A Foodie and Her Apple Pie Experience

If you are coming along this seminary ride with me, you are going to find out that food is a major part of my life. It’s also how I find friends, how I show love to my family, how I get to know different people and their cultures, and how through the making, baking, cooking, and creating of food, I find my outlet. I’m not talking about an unhealthy obsession (some of you are snickering). No, I am talking about an appreciation for the beautiful gift of food I have access to, the amazing combinations I enjoy coming up with, and the miraculous benefits of bringing people together to eat.

One of my all-time, top-ten favorite foods is apple pie. Warm apple pie. Mmmmm… Say it again, slowly. Doesn’t it just make you feel happier inside? I love it so much that we served it at our wedding. It was the last thing I mentioned on the previous post, and it was the last thing I ate on Tuesday night.

The wonderful thing about this particular Tuesday night apple pie was the events surrounding it. On Saturday, the kids had seminary soccer, which is a great opportunity for seminary children, ages three and up, to play organized soccer with coaches. It’s also great because it’s a chance to get to know other families at seminary.

One family, in particular, mentioned that they were going apple-picking later that day and invited us to come along. Our whole family joined them and had a wonderful time picking apples, eating snacks, and enjoying the sweet smells of a local fruit orchard. All while getting to know a wonderful (and experienced) seminary family. It was so good for our souls, and we came home with three bags of apples.

Fast forward three days. Those bags of luscious apples were staring at me all day as if to say, Make us into an apple pie! You know you want to. The boys went down for a nap; the older two were still in school. And ignoring the laundry and dishes that needed to be done, I set about to make my favorite recipe for apple pie (which I will post below).

But you can’t have apple pie without ice cream. Some of our other seminary friends had a big bucket of a vanilla ice cream. So we made a deal. We’ll bring the apple pie, you serve the ice cream. They agreed and those apples afforded us another chance to get to know some of our new friends.

And as if that weren’t enough, the two leftover slices of apple pie went to another couple. Just today, I sliced an apple for Micah’s little friend to share, and there are still two bags full of apples to use.

That’s one of the reasons why I love food. It’s a platform to bring people together. It doesn’t have to be filet mignon or crème brulee. It can be whatever you want it to be: a cup of coffee and a slice of blueberry cake and an open invitation, an extra chair at the table and a bowl of soup, or a ride to the country for a bag of apples. Just as long as it is shared together. And it’s at that point, the point where we come together, that food becomes a blessing, to the giver and to the receiver.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” ~Matthew 25:35

If you’re interested in trying out my favorite apple pie, follow the link below. (I recommend jiffy pie crust for the crust.)



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8 responses to “A Foodie and Her Apple Pie Experience

  1. Alice Stroshine

    Whenever I take a break from my work, I check my email to see if there’s a post from you. You always have something inspiring or humorous to say. In short, you FEED my soul. =)

  2. Walt

    I can attest to the ‘deliciousness’ of your apple pie… since you recently made one for my birthday! However, forget this sharing stuff!!! I’m still bummed out by the fact that Mom wouldn’t let me take all the rest of my birthday pie home!!!! (There ought to be some kind of law – like a ‘birthday boy’ exception clause to the sharing idea rule!)

  3. Darci

    Love, love, love it!!

  4. Bethel Larsen

    You’re a kindred spirit, Rachel. I, too, love to bake and share! As you live in a new situation, having this gift to connect you to new friends is truly a blessing–and I’m sure your pie is delicious!

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