Yesterday we went to my mom's to say goodbye to my nephew Brendan. He's heading to Vancouver for a visit with his dad, who is ill and returning from China. Then he (Brendan) will be moving to Seattle to try to find a job. He had been living in Japan for about 18 months, I think, and came here for about a month this time.
So we made a peach pie to take along. The peaches have been good and peach pie is about the easiest pie in the world to make, so we did. I love fresh peach pie. I don't like the kind you bake. It makes the peaches too mushy. I just make one crust. We brought vanilla ice cream to go with the pie. It was a nice summer treat.
We made raspberry tarts with the leftover dough. Our raspberries are ripening bit by bit. Kelsey loves making tarts. She mashes the fruit a little, and adds a little sugar. For the crust, we use a biscuit cutter and push the little circle of dough to the bottom of a cupcake pan. They're shallow and cute. With these raspberry tarts, she got the raspberries in, then put whipped cream on top and drizzled a little raspberry juice over the cream. Mmmm.... They'd cost a fortune in a restaurant and not be half as good.
I guess Brendan got onto the bus OK. He got a ticket to Vancouver for $90, and you sure can't drive or fly for that. He might have been happy to drive now that he's got a driver's license. He borrowed our station wagon for the test (twice). He's pretty pleased. I hope he finds a job he likes in Seattle. We'll be thinking about him.