Tragedy #1: It pumpkin mixture wouldn't get thick. I started freaking out. Big time.
Tragedy #2: The delicious butter pie crust was ruined. See the following story: It all started when I was trying lift the foil carrying the pie weights (all I had was rice) out of the pie.
Yes, the foil ripped and the rice came cascading onto the floor, stove, and, yes, pie crust. Freaking out again. BIG time. Calmed myself down enough to think logically enough that the quickest way to get rid of rice out of the pie crust is to pour the rice OUT of the pie crust. Well, it turned out that such thinking was not quite logical because not only did the rice come out of the pie crust, but the pie crust came out of the pan. Sigh. Yes, you read that right. Sorry, no picture. Cue tears.
Tragedy #3: It was 10:00 at night.
David, the dragon slayer that he is tried his best to mend the situation. I'm reminded of my dad when I was 6 or so during halloween. Some stupid teenager knocked my perfect carved pumpkin off of the railing creating mashed pumpkin. My dad the hero picked up the pieces and glued them back together for me. Or toothpicked them back together... but through my 6 year old eyes everything was better and my pumpkin was resurrected.
HOWEVER, putting the pie crust back together only somewhat calmed my soul. I think it had something to do with the fact that I was a not so innocent 24 year old. But, it helped get me off the floor. :) *
David picked up the pie crust and put it back in the pan. What an embarrassing sight. I made that? I wanted to disown the crust. It's really misshapen, and dare I say it...UGLY. On a happy note most of the rice is gone. As David carefully tried to spoon the rice out of the crust I pessimistically pointed out that there was rice on the bottom of the pan.
Alas. It can not be salvaged.
Tragedy #4: It is 10:30.
What is a poor distressed husband to do? Go to the grocery store and pick up a pie crust mix. He is a wonderful dragon slayer, if you ask me. I dried my tears, made the crust, put it in the oven while following the directions EXACTLY and low and behold Tragedy #5:
It would have been funny if I wasn't devastated.
Tragedy #6: My pumpkin pie filling was now COMPLETELY SET and the crust still had to cool.
But despite all 6 tragedies, I suppose it all worked out and my pie still looked beautiful, if not unconventional.
Those are leaves, not fish.
End of story.
*Have you ever seen Julie and Julia when Julie sits and cries on the floor after flipping the tressed chicken onto the floor spilling the stuffing? Picture that... I LOVE that movie.