There are days when I see recipes online, in magazines and newspapers, and feel completely overwhelmed. Some recipes take exotic ingredients that mean another trip to the grocery store, or a tremendous amount of steps…including ones that leave me feeling that I really should be able to pat my head and rub my tummy, while hopping up and down on one foot, reciting the alphabet backwards all at the same time. Ha! Try as I might, I’m a put-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other type of girl…always have been and always will be…just like my mother and her mother before her.
I loved every minute of writing my first book. Yes, it took a lot of work but I felt as if it were mandated by something way larger than me — I felt as if PIE was there every step of the way, encouraging and guiding me to write words that might inspire ordinary folks, just like me, to come into the kitchen to make, share, and enjoy pie making whether for the first or a ten-thousandth time. It’s unexpected and continued success is a blessing. But, with this success I wondered, is there anything I can possibly write to follow it? What would be my inspiration? Who, or what, would be guiding me? And then it struck me.
Since I began writing this blog in 2009, I have received many encouraging emails and messages from you. You have been there every step of the way cheering me on. You were there when my marriage ended and I patched my life back together; when my beloved dog Lady passed away and sweet Gretapie came into my life; when my son and I both won best of show in different years for our baking; when I tore down the drug house next door and started a new garden in its place; when my daughter passed away; when I received a James Beard nomination.
Whether a joyously full house, or just me at the table, it’s YOU who have been there with me through both the challenging and the good times—and it is you who inspire me to continue to write.
I have embarked on the journey for a second book. I ask for your encouragement, prayers, good wishes, and positive thoughts. This book is about the life of a home cook, baker, and homemaker, both as a full-nester and an empty-nester. It will be about wearing an apron and the stories that are the strings that attach it. There will be simple recipes, easy to find ingredients, quick to make meals with not too many steps, and it will be seasoned with lots and lots of love.
Months from now, after the last edit is done, and the first printed copy arrives on my doorstep, I will open it up knowing that each one of you are inside that cover, too. It’s you who mean the world to me. This book is ours.
With much love and gratitude,