May 29, 2017

Blueberry Pie


Can you believe I got past the age of 30 without ever making a pie fully from scratch, dear readers? It's true! Oh, I've made plenty of pies, both savory and sweet, but I've always used pre-made and pre-formed crust from the freezer aisle of the grocery store. Making my own pie dough is right up there in the "I don't have time for this" category along with mincing my own garlic or mixing my own taco seasoning. But, finally, I decided it was time - and I'm so proud of myself for how my blueberry pie turned out!

I followed Smitten Kitchen's Pie Crust 102 recipe for the dough and then this New York Times Cooking recipe for the blueberry filling, replacing the orange zest with lemon. The process was way easier than I expected and the end result even more delicious than I could have hoped.

Forgive me for bragging, but I'm just beyond excited about this domestic accomplishment!




May 20, 2017

To My Sister on Her Graduation from Law School


Dear Sarah,

You did it! You made it through law school. And, as your family and friends watched with pride, you not only survived - you thrived in your three years at Wake Forest.

I am so in awe of everything you've accomplished since you graduated from high school. As we've gotten closer in the last decade, I've become more aware of how much thought you put into every life change: you consider all of your options, weigh the pros and cons of each, and wait to move until you're confident in your choice and your ability to see it though. Your decision to get your JD and your matriculation at one of the country's top law schools illustrated this, and I know you got everything possible out of the experience because of how much you put into it.

While you're not sure yet what the path forward holds, I am so glad to have you in DC through the summer (at least!) and know that your next steps will be as carefully considered and well-suited as those that came before. Congratulations, SarahRemESQ - onwards and upwards!

With lots of love,
Betsy