Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pie for Dad

My father turned 80 years old. He is a pie guy. Like me, he has rarely met a sweet he won't eat, but when asked what he wants for his birthday dessert nine times out of ten he will choose pie. Of course cake is the usual birthday fair, but it is always nice to mix it up a little. He isn't picky. He likes all kinds of pie, but Cherry and Apple are among his favorites along with Coconut Cream, Pecan, Raisin, Lemon Meringue, and Peach, the list goes on and on. 

Cherry Pie

My father has been blessed with a long, happy, healthy life and in the process he has blessed us in more ways than are imaginable. He has a loving wife (our mother) of 57 years, two adoring daughters (myself included) and four thankful grandchildren who affectionately refer to him as 'the chief' because is the head of our clan. His deep Christian faith, quiet strength, and abundant and unconditional love is the backbone of our family. He has taught us so many things from basic car or home maintenance and financial responsibility to the power of perseverance and the benefit of kindness. He has sat through countless hours of sporting events and dance competitions and recitals all without complaint, always lending his gentle support. He listens way more than he speaks which is not a common trait in our family. But when he speaks it is usually important. He is the calmest and most patient person I have ever known. If we were all more like my father our world would be a much better place. 

Roasted Apple Pie

My father gives way more than he receives, so it is a small thing to make him pie for his birthday. It is a task I welcome and enjoy. But instead of re-creating the wheel I made a Cherry Pie I have made for him on several occasions. It is from a previous post and based on a recipe from my mother's recipe file. When one pie is good, two are better, especially when feeding a crowd, so I made this Roasted Apple Pie also from a previous post, because it is autumn and I love all things roasted during this time of year. Happy Birthday Dad! May you be blessed as abundantly as you have blessed us.

My parents enjoying their golden years!

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