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November 27, 2020


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Joanne Noragon

OK, "free pecan pie" came back to smack me across the back of the head! What with you living there in the Pacific Northwest, home of free thinkers and interesting birds and trees, of course you have free pecans. I wondered if that meant pesticide free trees, or there is a special way of picking or packaging. Several pies later, I realized...


Oh dear, hope your infection goes away quickly. I had one once in my 40s and still remember what a misery it was.

Marie K

It's good your doctor gave you the extra meds for yeast infection. If I remember right, it's just one pill, and so worth it (to not get one, whether you're prone or not!) Lovely pies. I got a strawberry rhubarb, had one piece and that was enough for me. Apple crisp sounds delicious! I would've preferred that, too. Good for John making a pie for his mom.
That color flooring is very similar to what we chose for the rental, except they didn't have any. We ended up with a darker wood...hmpfff. Hope you're feeling better soon. Augmentin is pretty good stuff~


It's good that the uti was diagnosed now so that you can treat it AND any other infections that follow before you head off to see your family. You're surrounded by talented bakers. That's a lovely situation!

Donna W

You were right about the latest book I was reading: I finished it yesterday. What a downer! I'm glad I read it, though. Just the dogs made it worth the read.


Get well soon.

Pam Donaldson

Oh dear, poor you! Get well soon.

Bruce Taylor

Judy made a sensational pumpkin pie, the best I've ever had and I'm a huge pumpkin pie fan. And it sounds like you'd prefer a Dutch apple pie to the ones with the regular crust. Me too.

Doug M

Margaret, you had my mouth watering at all those pies! BTW, John's mom is still alive too?? That's both wonderful, and remarkable. I can't imagine having my parents around in my 40s, let alone now... anyway, that's terrific about his first pie. I've never baked one either!

I sure am sorry about your "p" infection--is it just me, or do women seem to get that more than men? My sister told me that once... Anyway, please get well asa"p" :)


Oh dear. Just in time for the holiday season. Maybe the antibiotics will work quickly and thoroughly.


Pie is much better than a bladder infection. I hope you are feeling much better soon. I do love a doc that gives you the yeast infection treatment pill right with the antibiotic. It never fails so I buy the OTC stuff on the rare occasions I take an antibiotic.

Lovely, lovely pies. Fortunately for John, pumpkin pie is terrifically easy to make. Except for the crust. I am still not particularly good with a crust.


Dang on the UTI. But better now than when you are traveling. The pies look delicious. I LOVE a good piece of pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream on it ;-)


I suspect your doc prescribed meds for a possible yeast infection because a lot of antibiotics CAUSE them. Good for him for thinking ahead. Hope you're feeling better! Ugh, UTI infections suck.

Cherry is my favorite pie, but I don't crave it (like I feel about most sweet things). And I think I prefer apple crisp over apple pie, too.

Love this post about all things "P."


French Silk Pie was our all time favorite pie at Bakers Square in Illinois. A lot of the restaurants closed, but my daughter was able to get one for her husband on Thanksgiving.

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