Popcorn and raisins sprayed with a little butter flavored spray and dusted with pumpkin pie spice and sugar. Well I didn't have pumpkin pie spice so I attempted to make it. Pretty easy, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice... except I discovered I didn't have allspice either! UGH!!! So I doubled the amount of nutmeg... worked out great and was delish! Even for having raisins in it... I don't care for raisins!
Then it came time for pies. I had the oven preheated, ingredients out and discovered one of my pie plates were missing! WHAT??? How do I make 2 pies with 1 pie plate? Luckily Chris was working, but got out before Target closed and he brought me home a nice new shiny pie plate!
First came the Pumpkin Surprise Pie. I got the recipe from Parents.com and it was so good, I think I like it better than regular pumpkin pie! What's the surprise??? Cream cheese! So it's like a pumpkin cheesecake. I used neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese because it's 1/3 the fat and I think it's smoother for cooking with. I can not pronounce that kind of cheese so I call it "nonchalant cheese". The bottom layer is a mixture of the nefuchatel cheese, vanilla, sugar and egg. Then the top layer is pumpkin... again no pumpkin pie spice, but oh well, just add extra nutmeg. Here is the picture of the crust, cheese layer and then I remembered to take a pic partway through adding the pumpkin layer...
I also discovered that I can't pinch a pie crust! This doesn't look too bad, but really, nothing like my grandmother can do! But the recipe said to cut out stars from another pie crust and place around the edges... yeah, I don't recommend doing this! It was time consuming and they kept falling into my pie!
Then you bake it like a normal pumpkin pie... after the first 15 minutes you put tin foil around the crust to avoid your little stars burning. YUP! Can't do that either! I could not get the tin foil to stay on or go around, I did 4 pieces and practically dumped the entire pie into the oven. I finally got it on there, pie cooked, pulled the pie out and there it was.... 1/2 perfect!
Um that big smudge in the bottom half is from the tin foil that fell into the pie. And notice a bunch of the stars are broken... I hope it tasted better than it looked!!! And it did! We brought half of it back home, as we had 5 pies and only 7 people for dinner... and I've been eating it ever since.
Then comes my saving grace as far as how a pie looks. I was told to definitely make an apple pie as everyone remembered my apple pies being really good. They are pretty good. And they look better, despite the pinching problem! And I have to admit I was pretty amazed at this one myself. This was the first apple pie I made that didn't get real tall in the middle just to have the apples cook down and then the top pie crust collapse. It was full of apples!
The pies and popcorn were a hit, as were Dale's pecan pie (which I couldn't eat because I'm allergic to nuts - so not fair!), and Lacey's Sweet Potato Pie. Dinner was wonderful and Chris and I brought home many leftovers and had our fill again last night. We had an organic, free range turkey and you know, I don't think it made us as sleepy as a regular turkey! We also had wild goose with a cranberry, apple chutney, mashed potatoes, carrots, green bean casserole, my favorite stuffing (which also has raisins in it!), a filled bread, collards, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes... oh there had to be more I'm sure of it, as we ate and ate and ate!
More on Thanksgiving in the next post...