In the back of this book is a wonderful and mostly uncomplicated apple pie recipe. I say mostly because I find that there is something a bit daunting about making my own crust from scratch. Homemade dough is sticky, lumpy, and
altogether fussy when being rolled into a perfectly even bed for layers of sugary apple goodness. After what seemed like days of cutting up apples, K and I were finally able to roll out our dough, load it up with the apples, and place it in the oven. It turned out pretty great; so we divided it up and celebrated the end of Summer and the coming of Fall!
As if the apple pie was not enough fun, we could not resist making apple faces, since Halloween is right around the corner. The combination of apples, peanut butter, and marshmallows made these babies quite happy. K also enjoyed going through all of the countries listed in How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World and starring them on her map. We talked about how her Daddy and I traveled to many of these places before she was born, and we hope to take her to see them someday. For now, we venture down to Fort DeSoto to see cannons from the Spanish American War and to the St. Pete Trader Joe's to pick up a few jars of masala simmer sauce for a homebound night of Indian fare.
Meanwhile, K is still learning to read, write, and count. I am particularly enamored with the process of teaching her to read. There are moments of frustration and many moments of triumph. It keeps revealing to me just how complex God has made us. What a gift it is to learn to read, to enjoy the books on houses and animals at Bright Minds every Wednesday, to sit in a rocking chair and share our favorite stories every night, and, of course, to learn more about Jesus in the Bible. I am constantly reminded to not take for granted things that have come so easy to me, but have not been afforded to so many other people in this world.