Deliciously Sweet and Cream Pumpkin Pie

Well, the hubs thought that I was nutso for baking a pumpkin pie in January, but truth be told:


1) It’s my all-time favorite pie.
2) I still have 2 cans of Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin (15 oz) in the pantry.
3) It’s my favorite pie.
4) I had the other ingredients.
5) I’m very pregnant and it’s my favorite pie.

None of the recipes that I came across really struck me as perfect (and I didn’t have any evaporated milk or whipping cream), so I decided to just skim over a few trusted sites and kind of make things up on my own.

I am happy to report: It turned out perfectly!

Here’s the very simple recipe. (It took literally 5 minutes to whip up in the KitchenAid mixer.)


Deliciously Sweet and Creamy Pumpkin Pie

1 15 oz can of TJ’s Organic Pumpkin
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c. half n half
1 c. soy milk (or coconut or almond)
1 tbsp. honey
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (I use TJ’s)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. corn starch
1/2 c. brown sugar

Mix well. Pour into prepared pie crust. (I had a pre-made one on-hand and thawed out.)

Bake at 375 for 65 minutes. I covered the crust edge with a pie shield for the final 15 minutes.

Check for doneness by inserting a kitchen butterknife into the center. (It will still wobble, but if it comes out clean, it’s done.)

Chill in refrigerator overnight, and devour way too much with your kids during breakfast. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰


perfect pumpkin pie pancakes!

i may be partial, but i think these little sweeties are just perfect! they’re fluffy…a warm golden orange in color…yummy… what makes me even more confident is that my kids have devoured them two mornings in a row!

you know me…i don’t measure all that consistently, so, if you decide to make these, be prepared to play a little…

i love that pancake recipes are so forgiving. i usually make one and eat it first before doing the entire batch. that way, i can tweak it by adding more sugar, flour, vanilla, whatever…

so here’s the gist:

i mix the following ingredients first (*can be adjusted according to taste/liking)

1/2 of a 15oz can of pumpkin
1 egg
1 c. milk (i also like to use coconut milk)
1 tsp vanilla*
2 tbsp sugar*
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon*
a sprinkle of nutmeg*

after all of that is combined, i add (all can be adjusted):

1 1/3 c. flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder

i drop a heaping tbsp of the batter onto a lightly buttered griddle pan. (i love my calaphalon pan btw.)

this recipe made over 40 little palm-sized pancakes, and b/c they’re small, sweet, and super yummy, my girls just grab ’em and go. no worrying about syrup here. and on these chilly fall mornings, they’re the next best thing to pumpkin pie for breakfast!

enqjqoye! (that’s isla saying, ‘enjoy!’)

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autumn chicken chili

it’s easy. it’s cheap to make. it’s yummy. it’s good for you!

autumn chicken chili

start with 2-3 chopped chicken breast in stock pot w/ a little evoo
cook, covered on low/medium heat until cooked through (careful not to over-brown or burn)

add in liquids:
1 c. chicken or veg stock
1/4 c. red wine
1/4 c. freshly brewed coffee (i used archer farms med. roast autumn blend)

add spices:
2 heaping tbsps. chili powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder (if, like me, you’re out of fresh garlic)
1 tsp. onion powder (also out of onions)
1 tsp. each salt & pepper (more or less to taste)
1/2 tsp. tumeric (cancer-fighting)
1/2 tsp. coriander
1 tbsp. sugar

let simmer for 20 mins. to reduce liquids

one 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes,
one diced green pepper
two diced stalks of celery (about 1/2 c.)

simmer for another 20 mins

add in one 8 oz. can of plain tomato sauce, one 15.5 oz. can of chili beans, and stir.

finally…add 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1 oz of good, dark (or semi-sweet) chocolate!

simmer on low heat for as long as you’d like. low, low, low heat.

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good find friday: week 1

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  • ten things americans waste money on, by dave ramsey. i am soooo guilty of number ten…why do caramel lattes that don’t require me to do anything but drive sleepy children around a circle have to make me so happy???

home related:

  • making your home a haven challenge by women living well. i am really looking forward to this! i wanted to get a post up yesterday about it, but alas, life happens – which is a good thing! i mean, what would we have to talk about if life was stagnant?! so anyway, check this out. if you want your home to be a sanctuary for your loved ones (and yourself!), you must join the challenge. it sounds like it’s going to bear good fruit if taken sincerely. i’m excited.


  • happy mommy box – this is awesome. awesome. awesome. awesome. i came across a fellow mommy-blogger’s blog a couple of months ago, and i just loved it right from the start! natalie of the busy budgeting mama is so dear and extremely inspiring! for someone like me, who has an entrepreneurial spirit, she has more than lifted my spirits on the days that seem longer than i can handle, and when my dreams seem too far out of reach. on top of releasing a book (mommy has an angel), she and another sweet blogging mama, mandy, of house of rose, have teamed up to bring us moms something called a happy mommy box. i think this idea is just brilliant and will surely bring joy and encouragement to a lot of women out there – myself included! imagine a monthly surprise on your doorstep…put together with you in mind. such a blessing. love it. love it. love it.

  • stitch fix – coolest thing ever. shopping as a mom of three itty bitties is like non-existent, and even when i can, i don’t want to, b/c shopping with three itty bitties is horribly not fun! seriously. trying on clothes in front of a preschooler is icky. ‘mommy, what happened to your belly button???’ ‘is that where the doctor took the baby out???’ (pointing to a lovely collection of weird-looking stretch marks on a lopsided carcass of a tummy). no thank you. shopping is not fun anymore! well, that is, until a friend shared this lovely site! stitch fix is a a way to put the fun back into shopping! you simply answer a few questions about yourself and your style, and a professional stylist (aka someone who knows what they are actually doing) puts together a collection of goodies for you to try on in the privacy of your own home! glorious! you pay a $20 fee to the stylist up front, and if you choose to purchase anything, that $20 goes towards your purchase. i think it’s worth every penny, so i signed up to receive my first ‘fix’ by the last week in october. i’ll be sure to show you want they send and let you know what i think of the process!


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hello, fall!

well, i have finally come to terms with it. it is fall. hello, fall! i can’t say “welcome,” b/c i’m afraid you are not. i know, i know… how can i not embrace the season that is home to my favorite holiday (thanksgiving), my birthday, pumpkin pie, hot apple cider, gorgeous, colorful leaves, and warm, cozy soups galore???

easy, peeps. IT”S COLD!!!!

ok, so i don’t like cold weather. i used to wear sweaters in florida when it hit 70 degrees. i know, it’s like a sickness or something. i just want to be warm all.of.the.time. period.

plus, football steals my spouse for like a gazillion weekends in a row or something, & i don’t like that either.

but, anyway, i’m over my poutfest, & i’m doing something about it! i pulled up my big-girl woolly socks today, & i’m gonna tell you what little fall things i’ve allowed into our home as of late. (craft now, recipe later.)

๐Ÿ˜‰ you know i’m half teasing, right? i’m not that whiny about fall. just a little bit.


here’s an easy little craft we completed in a half hour or so the other morning. you know that happy little space between breakfast & nap time? this is our craft time on the days i can handle a craft w/four toddlers.

i picked up these foam pumpkins from the dollar section of target a couple of weeks ago. the kiddos went to town on them with fall colored washable markers. they had a blast.

isla immediately turned her’s over to the backside (with writing/trademark – you know, the not so pretty side) & colored away. no matter how many times i turned that stinker back over, she flipped it right back. okay, isla rae, whatever you say, goes.

b-man – he’s a “dotter.” he liked just slamming the tip of every marker right into a single spot over & over again. he’s quite talented at making dots.

ava & brynn…well, let’s just say, not only did they enjoy coloring their pumpkins, but also their faces, tongues, hands, & ankles. let’s pray body art is not in their future. amen.

overall, it was easy, quick, relatively painless, & fun for all.

i took pics of them while they were being artsy, & then printed them out on just some plain white paper in black & white. i attached the little pic to each child’s pumpkin, wrote their names & date on the back (or the front, rather w/isla’s), & penned the little saying, “cutest pumpkins in the patch. [their name] 2012” on the “fronts.” done! cute, huh?

b-man had already taken his home before i was able to finish & hang the girls’, so you’ll have to pretend there’s a 4th little pumpkin there. ๐Ÿ™‚

i think they really are the cutest little pumpkins in the patch! love those kiddos.

turkey feta chowder

ok y’all – gotta get this recipe out of my head before you run out of the leftover turkey in the house. this is delicious (& half of the reason why thanksgiving made me extra excited this year). lame? no – it’s good. trust me.


this is one of those one-pot-wonder soups & your food processor or blender will do most of the work for you.

* start out by melting 2 tbs of butter in your stock pot (don’t burn it, just melt)

* add to that, 2 tbs flour – stir consistently, creating a rue

* once combined, slowly add in your 32 oz carton of turkey stock (i’m sure chicken stock would be fine). turkey’s just usually on sale post-thanksgiving…

* this is when i break out the whisk…your whisk is your friend…tilt your stock pot towards you, creating a deeper “pool” of the liquid & whisk the liquid into the rue until it’s a consistent, milky texture

* now let that stew for a few mins on low while you give your food processor a little attention

* add a few roughly chopped peeled carrots…

* now half of a med onion…

* last, throw in about 1/3 to 1/2 a jar of roasted red peppers. i like these, b/c they are in a jar of garlic-infused olive oil, so it’s a win-win. you get all of those flavors & oil at no extra cost! pour in about half of the oil (just enough to leave the remaining peppers still covered

* it’ll look a little something like this…i went ahead & threw in some salt & pepper as well (about a tsp of salt & 14 cranks of my pepper mill). don’t toss the processor bowl into the sink – you’ll need it again in a sec

* pour the lovely liquid into the pot & whisk again…

* stir in a generous cup of heavy cream…

* now – throw your left over turkey, about 6 to 8 white, button mushrooms & 1/2 a container of feta cheese into the food processor bowl – chop it up

* add that yummy combo into the pot & stir one last time – voila!

* couple with a salad – you can even make use of the extra ingredients from the soup – sliced carrots, chopped onion, fresh mushrooms, diced roasted red peppers, a little of that fantastic oil, some balsamic vinegar, a dash of salt, pepper & a sprinkle of feta…

the only thing missing from that scene is a toasty, buttered slice of baguette…enjoy!

this is so good, i bet you’ll buy a turkey breast just to make it again!

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