Monday, July 27, 2015

Pioneer or Pie and Beer?

The 24th of July is a big deal in Utah. Pioneer Day is the day the Mormons settled here so we blow things up and have parades. Pie and Beer Day is what the counter culture calls it. Either way, it's awesome and I was excited to celebrate for the first time in four years.

The day started with some delicious doughnuts. My sister and I went to a place I had been wanting to try called Beyond Glaze. It was super cute and had a really unique selection. It was the perfect pre-parade snack!

We were lucky enough to get amazing seats for the parade. Our area was really shady (almost cold), parking was close, and there was a restaurant behind us selling tasty burritos. It was not an ideal location for pictures but we got to enjoy the parade comfortably. I had forgotten how much fun it was to go and wave at people in the parade. Plus, my favorite part is when the police clear the roads.

In honor of the holiday, I decided to try and make my first apple pie from scratch. I know this will make me sound like an idiot but the hardest part was peeling and coring the apples. I almost chopped off my hand like four times and I made a mess. We then got invited to my in-laws for a last minute cookout. I thought I could make the pie when I got home but we were there late and I drank a bottle of wine so it did not get done until Saturday.

The pie was absolutely delicious! I was pretty proud but I had one minor setback. Most crust recipes I have found make two crusts. This one only made one. I didn't realize it until I had already put the crust in the pan. I had to take the extra edges and try to make a lattice crust with them. I was pretty upset about it but the pie turned out great and now I know I can make a crust. I will post the recipe later but look at my amazing crust!

The Husband got inspired by my skills and decided to make us a delicious lunch of ribs and potatoes. It was so good! He really is a master when it comes to cooking ribs. Later that evening we celebrated the 13th anniversary of our first date and went to the same restaurant we went to that night. I know it's cheesy but we're that kind of couple.

Sunday was spent hanging out with family and getting The Husband ready for his trip to Philadelphia. It's really a bummer I couldn't go because I have never been but oh wells. I will just have to spend my time reading until he comes back.


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