Every year my mom & I get together and bake apple pies for the Holiday season...we fill our freezers with yummy pies that are so handy! Its great when you get surprise visitors or a friend over for coffee...you can just pull out an apple pie and pop it in the oven for a while and before you know the smell is wafting through your home! I really look forward to this day! Its fun just to get messy and silly and laugh! We had a couple of helpers this year! My dad got in on the act and my cousin Patsy who just moved here from Fort Mac in Alberta!
This year Patsy and my dad peeled and sliced the apples (thanks to the strafrit apple peeler - LOVE this gadget)
while I rolled dough and my mom filled the pies!
We had quite the assembly line! We ended up making 16 pies and 17 apple dumplings and froze them all but 2 dumplings that I had promised to my boys for dessert that night! They loved them!!!!
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis