Summer of Pie {Sunday Snapshot}

Sunday, June 12, 2011
If you've read for a while, you know that summer in Texas is not really my favorite season.  But I am trying to be really positive this summer and we have tried to plan a fun (and stress-free summer).

One of the things we are doing is making weekly trips to the library.  This week Kate got a book called Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie.  It is a very cute book and after reading it, Kate desperately wanted to bake her own pie (she has helped Dave make pies before).  This led to a great discussion and idea in our family.  We decided it would be the Summer of Pie at our house.  Each week we will make a new pie.  This week, Kate wanted an apple pie (although she called it shoo pie).  So, since Dave is the master pie baker in our house, he assisted Kate.  Really, Dave's pies are SO good that people have suggested he start a business!


I love how Kate is looking at her Daddy here:)



She really did everything from peeling apples to rolling dough.




She might have even gotten a little bossy with her assistant;)



Kate was so happy.  She LOVES to cook and bake.  Just loves it.


She even made a little individual one with the leftover dough just as Amelia Bedelia did in the book.


I never even took photos of the finished products after they were baked but they tasted delicious!!!

Harry wants to make key lime pie.  Will wants to make a cherry pie and I am researching a good chocolate cream or grasshopper pie:) Any favorite pie recipes you'd suggest?

Sunday Snapshot


  1. how fun! what a great memory she will have of baking her first pie!

  2. I LOVE the Summer of Pie idea! Kate looks so incredibly happy (and adorable, too ;))... I bet she will look forward to 'pie day' all week long :)
    Can't wait to hear about all the wonderful recipes you find, please promise to share with us!

  3. i love it!!
    i love that she loves the kitchen too. i was much older myself as are two of my girls that have little interest.
    she's such a doll.

    i love seeing images of your kitchen!! oh my!! is that a silver trophy with utensils? brilliant!

    thanks for your note today....i'll email you...

  4. So sweet to see Kate and her Dad in the kitchen together! My girls love to bake as well and we always have fun baking together. I'm glad the pies were yummy. Our very favorite pie to make in the Summer ( we make it quite often) is the Barefoot Contessa's frozen key lime pie. It is sooooo good! You can go to food network to find the recipe. If you can't find it just let me know. I know you guys have some food allergies but it might work or you might be able to improvise. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    ~ B

  5. How adorable! What a nice way for your Kate Bedelia to spend time with her daddy. Maybe Dave would write a post for us about making a pie crust. Do I see him using butter? My favorite pie is strawberry rhubarb, hands down.

  6. Now you have me wanting some pie!

  7. There's a peanut butter pie recipe on that is SO easy and so delish. I always drizzle a little bit of homemade chocolate sauce over it and it's perfection! Also, my goal this week is to make the strawberry pie that was in this month's Cooks Illustrated. It looks awesome!!

  8. For inspiration, you should watch the movie Waitress! It is a great movie (for adults only though) :) Have a fun summer of pie!

  9. I would suggest peach pie and it's a shame you don't live close by because I could supply you (and the free world) with peaches.
    Kate is a girl after my own heart, apple pie is my favorite, but I prefere a Dutch Apple pie. The kind withthe crumb topping.

  10. I love The Pioneer Woman. She has good recipes, and she is so funny. I know she has good recipes for Key Lime, Grasshopper, and French Silk Pie.

    Kate is so precious cooking with her Daddy! what fun memories.

  11. I love The Pioneer Woman. She has great recipes, and she is so funny!
    I know she has recipes for Key Lime, Grasshopper, and French Silk pies.

    Kate is so precious cooking with her Daddy! What fun memories.

  12. Love Key Lime pie... let me know how it turns out!

    And... thanks so much for your sweet comments and prayers. They certainly were felt!

  13. Try Candy bar Pie it is amazing you just use your favorite type of candybar...

  14. There is nothing as good as a homemade pie! They look so adorable together -- bet it was a blast!

    I love pumpkin pie, but it's not exactly the season for that! When we lived out in Phila, we went to Lancaster and had Shoofly Pie -- sounds so crazy, but it was good though have no idea how to make it.

    Love your Sunday snapshots!


  15. I have an awesome recipe for a Butterfinger pie - it is soooo good! I've made it for so many families. Email me and I'd be happy to share!

  16. We are BIG pie family too! One of my quick favorites is an egg custard. I have a recipe under cooking on my blog but there are tons online too. Just so simple but sooo good. Though as I type that I remember that Harry can't eat eggs. Another favorite is sweet potato pie. Very easy too and soooo yummy. Ooooh and strawberry rhubarb. And blueberry. Clearly I really really love pie!

  17. Great idea. she looks so happy baking with her daddy.


  18. What fun! I loved Amelia Bedelia as a kid! We have been taking Lillie to the library quite a bit lately and I had forgotten all about those books. We will have to check one out next time. Kate looks so adorable helping her dad! And by the way, your kitchen is gorgeous - do you have any more photos of it in another post?

  19. GREAT idea Kim!!!! Perhaps she will be the next "Barefoot Contessa" with a Southern flair of course... I think she needs an apron with a tutu though!!!!

    We love Amelia Bedilia!!

    Happy Summer!!!


  20. Great photos Kim Mmmm apple pie is one of my favorites! Looks like Dave enjoyed it too ;)

  21. Love me some pie. Your little pie maker is too cute!

    Here is a great chocolate cream pie from Southern Living. People always ask me to bring it to food related gatherings. :)

    1 1/4 cups sugar
    1/2 cup all purpose flour
    1/4 cup cocoa
    dash of salt
    4 egg yolks
    2 cups of milk
    1/4 cup of butter (real butter works best)
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan & set aside. Combine eggs & milk; stir into sugar mixture. Add butter. Cook over medium heart until mixture thickens and boils. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Spoon into pie crust. Spread meringue over hot filling sealing to edge of pastry shell. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes. Yield: One super yummy pie.
    I often use evaporated milk in place of regular milk.
    Lemon pie is my favorite.

  22. Love the photos and a lovely idea! I couldnt help but notice that you have a marble slab on your kitchen top. I am currently looking at redoing my bathrooms and am wondering about having marble on the vanity top. Would appreciate any ideas you have re bathrooms as Im feeling a bit overwhelmed with whether to go a more white scheme or have a dark colour tile on the floor as well?? Love reading your blog thanks!

  23. How darling! I love that she had such a dutiful "Assistant" by her side! I am sure they were heavenly!

  24. LOVE!! What a great idea. I love all the pics above but my favorite is the one of only their hands - so beautiful. Happy Summer!

  25. What a great idea. I know you deal with lots of allergies si it might not work but our family's favorite summer pie is peanut butter. It simple and cold and great on hot summer nights.

  26. Great pictures! I LOVE the one of their hands.

    Stopping by from Nihao Y'all

  27. Love the pies! What a cool idea--Amelia Bedelia is great isn't she?! And your sweety is pretty sweet too.
    Love the dimple!
    Just stopping by from Sunday Snapshot. Oh yes, and a pie idea? We're fond of Rhubarb Crunch Top (although the boys end up eating just the ice cream on the side and we eat the pie--haha!)

  28. This is adorable!! I love it. What memories you are making!!

    All of these pics are too cute!!

    Love you!

  29. Oh she is just darling! LOVE that idea!! I love to cook/ bake also so if i find a good recipe I'll be sure to share! :)) Can't wait to see the yummy pies you'll bake in the future.

    Have a great week!

  30. What a great idea! My favorite chocolate pie-- Fudge Brownie Pie w/ Pecans!! Yummm :)

  31. This is such a sweet post! Miss Kate looks perfect in the kitchen. So adorable!

  32. I love how you are helping relate text to the real world. That concept is such an important skill that Kate will learn to develop. I looooove pumpkin pie! :)

  33. Precious photos! I love summer pies; what a fun idea to make them each week all summer long. I was just thinking of making a cherry pie today! Hope you share some of Kate's recipes.

  34. The Barefoot Contessa Lemon Curd Tart is to die for!!!

  35. I've been reading your blog for a year now since Kate's last year Birthday party was featured somewhere. I love reading about your family! You are a wonderful family.

    I have a question I'm sure you get all the time... Where do you get Kate's headbands? Love all her little dresses too.


  36. looks like perfect daughter/daddy time!!

  37. It's fun for everyone^_^


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