Let’s Make Pies {on Instagram}

by Edie Wadsworth on November 26, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving Dear Friends!

I’ll be on Instagram today giving tips and showing some videos of pie making so that you will know 100% for sure that homemade pies are within your grasp.  THEY ARE!!

Join me there and we shall make pies together!

Let me preface this by saying that I am NOT an expert pie maker.  But my mother in law is and I watch her like a hawk when she’s here.

I’ll be making a big batch of homemade dough and using that for all my pies today.  I’ll be making cherry, pecan, and pumpkin.  I also have an apple pie recipe here but we had it last month for Stevie’s birthday so I’m not making it today.  The cherry will be a double crust but the other two will be single crusts.

Invite your friends on IG to join us!

For the dough, you’ll need:

  • 6 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of lard  (this is no time to fight me on the Lard.  Just trust me.  Or trust my mother in law.  She’s a certified pie whisperer.)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Mix those ingredients in a food processor or with a pastry blender and put them DRY in a ziplock bag in the fridge until you need them.  Pie ingredients need to be cold so make sure you put in the fridge at least for a little while!

For the single crust pies, take out 1 cup of dry ingredients and mix with ice water (about 1-2 T)  just until the dough comes together but isn’t too sticky.  The rest you’ll have to see on Instagram OR you can follow this post on how to make the perfect pie crust.  (Warning—I used butter and lard in that recipe and I must say that the all Lard crust is better, tastier, and easier to work with.  Don’t hate.)

Run to the store and get your Lard and meet me on Instagram in a little while!

Here’s the ingredients for the cherry pie!

Perfect Cherry Pie!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cans tart cherries, drained, but save the liquid (I use the Oregon brand, found with canned fruit)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed in about 2 T. of the cherry juice
  • 1/8 tablespoon almond extract (optional)(I use it, but just a drop or two!)
  • Perfect pie crust, enough for double crust
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, to dot
  • Egg wash and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, to sprinkle on top
  • Can add a little red food coloring, to get that beautiful red color

I will often mix the filling and then precook it in the microwave for a 2-3 minutes.

Bake at 375 for about 50-55 minutes, until top is slightly browned.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie

  • 1 1/2 cups pecan pieces
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon flour, plus more for tossing chocolate chips
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 dark corn syrup (could use 1 cup of light corn syrup if you don’t have this)
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 stick melted butter

Place the pecans and the chocolate chips in an unbaked pie crust.  Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour over the chips and pecans.  Bake at 375 and cook for about 55-60 minutes.  Cover the pie with tin foil to keep the crust from over browning.


A Heart of Hospitality

by Edie Wadsworth on November 24, 2014

“Frodo was now safe in the Last Homely House east of the Sea. That house was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.’ Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear and sadness.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring


Shauna Niequist gave a great talk on hospitality at Allume.   Something she said has stuck with me ever since—”People should leave your presence feeling better about themselves, not better about you.”

Oh the sting of the truth.  I blew it again this weekend even though I’m almost ALWAYS reminding myself to think of others first.   I was in a situation where I met a handful of new people and I immediately slid into my default mode of trying to make sure they knew I wasn’t JUST a stay at home mom.  Before I had been with them for ten minutes, I’m pretty sure they knew I had a book coming out and was a physician in my former life.  I was doing it before I even realized it.  It’s just who we all are at our core—so hopelessly self-centered.  Immediately, Shauna’s words pricked my conscience and  before the night was over, I was able to show interest in them and find out some things about their lives.  Maybe one of these days I’ll learn.  Perhaps I should revisit my own words on hospitality…

from my ebook 31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality

We’ve talked a little about what hospitality is and what it is not.  We’ve even conceded that we desperately need each other.

But hospitality doesn’t come just because you have a better understanding of what it is.

Hospitality follows closely behind its friend, humility.

C.S. Lewis gave the best definition of humility I’ve heard when he said, ”Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.

And that may be our biggest barrier to hospitality.  We are so often so full of ourselves that there’s no room to welcome anyone else.  Our thoughts are so consumed by all the details of our own busy lives that we can’t even find the time to be curious about other people. Humility takes the stance, ”I don’t know you or understand you but I’m willing to empty my heart just a little of myself and welcome you in.”

We come to relationships and even to strangers with such a hidden agenda, one that we don’t even see. We need them to like us, to do something for us, to make us feel a certain way. When it comes right down to it, we manipulate the people in our lives to do what we want them to do.  When is the last time you came to a relationship, emptied of yourself, without your own agenda, and sought to know the other person and find out their need?  I wish I could say that’s my normal posture but so often, it is not.

Wouldn’t our marriages and our relationships with our kids be different if we weren’t always trying to get our way? It’s called putting yourself in someone else’s shoes—-living in their skin.

And that is the very humility and love that Christ demonstrates toward us.

He comes to us in the humblest of means—by bread, wine, water, and Word, His body broken for our redemption, His blood poured out for our salvation.


I despair this morning that I’m so full of self, that I come to every single relationship ready to plow my way through my own agenda.

But Christ has made the perfect exchange.

He takes on my pride and gives me His humility.

He takes on my lies and gives me His truth.

He takes my sin, death and darkness and gives me life and salvation.

We wear humility and we get a glimpse of what it’s like to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

Hospitality is learning to live toward others with His borrowed love, in His perfect humility. He gives us what we don’t have in exchange for what He has in abundance.

Lord, give us Your humility, teach us to give ourselves to others and forgive our stubborn selfishness.


As a thank you for meeting me here so often, I’d like to offer you a free copy of my ebook on hospitality.  Maybe it will inspire you or challenge you this week as you welcome people into your home and heart.


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Also, only a few more days to take advantage of my Young Living November special!  Also, be looking for a free webinar (maybe next weekend!) about how we use the oils in our family.  Young Living Essential oils have changed everything about how our family manages health and wellness.  We are slowly but surely getting off all our OTC and even some of our prescription medications, plus we’re fighting off a host of common fall and winter infections.  Read more about it here!



Hosting Thanksgiving {Without Losing Your Mind!}

by Edie Wadsworth on November 21, 2014

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I have a confession to make.  I haven’t totally recovered from book writing.  Otherwise known as, I’m not on my A game right now.  Otherwise known as, I’m tempted to order Thanksgiving from Popeye’s.


I’ve lost a good portion of my mojo and it’s taking its sweet time coming back. [read more]


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