Halloween Pumpkin Pie

Boo! Make this Halloween Pumpkin Pie for your Halloween get together!  Just use pie cutters or small cookie cutters to decorate. I had to.  I mean really.  I saw these ghost pie cutters this summer at Michaels, and I had to buy them.  I’ve been wanting to make a Halloween pie for ages, and now with the cutest pie cutters ever, this was the year. Seriously though, how adorable is this pumpkin pie? I absolutely love to decorate my pies with little cut outs.  In fact, I find these crusts are even easier to make than a traditional rolled out crust. Just cut out a shape, lay it on, and repeat. The end result is the best. And because it’s Halloween, and pumpkin-in-every-thing-season, I had to make a pumpkin pie.  I couldn’t think of any other kind of pie for Halloween…any ideas for next year for me? It was a nice treat for our Sunday supper.  Homemade Ghost pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  Life is good. Here’s the recipe.  I hope you enjoy it. Print Halloween Pumpkin Pie Servings 1 Pie Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife Ingredients Pie Crust: 2 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt 2/3 cup shortening (lard) 1/4 cup water Pumpkin […]

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Giving Back to Kids with Breakfast Club of Canada and Dairyland!

I’ve partnered with Dairyland to help spread the word about how they’re giving back to Western Canadian kids by providing 12,000 breakfasts through the Breakfast Club of Canada All opinions are mine.  I love to support great causes! One thing I have always believed, is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Because of this I won’t let my kids leave the house without something in their tummies. Eating a nutritious breakfast gets them ready for the challenges of the day.  Even though getting everyone to sit down can sometimes be challenging, it’s something I’ve always insisted on, and now it’s just a part of our family routine.  Our kitchen is a busy place every day as cereal and milk get poured, or breakfast sandwiches are made…and I feel good about sending my kids off to tackle the day in the best way possible.  But for some kids, going to school hungry is a fact of life. That’s why it makes me really happy to know that there are people and companies out there that work to make sure kids have access to a healthy meal before school. Join Dairyland in helping feed kids across Western Canada For 20 […]

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Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Black Truffle Cheese

Make these Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Black Truffle Cheese as a simple and elegant side dish! It’s Cheese of the Month time!  I really love this time of month.  I mean who couldn’t love discovering and sharing a delicious Canadian cheese?!  Since I began my partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature a wide variety of delicious, award winning Canadian cheeses.  I’ve been amazed at just how many amazing cheeses we have available to us, made right here at home in Canada. This month’s Canadian Cheese of the month is a Black Truffle Monterey Jack cheese by Bothwell Cheese, from New Bothwell Manitoba. Bothwell Cheese prides themselves on using 100% Canadian milk for all of their cheese products. This Bothwell Black Truffle Monterey Jack Cheese is made with Italian black summer truffles which are blended throughout their creamy and rich Monterey Jack cheese.  The flavours are complex, earthy and smooth. I thought the distinct flavour of truffle would complement a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes in a big way.  Adding the truffle cheese to mashed potatoes is a great way to turn an everyday side dish into an elegant dish you can serve during the holiday season, or at an […]

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Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Make these Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies for some extra delicious and spooky fun this Halloween! Halloween is so fun.  I admit that I get caught up in the excitement of it with my kids.  They love the decorations, costumes, spooky movies and of course all the fun Halloween treats!  And it’s the perfect excuse for me to get right in on all the fun…so I don’t feel weird at all about serving finger hot dogs for lunch, or hanging a spooky eyeball wreath, or even decorating my living room with spooky stuff.  Too fun. So last week as the kids and I were out shopping for some Halloween things, I saw these cute little candy butcher knives at Michaels, and I knew right away what I was going to do with them.  Halloween cookies. And not just any cookies, Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies.  All the deliciousness of pumpkin spice, and a soft sugar cookie all in one.  Then rolled in some blood red sugar, and add a knife for spooky fun.  Halloween deliciousness! But seriously.  Aren’t they fun? Put these out at a party or send them to school, and just stand back and watch them disappear.  No one will […]

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Pumpkin Pie (or Butternut Squash Pie)

– – – A classic Pumpkin Pie recipe. There really is no dessert more classic for Thanksgiving than Pumpkin Pie.  Even after a big dinner, and a turkey filled belly, there’s always room for pumpkin pie. With a big scoop of whipped cream.  Oh my. Pumpkin pie made with homemade pumpkin puree is the absolute best kind of pumpkin pie.  I do use canned pumpkin which is delicious, but a freshly made pumpkin puree is ah-mazing in a pie.  Just make sure to use baking or sugar pumpkins for your pumpkin puree…Halloween pumpkins are not great for pies! But did you know that you can also use pretty much any kind of fresh squash puree in a pie?  It’s true.  I have made butternut squash pies with homemade butternut squash puree, and they are delicious.  They’re very similar to pumpkin pie, but I actually think they’re a little more creamy and rich…so so good. The big question though, is do you take your pumpkin pie with whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream? This recipe makes enough filling for 1 pie.  But if you wish, you can double the recipe to make 2 pies.  Enjoy! – – – […]

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Halloween Decorating Ideas

Here are some Halloween Decorating Ideas to inspire you this spooky season! I really love to decorate inside our home for Halloween.  I love the transition from a simply decorated fall home, to a spooky but fun Halloween house.  But I especially love that the kids love it.  For them, it adds to the excitement that Halloween is coming! This year I changed things up in the Halloween decor department.  I try very hard not to over complicate things, and use a lot of the same decorations from past years.  But this year I was in Michaels in August, and their shelves were FULL of amazing Halloween decorations.  I try not to get tempted, but I saw these fuzzy black and white skull pillows, and decided right then and there, that I had to have them. And then one thing led to another, and the next thing I knew I had a cart full of pumpkins, pillows, string art, candle holders…and on and on.  But I can use it all again next year.  Decorating our home for the seasons, is just what I like to do, so I gave in to a little temptation this year, and I love how […]

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Easy, Hearty, and Delicious Vegetarian Meal Ideas

These Easy, Hearty, and Delicious Vegetarian Meal Ideas are sure to satisfy everyone at the dinner table! – – – – – Hearty and healthy vegetarian dishes are a welcome addition to our dinner rotation!  I especially love vegetarian options because they are easy to create and they’re delicious.  If you’re looking to add some non-meat options to your own dinner rotation, I’ve gathered up some delicious vegetarian meal ideas for you.  You won’t even miss the meat! These Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers are a delicious meal idea!  They’re loaded up with rice, beans, vegetables and topped with cheese.  They’re hearty, healthy and really really tasty.  I’m sharing this recipe over on the Kendall-Jackson blog, so make sure you head over to grab it! This Winter Vegetable Soup is loaded with vegetables…chickpeas, cauliflower, tomatoes, cabbage and more.  This recipe makes a big batch, so it’s big enough to share!  Serve it up with fresh Mozzarella & Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread. This quick and healthy One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner can be on your table in less than one hour!  Serve over rice and with fresh cilantro. Have this hearty Corn & Potato Chowder on your dinner table in less than 45 minutes!  Serve with fresh bread and a salad for […]

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