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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pumpkin Pie From A Pumpkin??? Heck Yeah!

Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, the mornings are getting cooler and of course Starbucks released their Pumpkin Spice Latte early! I am in the mood for a good slice of pumpkin pie.

I came across this website a few years ago while looking for a place to pick fruits for canning. http://www.pickyourown.org. While perusing through the website, I found a RECIPE for Pumpkin pie made from real pumpkins.  Really?? I always thought pumpkin pie came in an orange can, you added some other stuff, threw it all into a pie crust and viola.....Pumpkin Pie! NO WAY! This is the real deal and I will NEVER make Pumpkin Pie from a can EVER again.

So to start lets gather some ingredients.
  • 1 Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (this is NOT in the Pick Your Own recipe but I like it)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs (fresh from the hen house at my house)
  • 1.5 cans (12 oz each) of Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I use Mexican Vanilla because I think it has a wonderful flavor)
  • 3 C. pumpkin Goop (This will be step one. Instructions to follow)
Next, I gather all of my Equipment.

This may seem like a bit of work and the canned pumpkin version may seem like it is easier but honestly it is very easy and tastes much better. OK So Lets Get Started.

Grab that pretty pie pumpkin!
Preheat your oven to 425. Cut your pumpkin in half. Remove the seeds and as much of the pumpkin strings as possible. Place the pumpkin face down into a microwave safe dish. Fill with 1-2 inches of water. Microwave on high for 12 minutes. (Microwaves vary so cooking times may vary) Also my microwave cannot accommodate both halves so I have to do them individually for a total of 24 minutes.
While the pumpkin is cooking, you can prepare your pie pan or pans. Unroll the pie crusts and place into the pan. If you are using a deep dish baker like the Pampered Chef Deep Dish Pie Plate, you will need both pie crusts.  Unroll and place one in the center of the dish. I use a knife and cut the remaining pie crust into strips and fill in around the edges.  
You want to be able to easily scrape the meat out of inside with your scoop.
Once you have cooked both halves, scrape the meat into a mixing bowl.
It may look a little stringy but I have a solution for that. My husband bought me this handy little tool for Christmas. Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender. It works like a champ......as he would say.

This is where you end up with the "Pumpkin Goop!"
Whew! That is the hardest part. It is smooth sailing from here.  Now we are ready to assemble all of those ingredients.
I like to pre-measure all of my spices so I can add them in all at once.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.  Mix well with a whisk.  
Pour into your prepared pie pan or pans.  This recipe will completely fill the Pampered Chef Deep Dish Pie Pan.

This is where the tin foil comes in. The pie will be in the oven for a while so I place tin foil around the edges of the pie to prevent it from burning. If the tin foil will not stick, you can make a tin foil tent for your pie to making sure the foil does not touch the pie filling. 

**TRICK Place a baking sheet on the oven rack and place the pie shell on the baking sheet before filling. This way you can fill the shell place the foil tent and close the oven without having to worry about walking with the filled shell and spilling on the edges like I did.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 and continue to cook. Again cooking times will vary. I ended up cooking my pie for 1.5 hours at 350. Check your pie every 30 minutes to test for doneness. I use the toothpick method.

You can add some cute fall cutouts the last 15 minutes of cooking. I used my Pampered Chef Fall
Cutter set. They do not sell these any longer, however you can use any cookie cutters you have or use your imagination and create your own designs.
This truly is the best pumpkin pie I have ever had. It doesn't last long in our house. No Whipped cream required! Try it Im sure you will agree.

**Any extra Pumpkin Goop you have can be frozen and used to make another pie or can be used to make a pumpkin shake. YUM!

Ciao for now


Tuesday, September 3, 2013


I though omy "Cyber Friend"  Serena at Thrift Diving www.ThriftDiving.com when I found it. Don't ask me why. Maybe because she is so thrifty and I got this out from behind a dumpster!!!!!!

It is solid metal. Weighs  about 50 pounds. It is missing one drawer but for some reason I had to have it. It is rusty....not sure what to do about that. But the drawers open fine. Not sure how old it is but it is OLD! And hey how could I go wrong with FREE?

So do you have any ideas?

The bottom is rough so I was thinking of adding a base somehow and maybe some casters???? How to do that on metal.....I don't know but I'm hoping ill figure something out. Wheels would make it 
much easier to move around. I've also got to figure out something for that missing drawer. I'm thinking of removing the one on the opposite end for symmetry? The drawers are almost like magazine boxes in shape when opened. Not sure what I will use it for but man I am excited!! 

I would LOVE your input.

Ciao for now

Sent from Kris's iPad

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wines By Wives -Tamra Collection

OK........so I have been wanting to join a monthly wine club. I have been watching The Real Housewives of Orange County. I saw that Tamra and Vicki (Icky Bitchy Vicki) have started a Wine By Wives Club. So I joined. (On Tamra's side of course) http://www.winesbywives.com/

It has been three months so I have six bottles now. I opened my first bottle tonight after a long day of assembling furniture for our new school. This one was Dancing Coyote Alborino 2010.  It was refreshing and crisp. A great treat after a hard day of work in 101' heat. It reminded me of a Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio mixed. Not dry ...... Not sweet. Seemed just right. This seems like a great wine to make a good summer sangria. A great ending to a productive day.

Ciao for now


Friday, April 12, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ear Ache Releif

OK so my son (10 year old) was complaining of an earache. He NEVER complains about stuff like that. But he was in tears so knew it was serious. Tried Tylenol. 45 minutes later he was still crying. So I broke out one of the best books EVER! Every Woman's Guide To Natural Home Remedies.
I mixed together a teaspoon of crushed garlic, teaspoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of olive oil. Heated it in the microwave for 15 seconds (microwave times may vary). Then dropped three drops of the solution into my son's ear and plugged it with cotton.
The next morning, I asked my son how his ear was and he said it felt much better. Just to be safe, I called our pediatrician to make an appointment because it is unlike our son to complain of ear pain and cry. We were seen that afternoon.  During the examination, my son explained o the DR that the pain was horrible the night before, but since I put the drops in, it was better. The DR asked what I had put in is ear and I told her. Se was NOT pleased. She told me DO NOT PUT THING LIKE THAT IN HIS EAR!  (Hello.....he stopped hurting after I did, it is all natural.....so I did it! And guess what....IT WORKED!)
So fast forward three weeks and guess what.....I was coughing all night long and I woke up with a sore throat and an ear ache! So to prove to my kids that I would not do to them something that I would not do to myself.....I put a mixture of olive oil, garlic and lemon in my ear. (Which by the way I have made a batch and keep in a jar in the fridge).......and guess what?  YES it works! After about 20 minutes my ear felt better. So ........my theory is GOD gave us these natural things for a reason. Use them.