a few weeks ago, june and i went blueberry picking. it was a ridiculously hot and humid morning and took twice as long as it should have because picking blueberries with a toddler is, as it turns out, NOT like it looks in the magazines. between having to stop every couple minutes to go and bring back my way-ward sheep, and also the fact that for every three blueberries i picked, june ate TWO, it took a few hours to fill one basket! but pretty much one of the best days of the summer and when it was all said and done we got a massive blueberry pie out of it. plus a bunch of berries for the freezer!
there are few things that make my husband more proud then the A++ grade he got on his pie crust in cooking school ;) so i used to love to be the baker in our marraige, but i'm kinda liking our new arrangement of me taste testing and him with the rolled up sleeves (or in this case no sleeves since it was so hot in the kitchen!)
i'm still getting used to this whole "toddler taste preference thing"; one minute i'll have an angel for an eater, and then the next she's refusing ALL the food. except for blueberries. she would eat a hole through the bottom of the blueberry basket if i let her! I'm loving this age for new activities - as soon as we got out the baking stuff, she was essentially crawling up my leg to see what was going on. so we put her in her chair and gave her her own bowl and spoon and she was in heaven helping her daddy; mostly she just ate flour but i like to think we have a potential little baker or cook on our hands!
we used this recipe for the pie filling and mike used the pie crust recipe from his text book (but it was essentially your basic crust recipe. though mike tells me the secret to flaky goodness is to hand crumble the butter and the flour together. he must be onto something because it was seriously melt-in-your-mouth). we were eating pie for days. it's so dangerous to make something like this .... pretty much impossible to NOT eat it all. but then again it's better to have made a pie and eaten the better part of it, then to have had no fresh pie at all ;)