Monday, October 24, 2011

Flour and Story Premise

Another busy weekend of canning apple butter, applesauce, and apple-pie filling. But I'm finally done. When I finished, I realized one of the quarts of apple-pie filling didn't seal properly, so I decided to make an apple pie. For me, the best part of making pie is pie-crust cookies. 

Thank you, Photobucket for the picture.

Yummo! However, as we ate them while watching a movie, I noticed a strange taste. Couldn't quite put my finger on what it was, but for the first time not all the cookies were eaten. Later in the evening we decided to eat a piece of pie. I couldn't wait. 

Another wonderful Photobucket photo.
The pie looked great, however, I hadn't cook it long enough and the apples were too crunchy. And there was that strange taste in the crust. I was so disappointed. So all wasn't lost, Hubby decided to make his wonderful, mouthwatering cookies.

Again, Photobucket to the rescue.
Because I was too full after eating pie-crust cookies and pie, I didn't have one until I got up in the middle of the night. 

Who doesn't like a late night cookie? But as I ate there was that strange taste again, and I realized what the problem had been with the pie-crust cookies, the pie crust, and now the cookies. It was old flour. 

Friday I had found an old sack of flour in our storage and decided to use it. Now everything we made with it left a bad taste in my mouth.

This made me think about old stories I've written. In the past, I couldn't tell why those wonderful ideas never developed into workable stories. Now, I know. The flour was bad. 

I suppose in this scenario flour is the premise of the story. And if the premise doesn't work, well the story is going to leave a bad taste in your mouth. So . . . today I'm throwing away the flour, the cookies, the pie, and bad story premises. Yep, out they go!!!

How was your weekend? Did you can apples? Make pie? Or work on story ideas? If so make sure you use new flour and a good story premise. ;)



  1. I'm not sure if I'm ashamed or proud to admit that I would've eaten them all and then tossed the yucky flour. But I could never let cookies or pie (or gasp! Both!) go to waste!

    How old do you think the flour was? I've never heard of this before, but I'm also not a culinary kid.

  2. TL,
    Funny that you should bring up not tossing the pie and cookies because my husband and son insist on keeping them.

    I'm not sure how old the flour was, but at least five or six years old. We stored it in a galvanized garbage can. And I'm not certain how bad old flour is for you, but I can't image eating something that taste funny. For me, taste is a warning signal not to eat. I'm tossing the flour out. The struggle now is getting rid of the cookies and pie. :/

  3. Pie crust cookies! I never heard of them, have to look them up. Thanks for the idea ;)

  4. Coleen:
    Pie-crust cookies are made from the leftover dough you have from making pie crust. You just cut out shapes from the remaining dough and sprinkle sugar on them then bake. Not much to them. I guess that's why I like them. Also they remind me of my mother because she used to always make them. :)

  5. Oh man, that stinks about the spoiled flour making all your wonderful treats taste funny! Aargh!

    I always make a version of pie-crust cookies too--we use cinnamon and sugar and just call it cinnamon pie, and I don't cut out shapes--I just flatten out the extra dough and put it on a cookie sheet, and you break off pieces to eat it. Yummy!

  6. Stephanie,
    I love cinnamon sugar on them as well. I've never made one big cookie. I'm afraid I'd eat the entire thing. Hmm, on second thought maybe that's not a bad idea. :)



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