Today was cold, windy with sprinkles off and on in the desert. Definitely too windy to ride Mickey, so I took a day off of horseback riding and went in early to the farmer's market. Got some Granny Smith Apples and pickling cucumbers (for bread & butter pickles tomorrow cause it's supposed to be cold and windy again) and came home baked my first apple pie from scratch! It's an experiment to see if it's good enough for me to bring to my parents' home on Thanksgiving. I went on allrecipes.com and looked for a good pie crust recipe and liked the recipe that got great reviews and was handed down by someone's great grandmother. I got the filling recipe from Better Crocker's website. I wish I had my Mammaw's recipes, but they were all in her head and went away when she passed away. BUT... I do have her southern apricot "fried pie" recipe as I asked her to walk me through the process. As she added "a little of this" and "a little of that" from her memory into bowls, I measured them out beforehand and wrote the recipe down. I'll share that before too long. So, the pie turned out great! Super flaky delicious crust and the filling is awesome. The only thing I'll do differently for Thanksgiving is baste it and sprinkle some sugar on top to give it that something extra. Looks like I'm having pie for desert tonight and I ran over a couple big pieces to an elderly couple that live not too far in their 5th wheel. They were happy to get it! Tomorrow, I'll give the rest to some other neighbors and I'll be ready for pie making on Thanksgiving.