First, I have to apologize for my absence. It wasn’t planned, but you know how sometimes you just don’t feel like blogging? Even though you have things to say? That was me this month, and I decided to honor those feelings. Sure, a good blogger posts consistently. But a good blogger also cares more about quality than quantity, so I chose not to post for the sake of posting. But now I’m back with lots to talk about, including my recent birthday.
Yup, I am officially 41 years old. I have some mixed feelings about turning another year older. Some days, I’m not sure how these white hairs (all six of them) and wrinkles came into existence, because it feels like I turned 25 yesterday. Other days, I feel like an old coot who has accomplished so little, which frustrates and saddens me. And still, there are many days where I am excited — to feel more confident in this 41 year old body and what lies next for me.
I’ll be writing more about what’s next in August, but today it is all about this amazingly, decadent and delicious pie. Last month, I decided to cut back on my sweets, and you may recall me saying in the past that too much sweet upsets my tummy, which is true. What I neglected to mention is that I had gotten into the bad habit of eating something sweet every day. For some, this is not a problem. But for me, it is.
So I planned one last hurrah — my birthday treat. And what agony it was to decide what to make. There were so many delicious options — too many — and I couldn’t make up my mind. Seriously, it changed every day. Plus, it has been boiling hot in Southern California, which didn’t help the matter as turning on my oven held no appeal to me.
But I wanted a sweet birthday treat and the one I eventually chose did require the oven. And it was worth it. So worth it. Now I enjoy eating pie but have failed making them in the past, so I cheated — a bit. I used a frozen crust and have zero guilt over it. None! Because darn it, it’s my birthday and I’ll use a ready made pie crust if I want to! LOL!
Isn’t she gorgeous? Like lick the screen pretty? I think so. It’s fair to accuse me of being biased because I am. This is one good-looking pie and it tastes just as good as it looks. One of my biggest pet peeves is when something looks incredible but tastes like crap. But you don’t have to worry about that with this scrumptious pie.
It’s like a brownie in a pie crust with the gooeyness of a brownie and the crisp crunch of pie crust. It’s truly heaven on a plate. I won’t bother to pretend it’s remotely healthy, because it’s not, but it is a delicious birthday treat. And I also froze individual portions because I didn’t want a single piece to be wasted or feel pressured to eat myself sick. After all, I’m getting a little old for that. 🙂
P.S. I’m not banning sweets permanently, just trying to cut back on my sugar intake and get back to enjoying sweets on special occasions versus every day.