my poor neglected blog. looks like the time-intensive and forever disappointing job market has taken away yet another thing i enjoy. grrr…
but on a more optimistic note, PIE!!! around the holidays, my cousin cori and i often get into a text messaging frenzy about this very important topic. “what kind(s) of pie are you making this time?” “what is your favorite combination of apples to use in the caramel apple pie?” “have you roasted your own pumpkin for pumpkin pie before and, if so, is it worth the extra time?” if only we didn’t live so many miles away so we could bake together!
this year, i was determined to make a pie from the 1966 better homes and gardens “pies and cakes” cookbook that i picked up at an antique shop last summer.
this book has all of those great cool whip-based pie recipes that my granny loved, and i decided to try out the whipped pumpkin pie recipe. the recipe called for strange things like packets of vanilla-flavored whipped topping mix, and with my mom’s help, i was able to piece it together. we decided that an essential ingredient is this item:
one of my favorite pies as a kid featured dream whip and syrupy cherries, so i was excited to use this magical product in a pie of my own. it did not disappoint. look at this lovely mound of dream whip, pumpkin, and spices (and of course i had to use my grandmother’s pyrex bowl since baking from this cookbook so reminds me of her):
then i folded in some fresh whipped cream, put it all into a homemade graham cracker crust, and chilled! voila! a pumpkiny delight that tastes like pumpkin pie and whipped cream all together in one fluffy dessert.
pair it with some of these stand-bys and you’ve got yourself a nap-inducing thanksgiving meal:
and…the husband approves!
hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!
up next: holiday gifts! my mom and spent an entire day working on some amazing gifts for some of our favorite people (and the cats even got in on it). can’t wait to share photos!