Kitchen Saviors

When it comes to recipes, my philosophy is If you can read, you can cook. And my very favorite recipes are those that include a photograph of the finished dish. I create whole menus around pictures, which is how I chose my Thanksgiving dessert offerings: A pumpkin lattice tart from The Food Channel and a Cranberry Cream Pie from Real Simple magazine.

Blog Thanksgiving Pie Tart (Medium) The tart was going great until I set the pie crust strips a’top the batter for weaving, and they promptly sunk. That glump at the left are the fished out strips. This dessert has a good ending – it baked nicely and dollops of whipped cream will fancy up its lack of a lattice topping.

Not so nice is the cream pie. I’ll be serving it in parfait dishes, as it never set up. The recipe noted it would be ready to serve in 4 hours. Well, 10 hours later, it’s more puddin’ than pie.

For my Tie One On Day delivery, I dressed up the #1 disaster dessert by pouring the cream pie into a Fiestaware cup, and

wrapping both the Thanksgiving_TieOneOnDay Delivery (Medium) cup and pumpkin tartlet in clear floral bags. But still, the offering looked a tad underdone, so I took a clear plate and to the bottom, performed decoupage with a circle of vintage fabric, like this

Thanksgiving Pie Plate (Medium) Then wrapped the whole shebang in a red gingham apron, and ta da!

I should have learned my lesson long ago about baking an un-tried dish for a festive gathering, but I like change and to that end, this isn’t the last holiday meal that may call upon my secret kitchen saviors: whipped cream and

Thanksgiving Pie Backup a frozen cherry pie.

Kitchen fiasco or not, Tie One On…an apron, of course! and give thanks we have pie at all.



  1. I have to laugh, I can not tell you how many “baking flubs” I have had over the years…infact to be honest I ended up baking my favorite cookie recipe for the “NTOO” and hubby & I did the drive -n-dash to deliever the cookies….he would drive me up the recipient’s driveway, I’d jump out, leave the linen wrapped goodies on the porch, then drive off and then call them to check their front porch…can’t leave stuff on the porch for to long in the country…deer & coyotes love baked goods! lol!
    Thanx for the inspiration to participate in the NTOO day.
    Apron Hugz,& Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Hello To The Fabulous EllynAnne! It has been awhile since we have been in touch so I thought I would throw out a big Hey! and send you a little note on your fabulous blog. It’s me – Lisa – Owner of Aprons Americana. Remember how a few years ago we met through our love of aprons and our paths kept crossing? I have done a major re-org with my life! After living on the East Coast for years, I decided to move to Wisconsin and start up a new business for my cobbler aprons (and other pretty things that I make) called My Aprons Americana aprons are full-coverage, two-pocket cobbler aprons – a different style from your aprons. I still refer people who want half aprons to your Apron Memories site. So I wanted you to know that I’m a new Apronista-in-town, ready to be a part of the Apronista Community! I hope you have been well! Let’s stay in touch. Love your aprons, as always. Xo Lisa

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