Day 274: Baked with Love

5 Jan

Sometimes I am asked if I ever dread “having” to make a pie.  Perhaps it’s hard for some people to believe that I really look forward to making a pie everyday. But I don’t have to make a pie a day… I get  to make a pie a day.  It’s my choice and privilege to do this… and that makes all the difference.

How could you not look forward to telling someone that you care about them?  For that’s what I am doing.  But instead of using the phone or a Hallmark card to do that, I am mixing flour and butter to make a crust, cutting fruit and tossing it with sugar for a filling and baking it all in an oven turned to 375.  An hour or so later out comes a piping hot, golden brown pastry,  filled with as much love as I could squeeze in.

Nine months ago when I began this project, the following words were a part of my very first post:

I’ve long been a fan of the book/movie “Like Water for Chocolate”.  In this film the lead character is a wonderful cook who infuses the foods that she prepares with the emotions that she is feeling at the time.  I hope to infuse the pies that I make with love and good wishes to all that receive them.

All these months later, my hope remains the same.
When I delivered my pie yesterday, the lady who received it asked if I had already chosen a pie recipient for today.  When I told her no, she asked if I would please bring a pie to a friend of hers who going through a very difficult time.   And of course I did….  baked with love, and sent with my best wishes for health and healing.
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7 Responses to “Day 274: Baked with Love”

  1. crafthanded January 6, 2012 at 1:01 AM #

    You are such a lovely person! Reading your blog every morning makes me feel so good, because friendship and caring seeps out of every word, and so bad, because I know I could never do what you do…

    • pieadaygiveaway January 6, 2012 at 6:26 AM #

      Caroline..
      Keep the good feelings and toss out the bad… you don’t need to do what I do. It’s a huge undertaking for someone to commit to do anything everyday, much less make a pie. But I have had a few people tell me that they have been inspired to make one pie for a friend… and another shared how she reached out to a new neighbor (which was brave for her). I can see how it might be like a row of dominoes – one touching the other as they fall until everyone has been included.

      • crafthanded January 6, 2012 at 6:32 AM #

        Yes I can see that, and maybe that’s what I shall do. Just one. I find “real” human contact a bit difficult, as talkative as I am on the web!

  2. Connie January 6, 2012 at 6:51 AM #

    Karen, you’re making the world a better place one pie at a time ( cornie I know but I just had to say it). You are a great inspiration. 🙂

  3. Zaimanhi January 6, 2012 at 7:10 AM #

    I loved this post!!

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