Pie Mania (+ Giveaway!!!)
I’m telling you, ever since the leaves fell, the pumpkins were carved, and the wood stove has been blazing nearly continually, my mood has seriously shifted. Maybe it was being indoors for nearly a week, caring for a sick husband and toddler (not to mention myself!). Maybe it was the series of grey days and wet weather and frightening hurricanes and tense elections. Whatever it is, I’ve been feeling a major change in the air, a pull to go inside physically and mentally, to reflect, to consider, to ruminate. I keep coming back to a desire to learn more about the magic and mystery and mystique of this exquisite planet we call home. That book series I want to pen, the fiction one, it always calls to me this time of year. I think it’s time I finally drafted the outline and fleshed out the plot, named the characters and the settings, and sent a query along to an agent.
BUT, I digress! What I’ve also been thinking about an awful lot lately is pie. I’ve been making pie for freelance work, getting great press reviews of A Year of Pies, and feeling some kind of excited about all the baking I intend to do this upcoming holiday season, pie and otherwise. I heard Christmas carols at a craft store the day after Halloween and I was happy. Happy, folks! Bring on the eggnog and Fraser firs and holly and cookies and excuses to eat stollen and panettone for breakfast, I say. BRING. IT! I’m ready.
All of which brings me in a very circumlocutious way to today’s giveaway (Hubs always jokes about how long I can take to get to the point of whatever it is I’m trying to say, but I say, the devil is in the details!). Annie from Mighty Nest got in touch several weeks ago about hosting mutual giveaways on their site and small measure. Here’s how they describe themselves: Our passion is making it easier for families to live healthier, better lives. We are a one-stop online shop with 1,000+ healthy, natural products, while providing fun, educational content and fostering a community of caring parents.
You can pop over there to enter a giveaway for A Year of Pies (and stick around to check out all of the wonderful items they offer, at competitive prices), as well as enter a giveaway for a pie set right here. That’s right-a pie set! The lovely set, which Mighty Nest graciously sent me for a “trial run”, contains a pie box for transporting all your home-baked goodness, a maple pie server, and a glass pie plate. Here’s more information about all three items:
1) Pie Box: Every PieBox is handcrafted in Chicago and made from chemical-free, raw pine. The PieBox measures 11″x11″x4″ and accommodates up to a 9″ deep-dish pie. The Piebox was designed to safely transport pie again and again without the unnecessary waste of a disposable cardboard box. Whether you’re driving, biking, busing or even just walking, the PieBox will keep your pie safe and intact wherever you go.
2) Maple Pie Server: This maple pie server from Jonathan’s Spoons is handcrafted in Pennsylvania from sustainably harvested wood. Beautifully made and highly functional this wooden utensil will last for decades if taken care of properly.
3) Glass Pie Dish: Anchor Hocking Oven Basics glass pie dish bakeware is classic in shape, bakes evenly, and cleans easily. Dishwasher safe, freezer safe, oven safe, microwave safe.
To enter the contest, simply leave a comment here detailing a profound pie memory. Maybe it’s a pie-baking experience that went really, really wrong, or maybe it was the best pie you ever tasted, or perhaps it was even getting pie in your face on your 40th birthday (that’s Annie’s memory!). I’ll go first: When I was 20, I was vegan, and made a tofu-based pumpkin pie for a big family get-together up in Philadelphia. The thing is, I didn’t have a blender or a food processor then, so I just mashed the tofu brick with a fork in with all of the other ingredients. To say it looked less than appetizing is a serious, serious understatement. Of my multitudinous aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and parents, I was the only person that dared to taste my hideous pie.
So, go ahead, comment away! The giveaway will run for one week , ending November 15th, midnight EST. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, owing to its hefty shipping weight. I’ll choose a winner personally, based on your comment, so no “Pick Me!” replies, please. I want to get personal with you!
The pie serving set is also available for purchase at Mighty Nest. It would make a wonderful gift for the baker in your life this holiday season, or anytime. Even if you don’t win, you can still enjoy this wonderfully curated set-find it here.
Thanks, Mighty Nest, for the giveaway, and thanks too, small measure readers, for generally being the righteous, supportive folks you are!