Unexpected Delay(s)

I had every intention to post on Friday but the evening got away from me. I headed home to Connecticut this past weekend to visit my family for St Patrick’s Day and make a run down to IKEA to exchange some cabinet doors and end pieces for the kitchen, so I really wanted to spend as much time with them as possible. Then on Sunday night a horrible thing happened when I got back to New York – my computer wouldn’t turn on. It just refused to acknowledge that I was pressing the power button feverishly praying that I would see some kind of activity. After about ten minutes of doing everything I could think of to get it to turn on (plug it in, take out the battery, but the battery back in, and pressing the power button over and over and over again), I decided it was a lost cause and emailed my professor from my old laptop. There was no way I would be able to submit a paper by midnight if my computer that had my readings, notes, and draft was for all intensive purposes dead. So not only did I not submit my paper, but I wasn’t able to draft a post for Monday. Boo. I ran to Office Max (where I bought my computer) the first chance I got on Monday and they were able to fix it although they’re not really sure what happened. I don’t really care – just as long as it’s OK and doesn’t happen again! One BIG lesson learned from this whole experience – I need to store my documents for grad school on something other than my computer’s hard drive! I’m going to look into Google Drive for my PC this weekend, and will keep things on a flash drive as well.

In all the hub-bub I not only missed the post I was planning to write on Friday, but also Monday’s, so there’s a bit of stuff I planned on chatting about over the next few days! First off – Happy Belated Pi Day (3.14). In celebration, I made a pie….in my Pi plate.

Pi PlateYup. I’m that much of a geek. I got this for Christmas a few years ago and was giddy when I opened it. Science humor like that totally cracks me up. Anyway, after much debate and finally coin-flipping, I decided to make an apple pie. I had never made an apple pie before, and since Spring refuses to arrive, I decided that a ‘comfort food’ apple pie was the way to go. I followed this recipe from Pillsbury with the exceptions of: I didn’t add nutmeg because I didn’t have any, and I added a splash of vanilla. As for the type of apples – it took me a while to decide on the kind I wanted to use but wound up with Granny Smith and they were perfect! I like tart apples to begin with, and I think they made the pie taste so much better because I could actually taste the apples. Yum.

Apple Pie FixinsI ‘cheated’ and used frozen crust, but I have a bunch in my freezer (I like to keep a few packages to make chicken pot pies and such) and I was pressed for time – it was a work and school night after all! Another thing I was totally psyched to use was this pie top cutter. I always make single crust pies (pumpkin) so I haven’t had a chance to take the cutter for a spin. Well! Let me tell you – it was awesome! It really added a lot to the appearance of the pie, and since it was so ‘vented’ the pie wasn’t soupy at all!

Uncooked Apple Pie with Fancy CrustHow pretty is that?! I forgot to take an after picture with  my camera (I took one with my phone and instagramed it) but it looked basically the same, but browner and crispier. I was pretty impressed overall! Everyone that had some said it was delicious so I think it’s safe to say I can now add apple pie to my repertoire.

I still have a lot to chat about (my IKEA trip in particular) so I’ll be back Friday with that -barring any computer malfunctions, but I’m crossing my fingers that Sunday’s adventure was just a one-time random fluke type thing.

Do any of you celebrate Pi day…or any other random holidays? I recently found out that National Grilled Cheese Sandwich day is April 12, so you can bet your socks I’ll be honoring that day to the fullest! I’m already thinking about potential grilled cheese varieties to make (aside from traditional, of course).


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