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New, Shiny, Pink Floor

New, Shiny, Pink Floor

After writing that title, I realized that that those five little words probably aren’t put together in that fashion very often.  But, gosh, do I love writing them in exactly that order.  Our cute, little pie shop, Sweetie-licious, has always needed a new floor, yet not just any floor would do.  I decided long ago that a shiny pink one would be practically perfect for our happy shop. 

However, many factors prevented us from getting one.  First of all, we didn’t own the building.  Secondly, we had no money.  Thirdly, I couldn’t find the perfect pink floor. 

It is a lovely wonder what patience, hard work, love and simple blessings can do to make dreams come true.   You see, another dream came true in late April when I won the Crisco National Pie Championships and the Grand prize of $5000.00! And as it turned out, we were able to buy our building last summer enabling us to truly own our cute, little pie shop!  Then, I happened upon a local floor shop that had just gotten in some new bright, bright pink flooring.

So, in just a few short months, I owned our darling shop, I had money to buy a new floor and I had the perfect pink floor to buy!   There was obviously only one thing to do.  Hence, my beautiful dream floor was installed and waxed to perfection last Sunday. 

I know I talk much about dreams, but I love dreaming.  I love big dreams and little dreams. I love to see my little dream of having a pink floor at my cute, little pie shop (another dream) come true. 

So, for those who can, come in and be marveled at our new, shiny, pink floor.   Then eat a yummy piece of our $5000.00, Tom’s Cherry Cherry Berry pie.  My only request is that you don’t get any pie on the floor!

Keep dreaming.

Eat Pie, Love Life,

Xoxo Linda

Food Network Pie Queen Thoughts

Food Network Pie Queen Thoughts

I have to thank everyone for being so, so wonderful to me with regards to my national debut on the Food Network Amazing Pie Challenge.  Clearly, winning Best of Show was a real dream come true for me and especially sweet because I won with my beloved Tom Hundt’s Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry Pie who passed away right before the competition. He certainly believed in me.  What an incredible life experience it was and continues to be.  Thanks to all the fellow pie bakers and Food Network crew, Crisco, Sears and especially the American Pie Council for helping me realize my big dream.  Every time I see it, I get teary eyed, emotional, but mostly very, very grateful.  I now whole-heartedly believe that I truly do have the best pie in America!

I am immensely grateful for my wonderful family and friends, for all the sweet, hard-working folks at the shop and for all of my lovely customer/friends who believed in my dream of having the cutest, little bakery café in the whole, wide world.  And for all who believed that we had the best food and pie in the whole wide world.  

Most importantly, I am forever grateful for every single person in my life of 46 years who believed in me.

Thank you. 

I implore all of us to start believing in each other, for I am a true example of what a difference it can make in someone’s life. 

I implore all of us to start believing in ourselves.  Again, I am a real example of what a difference it can make in someone’s life –your own.

Believe and Eat Pie, Love Life –Linda xo

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Summer 2015

I am looking out my west window as I write this and watching the wheat fields blow lovely patterns in its vast green mass. The summer wind is robust today as the tree limbs bend over. Most definitely one of my most favorite summer things are warm, sunny, breezy days, and large open farm fields perfectly aligned with some vibrant green crop.

Favorite Summer Foods --Ice Cold Watermelon, Grilled Blackened Michigan Whitefish, Grilled Michigan Sweet Corn, Sliced Fresh Michigan Tomatoes, Old Fashioned Potato Salad, Fresh Michigan Peaches – Cold or Grilled w Orange Honey, Homemade Vanilla Custard ice Cream,Summer Pies - Strawberry Cream & Rhubarb & Blueberry & Peach, and Strawberry Shortcake 

Favorite Summer Movies --

A Summer Place – Beautiful people, classic 1950’s drama

Stand By Me – Boys of summer in the fifties, simple yet deep story

Gidget movies – Adorable, innocent Sandra Dee and fifties fashion!

Elvis Beach movies – Fun and over the top with…Elvis!

The Sandlot – Summer neighborhood boys playing baseball in the 1960’s

The Parent Trap – So Disney – summer camp and cutie-pie Hayley Mills! 

Favorite Summer Songs --

Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra

All Summer Long – Kid Rock

Boys of Summer – Don Henley

Summer Nights – John Travolta, Olivia Newton John

Summer Breeze – Seals& Croft 

Favorite Summer Pastimes -- Parades, Bike rides with my whole family, Picnics, Beaches, Campfires, Outdoor Flea Markets and Antique Shows, Gardening, Naps in the Hammock, Evening Sunsets, My Feet Cooling in a Lake or Pool, Reading on my Front Porch Swing, Riding around in my old VW Bug Convertible.

About Linda

Linda Hundt is the…

True believer that delicious memories make the world a more meaningful, joyous and loving place.

Proprietor of the cutest pie shop in the whole world, Sweetie-licious Bakery Café, DeWitt, MI.  

Winner of the 2009 Crisco National Pie Championship Best of Show/Food Network Pie Challenge…dreams really do come true!

Mother two charming and beautiful college student daughters.

Winner of 15 first place awards at the Crisco National Pie Championship, including the Crisco 100th. Anniversary Innovation Award.

Wife of an equally charming and beautiful husband of over 25 years.

Daughter of adorable and happy parents, – My mommy is my cooking and baking mentor and certainly one of the original Pie Queens.

Sister to three, sweet , older brothers,  fraternal twin to a lovely, lovely sister.

Friend to many amazing and true friends.

Part-time home-keeper of our little family’s lovely, century old “farmette.”

Pie baker that believes that loving people and making great pie is her mission in life.

Luckiest girl in the world.

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