Make it & Take It Highlights 2017

Without a doubt, the 2017 Make it & Take it  was the best ever!! Over 110 guests and 125 pies! I gotta give a shout out to long time oven master, Philip!  He slays!

We had lots of new faces and pie bakers this year. This guy.

Who later, turned into bossy Betty, jamming with the band, asking for the Beatles and “words with songs.” At one point he yelled, “it’s too slow!”  We all fell in love.

Of course, Ana and Dr. Ruth were there, bright and early, weaving pie dough, making masterpieces.

Can you believe this beauty?

Nalysia worked the front door with great aplomb, and a gorgeous smile. Love her to pieces!

Jade was amazing, and doesn’t she look Parisienne, here? Jaw dropping style, this one.

Did I mention? Elise, from We Adorn You, painted faces for a few hours.

I love when pie makers bring their Momma. All the feels.

This little guy has made at least 4 fudge pies in his lifetime. He told his Mom that night, that he wanted pie for dinner. She said okay, and gave him a piece on a separate plate. He said “no, if it’s for dinner , the pie needs to be on the dinner plate ( right next to the grilled cheese)”. In the end she agreed. PIE FOR DINNER!!

Did I mention?  Spiderman was in attendance!

It was a perfect day to make a pie.  Big shout out to Juli Frankel for these amazing snaps.  Wait, is that Rachel??  Making off with Ana’s pie??  PUT THE PIE DOWN, SISTER!!

And one more shout out to her, the sissy of all sissy’s. She helped me organize all the ingredients the day before, she made gluten free crusts and then, went to a concert that night! All I had to do was hang out with my favorite seven year old. Let the Holidays begin!

Mama Bear’s Wedding Toast

Part FOUR: A Toast to my Daughter and her Wife

I know I’m off schedule, and I’m supposed to be blogging about the ceremony (still pulls on my heart – so beautiful) but everything changed this past six weeks – my head chef walked out, after twenty -five years and the new chef hurt herself… I’ve been cooking full time.

All in a days work, sure, sure.

Not to worry, we are making beautiful food, of course.

I’m dying to share more deets about the best day of my life, so I’m doing a quickie here about my toast.

All the parents toasted.

Here’s my handsome Johnny.

The Engber’s, Natalie’s parents.

So charming.

Look at how Evan is holding the flashlight for Irene to see.

(It’s hell getting old.)

And me.

I did an activity more than a toast.  I was nervous about it, but I confided in Allison, she told me she loved it and I should do it. Just what I needed to hear.

I talked about how much I love applause and that we all need more of it. I asked everyone to put out their hands and feel all the love in the room, right through their palms.

And when they caught the energy coursing through, I told them we were going to applaud,  rising up in a standing ovation for love and marriage.

It totally worked. All the feels.

Now, zoom in and look at my mom in this picture. Love.

She’s dancing with her grandchildren.

Now, look at my kids, I have a new daughter!