paradise pumpkin pie

Paradise pie has been another wonderful family tradition, this one coming from my Aunt Diane. As a youngster, she would always be the aunt with that great pie. But when I got older, I realized she brought other things to the Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve table. Red wine. It made for a fabulous Christmas Eve every year. Thank you, Aunt Diane for sharing your pie recipe and love for red wine! I appreciate both equally.

For cheesecake:

  • 1 8 oz. Philadelphia brand cream cheese
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell

For pumpkin:

  • 1 1/4 c canned pumpkin
  • 1 c evaporate milk
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash of salt

Optional toppings:

  • Maple syrup
  • Pecans

Combine softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla, mixing until well blended. Blend in egg. Spread onto bottom of pastry shell.

Combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Carefully pour over cream cheese mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees, 1 hour and 5 minutes. Cool. Brush with maple syrup and garnish with pecan halves, if desired. I desire maple syrup not pecans. Enjoy!

gratitude: week 2

Another fun week of giving thanks and another five photos to prove it! I hope everyone has a fabulous Turkey Day with family and friends! I, for one, am so excited to be heading home to Wisconsin. It’s an expensive little plane ticket but worth it, at least once during the season!

Here are my entries for this week (6-10): (You can see week one photos here.)

  1. Favorite food – Yellow Curry Chicken
  2. Smile – Funny/Semi-drunk smile. A great unexpected day with the husband I won’t soon forget.
  3. Happiness – My first love, Boston “Bones”, and the hubs.
  4. Leaves – Frosted Sugar Cookie Leaves! My most favorite cookies ever.
  5. Morning Sky – Dallas Sky
  6. BooksTina Fey’s Bossypants is one of my favorites!
  7. Something FunnyPugs are always funny!
  8. Favorite ColorBenjamin Moore Rockport Gray
  9. Inspiring Person/PeopleYoung House Love Bloggers!! So cool to meet them!
  10. Nature Dog Park trail
  11. Something Old
  12. Hands
  13. Written Words
  14. Movement
  15. Technology
  16. Animals
  17. Memories
  18. Something New
  19. Best Friend
  20. Seasonal
  21. Where You Sleep
  22. Clothing
  23. In Your Closet
  24. Gratitude
  25. Artwork
  26. Transportation
  27. Daily Routine
  28. Nighttime
  29. Light
  30. Self Portrait