Friends, Pies, and Pepper

28 Apr

Lilacs in our yard

Though I haven’t written in a while, I want you to know that I’m still here and in the last few weeks I’ve made a few pies.  One, a Triple Berry Pie was delivered to a nurse named Nancy at Ashland Hospital.  She was very kind to my Dad and I wanted to thank her for all the care that she showed him.

pie for nurse nancy

Another, a Mushroom and Pepper Quiche, was delivered to a friend shortly after she returned home from the hospital.  It was much appreciated by my friend and it felt good to know that I could help her on her way to recovery.

quiche prep for DeeDee

Another pie, my go-to Apple Crumb Crust, was delivered to a woman I met when she was having a yard sale.  Her name is Josie and I overheard her saying that she is moving to Guanajuato, Mexico – one of my favorite cities!  I was amazed at the idea of her packing up a home that she’s lived in for years and moving to another country.  That kind of adventurous spirit certainly needed to be rewarded… and what else would I bring but a pie?

Apple Crumb Crust Pie 315

And one day last week I made these delicious Gluten Free Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies to thank my friend Don for coming to my aid when my car battery died at the worst possible time.   I made one phone call to his workplace and in just a few minutes he showed up and got my car started.  I didn’t have time to bake him a pie (so much going on!) and I hope that these brownies gave him some indication of how grateful I was for his help.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

This last week was especially challenging as my dear kitty of 18 years, Pepper, was preparing to leave this world.  She was the epitome of grace as she ate less and less, and then not at all.  The last few days she sipped only water until that too was unnecessary.  In the end, she left peacefully with a final “meow” as I held her close.  I feel that we were lucky that she chose our home to come to live in all those years ago… and am grateful for all the time that we had her… but I’m still very sad to see her go.


“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  Anatole France

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”  Will Rogers





7 Responses to “Friends, Pies, and Pepper”

  1. shirley97520 April 28, 2014 at 10:13 PM #

    So good to read your words again, Karen, and to know of some other people you’ve made happy with your delicious treats! The pictures are gorgeous and the brownies look as yummy as your pies! I’d love to know how you made the topping for the brie which you contributed to Marian’s birthday celebration Sunday. It was fabulous! Love, S

  2. Donna Wright April 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM #

    So sorry abt Pepper. I know you miss that adorable kitty. My heart goes out to you.

  3. Donna D. April 28, 2014 at 10:50 PM #

    Heavy hearts happen when we lose our pets. Blessings to you.

  4. Ellen W Grush April 29, 2014 at 7:21 AM #

    Sorry your loved kitty is gone. You were always so tender with her! Ellen

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Connie Sayler April 29, 2014 at 8:03 AM #

    So sorry to hear about your kitty! Nice to see your post today though. Sending hugs!

  6. Leslie April 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

    I am so sorry about Pepper. What a fabulous life she had with you and your family Love to you! xo

  7. Alexandra Amarotico April 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM #

    She was the best kitty and we will always remember her! Napping on the dining table, eating corn on the cob, hanging out on the back of the tallest chairs – she was a goofy, wonderful girl!! I love you so much – sending big hugs across the internet!

    Lots of love, Alex

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