So I did something kind of insane.
And then somehow I agreed to make 15 pies. Which sounds crazy, but I actually enjoyed it.
I mean, you guys know how I feel about baking. It's something I love to do, and I wouldn't have volunteered to make all these pies if I didn't actually want to do it. It felt really special to be part of something like this. Something bigger than myself. Baking for my friends is the best way I know how to show them that I am Thankful for them.
The first thing I did was post that facebook status. Then I got ton of phone calls and emails from people who wanted to know if I was joking. I wasn't joking. That would be a pretty weird and specific joke to play on someone. My jokes are normally much more hilarious and elaborate, like that time I spent $80,000 on college so I graduate with a communication degree. HAHAHAHAHA.
By the time the weekend was over, I had agreed to make 15 pies.
7 Caramel Pecan
5 Maple Sugar Cream
1 Vegan Nut Free Pumpkin (not pictured)
So... quite a few. It took me three days. I'd come home from work and bake until I couldn't stand it anymore, around 1 am. Then I'd wake up, go to work and then repeat the process. I spent the majority of my Thanksgiving day baking and watching the streaming marathon of Mystery Science Theater. Which was perfect, I'm absolutely not complaining.
So let's touch on that vegan pie for a minute. I was a little concerned when I got that request. I've never attempted to make anything vegan before. I was also scared knowing that the little girl I was making it for was allergic to nuts. I would never want to put someone at risk with my cooking so I was very anxious about the ingredients. I ended up sending over a recipe to her dad ahead of time and also sent them an ingredient list with pictures of the products I was using to make sure the pie would be okay. I also sanitized my entire kitchen, and then double washed all the utensils I'd be using to make the pie to avoid any cross contamination. It was a lot of work for one pie. But the joy that I felt when I handed that pie over to the little girl and her dad was completely worth it. That small child was jumping up and down, laughing. Pretty much exactly what I do when someone hands me a pie.
In fact, the lovely messages I got from people regarding my pies made me feel so loved appreciated that I might never have to eat my feelings again. Taking on this weird, masochistic pie challenge was difficult, yes, but so emotionally rewarding. I got a chance to reconnect with people I hadn't spoken to in years. An old coworker from one of my first production jobs in Los Angeles, an old boss of mine (also my two current bosses), and even a friend from summer camp during my middle school years.
And everyone gave me the same reaction, they were just simply grateful. Some chose to express their gratitude in person. I got to sit and chat with some people for awhile while we talked about pies and what we'd been up too. And some wrote lovely emails and sent them to me. I got to learn about my friends plans for the holiday and hear who they would be sharing their pie with. I'd pick doing that over watching a football game any day.
I did ask everyone to send me a photo of their pie at their Thanksgiving table, and while not everyone managed to have time to do that I'm still really happy with the photos I received. I think it's special knowing that I was part of so many Thanksgiving dinners. It was kind of like I was sitting down for dessert with a bunch of my friends.
Click through to see some of the photos I received
I had a wonderful thanksgiving. And I was able to bring 3 pies (one of each flavor) to the dinner I had with my friends. Unfortunately 3 days of staying up until 1 am to bake pies caught up to me and right as I was serving dessert to everyone I started to feel very nauseous. I ended up bailing early to go home home and sleep, and it was a good thing I did because I slept for 14 hours. I didn't even get to eat any pie!
Luckily I made a bunch of mini versions of my pies which I ate for breakfast the next day.
And the day after that.
And the day after that.
I'm still full of pie and the general happiness I feel about how my Thanksgiving went. Plus I was able to make a donation of $55 to the Alzheimers Association with the tips I received.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I think this was my best one yet!