Thanksgiving Pie Favorites!

There are a lot of Thanksgiving traditions and they vary family to family, especially regarding food. I wanted to share with you some of my families traditions. There are so many dishes we could talk about here, all equally delicious. Personally my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is dessert! So, here are three of my families go-to Thanksgiving pie favorites!

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Pumpkin Pie!
Ingredients:

  • 1 Pie Shell
  • 1 Can 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbls Honey
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Whipped Cream (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a mixer, combine the pumpkin, milk and eggs
  • With the mixer running slowly add the honey, cinnamon, ginger and salt
  • Mix until well blended
  • Pour mixture into pie crust (I didn’t have time to make my own this year so I bought a pie crust and pre-cooked mine. You don’t have to pre-cook the crust if you don’t want to.)
  • Bake until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the pie, about 50 minutes
  • Cool over night and top with whipped cream when serving if desired

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Chocolate Pie!
Ingredients:

  • 1 Pie Crust (pre-cooked)
  • 1  1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 Cups Whipping Cream
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 1  1/2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbls Butter
  • White Chocolate Candy Bar (optional)

Directions:

  • In 2 small bowls separate your egg whites and yolks, set aside
  • In a large saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt and stir until well blended
  • Add the cream and egg yolks to the saucepan and whisk until well blended
  • Turn stove to medium/low heat, stirring frequently
  • In a medium saucepan over low heat melt the butter
  • Add the chocolate morsels and stir constantly until fully melted
  • Once the chocolate is fully melted add the vanilla extract, continue to stir constantly (if you stop stirring for any amount of time your chocolate will burn, I was lucky to have my husband help me stir one pot as I tended to the other)
  • The sugar/cornstarch mixture will start to thicken as it cooks. Once the mixture is think and has just started to bubble remove from heat and immediately add chocolate mixture
  • Whisk mixture until fully combined
  • Pour mixture into cooled, pre-cooked pie crust
  • Let cool for at least 4 hours
  • Once the pie is set add white chocolate curls and shavings by scraping a potato peeler firmly down the edge of a white chocolate candy bar (I used Ghirardelli white chocolate)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 Tbls Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbls Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
  • 2 Cups Walnuts

Direction:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  •  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  • Mix until well blended
  • Pour mixture into the pie shell
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown

These are just a few of my family favorites! What are your favorite Thanksgiving desserts?
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Everyday Thankful

Tis the season to take a moment and remember what you are thankful for. Along with many others, the typical comes to mind first. I know I am truly blessed and I try to remind myself all year long to appreciate the freedoms so many have fought to give me. My loving family and friends, my health and the doctors that help keep me healthy. My job and the amazing opportunities and people I get to work with, my beautiful house and pets. Despite the many blessings I have to be thankful for I have struggled to stay positive and grateful this past year. Many days have found me wallowing in self-pity and frustration. So this Thanksgiving instead of repeating the same list I do every year, I’m Challenging myself to find normal, everyday things that I take for granted. To focus more on how lucky I am each and every day in small ways I never truly take the time to appreciate. Here is the list I came up with over the last couple weeks. I must admit, as I stopped and really looked at the little things in my life, I found myself feeling happier and more content with each item added to the list. Continue reading “Everyday Thankful”

It’s Your Turn to Vote!

It is that time of year again when we are all bombarded with political attack ads and feel as if “Vote Yes/No on Measure…” is being forced down our throats. My one request is that we don’t let these negative manipulation tactics distract us from the importance of voting. Your vote does count and your opinion does matter! I’ve heard (and made) a lot of excuses over the years of why someone didn’t vote but to be 100% honest they are all crap. There is absolutely NO reason not to vote. It takes very little time (I filled out my ballot while sipping my morning coffee) and every vote (also every lack of vote) makes a difference in how this country will be ran. I hear a lot of people complain about how this country is being ran these days but when I ask them if they voted I almost always get a “well no”. In my opinion, If you choose not to vote you have no right to complain! I am not going to try to tell anyone how to vote because that is a personal choice and each person should read through the voters information booklet to fully understand each measure/candidate so they can make an informed decision. I am however going to plead with you, no matter what excuses you may already have lined up please put them aside and commit to being a participating American citizen. It’s not too late! You have through November 4th to cast your vote. Find out how you can vote in your area below.