Wednesday, January 19, 2011

~ A Pie Party~

My friend Cheryl @ JoJo's Joys is having a party.

~ A Pie Party~

Pies are a favorite dessert here at HFTS
so I decided to join in with a few slices of my own.


Apple Pie

Apple is my favorite of the fruit pies, though cherry and peach are right up at the top of the list too.

Pumpkin pie is a favorite of my personal "chef" and a must for the fall season.

This one was trimmed using my set of William Sonoma mini pie crust cutters.

I like to serve pumpkin pie with a healthy scoop of whipped cream and a side of honey glazed Texas pecans.

Pecan pie, made with our famous Texas pecans, is a holiday favorite.

Why, you might ask, is this one sitting among sea shells in a fish net? Click here to read my FFT edible book review on MERMAIDS IN THE BASEMENT, written by the talented Michael Lee West, also hostess of Foodie Friday.

Lemon meringue pie is my summer favorite.

This too was featured in a FFT edible review, CHERRIES IN WINTER, by Suzan Colón. Click here to read about this delightful book.

Pocket Pie Photos From William Sonoma

Pocket pies made in the William Sonoma pocket pie molds are also a favorite around here. The individual pies are fun for parties and are easy to make. I also highly recommend the mini pie crust cutters that William Sonoma sells. I like to trim the edge of a pie crust with a decorative edge, and the embossed detail of these cutters adds an extra touch.

Below is the recipe I use for making pie crusts.

No Fail Pie Crust

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup corn oil

2 1/2 tablespoons ice water

Sift flour with salt into bowl. Slowly dribble oil into flour, mixing with fork until coarsely blended. Sprinkle water over dough and mix. Form into a ball and roll out between sheets of wax paper. Peel off top piece of paper and fit crust into 9-inch or 10-inch pan. (If paper sticks to crust, chill in refrigerator a few minutes.) to bake pie shell, prick pastry all over with fork and bake at 425 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

Yes, pies are definitely a favorite thing.

When I have a big "piz-za" pie, that's amore!

Celebrate National Pie Day, January 23rd

Click here to join JoJo's Pie Party

Also linking to


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. May I have a piece of each;)? What yummy images! I have been dying to try the Williams Sonoma pocket have inspired me!

    Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Wow-Beautiful pies Sarah! Lovin' your pretty decorations! I want to work on that this year:@)

  3. Sarah,
    They all look so yoummy! My favorite is pumpkin pie in the fall and butterscotch pie in the summer. Your pies look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sarah, I will be right over, fork in hand!!!

    Love these...


    Sheila :-)

  5. Sarah, these pies are soo pretty, I'd almost hate to cut a piece from one. (I did say ALMOST)! You've got my mouth watering! I need to get some of those pocket pie thingys from W.S. I bet we'd like those. Thanks for the recipe. Wish my pies looked as pretty as yours. laurie

  6. Hi Sarah! Oh, yummy! Every pie looks so delicious! Can I come over? I'm sure you've got at least one slice left!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Sarah, these are the most beautiful collection of pies I have ever seen. I am going to have to get some of those WS pie cutters. They make each pie a work of art. You could open a pie shop or just sell to restaurants. I really have never seen lovelier pies.

    While I am shopping there, I think I ought to pick up another kitchen gadget, the little pocket pie gadget. Those are just adorable. I know some grandkids that would love to help make and eat those cutie pies.

  8. Yum! I agree with Cathy I will have a sliver of each as they are all favorites!!

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    Art by Karena

  9. Oh YUMMY!! Ok now I need a piece of pie girl ha ha!! Hey I'm been sick so you should send me a care piekage ha ha!!
    Hope you have a GREAT Weekend my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  10. Hi Sarah,

    All of your pies look amazing and I am quite certain they are all as good as they look. Being named Sarah and living in Texas is a very good combination for great pie mom's name is Sarah and she's from Texas and I love her pies. I have wanted those WS leaf cutters for some time and seeing how beautiful your pies look with them has convinced me to give in and go get them.


  11. After seeing your pretty pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving I ordered a set of crust cutters from Williams Sonoma, Sarah. Thye add such a special touch! I also have a few of their pocket pie molds which I enjoy using.

  12. Sarah, my dear you have definitely hit the jackpot with all of these glorious pies.
    I love the way you style your pix too.
    I'll be using the WS pie crust cutters, that you sent me, for my next pie this weekend.

  13. Hello Sarah,
    I love how you trim the edge of your pies with the cutted cookies. That looks so pretty. I am a visual consumer, for me that is very important.
    I will copy that (and thinking of you when I serve my pie. LOL)
    Greetings, Johanna

  14. Your pies look delicious! My all time favorite pie is it!

  15. You have those cute pockets:) What a pretty pie post Sarah..So sweet.

  16. Oh, my! You shared so many delicious pies. I have a couple of questions.

    1. Do you put the little decorative leaves around your pie right away, or do you wait a bit. Mine always end up too dark.

    2. I have had sort of blah results with the pie pocket cutters. Do you have any tips.

  17. Yay such a yummy delightful post...GOrgeous!! all the photos are fabulous!!And how cool..i just made an apple pie with stars for my brother's b-day this cool! Beautiful tribute to pies are magical!! and now i am so hungry!

  18. Your pies are SO pretty! I love to bake but have never perfected pies. Thanks for the ideas and for the easy pie crust.


  19. I'll take just a sliver . . . of each!
    You always come up with a friday's favorite to.die.for.

  20. I like pie too, especially that pecan pie!!!!!

  21. You can never have enough pie!!

    Susan and Bentley

  22. Yummy yummy pies..I love hot apple pie too!

  23. Wish I weren't such a pie addict - all of these pies look delicious! Tomorrow I'm making a banana cream pie for the pie party! Can't wait!!!

  24. OH I love pies ! Great post and recipe ! Thank you !
    Happy week end.

  25. Wow, they all look so good! Great selection, too~
    I guess next up is cherry for Val and Geo Washington's Day.
    Or maybe Ground Hog Pie, LOL
    kind of like a Shepherd's pie! :)

  26. Oh they all look so delicious and so pretty!! Yum!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  27. Those pies...oh my goodness. The crusts are just gorgeous. I wish I had a slice of that pecan pie right now! (with a "healthy" bit of whipped cream, too!)

  28. there is one word here.. yummy! double yummy! tripple yummy!.. delish!

  29. Oh Sarah! This is wonderful!!
    Yum and double yum...many thanks for the recipe :)
    Jeanne xxx

  30. YIES! I BETTER RUN in the other hips are already expanding just from the pictures! Oh Sara, what a wonderful post. My favorite pie is blueberry à la mode....with ONLY vanilla HAAGEN DAZ!!!

    Thank you dearest for coming to my new post. It is always so nice to see you! Anita

  31. I'll take a slice of any one of those pies but I laughed out loud at your oxymoron "a healthy scoop of whipped cream" LOL Bring it on, Honey! ;-)

    I used my set of little pie crust cutters on sugar cookie dough for the tennis luncheon. They made nice tiny bite sized cookies & they really worked GREAT! Really fast!

    Still enjoying your birthday? I am!

  32. Oh my! I was not hungry til I opened this post. :D They all look yummy.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  33. Oh, what a tasty post! All of the pies look so good Sarah!

  34. The pies look scrumptious, Sarah, and the presentation is fabulous. Going to look at your review now....Christine

  35. Hello - how nice to meet you! Thanks for your comment. We were just telling our sons tonight about pecan pie - as British boys living in France they've never eaten one...

  36. I almost bought a gourmet pie at the grocery store today. After reading your post, I wish I had!

  37. Oh my goodness these pies are awesome! You make me want to go bake one right now!

  38. Your pies are just beautiful, Sarah! I love the crusts with the leaves, etc - so pretty. Thank you for telling me about JoJo's Pie party!
    Blessings, Beth

  39. They are all beautiful looking pies Sarah.......but my favorite has to be Pecan, love, love nuts!!!!

    Will give your crust recipe a try, sounds really good and quick.

    Hugs -Mary

  40. Sarah, thank you so much for linking these beautiful pies to Favorite Things. I had to come over and look again, and my mouth is watering again. laurie

  41. Beautiful looking pies...I especially liked the pumpkin with the big scoop of whipped cream and the candied nuts...Sue@Rue-Mouffetard

  42. Hi Sarah Sweetie...
    Oh I can't wait to try your recipe for the crust, is sounds and looks mighty tasty.

    I love these pies you have shared. You know all of my hearts desires here. How wonderful that lemon meringue looks. Just lightly browned on top.

    I love the little leaves on the crust border that you made. That looks so elegant. Now pecan pie, oh my do I ever love that one. Momma and Daddy live in Oklahoma and I always have the best pecans a gal could ever ask for, fresh from their orchard, each year. I am never without a freezer bag of pecans. I would love your recipe for that one. I am always looking for a good one.

    Many hugs sweetie and So much love. A tasty and delightful post. Sherry

  43. The snow and ice pictures were amazing. I never saw anything like it. The pies, YUM. My Mom and make a great pie. I may have to try your no fail crust sometime. Have a great day!

  44. OOO, what beautiful pies you bake. So so pretty. And, I'll bet they taste every bit as good as they look.
    xoxo bj

  45. There is nothing that shouts COMFORT and LIGHTS UP ones day MORE than fresh baked PIE! Yours are sending me off to the kitchen to BAKE!!! I have been toying with buying those William Sonoma molds for some time. WOW they sure do look good. AND I love the video they had on their site demonstrating them! I LOVE your honey pecans(HOW do you make them, my guys LOVE Honey and I would LOVE to make those to go with my pumpkin pies)???
    Loved every detail here Sarah, you always have such beautiful posts and keep me adding to my WISHLIST,hehe...


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