Why Not Celebrate with Pie

Like a nerd, I want to celebrate today as it’s 3.14 or Pi Day 🙂 Pi is the mathematical constant or the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Sure, I spent my fair share of time with pi in high school but those days are gone and it’s now time for the pie we are more familiar with. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, banana cream pie, and ice cream pie.

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Pie doesn’t have to be for only those with a sweet tooth.  There’s also plenty of options for the oh-so-savory.  From chicken pot pie to quiche, tamale pie to Shepherds pie.  Oh and what about the pizza pie?

fe95774b9ba125f0195bff6cf973601192da6cb490b1cb7f532465400d629d6b4f12c291b63e104bb7aa45f6ca427502I tend to find most of my recipes online these days.  As you know from many of my other posts, Pinterest is an all-time favorite, but I’ve started expanding to online magazines and even heard about this new blog or site called Inkling, which features hundreds of recipes with even more photographs and video tutorials.  They  have a blog post today about pies and it’s oh so thematic and fun. 🙂

This is perfect, especially for myself as back in high school I had trouble making pasta for the kids I was babysitting without tutorial over the phone from my mother.  Yep, that was a confession if there ever was one.  Needless to say I’ve progressed and may even make my own pie crust tonight to celebrate the end of the week.

Anyways, Modernist Cuisine is going to have its own little special on pies and pie crusts today, so check it out!

Everything in moderation, including moderation” – Julia Child

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Gobble Gobble Gobble Whoops

Sure, sure, everyone is probably tired of reading about Thanksgiving and Turkey festivities, but I’m not; at least not until this post is finished 🙂 Last week on Jenn’s edition of WIAW, a number of bloggers shared what they would be having.   I’ve decided to share a photodump of what I did indulge in and what I did do over the past few days.  Simply because I can.

I’ve said it before, but this past Thanksgiving was a little different since 1) I was on the East Coast and 2) I wasn’t with my actual family.  I was with family friends, people I’ve known since I was born, so I guess you could say I was with family.  Honestly the mini break was exactly what I needed – no stress, nothing to do, just run, rest, eat, and watch football all weekend long.  The one thing I did miss terribly was our annual town turkey trot.  It’s an easy 5k and serves as a mini-reunion for people in town.  I used to run it with my cross country team, those who had made varsity sporting personalized felt capes, and in recent years have run with chased after my sister.  I guess you could say Thanksgiving morning is my favorite holiday – 5k with the fam, breakfast out with teammates or waffles back at home as we watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, then lots of moseying around the house (in t-shirt and shorts mind you…it’s normally 65 or 70F).

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Arrived around 5 to the Philly Train Station.  I wasn’t planning on getting picked up until 6 or later, so when I saw pumpkin ice cream, it was a match made in heaven.  Might as well get the week started right.

Here’s something strange…we actually partook in family breakfasts.  Usually when I’m home it’s a free-for-all, but here we sat down to enjoy fluffy quiche and pumpkin french toast, oatmeal pancakes, and eggs and fruit salad the last.  I was also a fan of the homemade kale smoothies and homemade granola that greeted us each morning. 🙂

IMG_1470_Fotor_CollageYeah, the bottom right isn’t exactly breakfast, but we sure enjoyed our fair share of pie and pumpkin/vanilla ice cream.  You know, I think I enjoyed Ben & Jerry’s rendition of pumpkin ice cream over Trader Joe’s.  Though I do adore TJ’s, it was a bit sugary (gasp…shocker for this girl’s sweet tooth) and lacked the gingersnap bits.

Last but not least, the FEAST my friends.  IMG_1470_Fotor_Collage

I did not run as much as I would have thought, simply because my body still feels exhausted.  I’m not sure if this has to do with the race last weekend or maybe I’m just a little tuckered out or I’m just being a whimp.  Anyhoo, a few days off felt nice and I didn’t feel too guilty about it.  #success

We did balance the weekend off with a TON of football – crystal clear picture, awesome endings (Auburn v. Alabama anyone?), and a more than comfortable couch.  I like to think I fit right in and considered myself one of the siblings, making myself at home 🙂 It honestly was the perfect way to spend a weekend.

What was your favorite part of the Thanksgiving weekend?

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

THANKSGIVING 2012 Edition

This was one of the best Thanksgivings yet! Turkey Trot 5k, casual waffles, family dinner (including some old home videos…let’s make fun of Kaitlin as a baby), what could be better?

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Perfect Fall Adventure

How about apple picking?  Some of my friends in San Luis Obispo have done this and what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than exploring a local apple orchard?  It took me awhile to find one since the Silicon Valley isn’t necessarily known for its farming.  I bet Yahoo and Facebook have more important issues to worry about than harvesting the best fuji and gala apples.
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