As Sweet As Pie

Day 9 - Cherry Pie Watercolor - Doodlewash

Today, our Doodlewash prompt of “pies” made me first think of fall pumpkin pie, but then my mind wandered to blueberry. And when I found the blueberries to be a bit too dark, I converted it into a cherry pie instead. In truth, I’ve never met a pie I didn’t like, so any flavor will do really, any time of year! Philippe makes a phenomenal apple pie, but we’ve been watching a British comedy on Hulu lately, and so he converted to an apple crumble recently instead. This is equally delicious, and I have some waiting for me after I finish this post, but it’s not a pie, so we have this fantasy one instead. As far as pies go, my family was all about the cream pies, and these showed up most at our family gatherings. No doubt because they were a bit easier to make, but it’s also likely why I developed my addiction for whipped cream. For all other types of pie, like the one shown here, I require a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream to complete the dessert. Fruit pies like this one just seem a bit naked without this important addition. So, I guess this could also be considered a sketch of my first ever nude.

Not many people truly baked in my family when I was growing up. No bread or dough made from scratch would ever be likely to appear. Even the cream pies were normally created with a store-bought graham cracker crust or another pre-made crust of some kind. When Philippe arrived and insisted on creating everything from scratch, I was instantly mesmerized. It was the equivalent of watching a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat. If the hat were an oven and the rabbit a pie created from dough made by hand, of course. So it’s not really a perfect metaphor. But, I was still suitably impressed. Philippe typically scoffs at all of the pre-made items available here in America. “It’s just three ingredients!” he exclaims, “just buy them and mix them up!” True, I think, but those three little ingredients came in a cute little kit decorated with lovely affirming messages, letting me know that I’d have guaranteed success! So, it’s totally impossible to fault my family for the allure of such things. It’s just kind of cool! And what Philippe discards as “easy” is anything but when you’re not actually a magician.

But, as I’ve come to learn, food made from scratch does taste light years better than the kind made from kits. And I’m thankful each and every day that I have someone awesome to make that kind of food for me. My version of baking would otherwise come in the form of a TV dinner since my cooking skills are completely absent. I made a concerted effort to try to cook once almost a decade ago, but the results were so poor that I’ve never attempted it again. Imagine the actual food equivalent of one of my hastily sketched doodlewashes and you’ll begin to understand why. It might look tasty from a safe distance, but get too close and you’ll see it’s really just a big exuberant mess of unchecked impulse. Yet, that’s the best bit about being perfectly paired with someone who fills in those gaps. I’m sure I have wonderful things to offer Philippe as well, but I’m struggling to know what those are while thinking of a dessert made from scratch. I’m pretty sure he wins on this front. But I’m equally sure that simply being together makes our lives as sweet as pie.

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Day 9 - Cherry Pie Watercolor - Doodlewash
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  1. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    I hope you know I’ve gained pounds looking at all the pies painted for today’s prompt. Probably at least 3 lbs from yours alone! I had the hardest time not running out to get one and worse – tomorrow I pass three restaurants that have free pie Wednesday. It your rambles weren’t so sweet I’d probably succumb to the free pie lure, but today’s post will tide me over until the next one tomorrow.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕And sorry for the temptation… hehe… but you’re not alone. I was on a major pie craving and even Philippe’s crumble wouldn’t satisfy me. There’s a tiny restaurant near where I work that has cherry hand pies. Little pies that you can eat like a cookie. I stormed over there, but they didn’t have any that day. Ugh… SO good!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 2 months ago

    I love pie fillings, but not the crusts. Fortunately, there’s usually a family member around to eat the crusts I leave after scooping out the filling. Lovely job on the fruit pie, especially the lattice top.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… I love the way you think! The filling is always the best bit… scoop away! lol

  3. Lisa 2 months ago

    I’m not a huge pie fan! Pecan, and apple, yes, once a year, and key lime, any time because I love Graham crackers crust! Rhubarb, but that’s more like spring tonic than pie. Ditto for strawberry. I think I do like pie. The only one I really object to strenuously is pumpkin. It’s a pseudo vegetable any way!😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      haha! Yes, I think you just established that you actually DO like pie! lol But I have to agree with your choices. And key lime is one of my faves, that graham cracker crust is really darn good! 😃💕

  4. Eve McHugh "Sqwiffy" 2 months ago

    What a sweet post! And you and Phillips sound like a match made in heaven. Right. I’m off to plan a nut painting.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Eve! 😃💕 SO happy you enjoyed this post. And yay to for planning your next painting. I’m sure it will be gorgeous!

  5. smzang 2 months ago


  6. SnehLata Maheshwari 2 months ago

    Amazing post
    Thanks so much cos.

  7. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    Love your first “nude”! You have a wonderful sense of humor. I’m with Phillipe on the from scratch business. When I first started cooking some things were so bad I walked them out to the trash bin…but, cooking is like drawing or painting and the more you do it the better you become at it. Of course the main ingredient there, as in art, is that you have to WANT to DO it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      hehe! Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 SO true! I had to admit to myself that cooking wasn’t an art form that grabbed my heart enough to practice appropriately. 😊hehe…. so thankfully I married well.

  8. Jacob 2 months ago

    O-M-G, that looks incredible! And, having just had dinner, envy is well and truly setting in reading about apple crumble. The best. Blackberry crumble is also a favourite at this time of year. There’s a very popular baking competition on TV here at the moment and I would rather like to try it again, but I feel like me in a kitchen would require 9-9 to be dialled in advance, with someone poised to press 9 again!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, the pie was fantasy but the crumble was blissfully real and so delicious. I love blackberry crumble as well! Truly that crumble bit is just really delicious so any nice berry will likely do! Yeah, I’m no pro in the kitchen.. there’s a show hear called “Nailed It’ where people try to replicate things from chefs and do so poorly. That would be more my show! lol

  9. Anita Sinha 2 months ago

    I loved the colours that you used in your cherry pie. Nice doodlewash. I think Philippe is so lucky that he gets so much appreciation for his cooking skill from you. People who can cook from scratch definitely deserve all the appreciation in the world.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Anita! 😃💕I totally agree! I thank him every single day for his cooking… outloud… not just to myself, of course. I’m always impressed and always so grateful!

  10. June Hadaway 2 months ago

    Your cherry pie looks insanely delicious. Pies are really my favorite, especially made with fresh fruit and baked with love. I agree with Mary, it’s something you want to do and enjoy doing it. Phiippe has that desire and he loves to cook.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, June!! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s totally true. We’re always best at the things we can bring a passion to… so I enjoy each and every bite of Philippe’s! 😉

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