Pumpkin Pie

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This is not a drill.  I repeat.  This is not a drill.  I successfully finished a holiday recipe–complete with pictures!–before said holiday actually happened.  I think I can officially call myself a food blogger now.  Huzzah and let the merriment begin!

(Or something along those lines).

This weekend was Friendsgiving, which I still believe is a fairly new thing, or maybe I’m just becoming an adult.  Anyways, I was told to bring dessert, as I normally am, and so obviously I had to make stereotypical Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

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Growing up, my family always had chocolate pies at Thanksgiving, because many of my family members do not like pumpkin.  Therefore, I always thought that chocolate pies were a common American Thanksgiving tradition.  It wasn’t even that long ago that somebody clued me in on the fact that many people have never even had chocolate pie.  While this news deeply saddens me, I promise to post my chocolate pie recipe soon, and in the meantime, you should make this pumpkin pie.

The recipe itself is kind of a fluke.  While looking up pumpkin pie recipes, I realized that I didn’t have most ingredients that almost everyone uses in pumpkin pie.  In my mind, all I needed was a can of pumpkin and some common household ingredients to get this thing rollin’.  Sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, B grade maple syrup, freshly grated ginger?  Who has these ingredients just laying around their house?  In the midst of extreme laziness and procrastination, I decided against trekking to the grocery store in my pajamas at 11 p.m., and set out to create my own recipe.  It came out surprisingly delicious and it only takes about 20 minutes to whip up!  I got a standing ovation and everything.  Sometimes being irresponsible and unprepared really pays off!

The pie can be made a day in advance (I actually think pie is better when it’s been sitting for a day), so all you have to do on the day of Thanksgiving is whip the cream, which can be made in 4 minutes if your mixer has the will to do so and also if you don’t mind splatters.

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Tin pie pans are great for Friendsgiving (inebriated friends + glass pie pans = disaster, in case you’re wondering).

P.P.S.  If you’re interested in the velvet pumpkins, my aunt makes them!  You can buy them on her etsy site.  She also makes little acorns!  They’re super cute for fall decorating ūüôā

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*Song of the Day: People Help the People–Birdy

DIY Dollar Store Halloween Wreath

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Happy Halloween….almost!

Reno is so super chilly right now. ¬†Like, so chilly that it snowed all night so that when I woke up there was snow all over the ground! ¬†I’ve never woken up to snow before so that was awesome. ¬†Perks of living super close to the mountains. ¬†The middle of the city doesn’t get any snow!

Yay us.

But like I said, it’s so cold. ¬†Like, I am having a really hard time typing right now because my fingers are so cold.

The things I do for you people.

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With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a festive wreath to celebrate.  I decorated the rest of my house with Halloween too, but this is probably my favorite decoration I have.

And yeah, I know…Halloween is Thursday so I’m kind of getting to this kind of late. ¬†But now you can get all your ribbon on sale on Friday and make it for next year!

Luckily for those of you who want to make one before your trick or treaters arrive, this was less than $2 to make.  Frugal score.

Actually, does anyone else hate the word frugal too, or is that just me?  So inexpensive score?  Cheap score?  Whatever, it looks cute.

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Things You’ll Need

1 stick wreath from the dollar store (they’re a little smaller than normal stick wreaths, but still cute!)

Black paint (or whatever color you like)

1-3 kinds of ribbon (I found that two looked best)

Hot glue (with glue gun, obvi)

Fake spider webs

Spider ring (optional)

Total cost: ¬†$1 for wreath, $2 for ribbon (only used probably $.25 of it though), $1 for fake spider web (probably used about $.05 of it), had hot glue/gun, had black paint (cheap at store though!)= Like I said, under $2 but I don’t know the for sure price.

Directions:

Paint wreath using a sponge brush.  You could also spray paint it, but I liked the brown showing through the black paint a little bit.  Let the wreath dry for 2 hours or overnight depending on how much paint you use.

When dry, flip the wreath over and glue strips of ribbon opposite sides from each other.  Put as much as you want, and cross a few to make it look cute!

Glue a few strings of fake web across from each other as well. ¬†Spread them to make them look more “webby”.

Add a spider ring if you want! ¬†I did later on which is why only one of my pictures has a spider on it. ¬†But isn’t it so much cuter?!

I think so.

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I think it would also be so cute to use orange, purple, or green ribbon for the wreath but since my door is a blueish gray, I decided black and white would look best.

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Without drying time, this wreath took me about 30 minutes. ¬†That’s my type of project!

Just add a little ribbon on top and hang on your door.  I got a wreath hanger at WalMart for $3.  Worth it.

Hope you all have a great Halloween!

What are you guys going to be? ¬†B and I were going to be Shaggy and Daphne (and Lacy was going to be Scooby) but he has to work so now I’m going to be a scarecrow. ¬†Another DIY? ¬†Perhaps.

Have a great week!

XOXO Sara