I just woke up from my afternoon nap, and I am happy and ready to finish my day full of joy and energy.
I am sure everyone knows that bakers work early hours. I always think of us as little pixies in the dark, getting up in the middle of the night while the rest of the world slumbers, as we travel to our little bakeries and make magic in the kitchen. It really does feel like that to me.
As obvious as it is, I truly love the whole cooking and baking for a living thing so much. I love my customers and all the people I work with loads and loads. I never feel that it is work really, it is so much fun and so natural for me to do, it is like smiling. However, there is the one issue. As much as I never tire of my job; baking pies, loving my customers etc…I do physically get tired.
I have always loved naps, I remember in kindergarten when most children hated naptime, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I guess I have always used my naptime as my dreamtime as well as my sleepytime.
Some of my best recipes have come to me during naptime.
Some of best dreams have as well.
Some of my best prayers and closeness to God have happened during naptime.
Some of my best deepest sleeps have come during my afternoon naps.
For me, naps rejuvenate and allow my brain to rest and meditate.
Naps complete me.
I feel lovely after my naps and am truly ready to change the world one pie at a time…
Eat Pie, Love Life – Linda Hundt xoxo
Nobody wants to be sick as a child, and I was no exception. Being sick meant no play whatsoever; which was horrid because “playing” is all we knew. We played indoor board games, outdoor team games, make believe, Easybake, Barbies, and babies – we rode our bikes everywhere, we ran through the sprinkler, we went sledding and skating up the road… we played hard! There were no video games, DVDs, DVRs, cable television, or cell phones. The only electronic item we played with was our record player and the T.V. antenna. When you were sick as a kid back then, there was only one thing good about it, actually great about it - the good eats!
I remember my mommy revamping our bedroom for the sick stay; fluffing pillows with rose scented pillowcases and Grandma’s flower garden quilt for our bed, setting up the classic Vicks vaporizer in the corner and a T.V. tray next to our bed. But what she put on the tray was my favorite part of the convalescence period…
I always loved that my dear mommy made us special food when we were under-the-weather so we felt special too. I remember her bringing me a vintage tray with sassafras tea made with cream and sugar and a small glass of Vernors ginger ale. She also made soft-boiled eggs with crumbled buttered toast or raisin toast triangles with honey cinnamon butter. But what I remember most fondly were her puddings; creamy rice, brown sugar butterscotch, vanilla with her homemade raspberry jam, and my cherished chocolate pudding made with Hershey’s cocoa, milk, and butter. They were warm and creamy and perfect.
I also remember when I was older and under-the-weather that my sweet daddy would bring me home a cheeseburger and chocolate milkshake from a local drugstore soda fountain. I am not sure how great it was for an upset tummy, but it was my daddy’s way to make me feel comforted and I still love him for it. :)
Our elderly bed-ridden neighbors across the road used to get teary eyed when I would bring them homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pies, and such. Although they were sick, the special, homemade food made their faces light up with delight. I love thinking about how much my food made them feel loved during their last years.
It always amazes me how yummy, comforting food makes us feel content and happy. To this day, I love spoiling my family and friends with special under-the-weather treats, so they too, feel special, comforted, and loved.
1. It is a time of love renewal! You have an excuse to tell people that you love them all day long!
2. It is a time for sweet treat indulgence!
3. It reminds us the beauty of a handwritten love note – a valentine on real paper with real heart-felt thoughts penned and signed with love.
4. That the day’s sole purpose is to celebrate love.
5. That everyone deserves to be loved on this special day.
My Top Five Favorite Romantic Movies
1. Pillow Talk
2. Gone With the Wind
3. Something’s Got To Give
4. When Harry Met Sally
My Top Five Favorite Love Songs
1. Nature Boy – Nat King Cole
2. When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss
3. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
4. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
5. Nobody Loves Me Like You Do – Keith Urban
I am often asked if I have a favorite pie, and I truthfully cannot pick just one. It is indeed like asking if you have a favorite son or daughter; you simply cannot choose! Still, I enjoy seasonal pies the very best. I have always loved the change in seasons, and enjoy decorating my farmette and shops to celebrate the different times of year and holidays. And I love seasonal cooking and baking to complement them as well, especially pie!
In the spring I absolutely adore rhubarb pies. The sweet-tart fruit filling paired with a buttery crust is truly unbeatable. This is our family's all-time favorite pie for May birthdays and Memorial Day picnics.
Come early summer I cannot wait to have a strawberry and cream pie with fresh-picked sweet strawberries set atop creamy vanilla custard filling. Later in the summer I adore fresh blueberry and peach pies, and love combining the two for pure summer love. Eating slice of these pies on my front porch is a summer must!
Once my favorite season of fall arrives, I cannot wait for caramel apple and pumpkin pies. I love how they taste exactly like crisp autumn, and both are a staple at our Harvest Home barn party.
As for winter, I adore pecan pie for holiday entertaining and love butterscotch praline for winter Sunday dinners. Both are rich and deep with flavor - perfect to warm you soul in the coldest season!
Eat pie, love life xoxolinda