Thursday 10th of November 2011 07:11 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
"Nobody has to make a whole pie."
Perhaps it seems a bit misleading for an apple pie making day to be "advertised" in that manner. After all, why have an apple pie day if not to make apple pies?
Truth is, nobody has to make an apple pie alone. Bazaar workdays illustrate the maxim: "Many hands make light work."
Previous pie making experience is not required. And here is the proof.
Randy sliced and diced and visited with the best of 'em. (That will teach him to come to the church to do his treasurer's duty on apple pie day.)
It was poetic justice, in a way. Since Stafford UMC is his childhood church, he's eaten his share of UMW Apple Pies though the years. His mom was a mover and shaker when it came to bazaar doings. He seemed to become the mascot for the ladies peeling apples.
Fellowship Hall is aptly named on apple pie making day. The conservation flows as freely as discarded apple peels from 3 bushels of apples.
There are stations for all the needed steps: apple peeling, apple chopping, cinnamon-sugar application and butter dotting.
There's the pie crust mixer, the pie crust rollers and the finishing crew.
I think I was assigned nearly every job that day. So what does that say? I choose to believe it's because of my versatility. (But maybe they were desperately searching for a job I couldn't mess up too badly.)
After all, I was the least experienced person there (if you don't count Randy).
So come buy a pie. Or buy some pints of apple butter. Or buy some of the cookies, quick breads, cinnamon rolls and crescent rolls I've spent the last three days baking here at home. The bazaar is from 9 AM to 2 PM Saturday, November 12, at the church basement.
These ladies know how to make chicken and noodles, too.