Pumpkin Pie, Oh My

Hospital Wagon Ride Fun at the Hospital

This weekend was pretty low-key since the hubby had his septoplasty surgery on Thursday.  I have been single parenting since Thursday and let me tell you…it.is.hard.  I don’t know how you single parent/military families do it out there with multiple children.  Kudos to you!  It might not be so bad if I weren’t carrying a bowling ball in my belly and had other adults to converse with, but still…this mama wants needs a break.  Just as soon as the hubby is better, you best bet I’m high-tailin’ it outta here for a couple of hours.  Even a trip to the bathroom by myself sounds glorious.

Christmas Train Set Allison and Liam Preschool Learning - Scissors PlayDoh Fun

The kiddos and I did nothing but play and enjoy each other’s company…most of the time.  Although, I’m pretty sure they’re looking at having daddy back to normal so they can play all the things that make mommy cringe and always think a bone is going to be broken in the process…hey, it could happen…and when it does, I’m sure I’ll be there to remind you “I told you so”.

Fighting Bedtime

This is my adorable son who likes to fight bedtime to no end.  He is just like his father…hates to go to bed, but when he does, he sleeps for like 14 hours.  It’s such a joy to have this fight every.single.night.

Pumpkin Pie

Between all of the fighting/bathing/diaper changing/brushing teeth/playing/bedtime stories/cooking/cleaning, I did manage to find time to bake a homemade pumpkin pie.  I had some leftover canned pumpkin from last week in the fridge that I didn’t want to go bad, so of course a pie was in order.  Pumpkin…my fave :)  The hubby also likes it too, so I figure that might put him on the mend faster…whatever I have to tell myself, right??

Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  •  1 (15oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I use a dash)
  • 1 (9 inch) uncooked, pie crust —– see recipe below
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Butter Flaky Pie Crust

  • 1 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I use a dash)
  • 1/2 c butter, chilled and diced
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight (Ya, like I had the time to wait…1 hour was fine).
  2. Roll dough out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place crust in pie plate. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.

I may or may not have had 2 slices and skipped supper last night.  I’m in survival mode, so whatever.  If he should ever need surgery again, I am going to have it for him…I’m just that kind and hey, sleeping all day hopped up on pain pills sounds like a dream right now.  How was your weekend?

I’ve Gone to Pie Heaven

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It’s officially too hot to do anything outside during the day.  It drives me nuts.  I get cabin fever all of the time and have a need for the outside world.  The kids on the other hand…well, I have one that is a homebody and the other loves to go places in the van.  I pretty much have to bribe the homebody with treats to leave the house.  It’s sad, but it works.  I’m pretty sure she’ll still turn out normal.

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We decided to go to Rock Springs Cafe on Saturday.  They’re known for their world-famous pies and apparently have a Jack Daniels Pecan pie that will rock your world. We’ve lived here for 7 years and have never made the drive to check it out.  If you know me, I hate car rides.  This was 33 miles away and it about pushed my limits.  It’s sad, I know.  I think it’s just a problem of sitting still for so long and being trapped in a moving vehicle that you can’t escape.  I’ve been this way since I was a kid and I’m not sure I will ever change.

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Anyway, back to the pies.  We got there at exactly noon, so there was a line almost out the door.  They actually moved people through pretty quickly, so we only waited about 10 min. The cafe area was full, so we ate in the bar area.  We totally got that small-town feeling, which is always nice.  I ordered the kids a side of fries and a slice of banana cream pie.  It’s hard to screw up fries, so they were fine and the pie was oh-so-creamy and good. The ratio of whipped cream to pie was a little off…I prefer more of the filling, but it wasn’t my slice to judge and come to find out it would work out for me in the end.  Allison devoured all of the whipped topping and left about half of the actual pie behind.  Nobody else wanted it and I think it would’ve been a sin to just leave it there, so of course I inhaled ate it.

The hubby ordered a hamburger and fries and said it was awesome.  I had a ham and cheese melt that was so good.  It came with a side of their homemade potato chips, which had that ‘burnt’ flavor…I love that.  I only allowed myself 1 chip (don’t worry, I took the rest home with me) b/c I knew I’d be ordering a slice of my own pie.

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I’ve never had pecan pie before and didn’t want to risk getting it and not liking it, so I opted for cherry.  The hubby was kind enough to order the JD Pecan (he either loves me or wants something…hmmm).  The cherry was delish, but I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted a bad cherry pie.  The hubby thought the pecan was “alright”.  I decided to try the pecan.  I believe my words were, “Oh.My.Heck.”  Yup, it should’ve been a sin that I’ve waited so long to try it.  Absolutely marvelous in all it’s glory.  I don’t know why it took me so many years to try a stinkin’ piece.  Maybe b/c it’s not a “pretty” pie like all the fruit pies, but neither is pumpkin and I devour that with no hesitation.  The hubby was kind enough to switch me pieces.  He prefers fruit pies anyway, so it was kind of a win-win.  From here on out, I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding pecan pie as one to bake.

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On Sunday, we decided to stop at the Arcade and play some videa (yup, the hubby says ‘videa’ not ‘video’ b/c I’m pretty sure he wishes he were an 80 year old from the farm) games.  Liam ran around like he was a wild monkey on the loose and Allison got to play quite a few games.  We were there for an hour.  It was plenty.  Ever been to an Arcade?  Know that certain smell they have?  Ya, I can’t do that for very long.  It’s so dark and dungeon-y that I start to get depressed.  No lie.  Oh well, at least I am a good sport and go for a while and I love to see everyone having a good time :-)  How was your weekend?

**I apologize for the cruddy pics…didn’t have my camera and had to use my phone.

Super Sunny Saturday

It’s officially hot in the desert.  We reached 109 degrees on Saturday, so we decided to head north a ways to the “cooler” temps (yup, like a whopping 5 degrees cooler).  We hit up the Outlet Malls that also have a playground/water park area for kids to play.  We visited a couple of shops, played at the playground, then visited a few more shops, repeat.  The kids had a blast, which is always nice and relaxing for the parents :)

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My boys…love the crazy :)

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The first time Liam (my son) went up to the “sprinkler” he had no idea what was about to happen.  Then out of nowhere, the water shot him in the face.  There was a moment of silence and then pure laughter.  He loved it!  I laughed pretty hard myself.

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It was nice having a weekend free of household chores and projects.  We’ve been so overwhelmed with fixing things around the house, it’s nice to have a much-needed break.  I think it’s important to “focus on the family” a bit more often.  I know in less than 4 months, we’ll have a newborn and be a family of 5 and it won’t be as easy to go places for the first few months. It’s important to cherish the time we have and enjoy the moment.  We definitely did that this weekend :-)  How was your weekend?