long weekend

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I’ve had a unique summer–we’ve moved to a different state, Michael started a new job, I stopped working at my old job, we’ll have done one family vacation with each side of our families, and I’ve gotten to work on lots of projects.

I’ve stayed VERY busy getting our apartment put together, working on a quilt and other sewing projects, blogging more regularly, cooking and baking, reading, and learning. But this week, things slowed down. And it was lovely.

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I taught a pie-baking class on Tuesday night and featured different ways to top pies. Pictured, I have a crumble topping from my Apple Crumble Pie, and then a lattice and a cookie-cutter cutout star topping for my Cherry Almond Pie. They all turned out and I had a great time teaching the class. Other than 6 hours baking in a blazing kitchen, it was bliss.

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The rest of this week, however, in order to FINALLY let myself get over my 2-week cold, I’ve been doing a lot of resting. And it’s worked. I’m really feeling better. Cherries were on sale this week and I’m finishing the last book in a popular children’s series recommended to me. It’s definitely the best in the bunch, and I’m excited to read something new.

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It’s been at least 107 all week and humid in preparation for monsoon season here in the desert, and so it’s been okay to stay inside where there’s a fan.

Anyway, Michael has had a three-day weekend that started yesterday, and we’re going to enjoy it with swimming, playing outside, cooking, reading, and movie-watching. I hope you do the same!


  1. pam Lynn says

    How can you make it all seem so easy?
    Can we truly be related?
    I’m so happy that you are finally getting over your cold. What a wonderful relief. Your pies look amazing, and so does your toenail polish!

  2. Paige says

    Thank you so much for teaching the class, it was wonderful! I told my mother about your class and she wanted your blog. She said that she is always looking to improve her pie skills.
    Thanks so much!

  3. Kari McCallon says

    Emily your pies look AMAZING! I’m glad you are feeling better. I hope you and Michael have a wonderful 3 day weekend together.

  4. Cindy Ricks says


    Thanks so much for the fun pie demonstration. You did such a great job and had so many helpful hints! And your blogg is so cute!!

  5. Janet J. says

    I am Paige’s mom. All I have to say about your blog is that it is NEAT,NEAT, NEAT!!!
    Wish I would have seen your star decorated cherry pie yesterday as I made a sour cherry pie my usual way with lattice .The STARS took my breath away. Ha ! I have 3 sour cherry trees in my little orchard and they are ready to pick this week. I’m putting STARS on my first pie off of my trees this year. Janet in Colorado

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