Monday, February 11, 2008


I had a random thought while I was eating my dinner tonight: My mom is the best! At Thanksgiving she makes a pie for every person who requests one, making sure everyone has their favorite. My favorite is her apple pie. But that's not what this blog is about. This past Thanksgiving, I was trying not to eat the high cal indulgences that the holidays revolve around and was having a bit of anxiety about being around eight different pies and being able to say, "No, Thank You." Knowing this, and indulging everyone with their own pie, my mom made me "Too Good to Deny Pumpkin Pie" from the Hungry Girl website, my go-to source for recipe swaps and tips on healthy restaurant options. This pie was DELICIOUS. And pumpkin is a vegetable, right? So, can I get my "five a day" with five servings of pie?!? OH MY! ...So, my random thought came to me tonight because I wish I had some pie. 133 calories per slice pie. Or any pie.


I can easily say that I'm not a super sports fan, especially when it comes to televised sports. When the "super" Sunday comes around at the end of football season, its a given that I'll be at my parents' house snacking the day away on the game day buffet and wishing I was at home crafting. Knowing this about me, my mom came up with a craft project for us to do while the game was on this year. I couldn't have been happier! It was a project she'd seen on one of Martha Stewart's television shows, which usually intimidates me because Martha's crafts tend to require precision, skill, immense patience, and a laundry list of exotic supplies. But this project involved stamping, a craft I mastered back in the 90's. The project was simple and I was impressed with the results. We made kitchen towels stamped with an apple pattern--using a real sliced apple. The materials included cotton towels (we used rectangles of muslin that mom hemmed), apples, acrylic paints, fabric medium for the paints, and a paintbrush. You just slice the apple, apply paint, stamp on the fabric, let it dry a bit, then draw on the seeds and stems. Voila!