Pie Round Up

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Pie Round Up
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Every year when I was younger my parents, three sisters and I would make the 3-4 hour trip up to Whidbey Island, Wa to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with close family friends. We'd pass the long hours in traffic along with thousands of other travelers singing Disney classics and anticipating the good times ahead. We never traveled light, because well...four daughters and their stuff, but more to blame was my mom. You see, she was the pie lady. Being in the car of the pie lady meant there was an abundance of carefully packed pies all around us, year after year, making the long journey wherever they'd fit...by legs, on laps, carefully placed beside our feet and bags. One car, two parents, four girls, and so many pies.


Here, we are featuring our favorite pies from some incredible bakers and bloggers, who are surely more skilled than I...

One year, halfway through our drive my older sister requested the heat be turned down because her feet were getting hot. It wasn't long until it become clear to everyone in the car that it wasn’t a thermostat issue. Her (shoeless) foot had been on a pie the entire drive, and had nestled into the tin foil covering nice and cozy. As if this weren't bad enough, learning that it wasn't just any pie, but the marionberry pie, made a funny situation downright depressing. The marionberry pie was the one everybody fought over in years past, a real family favorite, and now it carried a size 8.5 footprint right in the middle. What did we do about it? We cut around the footprint and ate the damn pie anyways, of course. Sure there were other pies, but nothing compared to mom’s marionberry pie, so we did what we had to do.

Luckily for me, I still get to spend every Thanksgiving with my parents, which means partaking in my mom’s amazing pies year after year. You might not be as fortunate as I am. You might not be the recipient of pies so good you’ll eat them, footprint and all. Or you might actually be the one in charge of the pies. I personally am praying to God it’s years before I have to undertake this responsibility. In the event that your number has already been called, The Modern Proper has spent hours (and I mean hours) searching the web, taking votes and testing recipes to make sure that you are well equipped to live up to your responsibility.

Here, we are featuring our favorite pies from some incredible bakers and bloggers, who are surely more skilled than I and may even be up there with my mom in the pie department (shhhh). We’ve narrowed down the Thanksgiving pie game into six categories; pecan, pumpkin, apple, cream, dairy/gluten free and non-traditional. Trust us when we say, “we’ve got your pie game covered.” Here's hoping you find one you love so much you're willing to cut around the foot imprint and go to town.

Pie Round Up
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Pie Round Up
Pie Round Up
Pie Round Up
Pie Round Up