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Weekend Recap: Shopping, Birthdays, and Tamales

One more week until that glorious day: CHRISTMAS. When I think about it, it’s a little scary since I still have a lot to do before then, like getting through the work week without becoming Scrooge, finish shopping, wrapping, baking, party planning, and cleaning. Crossing my fingers I find enough hours in the day for all this.

Despite my holiday stress this past weekend finally put me in the Christmas spirit. Friday I got a chunk of Christmas shopping done and I didn’t go broke! I still have three more gifts to buy, one is for my brother who is the hardest person to shop for God, help me.

Saturday was spent cleaning which was disgustingly overdue. Then we headed over my great- grandma’s house to celebrate her 96th birthday! She is one of the greatest women I know with a huge heart and still a very sharp wit. At 96 she is still moving around gracefully, has the best selection of blue sweaters, and is one of the fastest people I’ve seen with a fly swatter. Everyone in the family is very blessed to be around her and I cannot wait to spend another Christmas with her and the rest of my family. Cousins from up North, hurry up and get here!

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Sunday was dedicated to a family tradition. My mom gathered us together to make green chili chicken and red chili pork tamales. Although she had us slaving away spreading the masa and wrapping the corn husks just right, it was so great to see my brother and Ashley. I missed his stupid humor.

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And now it’s back to work. Thankfully it is already Tuesday, but the clock is ticking away for all the things that need to be completed in a week. I hope everyone has a wonderful week and a very minimal amount of holiday stress.

Keep your head held high, and let the “To Do Lists” writing begin.

Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pies

As promised in my little update post, here is the mini pumpkin pies recipe. I was a little doubtful about my baking abilities since I have never baked a pie, ever. But, I proved myself wrong and I should have made double the amount because everyone loved them.

So, if I can do it. You can do it. I am hoping to make these for Christmas as well to perfect my skills and make them look a little prettier. Here it goes, bake away.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Makes 12 mini pies

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2  eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.)  evaporated milk
  • 2 nine-inch pie crust dough premade or make your own
  • bowl or round cookie cutter 4 inches in diameter
  • muffin/ cupcake tin
  • whipped cream

What to do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

For the pie filling:

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves. In a larger bowl beat the eggs. Then, stir in the pumpkin and sugar and spice mixture from the small bowl. Lastly, gradually stir in evaporated milk.

For the dough:

Roll out your pie dough and using a bowl or 4 inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles. Place each circle into a greased muffin tin. And I mean grease the heck out of that thing. I learned the hard way that you really need to grease the pan or you’ll be stuck scraping you pies out for hours. Learn from my mistake. Next, poke holes in the bottom of dough to keep the crust from bubbling. Lastly, pour the filling into the tops of the dough.

100_2173Bake the pies for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Then turn the heat down to 350 degrees and them for about 25 to 30 minutes.

IMG_0013Let the pies then cool on a wire rack for about 2 hours. Top with some whipped cream and you have some pretty amazing mini pumpkin pies.

Sorry for the lack of great pictures, but once I make them again I will supply better photos.

Enjoy!