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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Day

John enjoyed a banner day yesterday when both his sister and I decided to bake him a pumpkin pie. Do great minds think alike or what? It must have been the autumnal quality of our first day of September. Such crisp, delightful weather we are enjoying!

Now this dual pie business nearly turned into a duel because John shared all that I am going to share with you with his sister. Oh my! I do not have that man trained.

Naturally, with two pumpkin pies here, we three did a taste test. I called Nan and John the county fair judges and asked them to judge. (I can see your heads shaking out there.) Anyway, the proceedings began and I asked for their comments. Both judges said, "These pies are excellent."

"Yes," I pressed, "but why specifically?"

Two of the most reluctant judges I've ever seen, I had to repeatedly assure them that I had no need to take top honors. I don't bake a lot of pumpkin pies and I don't have a special recipe. The recipe for mine came right off the can of pumpkin filling. My sister-in-law baked an Impossible Pumpkin Pie with no crust. She says it's easy...just blend all the ingredients in a blender and pour into a greased pie plate. Mine was not so easy.

After much hemming and hawing, John said, "Yours is best."


"Because I love you."

"More like you have to live with me."

Just for the record, I liked his sister's pie the best. It was more full-bodied and delicious. I did like my crust, which you can find the recipe for on my sidebar. I never have trouble making a yummy, flaky crust using the recipe posted; it's all about the ice cubes!

Later I heard him talking with his sister and explaining all this. My face flushed beet red and I zipped directly to him and the phone and wrested it from his grip.

His sister and I had a rather one-sided discussion...I had a lot of explaining to do. I certainly hope that this does not mean that she'll never bake for us again. After all, John is already praying for the day when we both decide to bake him an apple pie.


  1. That was so cute!

    My Warren loves apple pie!
    My Jonathan loves pumpkin pie!

    Are you back???

    Becky K.

  2. No, I'm just pretending to be back. ;D

  3. Oh that's funny! My hubby always says he likes my pumpkin pie the best....I use the recipe on the can too but I go extra heavy on the spices :)

    Happy Fall!

  4. Okay...now you have me craving pumpkin pie. It still seems like summer over here...and I haven't really switched to fall mode...but pumpkin pie may be just the place to begin. I'm laughing at your 'fall fair pie contest'...and the publication of the results. Too funny!

    How's the computer situation coming along? I've missed you out here in blogland!

  5. Me and my 'Leopard'... To explain...

    I so wanted a 'Snow Leopard'! [Look at that face!] But my old Flower iMac wasn't built to handle it. So I had to get the regular Mac OS X Version 10.5.6 Leopard.

    I still would love a 'Snow Leopard.' Look at that face! lol

  6. Pumpkin Pie! OH, I long for the days when I ate any kind of pie! Thank you for letting me live vicariously through your post! : )
    MY pumpkin pie....Costco! LOL!

  7. I want to make an apple crisp! Would he like that? Enjoy your day!

  8. John is the lucky one isnt he? Both pies sound yummy! I love pumpkin pie.

    You asked about the Julia movie and what I thought about the blogger portion of it. I actually liked it alot. I don't think a movie about Julia Childs alone would have held my interest as much.

  9. I love it. . .you are priceless Vee .. . all the best to John for his future pie hopes.

  10. Pumpkin pie....boy I'm sure ready, actually I'm ready for Fall. Hope I can enjoy some Fall weather here in Montana since we are staying until the end of September.

    Thanks for your visit Vee and your sweet comment!


  11. I love pumpkin pie too but only make it for Thanksgiving. Every year I say I should make it during the year too, but I never do!

  12. Ahhhhhh.... pumpkin pie time! Your story made me laugh! I use the recipe off the can too, and it hasn't failed me yet :-)

    I had a piece of pumpkin pie at the Mount Rushmore cafeteria. I was so happy to see it ( complete with whip cream on top) and couldn't resist a slice.

  13. I'm like Happy One I only have PP for Thanksgiving and everyone says Mom why don't you do that more often. I love pie but sure don't need the calories so don't make desserts at all except holiday time.

  14. What a cute story about your county fair judges. I had to laugh at John telling his sister the whole story. My husband is often guilty of that same thing. When that happens I prefer it be at the table so I can give him a discrete "kick under the table"

    Are you having any luck with your computer? We miss you out here in blogland.

  15. Vee- you're back!!! I've missed you and your posts! Your blog is one of my faves - how dismal it's been without you!

    I read about Edwinda and funny names, and it brings to mind a couple of words that we still use. My daughter always called New York City - Yew Nork City. That's how I'll always think of it! When she would get an ulcer in her mouth, she called an urcel. We'll never change those words!

    Good to hear from you. About pumpkin pie, my family loves coconut better. And I DO make a mean coconut pie! I will definitely try your pie crust! Bye-bye!

  16. Yummmm Vee...they both look so delicious! John is so cute...and smart! It's so good to see a post from you sweet friend, xxoo, Dawn

  17. Too funny!

    I have a can of pumpkin in the pantry that is begging to become pumpkin roll.

    How are things with your family?

    Enjoy your day!

  18. What a great post! I enjoyed reading it and it certainly gave me my smile for the day :>) Thank you.

  19. It looks simply divine.
    Lucky man he is. Two?

  20. they look yummy! do you think if we all bake pumpkin pie it will help autumn come quicker, cause i'm willing to give it a try!

  21. That's so funny! We've had pumpkin pie this week but I bought mine from Publix. The cooler weather has me longing for some comfort food but the weather can be tricky here. It might get back up in the 90's...you never know in Georgia!


  22. Pumpkin Pie, in any form, is great! Doesn't even have to be fall. It's a favorite of mine!!!

  23. Yumm!
    Pumpkin pies are a great way to celebrate the changing seasons.

  24. Pumpkin pie is my favorite...sets my mind to baking. C

  25. loved it! And John's not in politics?? I love a pie with a good crust..Actually..I love a good crust..no "pie" necessary...so, I think yours would be my best...hmm....maybe just a taste of sister-in-law's pie?? for comparison purposes only??

  26. Vee, it's so great to see you posting. Loved this ... so sweet what John said! It's amazing how love covers a multitude of ... flavors? LOL. I'm checking out your pie crust recipe. I usually end up using the Pillsbury refrigerated kind. I've only ever tasted pumpkin pie once and was pretty sure that I never wanted to again. Maybe if I tried yours I would change my mind, but now a good apple pie is something I can't pass up!


  27. Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

    It's all perfect !

    Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes....

  28. Love this tale of two pies!!LOL I bake the one off the can also...Have a great wek...m...

  29. Mmmm ... I like warm pumpkin pie with whipped cream ... can't have a bad day with that on your plate!

  30. Good Morning Vee!

    Oh how I've missed my visits to you!

    I was just in my kitchen looking at pumpkin pie ingredients! do good minds think alike!

    I look forward to catching up on what I've missed. Enjoy your new computer!

    Kathi :)


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