Monday, November 24, 2008

It's pumpkin-mania

We'll call this picture "March of the pumpkin whoopie pies." These were made for a staff bake sale at the library this week. Whoopie pies and Shoo-fly pie are the items that are most requested by the lovely ladies at work for me to bring in. There seems to be some vast misconception that those items are difficult to make. I almost fell on the floor when my friend Jaylynn told me that she has been buying tiny shoo-flies at five dollars a pop from a market in Philadelphia. "STOP doing that!" I told her, "You make more complicated things than THAT for lunch!" Yet, the mystique persists.

This is the Pumpkin Cream Trifle I made for a fellowship meal at church. It's cubes of pumpkin spice cake layered between a fluffy whipped cheesecake filling and layers of toasted pecans and toffee bits. It was very easy to make and feeds quite a crowd.

Now, once I get the apple pie made for Thursday it will finally feel like things are getting done!

In other news, I'm a bit late in acknowledging this award given to me by Linda at Remote Treechanger:It is the Marie Antoinette ~ A Real Person Award.

The rules for this award are to display the icon and pass it along to 7 other bloggers I feel are real in who they are. If you read this, consider yourself tagged as my readers are all genuine in who they are!

In celebration of my award, here are a couple of genuine thoughts:

On the home improvement front, late in the afternoon I was standing on a step stool trying to scrape off those stickers that come on new windows. You know, the kind that say things like "Lifetime warranty" and "argon filled", whatever that means. I don't know whether the stool lost footing or whether I did, but the next thing you know I was sprawled out on the floor on top of a crushed card table. Just a few bumps and bruises, nothing serious. It made me wonder why window companies take perfectly new windows with pristine glass, and then plaster impossible-to- remove stickers all over them.

This afternoon I perused the toy section of a store to shop for a needy child. Every year the library sets up a "wish tree" with gift tags that have a child's name, gender, age, and clothing size so that those who want to help can purchase a gift or two for them. My child is a 4.5 y-o girl. First, I'll say it's very tricky to buy a gift for a child you don't know, and without any parental guidance. And then once you see what's out there for little girls to play with...well, it gets worse! There is oodles and oodles of princess stuff, and something called "puppy divas" where puppy toys are dressed up like princesses, and then a mini spa kit designed for the age 3 and up crowd so they can pretend they are at a spa! It appears an entire generation of princesses are gearing up early for life in the royal household. How interesting. How disingenuous. I selected some Leggo's and a shirt.


  1. Hello Monica! This is Leslie, (missourimom)! I'm so very glad you started a new blog, as now I will be able to see your pictures!!

    And, your pumpkin pictures are making my mouth water....mmmmm

  2. Your trifle looks delicious. When yu mentioned it last post, I imagined chunks of pumpkin not spiced pumpkin cake. I'm glad it was cake. In Australia, pumpkin isn't really used as a sweet,it is usually served as a savoury vegetable so it is great to have some new ideas.

  3. I've seen a lot of Australian recipes that use pumpkin as a savory, which is interesting because as you probably know, here in the States it is mostly used in baking and sweets.

  4. Yum! Pumpkin is so tasty! I am glad to see you are having such fun with it. Congratulations on the award you received. I wish you the best in your bloging adventures. *smile*
    Remember to pray always. Harvest blessings.-me-(Mommy of two little blessings)
    p.s. Thank you for making the time to stop by my blog and for the comment. I appriciate it. *smile*

  5. Those pumpkin dishes sound delightful!!! YUMMY!!!!

    As for the gifts for a little girl, I could not agree with you more. LOL The princessy junk makes me gag honestly. So my 5 year old neice is getting a fabric doll house, a pair of pajamas, a crayon roll and a coloring book, a fleece scarf, and a stuffed bunny all made by me. They are original so I know no one else will be giving her these things, and Mindi loves getting gifts that she knows Aunt Amy made for her!!! Problem solved! LOL

    Love the new blog!!!!!

    God's Blessings,
    Amy Jo

  6. May we have the recipes please? :D

  7. The post for which one Stephanie? I'll gladly post the recipe if you tell me what you're looking for.

  8. Wow, I'd love to get my hands on one of those, looks lovely.

  9. I would love the recipe for the trifle one day when you're not busy - har har har! You have until...ohhh, September, when I start craving pumpkin-y things! I know Daughter B, who makes her own pumpkin whoopee pies (two years running now!), would really enjoy the trifle, as would the pumpkin-obsessed girlfriend of Son T! Thank you! Hugs!


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