen…


Except it’s almost time for happy hour now so I will opt for that instead! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I count all of you among my blessings.

Stay Tuned!

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aunt Ellen (Jeanie)
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 20:53:58

    From the looks of those pies, I would say you will be the pie baker from now on. They look delicious, I just finished doing my baking and I made pumpkin pies (Pumpkin) Apple (Brown Bag), Pumpkin Roll and Pecan pie and have enough dough for another pie so I am going to make a pecan cho.chip pie. Your pies will be a hit at your feast. You all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hope your Mom received my card . Need to get back and cut up my stuffing bread etc. but first I think I will join you for a Large glass of wine and some cheese. Love you all and enjoy!


    • beyondcinderella
      Nov 26, 2014 @ 21:08:30

      Thanks Aunt Ellen. I just hope the pies taste good too. But, there is no chance I will become the pie maker on-going.. 🙂 Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings from our home to yours. XoXo


  2. gotham girl
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 21:20:17

    Well little miss baker…they look fabulous and I can smell them all the way to NYC! Have a wonderful time…tell Holly hi for me and I know that everyone will enjoy every bite of your pie. Hope you having happy hour now!! Love you! Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Hug my BRO!!!


  3. lucie vezie
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 23:10:57

    I’m sure that they are going to be fanatic and the talk of the dinner. How could not be they were made with love. Enjoy yourself. Happy Thanksgiving I love you and know that you have been blessed because you are a blessing to so many others, at least you are to me. Thankful for having you and the Vezie clan in my life.


  4. Bill
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 23:55:10

    What a delight it was to come home from work and smell the house like it was Thanksgiving day and thank you for the all you do for our family.

    Love You
    Your Bill

    P S Thanks for the Hug Sis it was REAL GOOD


    • beyondcinderella
      Nov 27, 2014 @ 00:19:01

      Thank you Bill. I know you always love to smell something good cooking when you come home from work. I appreciate that you recognize the effort in making home cooked Thanksgiving fixings just so we can have them for left overs after we share Thanksgiving with our friends Holly and Chuck. Love you so much. Girly


  5. Celina Kirnberger
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 04:44:52

    They look delicious!! We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving! I’ll be thinking of you guys while holding your new granddaughter. :0)


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