Half Baked Retirement

A blog about pies.

My retirement goal is to bake a pie everyday and give it away.

Read more about my project!

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Yesterday I was honored to receive the City of Salem Mayor’s Merit Award at the annual volunteer recognition celebration. I have been to this event every year for almost twenty years. What a thrill to get such recognition. Thank you, Mayor Anna Peterson and Salem City Council!

Two second place ribbons, three first place ribbons, Best in Division and Best in Show. I guess a year of practice pays off.






The kitchen is a disaster area.

And so am I.

But not my granddaughter, Abby Larsen, who helped decorate.

The pies look pretty good.

Dutch Apple.




Brown Butter Hazelnut.

And now I’m off to deliver to the Oregon State Fair

Tomorrow is submittal day for the Oregon State Fair pie competition. I started work on my pie crusts early this morning.

This crust was the best. The others, not so much.

I’m a little nervous about tomorrow.

Today I baked five practice pies for the state fair; apple, walnut, rhubarb, blueberry and blackberry.

Then I set up a taste test complete with score sheets.

Willing friends helped out.

The conclusion was: I need prettier crusts; dump the walnut and concentrate on the blueberry and rhubarb.

Only two more days until it’s time to submit pies. I better get cooking.

I’m off on my next adventure to win a ribbon at the state fair. So far, I’m thinking of two entires.

Brown Butter Hazelnut

Dutch Apple

Pie got delivered in all kinds of weather and situations during my year of pies.

We were snowed in for four days at the top of our hill in Salem. I headed out with my pie carrier and snow gear to deliver pie to neighbors. I got to meet several new neighbors.

But it just kept snowing. And I just kept delivering pie.

This pie got delivered by train. I took the train (and the pie) from Salem to Portland to meet my grandkids, who were being delivered by their other grandmother, Margie Anderson. The pie went to Margie and the grandkids came with me on the train to Olympia, Washington. The pie was a big hit in the train station as I sat and waited for Margie Anderson to arrive with my gang of kids.

And then there were the hand pies,

carried in my day pack.

and delivered to other hikers on the trail to Jefferson Park in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.

Finally, there was the beach walk pie, carried one half mile down the beach to the very nice volunteers at Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon.


you’re amazing! found you through Cakespy.com. congratulations on your retirement but ALSO your commitment to pie baking and building community! take care!