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LOL Loving Pie, Pie II

Jesses Chocolate chip pie 02071020I have been laid low by a virus this past week. One of those weepy eyes, huge headache and don’t venture far from home affairs.  Since my vision is very blurry, I thought I would share by 2008 Valentine post with you – it still makes me laugh!  And wouldn’t you just know, to start off the new year with my new oven, I burned applesauce onto a sauce pan; déjà vu!

We celebrated Valentine’s Day a week early because one of our children was driving past and stopped in for dinner.   That is even fun to think about the second time around.

This event seemed to just make me laugh right out loud, as it was quite a comedic undertaking.

Gluten Free Pie Crust is challenging so I thought that making Pie would make the day special.

I try to always speak LOVE in my cooking. It is the main ingredient of every recipe.

Our menu was Chicken Pot Pie from the Harvest Potluck Cookbook for UNICEF , blueberry fruit salad and then Jesse’s Chocolate Chip Pie for dessert.  I was making myself Chicken Noodle Soup for my suppers this week and Tuna Noodle Casserole for GF lunches.

I started several days ahead with the chicken preparation by cooking down the whole organic, free range chicken and creating the stock I would need.  By evening time, had boned the chicken and was carrying the 5 gallons of stock out to the extra refrigerator we have in the garage to cool and for skimming the fat.   I got to the right spot in the garage to balance the tray of stock and use my foot to push open the door of the refrig…

Oh NO!

The lid popped off the middle container and the tray caught the door frame and down went stock onto the floor of the garage.   It filled my shoes after a wild attempt at catching something, I stood watching it wander and weave around the tires of the car, soak up into the cardboard stacked for recycling and exit by the downhill slope.

Bucket brigade of hot water and suds.  Big push broom in action.  Partner coming home to move the heavy stuff and his wood scraps.   I was not laughing out loud yet!

There was still enough stock left for the Chicken Pot Pie – Thank goodness.  I had created a ”together” project for my partner and I to accomplish.   And it was just the stock – not the chicken in the pot!

Next morning 2 GF tuna casseroles made and ready for baking; one was for the child to take home for dinner.   Pie dough is chilling in the refrigerator.  Remaining stock skimmed.  Another joint project ahead of us,    I made the GF Cream of Mushroom soup for the sauce on the pasta and used a new thickening agent recommended by the Gluten Free Pantry

Some of this flour had created a paste on the bottom of the saucepan, and now I had burned- on grief to patiently remove from my best pan.

Morning of the dinner, tuna casseroles baked and Chicken Pot pie ready to go into the over.  A small over flow casserole was set on the burner to cool.   I had been cooking and preparing all morning and just needed to sit and have a cuppa tea….filled and turned on the kettle …What is that smell?

Wrong burner – I had just burned up the small overflow casserole dish!   Black smoke puffing out of a bubble.

My partner is attempting to save this little bowl.

In the door came the travelling child – we sat down to a  magnificent feast and added the stories together of all the amazing cooking feats we had enjoyed and how partaking in such a feast now was just the best part of the adventure.

We are laughing out loud and hugging; it is a celebration of the loving spirit and activities which draw us together and defines our treats and joys; Communication and Communion.

A tuna noodle casserole and chocolate chip pie are 2 hours down the road now….I am addressing the envelopes for my valentines and sharing with you my funny story….One just must have a sense of humor and a smile.   Maybe lovin’ works best that way?

You have any feast stories to share?  Food and love stories?   Laugh out loud cooking events?

By the way, have you tried the recipes in the cookbook? Dot Did! It is a collection of Food Love and wow I have enjoyed everyone I have made so far.  UNICEF reports that it is still bringing in donations.

Thank you.

Chicken pot pie at table

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16 Responses to “LOL Loving Pie, Pie II”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. hope you feel better soon – these viruses are plain horrid and take a while to get over completely. Love the story of the ‘disaster’ .. these things happen don’t they – and ‘losing’ food across the garage and in and around all things – what a mess .. just what is not wanted … still so delighted you were able to have a fun evening and have extra pie for your child to take with them.

    I must get the cook book …

    Feel better .. cheers Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    The cookbook is free – just push the icon on the home page – you can just download the recipes you want.

    I sometimes think these disasters all come in threes and once the process starts one just needs to slow down and take care or they avalanche on… I wasn’t focused enough.

    My friend down the street, who is a teacher has not made it back to work this new year, she had a knee replacement surgery and then came down with this virus – she is hoping to be back up and around by March. Her granddaughter has been coming on weekends to assist her with errands and needs. It is really a hard one to get rid of – I am feeling better today – thank goodness
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  2. Talon Says:

    Awww, Patricia! Sending hugs and boxes of tissues and hoping you feel A-Okay super soon.

    Yes, it’s funny how things will start to go haywire and just continue down that route.

    Years back, newly married, and hosting our first Christmas party I made a homemade toutiere pie and was super proud of my first home-made pastry attempt (following my mother’s recipe). I made the French Canadian pie in honor of my brother-in-law who was from Quebec. The pie was cooling on a rack with a clean dishcloth on top and everyone seemed to arrive at once. At the time we were between dogs, but my sister brought her shaggy dog (a mutt) and we were so busy greeting everyone that we overlooked the dog for a bit. Until I went into the kitchen and found Busker (the dog) laying into the pie plate which was now on the floor. The tourtiere was a distant memory. I wonder if the dog enjoyed it or not? He certainly looked lip-smacking happy! :)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Yes – they can spiral downward or onward very fast once they begin.
    I am feeling better today, but I am not going to push myself and make myself ill again. It has been a long haul.

    We had 2 Schipperkey dogs over the years, which could jump on the counters- one even figured out how to get on top of the refrigerator….I just had to put things in drawers and in the frig to protect our food…they also got on the dining table to bark at passing cars…
    I can totally relate to your pie story – good we can laugh now!
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  3. Alien Ghost Says:


    Hope you are feeling better and completely recovered in no time. It is not fun at all those pesky viruses!

    I don’t have funny stories about cooking since I decided not to cook in order to prevent poisoning the human race; but I do remember one from the time I was about ten years old:

    My mother had made a cookie cake nicely decorated to bring to my cousin 8th birthday party in his house. Since we didn’t have a car, we where waiting for the bus in a street; my mother with an elegant dress, my father holding the cake nicely wrapped in paper, my sister and I bored to death.

    At some point during the wait, my father decided to light a cigarette so let the cake rest over the concrete floor for a moment. He lighted his cigarette and then threw away the burned match. After a couple of minutes we all smelled smoke and fire, only to realize the match wasn’t off and landed over the paper around the cake. Since the cake was made with a cover of cream using some cooking oil, it quickly caught fire!

    My father told my mother what was happening while trying to put off the fire; my mother started screaming and my sister and I laughing. My father’s attempts not only didn’t work but created a mess with the cake with a now hot cream running down to the concrete floor and the drain, so he started laughing too, which made my mother really mad and started to scream to my father. At that point the bus arrived and with my sister we saw how the passengers were looking at the mess through the windows and laughing, which gave us even more laughter!

    We lost the bus, lost the cake, lost the trip, and couldn’t laugh out loud for a couple of days until mother calmed down completely. I still smile when I remember that moment.

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    Patricia Reply:

    Wow that is quite the story Raul, I would have been as upset as your mother if I had worked so hard on a gift and then have it turn into a disaster – on the street. I think I so needed some praise for my good works when the children were little it would have taken me days to laugh…
    But now I am older, and although I still get frustrated with having to clean a burned pan or spilling the soup – I have just a bigger history of being able to laugh at these things and find it’s virtue

    Thanks for you good words, I am looking forward to reading Aspie 2

  4. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia –

    There’s a reason for the term, “Oldie, but Goodie!” and this post is a prime example. I love the verbiage and the corresponding photographs!

    Feel well soon!

    Patricia Reply:

    I am just back from walking in the rain with ZIP, and I can say I am feeling better right at the moment – Thank you

    I think there is a wisdom in learning to laugh at these kinds of things…and then find the “key” to turning it happy :)

  5. suZen Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    Love that pie with the heart crust! Great blog and pics – I can see why you re-ran the piece. Feel better soon!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thanks Suzen,
    I am feeling better today and I have book group tonight, so think I will feel much better tomorrow! I just don’t want to give this to anyone.

    GF pie crust is hard to make a lattice top, so I found the heart cookie cutter and have a snowflake and maple leaf to make the top crust from….it is so much organic butter….but have found using champagne vinegar cuts down on the sugar that I need to use.

    I think pie is one of my art forms.

  6. Eric West | Friendship Society Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    This is Eric of Eden Journal. I have a new blog now. I don’t have any funny cooking stories to share, I just wanted to stop in and say hi.

    I’m glad to see that you are feeling better. I love that your main ingredient in all your recipes is love. I think some people leave that out when they cook.
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    patricia Reply:

    Hey Eric,
    I am so glad you did stop by and now I know where to find you.
    I do so much cooking,I have to turn the events into funny stories or I think I might just go nuts.

    I have slowed down with blogging quite a bit and am working at building my WISE EARS professional listening services site…hopping on over to your link to check out the new

  7. Sara Says:

    Oh, this post had me laughing at loud, especially the chicken stock episode. Don’t you hate when you’re already to get started and then you clean up a mess!

    The other part I loved about this post is you seemed so happy, even though you’re fighting off a virus. I loved reading these words, “We are laughing out loud and hugging; it is a celebration of the loving spirit and activities which draw us together and defines our treats and joys; Communication and Communion.”

    How is WISE EARS doing? Are you enjoying this service? I hope so.

    Feel better soon!

    patricia Reply:

    Wow the falling stock was quite a wall street event!
    Hi Sara,
    Thank you for coming on by…so happy I could make you laugh.
    The virus is starting to head out and I am so glad, for it has been a very long haul and quite miserable. What a headache and upset stomach – not much eating going on here.

    It actually was a very happy experience and I liked it because we were working as a time to make a nice event for our kiddo…and I was making all the mistakes so the perfectionist needed a kick start to laughing!

    Wise Ears is moving very slowly but increasing…about 1 client every 3 months. I could do better if I could afford marketing and ads….but I can not right now and do it yourself is very slow progress…but it is progress
    I am feeling better – I hope it will progress faster

  8. Jeffrey Willius Says:

    Great post, Patricia! Hope you’re feeling better.
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    Patricia Reply:

    THANK YOU for coming by Jeffrey Willius – I just finished reading your book – I am feeling much better!
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