Tuesday, November 24, 2009

a lot of pie

I have baked ten pies since Sunday night. That's a lot of pie. It's especially a lot of pie when you work a full time job, tend a full-time farm, and are trying to prepare for the holidays ahead. I thought selling apple pies for Thanksgiving would be a surefire way to make some cash to help with travel expenses. It was, and I'm grateful, but two hours of baking late at night has left me drained. I'm used to the last hours before bed being dedicated to reading, music, sitting...just unwinding from it all. I can farm all day and be totally refreshed if I get my nightly ritual of relaxation. I can do nothing but nap all day and then end it with chores and feel beaten as a junkyard dog. I'd complain more, but it's a silly thing to do.

I'm glad to report the last two are cooling on the rack as I type, and will be delivered to my final customer tomorrow. Each pie had a sugar-top crust with a turkey strutting across the top. Despite all the extra efforts and nights gone to sleep with crust in my hair—they looked good. I'm also happy knowing a few families here in Vermont will be having a slice of Jenna pie after their Thanksgiving dinners. Makes me feel a little more part of this place.

The goslings are doing well. All five are squeaking away, I can hear them even with the bathroom door shut. The cabin smells of wood smoke and pie and I'm properly tired after the day. I'm very much looking forward to a long stretch, a warm bed, and a morning met with hot coffee and cold noses.

Oh, in case I don't write you before Thursday morning, Happy Thanksgiving.


Blogger finsandfeathers said...

"The cabin smells of wood smoke and pie and I'm properly tired after the day."

That's perfect!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the CAF Family.

November 24, 2009 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Robj98168 said...

Pie is good...
Happy Thanksgiving to you Jenna and all the animals

November 24, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

You're truly living the good life!

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna.

November 24, 2009 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Lots to be thankful for . . . pies, duckies, warm fire, soft bed. Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2009 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

maybe they (the goslings) want some pie too? I know, you don't have another one in you.

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna.

November 25, 2009 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Turtle said...

enjoy your thanksgiving jenna!

November 25, 2009 at 1:13 AM  
Blogger granny said...

Do you ship to Australia ??? Lol !
Enjoy Thanksgiving Jenna :0)

November 25, 2009 at 3:27 AM  
Blogger Spring Lake Farm said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna.

Thank you for being such an inspiration!

November 25, 2009 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger ashley english said...

my life in pie is set to begin later this afternoon! ah, baking! ain't it grand?
happy holidays!!!! chat soon!!!

November 25, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Time for me to start baking too! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jenna, and to everyone!

November 25, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger The pale observer said...

Wish I could smell that cabin!

Do you deliver to Ghana?

November 25, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

yeah pie! I made a Key Lime the other day, Apple is getting done tonight!

November 25, 2009 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

How I envy you Jenna!! You are living the life that I have always imagined. How I love the state of Vermont!! For the time being I guess I will have to live through you vicariously. I enjoy your blog so much and alway anxious to read your daily entries. Keep up the good work and Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

I totally understand the nightly ritual of winding down. I have one myself, but the wolves I go to sleep with are miniature dacshunds.

While your house smells of apple pie, mine smells of pecan pie and pumpkin. It hasn't gotten cool enough for the fireplace yet but I am certainly looking forward to that lovely aroma.

Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I'm going to make a butternut pie today!

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna! And a big thank you for your inspiring blog. I read it almost everyday. Keeps me going with my own farm endeavors.

November 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Making good pies is an art form. You are multi-talented. Happy Thanksgiving Jenna.

November 25, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I have to wait til after work today to begin the cooking. Of course that will wait til after tending to the dogs(mini aussies), putting a fire in the woodstove and getting a supper ready for my visiting kids...I can hardly wait for the weekend to begin!!!

November 25, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

I have passed on the pie baking torch to my 14 year old daughter this year. She is, at the moment, in the kitchen, making all of our Thanksgiving pies and crusts from scratch, under my indirect supervision. Making a good pie IS an art, and it's one I intend to make sure that at least ONE of my kids can do.
I bet your apple pies are WONDERFUL, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Much to be thankful for, and you remind me of that every single day. Life is good.

November 25, 2009 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Have a good Thanksgiving Jenna.I will be getting home from work at 6 at which time I will begin the process of making my grandmothers recepie for potatoe rolls for about 30 family members.It will be a long night but well worth it.The rolls fresh from the oven at meal time,the smell through out the house is what the Thanksgiving tradition is about in our family.They melt in your mouth.
A happy Thanksgiving to all.

November 25, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, pies. I was off from work today (unpaid furlough day due to budget cuts--but I'll take it!) and I've made one pumpkin pie and the apple pie is in the oven as we speak--uh, write. Also made whole berry cranberry sauce (ridiculously easy) and will do the gravy and stuffing later tonight.

I used pumpkin from locally grown pumpkins that I baked up myself and froze last month. Just a step closer to being reeeeeally from scratch.

I bought two beautiful ceramic pie pans that make a lovely crust edge and I used crust recipe that came with, as well as their apple pie recipe. Lots of extra ingredients in the crust, so we'll see how it turns out. A few extra steps in the apple pie, too, so I'll let you all know if it was worth it. Macerate with spices and sugars, use the juices that drain off and add butter, boil down to a caramelized syrup to pour over the apples. It sure looked good and smelled good.

We'll have a verdict tomorrow.

Wishing Jenna and all other happy homesteaders a very warm and happy thanksgiving. I'm thankful for having Jenna and this community to share with.

November 25, 2009 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Conny said...

Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to you. Now that the flour "dust" has settled, maybe you can put your feet up to enjoy a cup o' joe. I hope you have an excellent time.

Cheers ~ Conny ...Happy Thanksgiving to all CAF readers. :)

November 25, 2009 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I sure wish I had one of those pies! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Gobble, gobble!

November 25, 2009 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger DarcieGlam said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna!

November 25, 2009 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger littlebits56 said...

Jenna - on this Thanksgiving day I am thankful that there are people like you in the world. People that understand what is truly important in life! Your blog provides me with daily inspiraton. Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

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