I’ve been making a lot of pies lately. One of my children requested a pumpkin pie. Not long after that a friend needed help with apple pies. A few days after helping our friend, I decided we needed our own apple pie. I learned that when things are super stressful at the office, making a pie takes you far enough away to leave you refreshed and ready to take on the next day. From delicately creating a homemade crust to posting a pic of the cooling pie on Facebook, the entire process serves as a welcome vacation from the grind of the business day.

And I don’t even need to sample a wedge to feel good about the final product. Seeing the happy faces of family and friends as they indulge in my homemade confections is always intoxicating—or is that the wine I like to sip while baking?

Hubby and I recently went with a group of friends to a four-course dinner and wine tasting event. Upon seeing the menu, I contacted the restaurant and asked for a substitution for one of the courses. The chef planned a beef-inspired course. I explained that while it sounded wonderful, I get very sick when I eat beef, pork or poultry. I was told the substitution would not be a problem. I thanked the owner profusely and explained anything else they had on hand would be great. Upon arrival of the beef course, a special plate was brought to me. All my friends looked at the plate and then looked at me. At first, I was dumbfounded. Then, apparently, I became a bit shorter than I should have with the staff.

My special, pre-ordered meatless course included two chicken breasts cooked with the same delectable sauce used for everyone else’s beef.
The server seemed shocked at my inability to accept the chicken. My voice and facial expressions clearly depicted my  frustration at the fact that a fine restaurant for which our bill would exceed $100 didn’t seem aware that chicken is in fact poultry, one of the three food items I clearly explained I could not eat.

Lesson learned. And think of the money we will save avoiding similar situations.

Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, writer and content strategist is the author of Thurston T. Turtle books.
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