On good pies, bad pies, and fashion blogging
I’m a little camera shy (read: totally terrified). Are you this way too? I never feel like I take a good picture – I get completely uncomfortable and awkward (unless, of course, there’s booze and a photo booth involved – then I’m all in). In general though, I’m just not one of those lucky photogenic types. My smile always seems forced, I’ll do things like sneeze or look away just as the person behind the camera says “3!”. I have more photos of me with my eyes closed than I can count. Camera’s and me are just no good. But I’m trying to take this blogging thing serious and serious means having a few professional headshots. You know, the kind that go along with a bio or whatever. So, as painful as it was, last Sunday I woke up early, got my hair and make-up done, put on a cute little dress and a statement necklace (yes, there’s something called a statement necklace out there) and I walked around Downtown LA with my husband and a camera. Side note: Can I just take a moment to profess my undying love and appreciation for this man! He is my biggest supporter. And I love him to the moon. He took this shoot so seriously (like 1,000 photos serious) and helped me feel more comfortable and confident. By the end of the day, I was a photo shooting machine.
Which brings me to fashion bloggers. I don’t know how they do it. To stand in public and take a pretty photo was complete torture! I have to give fashion bloggers major props! They make it look really easy (and maybe for some it is), but it takes guts to do what they do and I have a new appreciation for their work. High five ladies!
To my surprise, I took a few photos that I actually loved. Maybe the camera isn’t so scary after all. Below are a few of my favorite shots from the day.
You know what else takes guts? Thinking you can replicate the delicious pie that you tasted at The Pie Hole during a break from the above photo shoot. I’ve always loved my apple pie with a slice of sharp cheddar. The sharp tanginess of the cheese plays well off of the sweetness of the apple filling and buttery crust. So, when I saw a cheddar crust apple pie at Pie Hole, I didn’t hesitate.
The filling was perfect, the crust was totally unique and delicious. I knew I had to make this pie for the blog. So, the next day, I did.
Except, my version turned out looking like this. Doesn’t look too bad, you’re probably thinking. Keep scrolling, it’s a hot mess.
Turns out, when your pie filling doesn’t thicken after baking for 30-45 minutes….you shouldn’t continue to bake for another 30-45 minutes. Pies burn! Who would have thought?!
In my excitement (and space cadetness), I forgot to add 2 tablespoons of flour to my filling. That little oversight made all the difference! Instead of a perfectly sweet, tart, cheddary pie, I had this watery, burnt mess:
Aaaargh! We win some, we lose some, friends! But I’m not discouraged. I’ll be back with the proper recipe for a homemade Cheddar Crust Apple Pie very soon! -xo!
P.S. This wasn’t the first pie I ruined. Remember this?