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So, we survived yesterday.

It actually wasn't very hard.  Because they keep the lights turned off in my office, and it was overcast and foggy - and hence very dark inside - most visitors thought the office was closed and walked around looking for another entrance.

They found the gazebo, which was unlocked for this event. That's exactly what they were supposed to do!

So Itzl and I had a comparatively quiet day, and I got much more work done than I'd anticipated doing.  Yay!  Not behind after all!

And when I got home, I baked pies.

I'd wondered, when I bought a special pie lifter tool, if I was wasting the money on the Williams Sonoma gift certificate my sister gave me for Thanksgiving.  I was thinking perhaps I should have chosen something else.

But that pie lifter tool was pure gold!

When I bake these little mini pies, I've always had trouble getting the pies out of the tin - either I end up flipping the pan and the pies fall out on their tops and no matter how careful I am, at least half or more will shatter, or I end up breaking the crust digging the pies out of the pan or scratching the pan.  The pan bakes 4 pies at a time.

But this tool slips right under the edge of the crust and pops the pie whole and unbroken right up!

I now have 4 many-berry pies and 4 chicken pot pies for lunches - and none of them are broken or crushed.

Many-Berry Pies

I guess the tool was worth it.

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