Pear Pie–Needs Some Adjustments

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Can you see the hidden shapes on top of the crust? I attempted to cut the vent holes with the same shape, but they stretched and lost their awesome.

I used the fantastic apple pie recipe I found online and it is almost perfect. But instead of apples I used pears from our farm. I forgot that I decreased the temperature of the oven the first time I used this recipe. So…my crust was well done and my fruit was still a little hard.

We’ll see what my coworkers think.of it today. I’m nervous and not entirely thrilled that I made such a silly irrevocable mistake.
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Update
My coworkers made it disappear easily during my eight hour work shift. Everyone agreed the crust and flavor was great.

They made some legit recommendations about a future fix. First, being if I have particularly hard fruits, I could cook them down in a sauce pan with the sugar to help soften them up.
Second, they also agreed that 375°F was high for pie and I should lower the temp.
I also hope to cut up my pear chunks into more even sizes. I think the larger pieces were the undercooked ones.

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Day 291: Ink Bat

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I finally committed to a design and artist for my bat tattoo that I’ve wanted for about four years or so. I am currently the 5th day of healing. It has scabbed nicely and is starting to flake off. If you’re not tattoo savvy, this is a good thing.

I don’t always make the healthiest choices for my body (MacDonald’s, sodas, couch potato-ing), but for this tattoo I chose to use coconut oil to keep it lubricated. (I hope you’re laughing at the word “lubricated” too)

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Coconut oil does tend to soak in pretty quickly, so I put it on two to three times a day. Typically, if my tattoo starts feeling really tight I know it is time. The cool thing about using coconut oil is that it doesn’t take very much. Granted, my tattoo doesn’t cover my entire back, but it really doesn’t take much! I am also washing it twice a day–as recommended. I am not a doctor, nor am I a tattoo artist. Don’t be a moron and take this blog as gospel and try to sue me later. 

fresh tattAll in all, I am super pleased with my new tattoo. I am already scheming and finding halter and one shoulder tutorials on Pinterest. Look out, Summer! I am gonna be showing this tatt off like crazy! This tattoo was designed by my good friend and Camino partner, Jess. It was inked by her older brother, Randall. Thanks, guys!

What do you think of my new tattoo?

Do you have any cool tattoo stories or pictures of your ink that you wanna share?

Day 218: It’s a Wrap

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This would have been a divine treat on trail.
I fondly remember the peanut butter and honey wraps on trail but if you have banana then by all means, you must add it. We never had banana on our outdoor leadership trips but I remember snagging banana chips one time.
The sweet crunch is not the same as a fresh banana.

Much like he TV show Life where the super smart detective is freed from jail–fresh fruit was holy.

At the end of our last trip for the semester we washed out canoes and waited for our drivers to get back with the cars.

After loading the canoes and gear onto the trailers our professor passed around bag of fresh apples and oranges. I could have eaten the whole bag of oranges.

Divine.