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    This is a super easy recipe for my favorite Pumpkin Pie. We made this as a class when I was in Mrs. Harrelson's first grade class at Batesville Primary School. I liked it so much that I went home bragging about it to anyone who'd listen. My mom decided to try making it at home [probably to see if I really liked it like I said I did - kids can be so picky!] After making it at home and determining that I REALLY liked this pie, my Pappaw asked my mom for the recipe and he's made it for me every single Thanksgiving since! Cannot wait to be home eating it one week from today!
    Even if you're not usually in to Pumpkin Pie, give it a try! I took it to a dinner party last year not knowing that our hosts don't like Pumpkin Pie. At the end of the night they revealed that secret but said they liked this one, describing it as more of a soft pudding texture than any they've had before.

Crust-less Pumpkin Pie

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Bisquick
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Can Evaporated Milk [5 oz]
  • 1 Can Pumpkin [15 oz]
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Margarine
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Mix all ingredients together with mixer on high for about 1 minute
  • Pour into a greased 9-10" pie pan
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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  Could it be any simpler? I like to enjoy it with a huge dollop of Cool-Whip! ..unless of course I'm eating the leftovers for breakfast, then I try to keep it "healthy," ha! But seriously, it's great with coffee! So whether you're hosting Thanksgiving, or being hosted, this easy recipe allows you to spend less time in the kitchen, more time with family, and is sure to be a hit!

    PS. I've always wondered where my teacher got the recipe. After doing some research, it looks like this may be where it's from: Betty Crocker - Impossibly Easy Pumpkin Pie [see, even Betty calls it easy!]

   
 
 
     Have you ever gone into a store, seen something overpriced, and thought to yourself, "I could make that!"? While things didn't turn out well for me trying to re-create the Mercury Glass Pottery Barn Pumpkins, these Mini Gold Corns are a different story!

Inspiration:

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Mini Gold Corn, Pottery Barn Fall 2013
$19.95ish for a pack of 6

Step 1:

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    Purchase mini corn from the local grocery store - At my grocery store it was $1.89 for a pack of 3. I purchased several sets of 3 and separated them by color. Some of them had such beautiful color as-is and I couldn't bear to paint them! I used the dull ones for this project, and the rest went into my hurricane vases in the dining room as seen below and in my previous post: "A Festive Feast"
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Step 2:

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    Spray! I chose the Metallic gold spray paint by Krylon [$7 - but it will last for more than just this project!]. I've always had good luck with the Krylon spray paints. In store I was debating between three different gold spray paints mostly because I was hesitant to choose this one [the lid is SO bright!]. The sales lady informed me that if the item you're painting is porous, it will dull the shine a bit [i.e. you should not expect this to shine if you are painting wood!].
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    I used an old shipping box to spray the corn, placing the husks under one of the flaps at the bottom and spraying from behind that flap in one direction to try to keep paint off of the husks. If you've seen the PB ones, they appear dipped and there is some paint on the husks - so while I was trying to be careful, it didn't have to be perfect!
    Using the box also helps to keep paint off of other surfaces and after I would finish each coat, I would close the top flaps to prevent leaves from falling on the fresh paint! [The leaves in the picture are from leaving the box out overnight!]
    I flipped the corn about 3x to ensure full coverage, then checked each one for spots that didn't get sprayed. If I noticed a small spot, I just held the corn by the husk and did a quick touch-up spray.

Step 3:

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Decorate! I simply chose to stagger mine against a pumpkin, on a platter in the center of my table.
    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Pottery Barn. I am also a firm believer in, "you get what you pay for," so there are some things at Pottery Barn that I am perfectly willing to pay full price for.. but a $20 set of six Gold Mini Corns are not one of those things! For just under $20, I was able to buy the materials to make 9 of my own mini gold corns for my Thanksgiving centerpiece, I had enough corn leftover for my two hurricane vases, and I still have half a bottle of spray paint. Win!
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    Thanksgiving is 2 short weeks away! This is easily one of my most favorite holidays; this girl loves her momma's cooking, and her Pappaw's Pumpkin Pie! Last year when faced with the decision of going home for Thanksgiving OR Christmas, food won. As you'll see from the pictures below, our tiny California apartment is entirely too small to support a meal of Thanksgiving grandeur, but that doesn't keep me from decorating!

    I'm not big into Halloween decorating [nothing against Halloween, I just find more elegance in basic "Fall" decor], so I make it pretty easy on myself by decorating for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving in one swoop in September. Plus, if you haven't noticed, most fall decor is replaced by Christmas mid-October now. The only benefit of that is that a lot of the stuff I purchased for our table was already marked down! See below how I decorate for the season, and most importantly, the feast [that will not be occurring at our place]!

Kitchen

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Mini Cake Stand, Target [on clearance now, I have 3!]
Pumpkin Candy Dish turned Spoon Rest, Target $1 Spot Fall 2013
Dish Towel Set, Home Goods [$3] - I love the coloring of the dish towels but I didn't realize the ineffectiveness of linen dish towels: 1] they don't dry hands well 2] when they come out of the dryer, they are a wrinkled mess! I don't like anything that adds to my ironing pile! We keep them there for decorative purposes and keep a regular dish towel by the sink for our hands!

Family Room

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Couldn't pass this little guy up at Target! [$3]
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Target $1 Spot Glitter Pumpkins/Gourds

Dining

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Pumpkins, Home Goods Fall 2013
Mini Corn, local grocery store
Glitter Acorns, Target $1 Spot Fall 2013 [$1 for a pack of 3]
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Gold Mini Corn [DIY - check back later this week!]
Gold Dot tumblers, Target Holiday Collection 2013.
Candlesticks, Target Fall 2013 Clearance
Dark Red Patterned Place-mats - gift
Dark Red Felt Leaf Place-mats - Target $1 Spot Fall 2012 [I also saw these at 2 other stores last fall and this year!]
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Napkins, Target Fall 2013 Collection [the leaf napkins were not out at my Target by the beginning of October so I chose the ones on the left then decided to do a mix and match with them after finding the leaf napkins. It works because they have the same color scheme!]
Leaf Napkin Rings, Target Fall 2013 Collection
[If you can't tell, I'm a Target Home fanatic! It's the first store added to the "Shopping" page!]

Now the only things missing from my table are the West Elm Gold Pinecone Salt + Pepper Shakers, and Gold Flatware Sets - both perfect for any holiday meal [September - December] and already on my Christmas Wishlist!