Our biggest tradition each year, outside of the holidays, is our annual pie night. Each November the Friday before Thanksgiving we have what others may also call Friendsgiving. We call it Pie Night.
This year AJ will be traveling and gone a lot this fall. Instead of cancelling this fabulous event we decided to simply move it up a few months. A lot of prep and planning goes into Pie Night. For months I look thru online recipes and cookbooks I have on hand. The process sounds easy enough but do you know how many different versions of a pecan pie are out there? It’s a bit mind blowing.
My final list of pies was about 23 pies. Slightly ambitious? Yes. Part of the fun for me is challenging myself to see how many will actually make the time cut after making the “sounds tasty” by the family cut.
Tradition requires a chicken pot pie and a cherry pie. I’m not a cherry fan, but AJ loves them so I figure once a year it would be ok to let him have what he wants.
Traditionally, my friend Tara would come up in the morning and help out during the day while the kids are at school. She’s a self-proclaimed “not a pie maker” but her help is absolutely invaluable. I realized just how much this year when she wasn’t here to help prep and wash dishes. I missed you this year Tara!! I hope you decide to do your own version of pie night in your new home out west.
Sigh. Ok back to pies. Here’s this year’s final pie list:
Gingerbread Cream Pie
Chicken Pot Pie
Peaches and Cream
Chocolate Mint Cream
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate
A friend also brought a store made pumpkin pie. The kids loved that one. AJ grilled up some burgers and dogs for dinner. This helped the chicken pot pie not go so quickly. Despite AJ’s many “ick” faces regarding the pear pie, he thought it was delicious and wanted me to make a second one a few days later. Guess that one is a keeper. The watermelon chiffon was mostly eaten, however the family said don’t make it again as it wasn’t a favorite. I’m ok with that since it was basically a watermelon Jell-O pie. ugh
Over the last few weeks I have been making the pies which didn’t make the time cut since we had the ingredients. The salted chocolate caramel pecan pie was DE-LISH-OUS! Definitely making that again, and I might not wait until next year. This is a pretty delicious tradition and we have a lot of fun having our house full of friends.
What are some of your traditions for fall? We plan on going to the pumpkin patch soon, and maybe pick some apples.
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