How did I get here?
How did I get here? Last year the world flipped on its axis and I had to learn how to shift with it. I went from country hopping to hopping between my couch and desk. I needed an outlet and I was determined to work on my dessert game. Pies are a universal favorite, so I challenged myself to make one pie a month. I had a short list of pies that I wanted to perfect, a classic Apple, delectable Berry and Strawberry Rhubarb. I'm proud to say that I lasted several months, however, my waistline was screaming that she needed a break and I was happy to oblige. The process was fun, frustrating but most importantly fulfilling- I enjoyed seeing my progress. With my first pie the dough stuck to my hands, the pin, and the board; I needed to use more flour, but I don’t like how it feels on my hands which is another struggle. The second one I decided to step out and try a lattice top as a stretch goal and your girl was thoroughly stretched. The pieces kept falling apart as I tried laying them down which was annoying, so I didn’t try to weave it but place it gingerly on top. After this I decided to focus on a regular non lattice top and the dough was the hardest part to "get right". One thing that is true for me is that you’ll get a different pie every time. I was able to get to a place where the dough is good. I’m happy to report that my pies tasted great except for the Strawberry Rhubarb which still needs some work. From my experiences the idea for a book bloomed..."Benji’s Berry Berry Pie" which follows a young boy and his escapades in making his first pie. I want to create worlds that resonate with Black and Brown kids that encourages them to be creative and open to new experiences. I'm excited to share this universe with you and happy to have you along for the ride.