I’ve been a blogger for the past 20 years. It’s just that blogs didn’t exist way back when, so I have a compilation of thoughts on napkins, in journals and on random hotel note pads. I think I deserve some street credit for those early years before I discovered what an actual blog was. I’ve always had a keen interest in writing and reflecting on life, and have finally happened upon the perfect outlet – baking, giving away food, and then writing stories about my experiences.
For years my husband told me I needed a hobby. He would leave me sulking with our two boys for his volleyball league, golf outings, or triathlon training and I would dream of the day that I would leave him behind for something I was passionate about.
In 2011, we decided to try for a third child. We had experienced three miscarriages before our first son, had a healthy second son and found that our attempt at a third child resulted in a fourth miscarriage. I have a habit of doing something moderately drastic after every miscarriage. We adopted two cats after the first, we painted the entire downstairs in one night after the second, and we moved to Oregon after the third (for a minute, long story). Two children and a mortgage precluded me from doing anything drastic this time, so I demanded that my husband get a vasectomy and decided that I needed to learn how to make pie. I loved to bake, but was missing one important item in my repertoire – pie.
A pie blog was born (Pie Eyed) with the intention of simply recording my recipes until I accomplished what I had set out to do – make the best pie ever. It wasn’t long until I was baking more pie than I could (or should) eat, so I began giving it away to people as a way to thank them. Soon, I was accepting invitations into people’s lives to hear their stories in exchange for the pie I gave them. I called my movement Pie it Forward and found healing through helping.
After years of making pie, I realized that my hobby was less about pie and more about people. I started Fix Serve as a way to write more about the special way that food inspires kindness, generosity and joy.
Welcome to this slice of my life where I hope to share a love of pie, a passion for helping and the enthusiasm for trying to live this one life as passionately as possible.