Fall? I was going to start this post off by settling into the fact that I love Fall (seriously, love it!!) and all of my favorite Fall past times…but then I realized, it has been Fall for awhile now. I mean, Halloween is in a week and I feel like it was just Labor Day. You see, the last couple months have felt like a bit of a blur. Some days were never ending, yet I still can never quite put a time to a place. Weekend? Weekday? Holiday? It really doesn’t matter. When your husband is going through chemotherapy the routine and goal of every day is the same: get through today.
Cooking has also been its own challenge and adventure. There are days that cooking from scratch makes absolutely no sense. Many days he can’t eat much and we have a no leftovers allowed rule while he is neutropenic. So, on those days we improvise with what is on the OK list and sounds remotely appetizing. (we love the single portion sizes of vegetables now available in the freezer section, whoever thought of that is genius!) On better days we get a little adventurous, and thus single portion cooking has been the new trend in my kitchen. And every once in awhile I have found a new recipe that I really love. Like delicious, single-sized, miniature pumpkin pies. These are so darn cute and so darn good I had to share them with everyone.
What makes these pumpkin pies extra special is the graham cracker crust really balances out the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in the pies. And they are perfect little serving sizes for a great dessert after dinner or snack in the afternoon (yep, totally did that!). I thought they would be really cute for Halloween, with a little colored icing you could make them look like Jack-O-Lanterns. Or you could decorate with the candy corn like we did for a little touch of Autumn fun!
I also wanted to thank everyone for their support through this whole ordeal. We have received many notes of encouragement and on days that seem extra long, those notes really go a long way. We are truly blessed by all of the support.
We are marching on towards my husband’s transplant. Today we actually go to get his scans so they can determine what’s next. We are praying and crossing fingers (and toes!) that all is “clear” and that we can move on to his LAST chemo and transplant. And perhaps later today we can come home and indulge in another mini pumpkin pie as a treat!
makes 12 portions
- 2 eggs slightly beaten
- 1 can 15 oz pumpkin
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 14 oz sweet condensed milk
- 12 mini graham cracker crusts
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Mix the ingredients in order
- Pour mixture into pie shell and cover the edges with foil (cut foil in little squares first)
- bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for 20 more minutes (done when insert a toothpick and comes out clean)
- Remove from oven and let cool. If you desire, decorate with colored icing to make cute mini Jack-O-Lanterns or with candy corns to make a fun Autumn treat! Serve with whipped cream or a side of vanilla ice cream.