I cannot wait for Memorial Day!! YES!!!! Hooray for a Monday holiday that gives us an extra long weekend, plus I love hearing all about everyone’s loved ones. This Memorial Day we are remembering a lot of people in our lives and those who have sacrificed for our country, many of whom are family members. So, I thought we would sit down and chat while enjoying a new little treat the girls and I made up, pie dippers!
We’ve lost quite a few people over the last few years, and I definitely want to tell you about all of them at some point because each has a wonderful story, but instead I wanted to finish a discussion we started on facebook about a month ago. I had just started reading a new book, Let it Go by Chris Williams. I imagine he is thinking about his sweet family for Memorial Day so it kind of seemed to fit. And even if it doesn’t it’s what I wanted to chat about. Have you read it? Chris’s family, his wife, and two of his 4 children plus their unborn baby were all killed by a drunk driver. He survived as well as two of his sons. The story made headlines for how Chris reacted, immediately after the accident he said that he forgave the driver. It is an amazing story about his journey.
What struck me about this story wasn’t just that he was able to forgive, but the reason that he was able to. It wasn’t just his (and actually our) religious beliefs, though that played a huge part in it obviously. No, I believe that he was able to offer forgiveness and allow Christ to carry his burden because, A. he understood that Christ had already suffered for this pain, so he need not carry it alone, but also B. he had decided long before the accident that it was something he believed in and when the storm hit he was prepared to sail his ship through, holding fast to the faith he already had. Instead of allowing the storm to destroy him he let it hit with all it’s force and he grew stronger and taller in it.
I cannot even imagine living through such a tragedy. It would be so hard to not think, “but what if…” etc. I seriously cried through a large portion of the book. It’s never fun to cry because of someone’s pain but this book seriously was uplifting and wonderful. What a breath of fresh air to hear someone talk about tragedy and rising above it instead of suing the pants off of everyone and wanting blood for their loss. Do you know what I mean? There are so many amazing stories out there and I know this wasn’t the normal blog post, but I’m ready for the triumph and people rising up and being amazing instead of all the bad out there. Seriously, go read the book. His story is amazing and I’m bound and determined to be a little better.
What Makes Pie Crust Tough?
Too much water makes a sticky dough that will be tough and chewy when baked.
Add the water a little at a time until the dough just holds together and you can press it into a smooth ball.
Also, too much handling will toughen dough.
Pie dough should not be kneaded like bread dough.
Just mix together gently and press into a ball.
Why Does Pie Crust Shrink?
Pie crust that has been rolled too thin will shrink.
Another reason pie dough shrinks, is because it hasn’t “rested”.
You need to let pie dough rest so the gluten will relax.
This will keep the crust from shrinking.
Will Half and Half Whip?
Half-and-half won’t whip because it doesn’t have enough butter fat.
Easy Pie Dippers
Easy Pie Dippers
- 2 Sheets Pillsbury Pie Dough
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Tin Foil
- Muffin Tin
- Fresh Berries like blueberries and strawberries
- Fresh Whipped Cream
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Roll out the pie dough and using a circle biscuit cutter, cut out circles.
- Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon sugar, then roll the tinfoil into tight little logs and very gently press the dough around the log like a taco with the cinnamon sugar side facing out.
- Lean each one against the side of the muffin tin and bake for 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool and then fill with fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream.