Sunday, March 11, 2012

"You Need a Hobby"

I am a full-time wife and mommy, which also means that much of my life resembles groundhog day. Wake up, feed and dress the kiddos, clean the house/do laundry/pay bills, run errands, feed the kiddos again, play trains, put said children down for naps, welcome daddy home from work (yay!)...You get the idea. And while I wouldn't change it for the world, I needed a little shake up.

Laying in bed one night, listening for the umpteenth time to both the joy and exhaustion that is a mommy's life, my husband said "You need a hobby." I thoroughly agreed, but what could I do? I had learned the hard way that scrapbooking brings out the perfectionist in me in a very bothersome way. Quilting sounded like fun, but expensive in the start up.  I never was particularly coordinated, so sports were out. Then he said it - "You should bake pies." My immediate reaction was, "That's ridiculous." With the exception of the brownie cheesecake my husband requested every year for his birthday and my old standby, bread pudding, I never really had been much of a baker. But, deep down inside, I had always wanted to be that mommy that made her own granola, only fed her children organic foods, bought primarily wooden toys, and crafted daily. Alas, I often fell short. Yet, something about baking pies seemed so quaint and sweet and motherly. So domestically old school. Yes, I wanted to bake pies!

But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to do something for the special people in my life with these pies. After all, who has the metabolism to eat a pie a week? So, I settled on Bake Somebody Happy - my project to bake and bless the people that have blessed me. So, as I teach myself to bake, I will thank someone one pie at a time. Here, you will find their stories, as well as some pie related stuff. And with that, I'm off to Bake Somebody Happy...

"Pie is accessible, affordable, all-encompassing. Pie is meant for sharing. Pie connects people... Pie makes people happy. And happy people make the world a better place. That's why the world needs more pie." - Beth Howard

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