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Pies, Pumpkins and Pictures!

November 9, 2010

While my mother-in-law, Michelle, was here visiting us, she taught me how to make the most delicious chocolate pie!  In my attempts to learn and master all things domestic, I jumped on the opportunity to learn to make her grandma’s special, secret recipe.  Each time we see Mitch’s family I feel like I learn something new…I love it!  When we visited them in May, I learned how to decorate cakes, last December I learned how to hand sew a quilt and now…this is my newest and tastiest bit of knowledge and skill…

I have to admit, as a meringue amateur, I had many moments of doubt and feelings of insufficiency, but, after following the directions to a t, accidentally dousing myself in hot liquid chocolate and egg white beating until my weak little arms were sore…we had the above!  It was so much fun to learn another family recipe–Mitch didn’t mind that I learned it either!

After having made a delicious chocolate pie, I slightly overestimated my baking skills.  After Mitch and I carved our pumpkins (an amazingly intense competition), I decided that if I made such a complicated recipe the week before, surely I could master roasting a few pumpkin seeds in the oven.  No sir.  This (deliciously wonderful Sugar & Spice pumpkin seeds fragrantly roasting in the oven…all according to recipe instructions, I might add)…

…quickly turned to a charcoal mess that made our cinnamon-scented home quite gross.  Yuck!  Maybe next year I will attempt (and achieve) pumpkin seed greatness.  But at least we had our pumpkins.  We turned these puppies…

…with a cute little carving kit from the local super market, a little elbow grease and creativity…

…into these puppies…

Can you tell whose is whose?  We decided it was a draw and one won for cuteness and the other for coolness.  Fair?  Fair.

In  other, unrelated news…I have had so much fun this month taking family photos, baby photos and other photos in between.  Here are a few of my favorites from the month!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:32 am

    Pies look great! Pumpkins are adorable…not hard to tell who made each!! haha! Photos are Magnificent!!!! Yoi really have quite a flair!!!!

  2. November 9, 2010 1:49 pm

    The pictures are so good! Can’t wait to see more!

  3. November 9, 2010 3:55 pm

    Leigh! I love you. But Seriously?—whose pumpkin is whose? I love your pics! I could tell that the bottom ones were Katie and Derek just by Katie’s figure. She is so cute. 🙂

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