Friday Flavor: Sweetie Pie

This week I managed to throw my lower back out.  Sewing.

That takes serious talent… I know.

I was bent over a table working on a gift for my brother’s birthday when my body announced with a pop that it would no longer be moving around the torso area.  (More on his gift next week.)

I wasn’t sure what all of this would mean for the blog this week since I’m not so organized that I have posts written in advance and I’m moving like an elderly woman.  Then I realized that we have a very delicious story unfolding in our home right now that I haven’t told you about yet.

Tessa has started baking pies.  Completely from scratch.

It all started innocently enough when she asked her Dad if she could bake him something and he suggested an apple pie.  I quietly gave him the death glare.  I knew this meant I would be helping make an apple pie which I wasn’t really up for at that particular moment. So I suggested that maybe HE would want to help instead.

And off they went… making apple pie like they do it all the time!  She found a recipe. He cored and sliced the apples. She made crust from scratch. He altered the recipe and added cinnamon and spices.

Look at these two getting ready to put their first pie in the oven, like it’s no big deal.

But I think it’s a HUGE deal.  I bake better than I cook, but I still don’t make a lot from scratch.  And I never, EVER make homemade pies.  This pie was A-MAY-ZING!!

Like, get in my belly – good!!  And I don’t even like apple pie.  So they agreed to make a pecan pie next.

But when Tyson and I went out for date night, we came home to this:

Tess couldn’t wait for her Dad to get home, so she just made the whole thing herself.  I’m not gonna lie… it was TO DIE FOR!  And I knew then that our holidays would be filled with fresh baked pie.  Yum!

Now she’s just a pie making machine.  She made pumpkin pie that was perfection.

And this week, while I’ve been nursing my ibuprofen and heating pad, my daughter has been helping bake pies at our church for the Middle School Youth Group Thanksgiving Formal.

She agreed to help me out on the blog by taking a couple of photos.

Tess was particularly excited when she rolled out the dough and it started to look like a turkey.

She and her leader made pumpkin, pecan and apple for the dinner.

Last night the pies were served up as all of her church friends gathered to give thanks. I’m so very proud of my girl and I love getting to watch her turn this new talent into something that can bless others with.

Has someone in your home surprised you with a new skill ?  Do you have a favorite pie that you would recommend Tessa try baking?  Have you ever randomly injured yourself on a project?  Who knew sewing could be so dangerous?!


  1. Stacey says:

    Don’t feel bad old lady…. I hurt my left ankle just by walking. Where’s my cane?
    At least you got warm homemade pie to devour while you rest. I got “oh,… shake it off you big baby”. Hummmm, I think I like your house better! HA HA HA! Sewing is like an extreme sport!

    Look at those two go! I have loved seeing her sweet treats on Instagram. Please tell Tess that she motivated me to make a strawberry shortcake after dinner one night. Richie just about had a heart attack. I rarely bake… but she was totally making me want to put on an apron and throw some flour around!

    I’m sure it tastes even better than it looks. Everyone loves a baker. They make the world a sweeter place… bite by bite. That turkey shaped pie crust is hilarious… a sign I guess… that it would all be “gobbled” up! YAY TESS! (Tyson… you rock too)

    Feel better Danielle.

    • Danielle says:

      You might want to rethink how great my house is… Tessa looked at me the other day and innocently said, “I know why your back is sore. You are entering your shrink phase. You know… the cartilage is getting thinner and you’re starting to shrink.” *blink, blink* Then I hear, “What… It’s true!” Awww… you get to taste the bitter truth with those tasty goodies.

      She will LOVE hearing that you make strawberry shortcake. She hasn’t done that one yet, but with her crust making abilities, I’m sure she will soon enough. I think her secret ingredient in all of it is butter. Paula Deen would be so proud!

  2. Alex @ northstory says:

    I am a grown woman and I have never made pie from scratch. Your daughter is awesome!! PS – it must be in the air with the ‘accidents’. I just left the ER b/c someone decided to stick a bead up her nose after watching her older sister stick a rice krispy up hers. Good times.

    • Danielle says:

      Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry Alex! Why do kids feel the need to stick things up their noses?! My friend’s son stuck a tiny piece of foam up there and it was there for a few days before she realized what had happened. The smell is what gave it away. Good times indeed!

  3. Victoria Elizabeth Barnes says:

    I would be oblivious to Thanksgiving except for the existence of pecan pie. I don’t care about all the other traditional dinner stuff. But pecan pie is practically my favorite food ever. Having someone randomly bake you one? Is incomprehensibly awesome.

    Sorry about your back! Hopefully if nothing else, it gets you out of the endless raking of leaves!

    • Danielle says:

      Victoria, everyone should have someone in their life that randomly bakes for them… it’s the definition of awesome! I came home from shopping yesterday to find that she had made cherry tarts because she wanted to mix things up a little. Let me tell you… shopping and baked goodies make for the perfect day. However, I may need to start shopping for bigger sizes if she keeps this up.

      PS. Thanks for your sweet words… my back is doing better.

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