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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Pie Prep

“OMG! I get to eat pie all day!”

After staying up way too late on Friday night talking and laughing and being ornery (that story later), we all got up to see that Pam was already up getting everything ready for the pie workshop.

This is Meseidy from The Noshery, she is a culinary student in Tulsa.  Her instructor and she are friends with Ree and they came down to help prepare everything for Pie Fest 2011.

This is what Pam and her daughters had prepared on Friday.  Pam made little cut outs of different pie crusts using different fats for everyone to taste.  Ree has a post on it today.  I thought this was such a great idea, we all got to taste the different ways people make pie crust and there is a HUGE difference when it comes to using different fats.  I will never stray from butter and Crisco, that’s what I’ve used and I’ll continue to do so.  Pam uses a really high end butter that she orders from a restaurant, I don’t think I’ll ever get to that point in my pie making.

Pam makes slab pies for many of her customers.  They are just beautiful.  I informed Ellen that she will have pie at her graduation in the spring, because who wants a cupcake tower when you can have slab PIE!  Pam made an apple pie which won her $1000 in a contest, a summer berry pie which I thought was hands down the best pie I’ve ever eaten and a chicken pot pie.


The table was set with all the ingredients the guests could use to make their pies: fruits, cheeses, herbs, olives, meats, and Ree Drummond were just some of what could be plopped in a crust and baked.

Little Evan and Charlie were busy swapping slobber stories.

This is Pam with Tiffany talking pie strategy.  Tiffany is a chef from Tulsa, she teaches culinary classes at a college.  I really enjoyed talking with her and Meseidy about food and about what famous chefs they enjoy.  Tiffany is not a food snob, she just loves good food whether it’s 5 star cuisine or made in grandma’s kitchen.  She told me she rarely cooks for her family unless it’s something simple and rustic.  Kind of like when you’re married to a landscaper, but your yard never gets mowed.  Guess what Tiffany’s husband does?  Yep, landscaper.  I had to laugh, good thing I’m not married to an architect, cuz it would be a little embarrassing if our porch was caving in or if only one light bulb worked in our dining room.  Wait.  Never mind.  I guess it’s true that when professionals come home, they leave their work at the office.

The girls and Evan waited by the window eagerly awaiting the guests.  No, not really, they were watching ranch dogs, Charlie and Yo-Yo, bounce around in the yard.

The guests started trickling in around 8:45am.  Ree did introductions, “This is Ellen, she thinks she lives here.”

After everyone was properly introduced, Pam started the workshop with an eager class awaiting their pie instructions.

Pam is the mother of 7 children and she’s home educated most of her kids through high school.  She’s also a profesional potter and baker.   Fleur Cakes is the name of Pam’s wedding cake business.  I think she makes the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever seen.  She decorates them with natures bounty, check out some of her cake photos.  Pam also makes pies for a lot of weddings and parties and in her spare time she makes billions of apple turnovers for a farmer that sells his apples at a farm stand, the farmer gives her all the apples from his orchard.  I don’t know when she has time to breath.

Alyssa, Tiffany, Meseidy, Katie, Ellen and I worked in the back ground cutting more apples, making more pie dough, prepping lunch and washing dishes.  The benefit was we could sneak in and out of the kitchen as much as we wanted and take nibbles of food without having to make a pie.

We may have goofed off a little bit too, I’m just sayin’.

Okay, that’s all I can share today.  I think Ellen dislocated her shoulder yesterday playing basketball, so I need to get her in to the doctor.  I started chopping trees down yesterday and I have a huge mess to clean up in our yard.  Clay took half the day off to catch up on farm work, so I better get off this computer and save the world!

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