Pumpkin Pie Goodness

Yep. I’m obsessed with autumn.

why?…it may be the beautiful fall foliage or my intense love for football or October being my birthday month or my obsession with fall treats (apple cider, pumpkin anything, German brats with kraut’, caramel apples, butternut squash… just to name a few).

or ALL of the above!

This past weekend, Darrin and I (or let’s be honest… just Darrin) decided to tackle a house project we’ve had on our to-do list… lay new tile floors in our kitchen! I helped hand Darrin tiles and kept him company, as he worked his bootie off. I’m lucky to have him! 🙂

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I started sippin’ apple cider while watching football, then turned on my Scentsy candle warmer (pumpkin roll scent… um y.u.m.)… and then… I became very ambitious and decided to bake a pumpkin pie from scratch!

First up! Making the pie crust!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 T. butter, melted
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon until well blended . Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 minutes.  Let cool.

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… now onto the good stuff… the pie filling!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (I used skim, it’s all we had… and it turned out fine)
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Mix all pie filling ingredients until smooth
  2. Pour into pie shell
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until the center of pie is firm

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Is this not the cutest pie cutter ever? I’m such a sucker for anything with bows, and this was an adorable wedding gift. love.

so then…I decided I wanted to top the pie with whip cream… but have you ever looked at the ingredient label of Cool Whip? Um… hydrogenated oils anyone? Hydrogenated oils=trans fat=artery clog.

plus it’s so simple to make homemade whip cream!

  1. Beat 1 cup heavy cream with a whisk or electric mixer (obvi I’m lazy and used my mixer)
  2. Once peaks begin to form, add 2 T. granulated sugar
  3. Continue to beat until soft peaks form

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Yes.. I made the pie on Saturday and it’s already polished off,  and yes I’m the only one that ate it.

hey… pumpkin has lots of vitamins and minerals, and the baby needs vitamins and minerals, right?

…the nutrition take-home message?

enjoy real food, in moderation (hey I’m still learning like everyone else). 🙂

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