Monday, October 23, 2006


To celebrate one year of this blog, I baked an apple pie (of course) with the help of my kids. Notice their handy decorating work with forks . . .

You may be wondering why there is a bird in our pie. This was the first time we used a "pie bird," which is ceramic and serves as a decorative vent. It allows steam to escape during baking while supporting the top crust. The pie bird dates back to Victorian times, and keeps the filling from spilling.


Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Congratulations Julia!!!! Looks delicious, hope there's ice cream!!! A pie vent, learned something interesting.

5:33 PM, October 23, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Thanks Pat! Can you believe it, we forgot the ice cream? And I think we could have piled up the apples some more. The pie bird thing is new to us too!

6:30 PM, October 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! I hope your 1 year post is better than my 100th post (which only got one comment from my dad).

7:11 PM, October 23, 2006  
Blogger Peggy Payne said...

The bird looks like it's hatching out of the pie. An auspicious image for the new year.

8:52 PM, October 23, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Thanks Jake - it's always nice to have the support of your family! :) Congrats on your 100th post.

You're right Peggy - or 4 and 20 blackbirds . . . thanks for stopping by!


6:52 AM, October 24, 2006  
Blogger Peggy Payne said...

Another pie association, JBR. The afternoon after I went to court to finalize my long-ago divorce, I came home with a craving to bake pies. And usually I don't cook at all.

I went out and bought all the makings and made two pecan pies and called a buddy to come over for coffee and a piece of pie.

Don't know what it is about pies. I can't see any reason they'd be related to big milestones or transitions.

10:26 AM, October 24, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Peggy - thanks for the pie association - maybe we need to comfort ourselves into the unknown? My husband (the cook in the house) used to make all the pies for Thanksgiving - crusts from scratch and all. Life gets busier, and now we never have time for that. We buy huge pies from Costco instead . . . I just wanted to take the time with my kids to MAKE something we take for granted, plus, we have tons of apples from apple picking . . .

5:49 PM, October 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on your one year! Nice to celebrate with good food and family.

6:34 AM, October 30, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Thanks January - isn't that what life is all about? Family and FOOD! ;)

6:59 AM, October 30, 2006  

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