Taking Time off from Writing to Bake!


My oldest grandson’s birthday was a special occasion to bake his favorite, apple pie. He prefers pie to cake to celebrate. I made a small pie especially for him and a large pie for everyone else to share.

I made two little pies – one for my grandson and the other to freeze for another time when John and I had a hankering for apple pie. Mmm!

It was a happy celebration 🎉- he is now 20! What a nice age to be! Right?

Something strange appeared in the large pie that I had to share with you. Please look carefully at this pie below and enlarge it to see what I am talking about. Only in this view of the pie will you see it. Please let me know if you see the faces!

There appears to be three faces besides the one I made with the slits. Two small faces – childlike, one holding the other in his arms and behind these two faces is a gnome-like face with a long beard and a pointy hat. I hope you can see them or you will think I am out of my mind! I showed it around to my family and they could see them! Wow! Thank goodness! I am not crazy after all! Phew!

Well, all in all, it was a lovely day with turkey and all the fixings. I didn’t get to take a photo of the turkey because everyone crowded around as John carved. I completely forgot. It was golden brown and delicious! Maybe the next time I will remember to snap a pic. Sigh!

I found baking relaxing as I rolled out the dough and shaped it into the pie plates. I always loved baking even more than cooking. It is cathartic. I find that it refreshes me.

It was nice to get away from the sequel which is still in another editing mode. Oh boy, will it ever end. I have four beta readers and each one has given their own distinctive feedback on it. They are wonderful eyes to have. There is always something I may have missed on my own work.

Well, I promise to get it out this month – March! I will do my best to continue to polish it. Watch here and on my website – Jemsbooks.com for when Mariah’s Revenge will be published. A cover will be revealed before that time as soon as my husband has completed it.

If you haven’t read the first book, Hunting Mariah, you can check it out on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and on Jemsbooks.com.

Thank you for stopping by to read my meanderings. Thank you for your kind support. Please wish me luck in this new book! It has been a difficult thing to complete. I really didn’t want to do it but some of my readers requested it. Sigh! I try to keep them happy.


Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 7 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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14 Responses to Taking Time off from Writing to Bake!

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I can spot the faces! But those pies look so good, I’m afraid I’d have to eat them, face or no face. 😄

  2. Your pies look wonderful, Janice. I can see the little faces too.

  3. Happy birthday to your Grandson. Apple pie is a good choice!

  4. Jennie says:

    I saw the face right away, before I read your words. It struck me as the face in the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter. Lovely!

  5. You grandson, what a lucky guy, gets to celebrate with family and his own apple pie!

  6. macjam47 says:

    I can see the faces!

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