Today has not been a very good day, thanks to some nasty stomach pain that I’m pretty sure might be a gallbladder issue and a low grade fever (luckily my new insurance from the job change kicks in tomorrow, so if it persists then it’s off to the doctor.) I actually left work at 12:30, because I had some time to use up from working on Sunday, and had all these plans to go home and get things done. Bake a bit, knit a bit, etc. But then I changed out of my uniform, laid in bed, and before I knew it the clock said 3:30 and it was time to find some motivation to get up and pick up the toddler. Not that I should be complaining about a nap, but I wish it had been on better terms.
Anyway, the mail was delivered and, with it, this lovely “mini” pie plate from Leslie Freeman. A month or so ago I had picked up a Baking for Two magazine, and in it was a recipe for a 6″ pie. I don’t even own a pie plate, let alone a 6″ one, but I love the idea of desserts that are better portioned so I don’t feel a. obligated to eat the whole thing before it goes bad and b. like I’m wasting food by throwing what’s left away. I wasn’t really a fan of the ones I could find on Amazon, and I like handmade, anyway, so I took to Etsy and discovered Leslie’s shop. And that’s when I fell in love with the white crackle. Well, actually, I fell in love with all the pie plates… but this whole downsizing/minimizing my things/paring back thing has been weighing on me and I realized it was better to go with white than a color I may at some point fall out of love with. White is classic. And that crackle? Gorgeous. It matches so well to my marble slab and rolling pin, too (not that it really matters).
So maybe, instead of a birthday cake, I’ll be making a birthday pie. Preferably raspberry, though those I posted yesterday? The ones I had just picked from our bushes? My kid found them in the fridge this morning and ate them all up before we headed out the door. I’m not sure I’ll have enough this weekend to justify even a small pie… but I might try. Or mix it with some peaches or something.