Thursday, November 03, 2005
Did you know...
That you can use two tablespoons of cornstarch to substitute for an egg when you're baking? I had no idea, but had to find out today when making pumpkin pie. I also found out that you can make your own evaporated milk. Yeah, you ask, why on earth was she even bothering to try to make it if she didn't have any of the ingredients? Well, I'd told TJ we could, but I didn't realize that I have nothing in the house as far as pie ingredients go! Sure, I was at the store just yesterday, and could have picked up the stuff, but really, who is expecting me, ME, to think ahead!?

Anyway, we made pumpkin pies today. I made one big one, and six little ones. Just in case you don't know this, pumpkin pie tastes really good on graham cracker crust. I learned this when I was teaching, and wanted to make pumpkin pies for a lesson. I needed something that was small so we could make lots of them, and found little tiny Keebler pie crusts. I almost prefer it to the regular pie crust, and it's lots tastier to eat than the regular kind, too. TJ helped me mix and scoop the mix into the crusts, and we popped them into the toaster oven to cook. They turned out pretty good, considering. However, the color was a little darker, and the consistency was a little tiny bit grainier b/c of the cornstarch. The taste, overall, was good, though. However, I will be using the correct ingredients for my Thanksgiving pies!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we are having ours on November 13th at church. Taryn is getting baptized that day, and we were in a quandry as to what to do afterwards. Since we are hoping to have family and friends travel from above and below, we wanted to make the trip worth their while. At first we were going to go to a buffet restaurant afterwards to eat. However, with hopefully 30+ people, getting sat in a timely manner (especially with a bunch of kids) right after church would pretty much be impossible. Plus, everyone would have to pay for themselves (since we're broke), and that just didn't seem right. So, I reserved the Fellowship Hall at church for afterwards, and Trey and I decided we would just cook up some food for people to eat. The other day I was thinking, and realized that we have no plans to either go home or to Trey's parents' house for Thanksgiving this year, so why not just do it that day? I mean, hopefully a lot of family and friends will be their already, and the room's big enough, and what could be better! I think it will be better than Thanksgiving! Of course, we still have to ask people to bring a dish if possible, but it's still cheaper than paying $10/person at a buffet, and waiting forever to eat!

Which leads me to my next idea. I want to work somewhere on Thanksgiving. I want to volunteer somewhere, giving out food or something. I think it would be so great. Trey doesn't think it will work, since we will still have the kids. However, I'm hoping we can work it out. Wouldn't that be so cool!? I hope I can find somewhere we can go.

Anyway, must go watch The OC now. Trey's waiting, and I've been waiting for hours for him to get home to watch it. I hope you have a great day, and I'll see you soon!
posted by Christi at 11:04 PM | Permalink |


  • At 11:45 PM, Blogger Tammy

    That's all sounds like a great idea. I think that would work out just fine.

    I hope you have a great thanksgiving.

  • At 12:51 AM, Blogger mrhaney

    your just trying to make me hungry for pie today and you managed to do a fine job of it christi. i could go for some turkey too.

  • At 7:20 AM, Blogger gina

    i am sure there are plenty of shelters you could volunteer that day. sweet .

    the OC was sooo good!!!! OMG. i was all teary afterwards. did you watch reunion?

    how many people are coming for her baptism? did you invite your dad?

  • At 10:02 AM, Blogger Cara

    mmm Pumpkin pie!! sounds good! Great idea for Thanksgiving early!! We always have the problem of having too many places to go on the same day!! Then were full and miserable, and still have another place to stop, visit and eat!! By the end of the day, food is yuck!!

  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger Julia


  • At 10:36 AM, Blogger TBG

    That sounds like a great thing for Taryn's baptism. We always have the party afterwards where you make your own there is just way to many people to eat out. Our parties are anywhere from 50 -100 depending on the family. Lots and lots of people it is fun to cook for good luck!