We’ll start with the miracles. Pie is for dessert!
In a few hours, the Intentional Creativity® adventure known as Vivid will begin. (Well, technically, we began last night with our opening circle and lots of new Sisters!)
This year’s version is called Tapestry, after the miraculous weaving that happens when we gather together and create.
I’m ready! Not just emotionally. Like, actually… in the real world. There’s even a photo! And, yes, this feels like a miracle! (Thanks, Bill!)
You see, there’s been a lot going on. A big part of that is an adventure known as the Get It Done Lab, the brain child of my friend, Sam Bennett and her amazing team. The structure of this adventure – and community – is helping me to, well, get things done!
Here’s what I posted in the group yesterday…
This is, indeed, another miracle! Not simply a free horizontal space – which is amazing enough – but the fact that all the things which were piled on the table have new intentional spaces to be. Spaces where I could, you know, find and use them!
There’s no photo for the next miracle, but there is a story…
An old friend and dear paint peep asked me a question. (You know how I love questions!) And, with some help from the Muse, and very little sleep, I found an answer to that question living deep inside me in the place that’s not quite conscious.
Some paper and markers later, I had a whole lot more conscious awareness AND a visual model of that answer that I could actually share.
And it helped! (Both of us!)
So, why apple pie?
Well, because many of us are planning for Thanksgiving and I come from a family just non-traditional enough to have finally realized we all liked apple better than pumpkin and we got to choose!
So do you! Thus, Mom’s version of apple pie, just in case you’re exploring new choices. It’s really, really good! And, it’s my gift to you.
My Mom’s Apple Pie
This was Dave’s favorite growing up. Great for summer holidays, but also for Thanksgiving, when you can often get superb local apples. Really good fruit pies crack and run a bit when you cut them. This is really good pie!
MAKES 1 PIE, ABOUT 8 SERVINGS
[Note on Ingredients: Since pie crust is a very personal thing, I’m going to leave it up to you. You’ll need enough for a 2 crust pie. Organic Granny Smith apples are great, or try local, seasonal, organic apples. You want something crisp and a bit tart.]
Arrange oven racks so that pie will bake in center of oven.
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Prepare pie crust as above or remove purchased crust from fridge to warm.
Wash, peel, quarter, and core:
6-7 organic apples, as above.
Into large bowl, slice apples into ¼ inch thick slices, so they’ll retain their shape and some texture when cooked. No applesauce, here!
In separate bowl, mix together:
2/3 c. sugar, more or less, depending on sweetness of apples.
1 Tbsp. sprouted grain or all purpose flour.
1 tsp. ground cinnamon.
Add dry ingredients to apples and toss to coat.
Add apple mix to pie pan with bottom crust.
Dot with small pieces of butter, about 2 Tbsp. total.
Cover with top crust. Roll and crimp edges to seal.
With sharp knife, cut 6 slits, about 1 inch long, into top crust to let steam escape. Place pie on a sheet tray to catch any drips. Place in oven and bake 50-60 min. Check after 45 min. or so to see if edges of crust are browning too much. If so, fold strips of foil, about 3 inches wide and curve to arrange over edges. Top should be nicely browned, with bubbles of juice visible at edges of crust and slits in top when done.
Cool on rack. Serve warm-ish or at room temperature, garnished to taste with:
Good vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
Freshly whipped heavy cream.
A slice of sharp cheddar cheese.
ps… Giving you the gift of Mom’s apple pie also allowed me to Get [this blog] Done a day early so I could be fully present for the gift of Tapestry. I’m so thankful for that. And for you!
pps… The recipe comes from my book, We Gather Together… holiday feasts with the family you have, which has a recipe for pie crust if you need one. OR you could email me and I’ll send you my very best one, from Granny and Mom and me! email@example.com