Friday, November 30, 2012

Grandma's Paradise Pumpkin Pie and a Squirrel House?

For months they've carved out gourds, laid leaves, swept beneath the shrubs and trees to create this sweet space they call the squirrel house. Like something out of a Beatrix Potter story, everything speaks of simplicity and nature. The "rooms" all belong to and are decorated by a different child from the "Shire". The beautiful intention behind each placed item is just beyond precious. A secret space right beneath our noses but only visible from the child's perspective. Take a closer look and they reveal their hearts to those who seek.

And now for that delicious Paradise Pumpkin Pie recipe!

One 8oz pkg cream cheese
1/4c sugar
1/2tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2c canned pumpkin
1/2c sugar
1/4tsp nutmeg
1tsp ground ginger
1c evaporated milk
2 eggs slightly beaten

Beat first four ingredients together and pour into 9"unbaked crust (see recipe for coconut cream pie for all-butter pie crust). Mix remaining ingredients and pour over top, I swirl it in. Drizzle with maple syrup and bake at 375 until set (about an hour).

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