Because I have a million things to do before I leave the freaking country on Saturday, the only thing I want to do, it seems, is play around in the kitchen when I’m home. I was even struck by the rare urge to bake something.

To be honest, I should know better by now. Some people are bakers and some are better at cooking “real” food—I definitely fall into the latter category. I don’t know what it is, but in my hands, the most simplistic confection (except for cookies, which I’m actually good with) turns into a disaster. Still, I find rolling out pie crust soothing (when it’s kept between sheets of wax paper), so I thought I’d make a pie this week. dsc02002 - A Long, Strange Trip

I asked Chris if  he had any requests and he said apple pie is one of his favorites but, hey, how about making apple turnovers? It sounded easy enough. I even found some easy-looking recipes. I chose one and followed it, thinking to myself, “Gee, this is a breeze. Maybe I’ve finally gotten my act together.”

Haha, no dice. When it came time to fold the dang things, it just wasn’t happening. I think I hadn’t rolled the dough thin enough, but I didn’t feel like doing it again, so I thought I’d improvise mini pie-crumb-things.

I cut up some parchment paper and put it in cupcake tins and then pressed a little crust into the bottom. Then I added the filling and baked it all for a bit. Then I took it out of the oven and improvised the most anemic crumble ever—I underestimated the amount of butter I’d need and overestimated the amount of flour required. Whoops. I also neglected to make any brown sugar because I have to get on a step-ladded to reach the molasses and really didn’t feel like it. The things went back into the oven anyway.dsc02003 - A Long, Strange Trip

Maybe my problem is that I’m lazy about baking. These little creations came out okay, but wow—talk about a long, strange trip. Consider yourself warned: if I ever offer to bake you anything, either politely decline or expect the unexpected. dsc02004 - A Long, Strange Trip

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