It seems that I can always find a reason to make a pie for someone. For example, two weeks ago I was catering a rehearsal dinner for a young man and his bride-to-be. As I spoke to his Mom I found out that her son’s favorite pie is Lemon Meringue… and so of course I just “had” to make this pie for him. It was my way of wishing him well as he steps into the next phase of his life.
Lemon Meringue Pie
And as you may recall, my husband and I are currently hosting two Japanese exchange students, Saya and Hitomi, through a program at Southern Oregon University. What has been most interesting is that we have found ourselves trying to see the Rogue Valley through their eyes and are acting like tourists in our own town.
Last week, we took Saya and Hitomi to the Josephine County Fair – and they were treated to the sights and sounds of Monster trucks. This is not something that we would have ordinarily sought out, but the girls really seemed to enjoy it – and that made it all the more fun.
Hitomi and Saya at the fair
We also spent two days up at Lake of the Woods and that was really quite fun. We visited our friend Dean (who is also hosting two students – Yuta and Hiroaki) at his family’s cabin and he took all of the kids “tubing.” They had a blast and we were so grateful for the chance to experience the beauty and majesty of the lake. As part of our contribution to the weekend’s festivities, I made a Blueberry Peach Cobbler for us all to share.
Prepping the Blueberry Peach Cobbler
Which brings us to this last weekend – which was our last weekend with Saya and Hitomi. I really wanted to take them to the beach because to me one of the best parts of Oregon is the coast. Fortunately, our friends Mark and Connie live in Gold Beach and they were more than happy to have us come for a visit. And to thank them for their generosity we brought along the makings of a lovely dinner, some good wine, and, you guessed it, a pie: Blueberry Peach! Who knew that last Friday was Peach Pie Day?
Saya, Connie, Mark, and Hitomi
Not only were we blessed with gorgeous weather and good company – but we were lucky to have a chance to shop at one of the biggest “rummage sales” I’ve ever seen (which benefitted Coastal Home Health Hospice of Curry County). There was more than 15,000 square feet of merchandise to choose from and the sale was held at the Hospice Market Place on Wedderburn Loop on the north bank of the Rogue River. What a great weekend!
Before signing off, I would like to mention that I made one additional pie this past week. It was made for a young person I’ve never met who late one night thought that they didn’t have any options. Fortunately, someone came to their rescue and this young person has been given a second chance at life. Upon hearing this story, I was very grateful for second chances… and had to send a gift to let that person know that there is someone out there who doesn’t even know them… but truly cares about them. And I believe that we all deserve second chances… and that we all are loved. It’s that simple… and that amazing.