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Mrs. Claus’ Favorite Pumpk-yum Pie Recipe!

November 4th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

I just have to share another one of Mrs. Claus’ seasonal favorite recipes! Homemade pumpkin pie made from this season’s harvested pumpkins — and yes they are plumpest of pumpkins!

Pumpkin Halves

To make the pumpkin puree it is quite simple:


3 sugar pumpkins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Cut the tops off of all your pumpkins, then cut in half and scoop out all the seeds and guts! Save the seeds to make yummy roasted pumpkin seeds!

  3. Cut the halves in half one more time. Arrange neatly on a baking sheet, skin side down.

  4. Bake for 40 minutes or so, until the pumpkins are tender to the touch of a fork.

  5. Let cool slightly then peel off the skins.

  6. Throw the roasted goods into a food processor and presto! You have your very own pumpkin puree!


Now with your puree you can make endless amounts of treats! Or you can freeze the leftovers for your next pie. Now for the pie recipe:


1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust prepared in pan

¾ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

2 eggs

1 ¾ cup homemade pumpkin puree

1 (12 oz can) evaporated milk


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pie pan.

  2. In a small bowl whisk together sugar, salt, and spices.

  3. In an electric mixer, or large bowl, beat eggs.

  4. Add pumpkin puree to eggs and mix.

  5. Add sugar mixture to pumpkin mixture and combine.

  6. Slowly add in evaporated milk.

  7. Pour into prepared pie pan and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40 – 50 minutes.

  8. Chill and serve!


This pie is best served with homemade whipped cream! Whip a small carton of heavy whipping cream in an electric mixer with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla. Start on a lower speed and increase as cream gets thicker, just so you don’t have a creamy mess all over the counter!



New Family Thanksgiving Table-Setting Themes

November 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

I’ve been stewing with ideas on ways to make a Thanksgiving table-setting more flavorful, and I have found some exciting things for both youngsters and parents!

All you kiddos out there: how many of you become undeniably bored after you’ve finished your turkey, and you’re forced to sit at the table, listening to the adults ramble on about their new countertops in the kitchen? Well I’ve found a way for you to enjoy your time at the table (or moms this will also be great for that uncle who would rather play with the kids)! These interactive utensil holders that I found on, are a great way to make the table look clean, and provide an after-dinner activity! Simply print, glue or sew together (depending on the paper you print on to), then put out some crayons, markers, and/or pencils in the middle of the kids table in a funky glass; enjoy!


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Some fun ways to seat people are these (again printable) place cards I found on The colored printout I think is the best because it has a fall color scheme, although, if you would like to remain simple and uniform, they have options for black and grey! Kids, you could help your mom by folding these place cards in half as neatly as you can, and practice your best handwriting to write your guests’ names.



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