On Friday, I was home waiting for the carpenter to come to finish installing the new drywall and tub surround in the bathroom. I decided that since it was our Thanksgiving weekend, that I would make pies for the occasion. The first step was the pumpkin…I went out the the garden and chose the smallest one (the only one that would fit into the microwave)…it was about 10″ tall and 8″ in diameter.
I put it into the microwave to soften it up so I could cut it in half and scoop out the seeds…then I put it in the oven and baked it.
The carpenters commented on the wonderful smell…I told them I was making pumpkin pie from scratch, and they were suitably impressed. I also got a couple of bags each of blueberries (from our bushes) and blackberries (picked in my secret patch on the West Side) out of the freezer. I scooped the meat out of the pumpkin…four cups of fresh pumpkin!
Unfortunately, the carpenters took about four hours to finish the bathroom…procrastination kicked in…I didn’t think it would be a good idea to make piecrust near where so much drywall dust was flying around, so I decided to wait until Saturday to make the actual pies. I had also promised to make “West Side Wendy’s Brownies” for a reunion of my old call center workers on Saturday night.
The bathroom looked 100 times better when they were done (and they cleaned up pretty well after themselves too!).
Saturday morning, I got up bright and early. After a quick breakfast, I started baking right away. The brownies were first…two pans of deliciousness which everyone who tastes them raves about.
Then I started the pies. I found a recipe in Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for a pumpkin pie that used 16 oz. of pumpkin (it said it made one single crust pie)…I figured that if I doubled it, that would use all of my four cups of pumpkin, and I’d have two pies. Wrong! I ended up with enough filling for three big pies and one small pie!
There were also way more berries than I thought…once I had them in the bowls with the sugar and flour, I realized I’d overestimated in taking out two bags of each kind.
I sent Jim to the Co-Op for more lard. Another recipe of piecrust was necessary.
So, after eight hours of baking, I ended up with two pans of brownies and eight pies: four pumpkin, two blueberry, one blackberry, and one blueberry/blackberry. We’ll take a blueberry one to Jim’s mom’s today for our combo Thanksgiving/Devin’s birthday dinner (he turned 17 on October 4th). On Monday, we’ll have the other blueberry one and a pumpkin one for our own Thanksgiving dinner with Kaylee, Scott and Elise.
Jim and I had fun at the reunion last night. Not many people made it because of the holiday weekend, but the food was great (anybody who knows me knows how much I love to eat!). It was nice to see my old co-workers, many of whom I hadn’t seen for a year. We talked about having another gathering in February…looking forward to it!