Scent Memory


Scent is a big thing for me. A smell can take me back to a moment or remind me of a person. The first fire of the season reminds me of my dad; moth balls remind me of my grandmother’s house. I know that most people wouldn’t think that’s a pleasant smell, but for me it is.

There are also certain scents that remind me of the seasons. Dirt flying behind the back of a truck as you drive down the road, that first sniff of cool air that blows in from the north, the grass on a freshly mowed football field, all of those remind me of fall.

Candles are a great addition to your Halloween decorations.

Now, I’ve never been able to find those smells in the air care aisle of Walmart, but there are lots of other great scents. Candles, air freshener, plug-ins, those little melty things… all things to help your home smell nice.

Candles help your house smell clean.

My favorite fall scents are apple and pumpkin. I love how fresh and spicy they smell. Plus they help clean my house out of all the funky smells and add to the ambiance… of the mantel covered in skeletons and spiderwebs. What haunted house doesn’t have candlelight?

Seasonal scents help your home smell nice.

SC Johnson has tons of scents to help your house smell clean.

What are your favorite scents?

Make Pie Baking Easy with these Essential Tools

It’s October! I know. I can’t believe it is here either, but it is. Some of you may remember last year that I did a month long series on cookies. After it was done I told myself (and anyone that would listen) that I would never do that again. Well, never say never. That’s right people, I’m going for it again, but this year I’m going to write about pie. (mmmm… pie) So unbutton your pants and pull out your rolling pins, we’re about to make some pies.

To kick off this year’s 31 Days of Pie series I’m going to talk about how you can make pie baking easy with a few essential tools.

Pie is delicious and not that hard to make. You can make pie baking easy by using the right tools. Everything you need to make a delicious pie is covered in this post.

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So what do you need to make a pie? Not that much actually. First, you start with a good mixing bowl.

Use a glass or stainless steel bowl when making pie.

I prefer to use a large, vintage pyrex dish that was given to be by a friend, but you can use any large bowl you have. It is best to use a large bowl when you are making pie crust (if doing it by hand) so that you have lots of room to mix. America’s Test Kitchen recommends a stainless steel bowl for making meringue.

Next you need measuring spoons and cups (obviously).

Make pie baking with several sets of measuring cups and spoons.

Like with all baking, you need a good set of measuring spoons and cups. I actually have several sets of both. I hate it when I’m in the middle of baking and need a cup or spoon and I don’t have one that is clean. I also have two sets of wet ingredient measuring cups.

Next you need a pastry knife (or cutter) and a pastry wheel.

Use a pastry knife to make pie crust at home.

I make pie crust by hand. Yes you can buy them, but the ones you make yourself just taste better. I will be sharing different pie crust recipes later. To make the dough for a pie crust you need a pastry knife (pictured on the left and right). This tool allows you to quickly “cut” the shortening or butter into the flour. I recommend the ones with a sharp edge. The pastry wheel lets you cut the flour even once it is rolled out (for lattice pies). It may not be essential, but it does make your pie prettier.

Now that your dough is ready, you need to roll it out.

Use a good roller to make rolling out your pie crust easier.

I have a large rolling pin and a smaller version. The larger one is weighted and easier to use, but the smaller one works in a pinch and fits in a drawer easier. Good Housekeeping recommends a rolling pin with ergonomic handles to ensure you do not press too hard on the dough as your are rolling it. They recommend the Kitchenaid version I have pictured in the photo. I bought mine at Target.

Use a pie plate that allows your crust to bake evenly.

Lastly, you need a pie plate. Now, you can use the one your grandma passed down to you or you can buy one for less than $10 at pretty much any big box store. I have four that I use. One is a fancy Le Creuset that was given to me and the other three are simple Pyrex plates that I bought for less than $10 each. They all cook exactly the same. The most important thing is to pay attention to size. You want to be sure that you have a deep pan and a shallower one. Also, know the measurements of your pie plate to ensure you prepare the right size crust. They come in 8, 9, and 10 inch sizes.

Other things that can come in handy when making pies are a mixer, good mixing spoons, pie weights for baking pie crusts, pie crust shield to prevent your crust from burning, and a food processor or blender (for making pie crust).

Do you make homemade pies? What is your favorite type of pie?

Be sure to follow my Pinterest board to stay up to date with 31 Days of Pie this month and check out my board for last year’s series 31 Days of Cookies.