Instead of just working on projects mostly this weekend, this has been a whole busy week of assorted projects! Thankfully, I’d requested Friday off months ago, so I got to enjoy a four day weekend, and pack in a couple of extra projects!
The birthday of one of my friends fell on Thanksgiving this year, so early this week my first project was a lunch-sized bag with a flower applique for her birthday… filled with some sweet goodies, of course!
On Tuesday, I started working on the pumpkin pies I had planned for Thanksgiving. My plan was fairly time-consuming, so my first step was to turn two of the pumpkins from my garden into pumpkin puree. I baked them using a recipe I found online (and cut the baking time short, they got done early!) – I was surprised at how hard it was to find recipes to turn whole pumpkins into pumpkin pie! I googled “pumpkin pie from scratch” but over half the recipes assumed you’d already turned your pumpkin into puree, or listed “one 15 ounce can of pumpkin” as one of the ingredients. Chatting with one of my friends after the fact, she recommended a different recipe that she had used, at The Pioneer Woman, that I’ll have to try next time, instead. I saved the seeds from my pumpkins, too – some for planting, but most for roasting!
I ended up with about 7 cups of pumpkin puree from my two pumpkins. I saved out 4 cups for my pies, and put the rest in freezer ziplocs in the freezer for the next pies! My recipe only calls for 1 3/4 cup of pumpkin per pie, and I had two pies in the plans, but I wanted to have some extra rather than come up short. I also discovered that Monkey likes pumpkin puree. It’s supposed to be good for cats and dogs (and people), so I offered both cats some. Mia sniffed it and said “thank you, but no” and Monkey couldn’t get enough!
Wednesday, I made my two pie crusts and pies from my dad’s recipe, and offered Monkey some of the leftover puree. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post for the recipe for both! Luckily, I got to Monkey just in the nick of time when I found her on the counter, about to try and find out if she liked pumpkin pie, too! Thursday morning, I used another recipe from The Pioneer Woman for roasted pumpkins seeds, to take along to Thanksgiving dinner, too. The pies turned out wonderfully, and what pumpkin seeds didn’t get eaten got taken as left overs! Thanksgiving dinner was delicious, and fun! Lots of family, visiting, and a fire pit to top off the evening!
The only shopping I did on “Black Friday” was a run out to my favorite quilt store, Gee-Gee’s Quilting in Yelm, at a nice and decent hour of after noon! No midnight shopping for me, thank you! I was also pleased that Gee-Gee’s was only open their regular hours, instead of opening at some god-awful early hour like so many chain stores. After four “Black Fridays” working full time retail, I refuse to shop on Black Friday at any of the stores opening earlier than normal!
I picked out some fabric for a Sew Together Bag to make for myself, as well as a few fabrics for a name tag for quilt guild meetings. I’m joining the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild, so I wanted to have my name tag done by December’s meeting. I got it almost finished today – I’m just missing a snap swivel hook for the lanyard part. I used Caroline’s Tutorial at Sew Can She, and I really like how it has turned out so far, though I shortened the lanyard until I can just get it over my head, so my name tag won’t hang quite so low. I embroidered my name on the front – Destin’s LED work lamp worked great to use as a light box to trace the font that I wanted to use onto my fabric! Hooray for “selfish sewing”, it feels like it’s been forever since I made something just for me… most of my sewing lately has either been for gifts, or for my Etsy shop!
Being the overachiever that I am (which I’m sure you’ve already realized, even if this is your first time reading my posts), I embroidered the back, too, with the Modern Quilt Guild logo, and my Instagram user ID. It would have gone so much faster if I had an embroidery machine, but perhaps someday…!
I haven’t started any Christmas decorating yet, but I hope to drag out the tree this week. The dilemma… put it in the front room (where it can also be seen through our front windows) where we’re hoping to paint this winter, and deal with it if we get around to painting that area, or just put it up in the rec room to start? We spend more time in the rec room, but I like being able to see it from outside when it’s in the front room!
I’ve also been working on a couple of other projects that I won’t be able to share until after Christmas, but I can’t wait to be able to share them!
Jim’s Pie crust
- 2 Cups sifted flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup Buttery Crisco shortening (I keep in the refrigerator)
- 1/4 cup cold water
Sift the salt in with the flour then add the shortening 1/4 cup at a time, cutting it into the flour (I use a cheapo pastry blender) until it is well blended add the water a bit at a time tossing the dough with a fork Form into two even sized balls and roll out. Makes a double pie crust (or two singles, of course)
Pumpkin Pie by Libbys and Jim
- 2 large eggs
- 1 can Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin (or 1 3/4 cup pumpkin puree)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg (I screwed up here because somehow my copy said 1 tsp… but it was delicious anyway!)
- 1 can (12 fl oz) Carnation Evaporated Milk
- 1 unbaked, 9 inch, deep dish pie shell
Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin, then sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell. Cover edge of crust with foil. Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 Bake for 10 minutes then remove foil from edge of crust. Bake 15 – 25 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.