Russ' sister Kirsten started a blog. This makes me very happy. It is mostly to share with us the huge renovation they are doing to their home in Washington, which we will get to see in real life come June. We are having the family reunion there and even though it is only scheduled for a weekend we are going for about 9 days. To say I am excited would be an understatement. I can't wait to see them and the rest of the family in that beautiful state. But that is not what I meant to write about. Sorry, I got side tracked.
So Kirsten wrote a post about Grandma Clara and it was so lovely. In it she shared Clara's pie crust recipe. Russ became very sentimental after reading this post and decided that we needed to make these pies for FHE and talk to the kids about their Great Grandma. I thought it was a perfect idea.
I bought some apple pie filling at Trader Joe's and made the crust just as instructed except I used lard instead shortening and it worked fine except I should have refrigerated the dough for awhile before I rolled it out so the lard would set up a bit. We have made them again* since then and refrigerating it did the trick.
They were delicious and perfect for taking in your lunch the next day.
We will make a tradition of this, making pies on Grandma Clara's birthday. I love learning about our family before us. And I love Kirsten for sharing her memories with us.
*if you know how little I bake you know this is a big deal.