Monday night I sat down to post my weekly pie and I just couldn't do it. My heart was filled with so much sadness after learning of the senseless attack on innocent people at the Boston Marathon.
I had called my mother when I found out because years ago we had watched the Marathon together just a few blocks from my house in Boston. That day will always be special to me because it was an incredibly fun day with my Mom; there was so much joy, so many people who were just glad to be a part of the race whether they were running or cheering.
Yesterday there was no joy. There was a lot of me sneaking off to check Facebook and email to make sure friends and fellow runners were OK. There was me making up a "hide your eyes" game for my girls when I turned on the TV (since I wasn't sure what channel we had left it on or what would be shown.)
Luckily, there were also wonderful stories. Doctors who ran the race and then stepped up to help the injured. Spectators who helped people get out of the area. Bostonians who opened their homes to people who had no place to go in the mayhem.
My thoughts are with the people of Boston and all the runners who trained so hard and didn't get to finish or may never run again.
I know the joy will be back some day but it will take a while. :(
So this was the entry I had planned to post.
This week begins a short series of "Pies I Don't Like." When I told my taste tester, Squishy, about the series he asked quizzically "Why would you do something like that???"
Well because I have 52 pies to make and there are some pies I feel like I should make even though I don't like them. And because perhaps someone else might like them even if I don't. And that someone could be Squishy.
This one was a request by my sister to make a mocha pie. And that request came with a recipe attached. So I figured why not?
Now I don't like coffee AT ALL. I don't drink it and can't stand the smell of it. But it's my sister and I knew she would like it. And my husband had some instant coffee in the house after last fall's hurricane when the only way he could get coffee was to have instant made with water boiled on a hot plate. And I'll do anything to get that coffee out of my house.
The pie is a bit of a cheat. It's made with pudding and Cool Whip so it's not a real homemade pie. But I did make the crust from scratch, so I'm counting it.
For the record, I could not bring myself to try this pie. I really do hate coffee. But my sister and Squishy enjoyed it and apparently the pie disappeared in a couple days.
Mocha Cappuccino Pie
1 baked graham cracker crust
1 3.5 ounce package of chocolate pudding
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 cup cold milk
1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Combine pudding mix and coffee granules. Add the milk and then whisk. Fold in 1/3 of the tub of whipped topping.
Chill for at least 30 minutes. Top with additional whipped topping.