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This Weekend Open Thread is Full of Pie

So it's spraying whipped cream straight from the can into its mouth. 

Let's chat about interesting things! Did you read anything cool on the introwebs today? Are you doing creative things with holiday leftovers? Are you watching a marathon of classic TV? Tell me all your hopes, dreams and troubles in the comments.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

11 replies on “This Weekend Open Thread is Full of Pie”

It has been a week. Wedsday my father had surgery. A toe-ectamy as he called it. He now has nine toes. Upon getting him home I noticed a trail of blood from the door to the bathroom and lo, his foot was bleading. I managed to clean up what was on the floor no problem (although I felt a little awkward crawling around the floor with a blood soaked rag), but when my mother (who is a braver soul than I) went to pull the boot thing the hospital gave him off and look at the dressings I about lost my breakfast. I may have gone to hide in my room at that point. Dad was fine in the long run. I will never have a carear in medicine.

Had an anut and a cousin staying at the house for the holiday. Love them to bits, but houseguests are stressful. Ate many delcious things. We ended up with six (SIX!) pies at the familial dinner. We almost could have had a pie per person. Did have a bit of a real life Downton Abby moment though as the apple pie brought by Grandfather's new wife was covered in salt, not sugar. Not enough to make any of us gag though, and we all ate it because she is really proud of her apple pies. (We did however dispose of the leftovers after she left) 

Then, Friday my great grandfather died. He was 94, had survived four strokes, was in a fair amount of pain, and this was not a tragedy, but it still put a damper on the festive spirit. And Great Aunt went and scheduled the service on my mother's birthday next week. I would normally like to be a kind and understanding soul about funerals being hard to plan, but he's being cremated, so we have a bit more leeway here. Bah. Break out the alfalfa, for the drama lama is going to be at my house for a while.

And then of course Tesla Con is at the end of the week, and I am franticly trying to get everything ready for that. I am vaugely convinced that women in the Victorian period must have been fit just from the effort of lugging around their clothes. I just finished an overskirt and it weighs a friggin ton. 

I made two pies this year: pumpkin (duh) and a tradtional apple with the lattice crust. Folks devoured all but a slice of the apple, but I still have a good 1/3 of the pumpkin left. So naturally, I had pie and coffee for breakfast. I had gravy bread for lunch and a whole plate of leftovers for dinner. I love Thanksgiving so hard for this reason. Since mine is always a group of friends joining forces (an NYC Thanksgiving with everyone bringing all the dishes on the subway to a tiny apartment that's out of the way of the parade route), we all get to take home a tupperware with leftovers without any family drama. I made my first pumpkin beer this fall, and it was a hit!

I did a load of laundry this morning (had my choice of machines!), but otherwise did not spend a single dime. Not sure if that counts as not spending on black Friday, but since it wasn't a retailer or buying new goods, I feel okay about it. I devoted most of the morning giving the kitchen the deep clean it desparatley needed (and/or the dance party I so desparately deserve) and then cooled my heels with some beers and movies.

And I re-discovered my love of Thelma and Louise. It may be my favorite movie ever.


I managed to not technically shop today. My husband picked up a prescription and a couple other non-holiday things for me at the pharmacy, and I went with my mother-in-law to a local yarn shop to pick out wool for a cowl she's making me, but she paid for it since it's a gift. My Black Friday boycott is more or less intact! 

I'm celebrating Thanksgivig today with my friends. I'm bringing the Stove Top stuffing and the mac n' cheese. I had a tearful talk with my parents yesterday since this is the second Thanksgiving I've missed and the first one where my parents didn't have me or my sister. So I'm gonna go eat turkey and pie and drink some wine and hopefully fight off this cold.

I just want to say that yesterday, we watched the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special, half of which chronicles the whole Pilgrims/Mayflower/Native American story. The funniest part was when they narrated that the Pilgrims brought "a handful of cocks" on board the ship. We all (my sister, her husband, my husband, and I) died laughing and then my dad said that we had dirty minds. LOL!

Speaking of pie, I want to make sweet potato pie! I've had some twice in my life, 2 days apart in Mother's restaurant in New Orleans, and it was a hearty, lovely comfort food experience. I've got a good pie crust recipe, but I need to look up recipes for the filling.

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