Birthday Pie

photographs by Jessica Stammen

For as long as I can remember I have never wanted cake on my birthday. For as long as I can remember my mom has always decorated the top of my pie with dough fashioned into a symbol or message. This year’s blueberry pie featured two golden-brown paintbrushes because we celebrated a double birthday with Levi Christiansen. Two paintbrushes — devoured with one fork!

I worked up an appetite for desert by going for a kayak earlier in the day. Out on the river the amazing cloudscape looked like the flour scattered and swept across the surface of the cutting board while the pie dough was being prepared.