You Can Learn a Lot from an Ugly Pie Crust

You Can Learn a Lot from an Ugly Pie Crust

“Can I help you with the pie mommy? Please?”


Two young boys bound into the kitchen on a Thanksgiving morning.

My first response was an internal sigh. It’s so much easier and faster if I just do it, especially when it comes to a finicky pie crust. But I thought, hey why not. It was the point of the morning where they start to tire of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I like teaching them new things.

I made the pie crust the day before and it was chilling in the fridge so I laid it on the counter. They helped me measure the flour and cinnamon and they snacked on the apple slices and dipped their wet fingers in the sugar to sample.

Kids helping to bake a pie in the kitchen
My eager kitchen helpers. Photo: Audra Rogers, RealHonestMom Blog

Cooking with kids

It’s cooking with kids…but then again it’s cooking with kids, you know? A wise woman once told me to let kids make messes in the kitchen when they’re young, and though it goes against every fiber in my being sometimes, I oblige within reason. It does clean and they enjoy it.

We were all crop dusted with flour by the time I explained how we would divide the dough in half and make a top and bottom crust. They took turns sprinkling flour on the counter and rolling with the rolling pin.

They really enjoyed the process and laughed at the “argh!” style noise I made when I used too much pressure with the rolling pin and a part of the crust rolled off. The granulated sugar crunched underneath my shoes on the hardwood floor.

Even though I use a very forgiving and pliable pie crust recipe, this is our final product before oven time:

A lumpy, mishapen patched up pie crust before baking
Made with love. Photo: Audra Rogers, RealHonestMom Blog

Not my best work, and it required several patch jobs that they helped with, but they were so proud of the pie we made.

I of course threw in a comment about how this just goes to show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover because it was going to taste AMAZING no matter what it looked like.

And it did. It really, truly did. It was the best pie I have ever had. Ever.

Lumpy, patched up baked pie crust
Baked with love. Photo: Audra Rogers, RealHonestMom Blog

You can learn a lot from an ugly pie crust

I think it’s so important to make sure kids know that mistakes are okay. It’s important to try new things, and maybe even expect that it won’t be perfect the first time. If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t learning and growing.

It was baked with love, laughs, sweet memories and an honest effort, which is always welcome here.

I put a lot of effort into making a nice meal for the day, but in the end, the pie was the best part of all.

I spent sweet time teaching my sons how to make an apple pie with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the background, and Christmas music on the radio. I will always remember that, and I think they will too.

I was incredibly thankful for our little family Thanksgiving. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Thank you, ugly pie crust.


Mom’s Dream

My 2 favorite passions: teaching kids basic life skills in the home and using my gifts of video and writing to explain things in a loving way.

I am going to combine the two to try something new in the new year. I am currently in the thick of creating the content to launch soon, and I’d love your support!

Even if you aren’t my target customer, you can help by spreading the word when the time comes.

I will still write on this blog, because it’s my first love that has saved me in countless ways.

I’ve had this idea burning in my soul for quite a while now, and it’s go time.

I am currently available on a consulting basis in the ways of the home in the meantime. I asked my sons to give me a few testimonials and they did!

You can see those, check my availability and schedule an appointment here. And stay tuned! ♥

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