Countdown to Christmas Pies

Holy cow, you guys! Christmas is eleven days away!

Where does the time go?

Confession time: my family doesn’t usually do the whole big spread at Christmas like we do at Thanksgiving. One of our favorite family memories is the year that my mom made a gorgeous german chocolate cake for dessert for Christmas eve, and we all decided that we would skip dinner and have cake instead. And a tradition was born – keep it relaxed, especially Christmas Eve.

This year, our relaxed Christmas day will probably revolve around a pulled pork in the slow cooker, and our relaxed Christmas Eve will be all about pie.

Whether your family puts on the whole show or keeps it laid back, there’s always room for pie. And there’s still time for you to order a Grumpy Pie to brighten up your holiday!

I’ll be taking orders through the end of this weekend (December 18). Want something special? Let’s do it!

Christmas Pies!

You guys! Christmas is almost here! Like, really. It’s just over two weeks away.

Guess how much Christmas shopping I’ve done? I’ll give you a hint: it’s approximately zero. Oh well! There are more important things to think about, like pie.

Just like we did for Thanksgiving, Grumpy pie would love to make you some pie for Christmas. Same routine as last time: think about what kind of pie you like, go place an order. Easy as pie!

Over Thanksgiving, you all went crazy for Caramel Apple. What’s it going to be for Christmas?

Last Call for Thanksgiving Pies!

It’s almost here, it’s almost here! Thanksgiving! The holiday of pies… Are you excited?

Today is your last chance to order some delicious Grumpy Pies for next week. Remember how awesome they are? They’ll totally complement your meal. I thought about having them as my whole meal. I won’t judge you if you decide to do the same.

Look! Remember these beauties?

I don’t remember what’s inside of these Little Pies, but look at those crusts!

You can tell it's good just by looking at it.
My beloved Shaker Lemon. Soon we will be together again!

Aw, the very first Pie Cookie!

You know I want to make you some pies. Go place an order. Make us both happy!

Some things I love this week


I’ve been thinking about some of the things that are kind of awesome right now, and that might be of use to you. Has something been totally making you smile lately? Tell me about it in the comments!

This is the best vegetable corer in the world. I have destroyed multiple melon ballers. They are not a particularly well-made kitchen product to begin with (that teeny, tiny weld! So fragile!), and they just can’t stand up to the task of taking the cores out of multiple fruits. Tragic! Not this one, though – This one has been going strong for WEEKS! Maybe longer. It has cored a lot of pears, and shows no signs of slowing down. I think the secret is that the open back means that there’s not a lot of pressure on the little weld, but that’s pure speculation.

Serrated vegetable peeler! It looks gimmicky, and I was, frankly, super skeptical when one was gifted to me. But it’s awesome! It’s particularly awesome if you’re peeling something with a delicate skin. Like, for example, pears. Also does a great job on sweet potatoes and carrots. I feel like it doesn’t get stuck, and despite the fact that I frequently hit my thumb with it, it doesn’t tear up my skin.

Customized tours! Seattle is full of awesome things, how will you choose which ones to do? Nell at Localist Seattle runs an awesome little company that will build a customized tour to suit your interests. I have often been in a new city and felt overwhelmed by the task of choosing what to do. I don’t want to do the tourist things! If you’re coming to visit Seattle (or have family coming!), book a tour with Nell, see the city like a local!

Hot chocolate! I shouldn’t have caffeine late in the afternoon. But I am cold, and I love coffee. Compromise? Victrola’s barely-sweetened, just-hot-enough hot chocolate. Good gravy, a good hot chocolate is a thing of beauty.

Making you pie! Yeah, OK, I haven’t actually started making these pies yet (it’s too soon!) but even the planning stages are awesome. And yes, I do think I’m awesome. Do you not think you’re awesome? You totally should.

Starting the Thanksgiving countdown

As much as I love Thanksgiving, I am not the kind of person who begins planning it months in advance. I don’t want to have to travel, and I’m generally happy (at this point in my life) to just see what group of friends and family accumulates. And then buy a turkey at the last minute.

Of course, I do plan the pies (usually).

Since I’m going to be making so many pies in the days before the holiday, I’m thinking that I probably won’t make super elaborate pies for my own dinner. (Rest easy, raisin-haters, that means no mincemeat or raisin pies!) My exception, of course, will be Shaker Lemon, because, as you know, it is my favorite.

A little bird (read: passing glance at my orders) tells me that people are craving Caramel Apple for their Thanksgiving tables this year. I think we might have Caramel Pear, just to be contrarian (and because IT IS DELICIOUS).

If you want to free up a little time and oven space next week, you still have time to order some pie. Do it! You know you want to…

Thanksgiving Planning

Halloween is almost here, which means the best holiday is just around the corner. Pies-giving! I’m afraid I might be planning to go a little overboard with the pies this year. It’s totally reasonable to have an all-pie Thanksgiving dinner, right?

Obviously I’m going to be making at least one Shaker Lemon, which will be my breakfast for the entire holiday weekend. But there are too many other choices!

I know pumpkin pie is traditional, but it’s not my favorite. I love custard eight ways to Sunday, but making custard pies is not a thing I love. I do love the pumpkin part of it, though, so I’m thinking that I’ll make this French Pumpkin Pie from Saveur. Or a variation on it, anyway. I’m thinking it might be perfect for Pumpkin pie cookies???

Also intriguing, in a ‘weird old-fashioned pie is awesome’ way, Raisin Pie. I’m pretty sure this is still something people eat on the East Coast, right? It’s one of those pies that people order on TV shows, but I’ve never seen in person.

Of course, while I’m subjecting my loved ones to a trip down Unusual Pie Lane, I’m here to help you treat yours to something more familiar and wonderful (or maybe unfamiliar and wonderful). Classic Apple for your traditionalist dinner? Caramel Pear for something new? Shaker Lemon so everyone remembers why you’re the favorite kid? I’ve got you covered.

And don’t forget, you CAN take pies as carry-on luggage! Just imagine how jealous you’ll make everyone on the plane!