I remember making pies several times years ago and then not bothering to do that very often because the crust, which I always considered the most work, was returned to me with just the filling eaten. I've made a few pumpkin pies since then, but that's about it. And frankly, as long as there were little kids in the house, I usually just baked the pumpkin custard and skipped the crust!
Sweet Teen came home a couple of weeks ago and announced that the FFA alumni were having a pie auction as a fundraiser to benefit a local family that has experienced recent tragedy, and as an officer in the high school FFA chapter, she needed to bake a pie. So we baked two.
We peeled lots and lots of Granny Smith apples, and the pie at the top is Sweet Teen's very first apple pie [with streusel topping]. It brought $50 at auction.
With the leftover apples and cranberries, I made a little artisan pie and baked it in the DeMarle "hat." (I did try to secure a link to the DeMarle at Home catalog page, but was totally frustrated by trying to get it for you. Probably something about their website not playing nicely with my browser.) I did learn that you can buy DeMarle at Home from amazon.com--but you don't want to do that because you'll have to pay a lot more than getting the products from a representative. (Joining the DeMarle at Home family of representatives is something I plan to do when my life changes somewhat--a great way to meet people, socialize, provide a needed product and service in a fun way, and even make some money!)
(I'm thinking I probably bought that pretty red serving plate because it looked like a piece of fabric--because it certainly doesn't go with anything in our house--although it makes the pie look even more delicious.)
Happy quiltmaking....it would be a good idea to use a treadle to burn off a few of those pie calories! Of course, I well working treadle takes almost no energy.