I think practically the first time I ever stepped foot into my husbands family home for an event I can remember Grandmas pie, it is always there. The gorgeous golden crust sprinkled with sugar, the perfect compliment to any meal I have enjoyed it so many times that I've come to expect it's presence and it never disappoints.
But something else was there in our midst. So much more than the ingredients on her counter or the way she labored intensely over her craft. I sensed her deep love and satisfaction in serving her family in this way. Making amazing pie is a way that Grandma shows her love. I tried to figure how many pies she has made over the past sixty years and into the thousands is what I came up with.
It's the sacrifice she makes to create this gorgeous gift. The pies are so linked to family time spent together that having the pie at weddings and holidays and birthday parties evokes such a sense of security and love it would be a shame if it wasn't there it wouldn't feel complete. This whole experience was truly amazing to me. I long to be a woman, a mother with a legacy. To serve my family for so many years that it becomes common place and simple. God has called us to use our gifts in this way not for our own glory but for the glory of His kingdom. If I could make my family feel safe and loved with the single bite of pie just as Grandma does than I would die a happy woman.
Proverbs 31 talks about this woman working with her hands in delight, getting up early to gather the food, serving the poor and needy. This is Great Grandmas legacy. I know of many times members of her church without any family will call her and ask her to make a pie or cake for their birthday and she does it every time with gratitude for the ability to serve in this way. I was so struck by her life it's beauty and simplicity and deep wisdom. By her gifts of prayer and quiet service. Grandma Velma is a woman I long to emulate a Mother with many many more children than the ones she birthed herself. In fact most folks that know her know her as simply Grandma. It was such an honor and blessing to my heart to have the chance to spend time in her home doing something as simple as making pie for the family. It was in this time that God deeply encouraged me I am blessed to be counted as one of Grandmas and I long to not let her legacy be forgotten.
I love you Grandma Velma.
Grandma's famous pie crust recipe in honor of Mother's day:
4 cups of flour
2 cups of shortening mixed and placed in the fridge overnight
in the morning mix together with a flour cutter and then add your moisture
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons of water
pinch of salt
Beat together and then slowly add to the flour/shortening mixture. when it comes together split into four equal parts. Enough crust for two pies. Roll out bottom crust and place in pie dish fill with your favorite filling and top with second crust.
Cover edges with foil and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees then lower the temp to 400 degrees and continue baking another 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Sprinkle with sugar and enjoy!