Easy As Pie

Apple Pie Whipped Cream Watercolor Illustration

We’ve reached the start of the new month and that means the start of a brand new Doodlewash art challenge! For our second prompt of “Pie” today, my mind went first to nearly every pie I could think of, because I just love pie. The phrase as “easy as pie” came to mind as well. This is used to mean something that is particularly simple to do, and doesn’t require much effort. Though, like most phrases, along the cousin to this one, “a piece of cake,” the origins are a bit murky and difficult to pin down exactly. But, it’s thought to be less about any simplicity with regards to actually making a pie and more about the act of eating a pie. It’s always much easier to do something that’s super enjoyable! I know I’m always better at doing the things I truly love to do. So, even if I don’t have an actual slice of pie to eat today, it was fun to sketch some food again!

Philippe hasn’t made any sort of pie yet this season, but he did make a delicious chocolate wine cake over the weekend. It’s in the form of a large Bundt cake, so with our meager portions, we’ll be eating it all week long. Our dog Phineas isn’t pleased that he doesn’t get a slice of cake, so I had to explain to him that it’s because he has an allergy to both of the two main ingredients. He just looked at me suspiciously like he always does as though I was making the whole thing up to get more food for myself. Of course, I would never do such a thing, even though this particular cake is so delicious it’s rather difficult to share. Now that Halloween month is over, I think of November as food month as that seems to be the main theme as the days count down to Thanksgiving. After gaining weight during quarantine last year, we’re watching our portions more closely, but still enjoying every little taste of the season!

Also, for years now, I’ve sketched fantasy desserts as actually having a dessert in front of me is a really rare thing. That’s why they make me so darn happy! And this season comes with more treats than any other part of the year. When I was kid, I remember being thrilled that the countdown to Christmas was just a month away. As an adult, nothing has really changed much, and I’m already feeling the lightheaded giddiness that comes with each December. But, I’m also cherishing each little moment in November as the sun goes to sleep much earlier. The evenings are dark, yet cozy, and last night I was wrapped up in a blanket, watching television, while sipping an espresso. It’s a nothing moment that suddenly feels like everything to me. There are so many new things I’d like to DO in my life, but I’m always reminded of those little things I love to do most. Sometimes, that involves doing very little at all. And, that’s why I love this season. It’s a chance for pause and reflection. A collection of tiny moments that thread together to form a burst of beautiful memories, reminding me that living a life filled with love and gratitude, is always as easy as pie.

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21 Comments
  1. writerleenda 1 month ago

    Blessings Charlie — and what’s with the whipped cream on apple pie????

    • Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

      Come to Texas…..we all use whipped cream on pie. Pecan pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread….no other way to eat it! 😂😂😂 Warm hugs!

      • writerleenda 1 month ago

        Hi Marisela, not a fan of desserts except pumpkin pie (no creams) once a year and a few cookies at Christmas. I have to watch out for chocolate though.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… I will put whipped cream on anything I can! lol

  2. Kathy Delumpa Allegri 1 month ago

    I’d love a piece of that delicious-looking pie Eating pie is a piece of cake!😍

  3. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    November is a cornbread month for me – it just seems like you have to have cornbread. I make it up in my bread machine as a bread rather than a cake so it isn’t quite as sweet or crumbly or as high in calories – just tasty with chili!

    • Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

      Girl…..I am on my way! 😂😂😂 I LOVE cornbread!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Awww cornbread and chili is the best!! 😃💕So good! It’s now a tradition when my great nephew visits, but it’s always in early spring instead.

  4. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Looks like a delicious slice of pie to me, Charlie!!! We finally had a few days of cool weather down here, cool enough to open doors and windows and make it feel a tiny bit like the season for celebrations .Turkey and cranberries are in the freezer waiting for the big November feast!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yum!! That all sounds like a perfectly delicious November!

  5. Linda Murray 1 month ago

    Yum on that pie, Charlie! I have to say that chocolate wine cake sounds delicious!! Waiting for Thanksgiving- pumpkin pie!! 👍😁

  6. Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

    mmmm delightfully yummy looking Charlie :).

  7. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    Mon Chou Chou ! 😂😂😂 We have a new French restaurant named Mon Chou Chou and they explained what it means so, being an annoying American, I used it! 😂😂😂 Charlie, I love this time of year also. I’ll be honest, I get sad because I wish I had my own place, my own everything, so I could REALLY get into the season and decorate like a mad woman. We’ve had this conversation. I know that I have to wait. Covid ruined everything especially my comeback year. *sigh* All in its proper time, but I do love decorating especially for Christmas. Baking, cooking, decorating for the season— so exciting! I just feel like I have been waiting forever.
    I think I need to live with you and Philippe so I can get help with portion control. 😂😂😂 Or maybe I’ll just make my way to Sandra’s place for some cornbread instead. 😂😂😂
    A wonderful painting, Charlie. We (Texans) eat whipped cream with our pies, too. It’s rare for ice cream although that is good, too. 💜 Warm hugs, my friend. I am hopeful for a wonderful holiday season. Au revoir, mon chou chou. (The owners are from Paris. Why they left Paris for South Central Texas is beyond me.)

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I’m a bit late this time on replies… been unplugging a bit lately to rejuvenate myself. Aww that new French place sounds awesome! And truly… it’s all Philippe on portion control… I have no self control on that front! lol Especially when it comes to whipped cream!! YUM!! And it’s always a good time for a comeback! Yours is coming!! Much love! ❤️

  8. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Great slice of pie, Charlie. We don’t eat fruit pies that often but have fruit crumble and ice cream every so often we Sunday lunch.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Ohhhhh I adore apple crumble… Philippe made that after we were watching Friday Night Dinner and they kept mentioning it! hehe

  9. Nellie Nellie 1 month ago

    Yummy pie Charlie!🥧😊 That’s as close as I’ll be getting anytime soon so I’m savoring the memories of my Grammie’s apple and lemon pie-perfect crusts! If I think about how nice they were it would be hard to top them so I don’t feel as bad not eating pie now, besides, I ‘ve probably eaten my lifetime allotment! 😄😁😆🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… I feel the same. There are some wonderful memories of desserts that I’ll just taste in my mind. That way it doesn’t ruin my memory or my waistline! lol

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