Day 38: Jan

15 May

Today I googled a recipe for Apple Pie because I wanted to make a pie with apples but I wanted to try something new.  I found this recipe by Grandma Ople and thought about it.  I liked the idea but wanted to know that all the apples were coated with the syrup and so instead of following the recipe I did this: I made the syrup and then I tossed the apples with it – but I also added about a cup of sliced almonds to the mixture.  Then I put all of that into a pie shell and baked it.  When it came out of the oven it looked like this:

It didn’t take long to figure out who this pie belonged to – her name is Jan.  I met her when we were both volunteers with the SMART reading program.  She is smart and funny and we clicked right away.  Soon after we met she asked if I would consider becoming a member of PEO, which is a philanthropic organization that raises money for women’s college scholarships. I was tickled that Jan asked me to join – and loved spending time with her  – and I have been with PEO five years now.

I called Jan this morning as her pie was baking and asked if I could stop by.  When I got to her house she told me that her birthday is in a few weeks but she is leaving in just a few days to visit her children in Seattle.  If I’d have waited, I would have missed her. I was able to gift her with a pie just in time.  How cool is that?

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2 Responses to “Day 38: Jan”

  1. Debbie Pool May 15, 2011 at 8:12 PM #

    Now that’s a beautiful pie! As we walked around the sidewalk sales on Friday I was yet again amazed at how many people you know. And I’m beginning to understand… you give more of your time to the community than anyone I know. Thank you for all your many gifts, Karen!!

  2. Donna Wright May 15, 2011 at 9:42 PM #

    Beautiful! It looked even better when I read you added almonds!

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