Sometimes life is a big mess.
And it takes a little bit of elbow grease to make things come together.
Sometimes things just seem like they just don’t go together.
But even if it seems like something’s not quite right…
…it all works out.
Sometimes things just look gross.
And then they become beautiful.
Sometimes you just have to get that butter worked into that brown sugar, so you throw aside the pastry blender…
And get your hands dirty.
And then you run out of metaphor.
But you have streusel topping, so it’s all good.
And brown sugar whipped cream, too, which is a miracle unto itself.
The point is…no matter what life throws at you, if you have pie (and homemade cranberry sauce), you can handle it, rest assured.
This particular one is an adapted version of Pillsbury’s Maple-Walnut Pumpkin Pie (that I got off of a calendar!), made with Joy the Baker’s Easy No-Roll Pie Crust (of course) and pecans substituted for walnuts, because Louisiana, dammit.
When you’ve got pie, you’ve got smiles. You’ve got people gathering together to chat about nothing in particular. You’ve got warm, pumpkin custard goodness and buttery crust to share with those you love.
And we all know how we feel about crust. It could solve all the problems of the world, that crust.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of cranberries, pie, parades, love, laughter, and warmth.
And an extra dollop of whipped cream. That just goes without saying.