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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.
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
1 c. sugar
Baked & cooled pie shellBeat 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.
|November is gluten free diet awareness month (See Oh, I Know, You Have Celiac Disease. Umm, No, Not Exactly)|
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