Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Frenzy.

Mondays are my "Get-things-done" days. So, everything I think about doing, I do. Please enjoy my fall frenzy!!!

Dinner: I made a delish dinner, sponsored by Jalene. Her Taco Soup was divine, and so easy to make, and fast! [all of my favorite things in one recipe!] I used white beans since I didn't have kidney, and added sour cream, shredded cheese, and diced green onions. Tyler had 4 servings. Thanks Jalene! 

Miniature Pumpkin Cream Pie:
[disclaimer: I really do not like pumpkin anything. At all. I don't believe that veggie type things should be desserts. So, don't be as skeptic as I was. This amazes even the worst critic. Ahem. Me.]

For the recipe I used, click here!

I crushed my graham crackers in a ziploc bag and smashed them to bits using the pumpkin pie filling can. There is definitely not room in my tiny kitchen for a food processor yet, but I'm willing to make room for it! [hint, hint Tyler!] I used 1 individual package and another graham cracker plank or two in order to get 1 1/2 cups. 

Combine the melted butter (6 tbs) and 1/3 cup sugar and get ready to scoop them into your tiny mason jars!

Next, scoop graham cracker crust into the mason jars, about this full. I would love more graham cracker crust the next time around [thanksgiving]...cause I'm like that. I used 1.5 large spoon-fulls. Very technical, I know. 

The directions I used said to press the crust with your fingers. Well, the jars I used didn't allow for my hands to fit inside, since the neck narrows. So, I improvised and used a plastic cup instead! It mashes well. 

 Should look like so:

Next, I wanted to press down the edges, so I used that same large spoon and pressed around the perimeter, until I was satisfied :) Next, let these chill, since you won't bake this crust. [I just let mine sit at room temp while I prepared the rest.]

 Prepare the pumpkin pie filling! I used the whipping cream and made my own pumpkin pie spice. The pumpkin pie spice was my favorite thing in this recipe by far!

Pumpkin Pie Spice:
1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ground cloves [they smell divine!], 1/4 tsp ground ginger. 
Mix and this will = 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice. 

Adding the dallop of whip cream was fun. I would really let it thaw for a minute or two before you try spreading it all around kingdom come!

I spruced it up by making the button-magnets, leaves, etc. The lids came like this with the jars I bought! I bought Better Homes & Gardens jars [they were the same price as all the others!]. The other neat thing about these jars is that the ribbons are made especially for the jars, and since I didn't have any ribbon, this was perfect. They were an amazingly good deal too! [Yes, I checked. haha]

These chill for 3 hours. OH MY.  They were seriously the highlight of the evening! So delish! [Can you tell that I love that word? Yeah, me neither.]

These will make great gifts for friends, family, VT, etc. I am so excited to make more for my work friends! Who will you make them for!?

Pumpkin Carving:  

We didn't carve pumpkins last year since Ty had started school again and I had just started my job. Its funny how happy Tyler gets when we celebrate the holidays, traditionally. So, this year, WinCo had pumpkins on for 8 cents a pound. How could we say no?! 

So, with a little patience, laughter, and a dull paring knife, we set to work:

Yep. Pretty sure I love him. 

While Tyler finished cleaning up the guts from the pumpkin, I decided to try and roast the seeds! It was so easy and they turned out so well!

Boil 2 cups of water + 1/2 tbs salt + drained/rinsed off seeds for 10 mins.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread seeds in 1tbs olive oil on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-20 mins until brown. Cool, enjoy!

Happy Halloween! 

What are your fall frenzies!?


Jenny said...

wow. Looks like a yummy - great time!

Jessica said...

So fun! Mondays were always my "get it done" day too when I worked 7/7s. :)
I love the mini pumpkin pie idea...that is perfect for little fall gifts! I always come to your blog for cute ideas!
Glad you guys are having a fun fall!

Stacie said...

where did you find the jars? what size are they? i found some 4 oz mason jars with locking lids on craigslist here..$1 / that a good size to get or would it be too small?

Kelsie said...

Your pumpkin is so cute! I can't believe you did it all with no carving kit! Simply amazing. haha.

Stacie said...

Ok so I made 10 jars of this! Turned out really good (tasting) not so good looks wise. Here they are: I wish I could find the jars you found! Walmart had none so I got mine at Hobby Lobby

Katy said...

oh my, those mini pies look SO good and soooo cute!! love that idea! thanks so much for the recipes and instructions.. you're the best!

ps. Ty, get her a food processor... it's the best way to say "i love you"... :)