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Pumpkin Pie

My grandmother makes the most delicious pumpkin pies every Thanksgiving.  I love pumpkin pie and I’m kind of sad that I only eat it for a few days out of the year.  This is assuming there are leftovers!

I offered to help make pumpkin pies for this year’s Thanksgiving.  I figured pie-making would be extremely complicated but when I arrived to help, Granny told me how easy it was.  The “secret” family recipe was really a variation of the recipe on the back of Libby’s canned pumpkin.  Also, she had bought pie crusts because every time she tried to make crusts from scratch, they didn’t turn out very well.  I was happy to help unroll the refrigerated crusts and begin!

Click here for the recipe and more photos!


November 30, 2009 at 11:01 pm 3 comments

Thankful for Desserts

I think I am still full from my Thanksgiving meal and that was 3 days ago!  The entire meal was amazing, but I always save room for dessert.  Here is the smorgasbord of desserts that my family had at Thanksgiving.   My grandmother always makes many different treats.  This year she made chocolate pie, banana cream pie, pumpkin pie*, angel food cake with strawberry frosting, and pumpkin bread.  Everything (yes, I tried a little bite of everything!) was delicious.

What does your family usually eat for dessert on Thanksgiving?  Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving treat?  Does anyone out there seriously dislike pumpkin pie?  Please discuss!

*Please notice the pumpkin pies that my grandmother taught me how to make–I will blog about my first pie-making experience very soon!

November 29, 2009 at 11:53 pm 1 comment

10 Best Halloween Treats


Happy Halloween weekend everyone!  Halloween is one of the best holidays for people who love sweets.

I definitely prefer homemade baked goods over processed candy bars any day, but I do enjoy a few of the classic candies around Halloween.  And apparently the fun doesn’t have to stop once you’re above the age of 10.  Yesterday, my professors brought candy in all of my classes, it felt like fifth grade again!

I came across a few articles on the best Halloween candies and I decided to compile my own list.  You can check out the other lists here and here.   So here goes….please let me know if I’ve left out any of your favorites!

1. Anything full-size, or better than that, JUMBO size! When I was older, I helped my parents answer the door for trick-or-treaters.  My dad and I had a special surprise for the kid with the best joke and the best costume: a JUMBO sized Hershey’s bar.  The look on the little kid’s face when we pulled out the huge candy bar was priceless.  The kid would just stare at us and would say “really? really?” while the parents in the background would prod them, “can you say thank you?”   Some years, no one had a joke or a costume that made them worthy of the giant Hershey’s bar, so we didn’t give out the special prize.  For this reason, my mom accused us of staging the entire contest just so we could keep the giant chocolate bar for ourselves.  Can you believe that?!?

2. Whoppers. I love malted milk balls, yum!

3. Peanut M&Ms. Or regular M&Ms if you prefer.

4. Kit Kats.  According to Hershey’s, these “light crispy wafers covered in creamy milk chocolate are a simple and sweet treat that complements your light-hearted, positive approach to life.”  WOW, enough said.

5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. A classic. 

6 . Candy Corn. Delicious and festive.  Beware, it is very easy to go into a candy corn coma when you consume more than 10 of them!

7.  Pop Rocks. I still don’t understand how these work but they are pure fun.

8.  Snickers. These are even better when they’re frozen.

9. Mr. Goodbar. I may be the only person who likes this Hershey’s mini.  With a combination of milk chocolate and peanuts, it is creamy AND crunchy.  Delish.

10.  Twix. The cookie provides an excellent crunch.

Making this list made me think back on all of my trick-or-treating years.  I distinctly remember a few candies still being at the bottom of my bag in January, long after I had devoured my favorites.  Here it is, my list of the 5 Worst Halloween Treats.

1.  Almond Joy or Mounds.  What 5 year old really likes coconut?

2.  Raisinets.  Same thing goes with raisins.  They may have been the only things covered in chocolate that I wouldn’t eat as a kid.

3.  Smarties.  They taste like chalk!

4.  Dots.  These gummy candies are a dentist’s nightmare!  They stick to your teeth for two weeks after eating them.

5.  Circus Peanuts.  I’ve mentioned my dislike of these bizarre candies.  Their strange ability to look like cheese when shredded is about the only thing they have going for them.

October 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm 13 comments

Halloween week!

Check out these festive Halloween cupcakes from my favorite Bay Area cupcakery, Kara’s Cupcakes. Since Halloween is this Saturday, I’m going to post all the cute and tasty holiday treats I see this week!

karascupcakeshalloween Photo from the Kara’s Cupcakes Facebook page

October 26, 2009 at 7:41 pm 2 comments

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