What started off as a suggestion has now become a wonderful family tradition that includes spouses, children, friends, and neighbors. Even though we live thousands of miles a part we still participate in Pie Fest in spirit together. It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.
It's the one time of year that I slow down and don't mind the mess in the kitchen or kids covered in batter. I love the smell of pies baking and the anticipation of the holidays. I have fond memories of my own mother baking the loveliest pumpkin and pecan pies well into the night on the eve of Thanksgiving. I still bake a pecan pie every Thanksgiving (although this year I passed the torch to Cardi) even though it is my least favorite pie, simply because of the memories it evokes and like Grandpa's pumpkin prune pie, it wouldn't be Pie Fest without it.
This year I took a leap of faith and let the boys join us in the kitchen. They had fun deciding what kind of pie they wanted to make and gathering all the ingredients together. Some needed a little more help than others, but in the end they were as lovely as the pies my mom used to make.
But, of course before the gathering and the pie baking, and all the wonderful memories that follow... comes the chef's hat. James makes the best chef's hat and it's part of what makes preparing for Pie Fest fun.
And then of course...there are the pies.
|Pumpkin pie toffee cheesecake|
|Pecan pie pumpkin cheesecake|
|Jackson's No Bake Lemon Pie|
|John's Taste so Good, I can't Wait till Thanksgiving Pie|
|Bella's Cookies and Cream Pie|
|Cardi's Pecan Pie|