It’s been super busy at Pie Cottage and I don’t even know where to even begin. Here’s a peek into some of what’s been going on in the last month, plus a few things that are coming up, and one or two projects that I am dreaming about.
- I finished the first draft of the manuscript for my book and sent it off to my editor at The Countryman Press! This was a huge accomplishment for me. I mean, it’s a first book so there’s the whole learning curve of a project as large as this. And, I had oodles of personal hurdles to overcome to get to the finish line (there’s still more to go), like wondering if I could even write well enough to be deserving of this amazing opportunity. When I was in high school, I aways felt that I just wasn’t up to snuff in the writing department and hated term papers. Are you old enough to remember card catalogs, or the file cards we had to use?
- My son and his sweetie, are home at Pie Cottage for awhile. I love love love having them here. He has been building me the most amazing deck ever. I showed him a picture of a deck that I had saved, and asked if he might be able to build me one like it. I had put my foot through the old one one time too many. He said that he could, and he has! All that’s left to do now is to finish the railings. He followed code to a “t”, and if “the big one” actually does come during my lifetime, I think the deck will survive it. The electrical inspector was here today for another little project and he was highly complimentary of his work. Yes, I’m a proud mama. Like baking, it’s in his genes. His papa was a wooden boat builder and master carpenter. My boy learned a lot from him.
- Speaking of the apple of my eye, my son won Best of Division at our County Fair for his cherry pie! I have also won that award, and now six years later, he received higher marks than me! The judges’ comments specifically said “Yum! Yum! Yum! Yum!”
- The second photo shoot for my book starts next week. Food photo superstar, Andrew Scrivani, who shoots for the New York Times food section, is arriving on Monday with assistant Leigh Olsen, who also has had a New York Times food photo credit. They are staying right across the street at my friend Leah‘s house, and I predict that along with a lot of hard work, we are going to have a heck of a lot of fun, and make some fabulous memories, too. Duncan will be assisting me, and I’m already setting up the new deck to have as a second outdoor kitchen to prep lots of pies!
- As soon as that’s over, we’ll pack Andrew off to New York, pack our own bags, take Sweet Gretapie to her favorite B&B, and head off to Montana to teach with Mindy Segal at the 4th Annual Upper Crust Pie and Cookie Camp at The Resort at Paws Up. It will be good to be teaching again! And, when we get back to Pie Cottage, it will time for the first round of book edits.
- I’ll be setting up some pie workshops for the Wintertime and am looking at possible informal retreats at Pie Cottage, too. I’ve been thinking about doing retreats for quite a while. What do you think of a weekend with me and Gretapie, where we take walks, huddle around the wood stove with a mugs of tea and books, make soup, a pie to share of course, plus plenty of time for reflection? Anyway, let’s all dream about it because it just might turn into something wonderful.
- Oh, and one more little thing. Remember the house that I bought in June? Well, that little fifteen year project has now started. I tore it down! You can see the big day in the video below. What will I do there? A pie garden for sure, and a maybe even a pie workshop for me.
OK, my friends, it’s apple season, so make, eat, and share, a pie. And, whatever is coming up in your life, I send you good thoughts always!