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Monday, November 13, 2017

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie For Thanksgiving

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Recipe easily made gluten-free


Below is an amazing recipe for Pumpkin Chiffon Pie.  It's absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!  My mom found it many years ago and it has been on our Thanksgiving table since as far back as I can remember.


When I was very young, I used to help my mom make the pies.  I helped her all through elementary school up to high school and beyond.  I remember one year, the night before Thanksgiving, when I was out of college and working in New York City, I arranged to have my two girlfriends over for a visit after work.  We all helped mom make the pies!  We had a ball.

A chocolate cake I made for Christmas Eve one year.

When I married the first time, I decided to take over the pie making.  Back then, I was able to act like a normal person and cook and bake anything.  I was actually very good at baking.  I made my niece's Christening party cake which served over 100 people.  I also made the cake for my Dad's 50th birthday bash, again serving over 100 people.  Every holiday I made cookies, cakes and treats.


As soon as my son was old enough to "help" I would let him.  He got messy but had a lot of fun.  The best part was always licking the beaters!

When he lost interest, it became a tradition to have my daughter and my older niece over to help me.  This went on many years.


One year I told my niece when she was holding the beaters to be sure not to lift them up out of what she was mixing.  She said why not as she lifted the beaters up without turning them off.  My dining room had a wall in it that the previous owner made a mirror.  The entire wall, floor to ceiling was mirror.  I had gook shooting all over the mirror.  We still laugh about that to this day.


Every year was one fiasco or another.  I had an elderly neighbor when I lived in my condo who was the sweetest lady.  Every year, I'd prepare, shop and plan perfectly and some mishap would happen and I'd send one or both of the girls next door to ask her to borrow something! (See Divine Intervention? Amazing Luck? Or Was It Jinxed Real Estate? You Decide)
  • One year the brand new package of sugar I had just bought the day before had worms in it when my niece opened it.  UGH.  We borrowed sugar from Nancy. 
  • Another year, as one of the girls was using my mixer, I said to them, "Do you know how long I've had that mixer?  I got it for my bridal shower."  That bridal shower was from my first marriage.  No sooner did I say it, the mixer died.  It just died on the spot.  Nancy got another knock on her door!  
  • We ran out of eggs once and we had various incidents through the years.  It wasn't Thanksgiving Eve if we weren't knocking on Nancy's door for something. 

One year, everything seemed to be going smoothly and we didn't need to bother Nancy.  I got a knock on my door.  It was Nancy!  She was making sure all was ok, she hadn't heard from us.  She came in for coffee and chatted while we made the pies.  She used to really enjoy the girls when they were young.  I tried to give her some pies through the years but she always turned them down.  

Next, my daughter took over making the pies when I could no longer make them due to all my issues. (See Why Am I Not Posting Recipes? Because IT Has Started Again!) She made them a few years in a row, sometimes with help from my older niece and sometimes my younger niece and nephew also joined in.


Now... my youngest niece has taken over.  Last year she made the pies herself with no help and this year, she is making the pies on her own.  She's 16.  (See Incredible, Amazing Party With My Fabulous Fun, Insane Family And Friends!)

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the pumpkin chiffon pies.  I can't eat them anymore, I haven't been able to in many years now, but, I live vicariously through everyone else!

 

For an awesome recipe, see below.  It's fun, it's easy and it's DELICIOUS!!!!!!  You can use whipped cream but my family has always preferred cool whip.

THIS RECIPE IS EASILY MADE GLUTEN FREE!  

Pumpkin Chiffon Pies
1 env. Knox gelatin in 1/4 c. cold water
1 1/4 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
Baked & cooled pie shell

Beat egg yolks; add 1/2 cup sugar, pumpkin, milk, salt, and spices. Cook until thick in double boiler. Soak gelatin in cold water and add to other. Cool. When it begins to thicken, add rest of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into a baked and cooled pie shell and chill. Garnish with whipped cream just before serving.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

SUCCESS!!!!!!! Not without Aggravation and Anxiety! Part 3

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So, I successfully picked up my much-needed medication Friday and it went through the computer without a hitch.  The insurance covered it!  Whoooo hoooo!!!!!!!!  Finally, approval after jumping through hoops for literally days. 

I only had to climb mountains to get it,click above for Part 1 and 2 of the entire, absurd saga. 
I took it yesterday and so far, no allergic reaction, so I guess it's ok!   

I did have to travel almost eight miles and pass about 20 pharmacies along the way to get the medication, but at least I got it! 


So, I traveled 16 miles round trip for medication when there's a pharmacy literally around the block from me.  But that's my life these days.  I'm thankful I was able to get the medicine!  (See Pros And Cons)

After that little trip, I needed to stop at the supermarket.  Again I past about 30 supermarkets and had to pass my house and head up to a supermarket four miles past my house in order to buy the foods I can eat,  It costs me more in time and gas to get things I need, but at least I can get them!  

The saga doesn't end there!  Oh, no.


My sisters, our daughters, nieces, nephews, their girlfriends and boyfriends all got together Saturday night to go see A Bad Moms Christmas.  My nephew's girlfriend bought all the tickets online a few days ago.  We had reserved seats in the theater.  Mom and I sat down low, because I don't like heights and neither does she.  They couldn't get seats down low for all of us, but they were able to get two seats. Everyone else sat up very high in the theater, in fact the very last row.  UGH. (See What Is Gephyrophobia?)


Mom and I got cozy in our recliner chairs, yes, the theater has recliners, cup holders, etc.  I was praying I could stay and nothing would trigger an allergy/asthma attack.  No one around me had steaming popcorn or anything else that was bothersome.  If I had a problem, I'd have to simply leave.  What could I do.  Sometimes, every once in a blue moon, I get to have fun.  (See Victorious, Fun Day On Long Island)

We sat through a half hour of previews, which I don't mind, I enjoy previews.  The movie started and it was pretty funny.  We were enjoying it.  And then... BAM, the movie stopped, the theater went black.
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An usher comes in and says, "Everyone please stay seated."  I didn't think much of it at the moment.  I wasn't scared or anything, just confused.  That's all he says.  

He comes back a bit later and says, "The whole building and surrounding area lost power, we are hoping to get generators up and running in 20 minutes."  So, people decide to go to the bathroom or just move around.  No one can buy anything because nothing is working.  There's a bar in the theater that sells liquor, but they couldn't operate either.  Not that any of us were going there, but we heard others in the crowd suggest it until they realized, it wasn't doable.


My daughter comes down to say hello to me and mom and says, "I got scared when the usher said to stay in our seats and the theater went black, I thought there was a shooter."  Wow, that didn't cross my mind.  How sad that's what young people immediately think these days!  Then again, my daughter just got back from Vegas!   My son is going soon.  (See The Horrific Events In Las Vegas)



After about 25 minutes, the usher came back and announced we must all exit through the emergency exit and upon our exit we would be handed a paper ticket to come back another time, something like the paper things they give you to win prizes at a raffle.


It was FREEZING out last night.  So my son's girlfriend said their car registered 28 degrees when they left for the movie.  The theater exit was on the complete opposite side of the theater.  My mom can't walk that nor could I.  My daughter said her car was parked the closest, so she ran to get her car (she could actually literally run too LOL) and pulled it up.  We put my mom in her car. There were others in her car, so there was no room for her to drive us around to get my sister's car. My sister and I walked back into the theater through the main entrance in the back, walked through the lobby and out the main entrance in the front where her car was parked not far from there.

I do not walk fast and cold really affects my breathing, so it was not fun.


So... now we have to try to make a miracle happen and pick another date that everyone is available at the same time.  I do not believe with our nutty schedules and with the holidays around the corner that we will be successful.

I never go anywhere or do anything.  There's a confirmation party for my sister's sister-in-law's son today and I can't go due to the food issue.  (See I Can't Go!!! Mom's Meatballs!!!)  One night I tried to go out and something else ruins it.  Oh well.  It's not the end of the world.

We all went back to my sister's house and had a nice time.

Stay tuned.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR 

 See Part 1 of this saga!

November is gluten free diet awareness month  (See Oh, I Know, You Have Celiac Disease. Umm, No, Not Exactly)

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