This is one of my favorite pictures, from one of my favorite mama-of-two memories:
well, actually it’s this photo:
I remember: Luke worked an outage, the girls and I picked apples from the dance-class tree.
I remember: we shared an apple pie for dinner, melted Vermont extra sharp cheddar atop. We ate the whole pie, whole cream-atop milk glazed our lips.
I remember: we made a side of maple-sugar bacon. We ate the entire pound.
I [will always] remember: apple pie loves bacon.
I remember: going onto bed rest a few days later.
I remember: Lucy wore great-grandma’s apron.
I remember: the girls took turns using the rolling pin Luke first used during the long night of my first labor. I told Betty this and she said, oh yeah. I remember feeling that as I began to think get-me-out-of-here.
I [will always] remember: how fantastic rolling pins are for back labor.
I remember: their hands and her tiny feet kicking as the pie baked.
I remember: we spoke of boy names while we ate our pie, and while Betty ate her banana pie, certain I held their little brother within.
I remember: Betty said, it doesn’t matter if it really is a boy or girl because we are going to love it so much either way.
I feel time will pass and I’ll remember this as the last thing we did together, before bed rest with our third and before our third daughter was born. Before I wrote tonight, I looked at this picture. It’s funny to look back on the original post and read how my details change, sort, stick.
Each September I’ll bake an apple pie from this exact recipe and remember how it felt to hold my three daughters so close in our kitchen.
This Maine Apple Pie and Pastry recipe can be found in the original post [HERE].
Now, I like to use our cast iron apple peeler, corer that mounts to our counter. It stacks the slices so perfectly in the slice. The girls really like to crank the handle, too.
And so, as Fall begins and Halloween nears I hold firm my fingers on my stretch marks formed from this third daughter and bake an apple pie. I’ve been baking this exact pie a lot lately: always Vermont extra sharp cheddar atop, never anything except exactly what we were looking for inside.
Happy Wednesday, Happy Fall
Happy Apple Pie Season.
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