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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


In 2002 just before Christmas I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer as many of you know and had a radical Mastectomy and had 5 lymph nodes removed. My daughter Christine came home to care for me and prepare the traditional family Christmas dinner  and help get the house ready for Christmas.

Now because I've had Breast Cancer,  Christine, the pie fairy,  raises money for Breast Cancer research every year by baking many pies of all kinds as incentive  for donations. She curls for the Breast Cancer Research Bonspiel along with her friend Katrhyne. Together they raised $5,095.00 this year  by baking 104 pies. They are both very busy working women and my daughter also cares for James along with her husband Joe.  James is now one year and two and a half months old

In this photo is my daughter's team. From left to right, Kathryne, Tracey, Erin and Christine.

 This year with a minimum donation of $40, the donor got a pie of his or her  choice and a tax receipt for $35. Many gaves more. The donors returns  for more pies every year and there are more demands for their pies. All the pies are made from scratch and so are the pie crust.

Those are the ingredients she uses in her pies. No premixes in those pies.  Everything is from scratch for unbeatable flavor.

James gives a helping hand of course and hails his mama's pies as the best.

                                                                  Lemon pies above

                                                        Sweet potato pie

                                                   Pie crusts waiting for filling

                                                      Blueberry pie

                                                               Coconut Cream pie

                                                         Key Lime pie

                                         Pecan pie above and Apple pie on the bottom.

There were 69 curling women in this Bonspiel, and altogether they raised  a whopping $39,000. for Breast Cancer  Research this year alone.

When my daughter first started to do this, she gave a pie  for a donation of $25. Every year it grew.  Now they no longer have to ask for donations and have repeat customers and new one too. They just put their orders in.

This is the third year  that  Christine and Katrhyne  are offering the pies as incentive and together have raised $12,500. for the cause in three years during the  Curling Bonspiels.

         One of my daughter's friend's husband is great at cookie decorating and came up with these bra cookies.

My daughter and her friend Katheryne made 6 pies for draws. Only four are shown here. They raised $415. with 6 pies.  Whoo Hooo..... Way to go girls.

I've been wanting to share this story but have been working on my quilt and had other things that kept me busy or preoccupied this past week.

I hope that you all have a safe and Happy Easter if you celebrate Easter, if not, have a safe and happy weekend just the same. For those who are having snow for Easter , you are in my thoughts. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and you all know how much I love your comments.   JB


  1. sooo great! yummy, perfect pies! beautiful babe sure growing up! enjoy!

  2. That is so impressive. What a bunch of beautiful pies. I think that is the nicest thing I have heard about today. All of that money raised. Lovely pies. I bet she learned to cook from you. :)
    I hope you have a lovely Easter too Julia.
    Thank you so much for sharing today.

  3. Julia, what a wonderful act of kindness and compassion your daughter and her fellow team members have done for those who fight this horrible disease. I did not realize you had personally been touched by breast cancer, you are a brave Pink Warrior and I salute you. I am in awe of those pies, they are a work of art. I am so glad you shared this story with uour us, sending Easter blessings, your friend from Maine, Julie. I think you were right regarding the SLAT!

  4. Awww, I love that she does this. But I'm not surprised that your family would go the extra mile to honor you. Those pies are true works of art. How does she make such perfect meringue peaks? Wow! Happy Easter to you.

  5. Brilliant! Those pies are my favorite... I am a pie addict!

    Your daughter is brilliant

  6. How impressive. Your daughter is doing this out of love for you. My mouth is watering, they look so delicious.
    Happy Easter to you and your family. That grandson is so cute.
    No snow here tomorrow. We have had so many sunny days.....just wonderful weather with a few bad storms mixed in.

  7. oh my gosh I'm starving for some pie now!!!!!
    those are glorious creations:)
    Easter love and joy to you
    and yours
    (and those lovely pies:))

  8. What a beautiful post to read on Easter morning.
    It's just filled with hope and love.
    Julia, you are a very special lady and you have such a wonderful supportive family.
    Blessings to all of you! Happy Easter!

  9. Wonderful post! Those pies are amazing and I can see why people come back every year to bid. What a dear family you caring and thoughtful.
    Happy Easter to you!

  10. What a wonderful thing to have a lovely, caring family Julia, you are truly blessed!
    Happy Easter!!

  11. Well, I've gained 5 lbs just from viewing the pictures! They are beautiful pies. How Blessed you are to have a Daughter so loving, and how Blessed she will be for her kindness.
    James is Precious!! :) And growing so fast!

  12. you are an amzing stong woman and you have raised an amazing stong daughter. How amazing they have raised that amount of money and how I wish I could taste those pies. That James is getting cutier by the day!
    p.s. my son in law is a curler also.

  13. amazing story. So inspirational!!

  14. I am wowed by your daughter doing this in honor of you (you Do deserve it though...) and not doing it once but repeatedly!! The pies are just mouthwatering to look at (mine was)but also beautiful! (Those curls on the meringues!)
    Baby James gets cuter every does your daughter bake and baby watch too? I guess we did it once-upon-a-time, didn't we? It's all I can do to just babysit now.
    Thanks for all your encouragement with what I am going through. It help to know that you've been there, Julia. Happy Easter!

  15. Honey what an amazing daughter you have doing this every year. I applaud her for doing this while now she even has James to take care of.
    He is such a cutie pie his self.
    A blessing how much money she has raised for Breast Cancer. I can see why her pies are so popular they look so yummy and homemade at that. Give her my best for honoring you in such a gracious way.
    So enjoyed reading this and I am glad you were able to share it with us. I know how busy you have been.
    It something how many of us out here in this world of blogging are cancer survivors and now our sweet Donna is too.
    Sending you Easter Blessings and much love

  16. Hi everybody,

    Thank you for all your wonderful comments!!! I know I don't have to tell you what an amazing woman my mother is.
    I am just so glad to still have her with us that when the opportunity came, I wanted to give a little back.

    It started with a single pie as an incentive for a reluctant donor. He shared it with his friends, and then they wanted their own, and it snowballed into something I could never have dreamed of.

    I can bake as many as 4 pies in one evening after James goes to sleep. My husband is very supportive of my little insanity, partly because he gets to enjoy the pies that don't pass quality control. -- Once I had a blueberry volcano in my oven, because my oven mitt clipped the side of the crust when I was taking the pie plate out. He actually cheered when I said something very unladylike.

    Happy Easter to you all.


  17. How inspiring. It's amazing what we can do when love is the motivator and helping others an added incentive. Good job and those pies look amazing! The key lime would be one be choice for this house! How lucky to have such a sweet and caring daughter.

  18. Wow.
    I had no idea. Thank you so much for sharing this story.
    The pies are beautiful! I can't believe how gorgeous those crusts are. I have NEVER made a good pie crust and have tried and tried. I love a tutorial!

    They are beautiful women. What a blessing they are. It's amazing how much one person can accomplish by doing something.

  19. What a wonderful daughter you have and James helping too!
    Isn't it amazing how kind friends and family can be, Blessings this Easter and continued good health! Baby James is sooooo cute!

    1. You are truly blessed Julia & Christine is too, the apple never fell far from the tree with her. To think it was 'as easy as pie!' wonderful simple ideas of giving of oneself that root & take on a life of their own. Thank you for sharing your cancer story, I had no idea how extensive it was. You're here for a reason, glad it was in my life time of blogging to be introduced to you & yours.

  20. Very inspirational. It just shows what a little motivation and a generous spirit can do. That and an amazing talent for making gorgeous pies!

    Blessings, Debbie

  21. Those pies look fabulous!! Love the generosity of so many ~ and continued good health to you, Julia!

  22. The pies look amazing! What a great job they are doing! I didn't realize either what you have gone through. So happy you are well and so nice to know you! My good friend had stage 4 breast cancer and she's doing great too!
    xoxo Faye