there WILL be pie

Last year, Thanksgiving came to a screeching halt when there was NO PUMPKIN PIE for dessert.

That was SO not going to happen this year.

So when my mother-in-law put my sis-in-law and me in charge of pies, there was no question that one would make apple and the other pumpkin.  Since Kenzie had never made either, I let her do the pumpkin pie.  Since it’s easy.

And Eddie and I made the apple pie today.

From scratch.

start with local michigan apples. duh.

After YEARS of practice and watching my mom do it, I finally peeled my apples in one. long. peel.  yes, I was proud of myself.

it only took me 33 years, but I got the single peel...FINALLY!

I also like to use my mom’s trick of filling the pie plate with the apple slices to make sure there are enough to fill the pie.  Eddie tried to count, but ran out of numbers he knew.

a little hand may have stolen a few slices as the filled the pie plate.

Next, dump them into a bowl with a splash of lemon juice, under a cup of sugar, a couple spoonfuls of flour, some cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg.

again, there were some slices nabbed out of this bowl.

And then there was the homemade crust.  I may have given Eddie some play dough at the table so he could also roll some out while not getting in my way.

just like mom makes

I washed Eddie’s hands and mine (for the millionth time), and he helped me poor the apples in the first crust, put the second crust over, and pinch the edges.

ready for the oven!

Of course I had extra crust dough left over, so we rolled that out, sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on it, and baked that up for a reward for making such a lovely pie.

And lovely it is…

we can hardly wait for Granny's house to eat it!

All that pie making was hard work.

So we took naps.

And then had dinner.

And then ended the night with some Mario Kart.

totally something the pilgrims would have done, right?

Yes, we have much to be thankful for.

why does it all go so fast?

Pie is just a very small part of it.

But what that pie represents: family, tradition, sweetness, and love?

That is what we are truly thankful for this year.

What are YOU thankful for this Thanksgiving?

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your pie, and enjoy all the moments!

  2. Now that is one hell of a pie. I want to dive right in.

  3. Good lord…no pie…that’s blasphemy in these parts!!
    Is it wrong that I want to lick the computer screen?
    Lick the pie…not your man…jeesh.
    Love you and hope that you have a wonderful thanksgiving. Give your bellah a rub for me.

  4. mmmmm… pie, can you bring some of that to grand haven real quick?

  5. Your pie does look lovely! I have never made an apple pie from scratch, so I think I might try for Christmas!

  6. What a beautiful family and blog! 🙂 I became a follower. Erin

  7. I also made an apple pie and thought of my days with mom. You really brought me back with the extra crust and rolling it up with sugar and cinnamon. My favorite as a child! (I cheated this year and used store bought crust)

  8. Would it be wrong to tell you I buy all my pies at Costco?

  9. I’m not a fan of apple pie, but my, the one you made looks delish. Hope it was. 🙂