Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pumpkin Pies and Giveaways

It's the last week of November! I am truly excited that Christmas is just around the corner. That means Christmas decorations go up, Christmas music goes on and I get to wrap presents! I love love love to wrap presents. In fact, I was thinking about working in the mall this Christmas, doing the gift wrapping, that is until Mr S told me they probably only hire school students and pay them minimum wage!

Last year I celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time ever with my high school friends in Wellington. Sadly, most of them have moved to Australia (why does everyone always move to Australia?!) so this year I decided just to have a small gathering and celebrate it anyway.

Though I didn't do much in the way of 'traditional' Thanksgiving food, just a roast chicken with roast veges and salads, I did make a pumpkin pie! To be honest, that was the only reason I wanted to celebrate!

Pumpkin Pie
I always thought pumpkin in a tin was so unnatural, but then I realised
it is just pumpkin puree and it tastes just like pumpkin puree!

Just a warning to those of you who have never made a pumpkin pie before. Do your research beforehand. You see, pumpkins are like $6 a kilo in New Zealand at the moment for some reason so I thought I'd take the easy way out (and try out what the Americans eat) so I popped over to Martha's Backyard (an American shop) and grabbed a tin of pumpkin puree for a whopping $6! There were pie bases there too but they were $6.50! I just couldn't bring myself to pay so much for a little pie so I went home and decided to make the base from scratch. Then, I looked at the recipe. Turns out I probably should have done the whole thing the day before it was to be eaten. My bad. It took a lot longer than I had planned to get the base and pie cooked and ready and that was in addition to the amount of study I needed to have finished and the rest of the food prepared all by 6pm!

Pumpkin Pie
My ugly pumpkin pie doesn't look like Martha Stewart's one!

So after tears, anger, frustration, finishing some study and giving in to stupid pastry problems, the pumpkin pie was finished. I don't claim to be a pastry goddess by any means, but this pastry was a MESS! I tried to make the edges fancy which resulted in a retarded crust that didn't even go up the sides in some places! (I know you can see it, I can't stop looking at it!)

Pumpkin Pie
Mmm pieee

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. So it was. It was yum. Most of the people I had invited had never tried pumpkin pie and they all agreed it tasted good, though the texture was a bit funny and there was a bit too much crust going on. Martha Stewart (whose recipe I used) said to eat it chilled the next day but I think I preferred it was room temperature the day it was made. Each to their own I guess!

Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving got me thinking of things I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for all the wonderful blessings God has given me, like my husband, my cat, my family and friends, a roof over my head, clothes to wear and food to eat. I'm thankful for life's luxuries like being able to bake yummy things and blog about them later and I'm thankful for you guys supporting me along the way. Giving me your feedback on recipes you've tried. Emailing me photos of cakes you've decorated. I'm thankful that 312 people think I'm cool enough to be contributing to your Facebook feed, I'm thankful that 156 people like the stuff I pin on Pinterest and that 70 people want to hear what I have to say on Twitter. Thank you so much for your support these two years, I wouldn't be blogging without you!

Pumpkin Pie

As a thank you gift I am having a wee giveaway. The wonderful team at The Pretty Baker have given me this adorable little gift pack including: two pink tissue fans, a pack of zebra print treat bags, some cute pink striped straws and a whole lot of sweet white sugar pearls. This fabulous giveaway is valued at $34.95 and would be perfect for a little party!


COMPETITION CLOSED

Congratulations to Ronita Sharma, I will be in contact shortly.


If you would like to get in the draw, please leave a comment below stating what you are thankful for this year. Please include your name and email address.

Good luck! The winner will be picked at random using the randompicker.com generator and notified on Facebook on 7th of December 2012. Entries only open to New Zealand residents.

22 comments :

  1. I am especially thankful for my beautiful and wonderful Mum, she is one incredible lady. So many other things to be thankful for but no way near enough time to say them all. x
    Emma Nicholls emma.nicholls@hotmail.com

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  2. I am thankful for food. Without you my dear, I would be nothing. LITERALLY! (may not be a bad thing hehe) xoxo
    Maria Foy mazdaholic@gmail.com

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  3. I did thanksgiving dinner too :) I cooked a turkey and the oven crapped out halfway throu :( still turned out fine thou :)

    Im thankful for the friends and family i have supporting me and encouraging me to follow my dreams! The support they give me is super awesome and i wouldnt be the person I am today without them:)

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    1. just realized I forgot my email! Its pepe_lopez79@hotmail.com and my names Cloe lol!

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  4. I'm thankful for my new little baby and how amazingly perfect she is. :-)

    And I want to know what the Pumpkin pie tasted like? Like sweet pumpkin?? If so - weird!

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  5. I'm thankful for four years of amazing marriage with my husband and being able to enjoy our sixth Christmas together :)

    Amanda (amanda.ellen.thomas@gmail.com)

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  6. The pie looks great in the sliced shot though! It's funny, in NZ we think of pumpkin in the savoury way like in roasts, but most of the US pumpkin recipes I've seen have been in sweet recipes.

    I'm thankful for my partner Paul, our cat D'Arcy, our hens, our rooster Errol, & sunshine. Fingers crossed tomorrow I will be thankful for a job over summer, & subsequent income until I go back to uni.

    Suzanne Chesmar (suzanne@suspicious.co.nz)

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  7. I am thankful for my mum! She is my rock and my best friend.

    Marie (missmariecooper@gmail.com)

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  8. I'm thankful that everyone in my family is healthy and happy.

    Shay (shay.schlaepfer@gmail.com)

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  9. I am thankful for my family who inspires me everyday and for the blessings and good health. Im really grateful for this life though its simple, we are happy.
    Zylla Fantony, zyllagreen@yahoo.com

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  10. I am thankful that I have all my facilties (or at least I think so...) and I have my friends and family to keep me sane ( I think I am at least) and above all, I am thankful for the people who allow me to spend time with them during times of great stress and sadness, for allowing me to share their journey with them and hopefully support them during this time - you make me who I am

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  11. I am thankful that i have been given another day in this world, each is a blessing.

    Kelly Julian (r34skyline2011@live.com)

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  12. i am thankful that all my family friends are all well and happy

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  13. I am thankful for my little girl being given a clean bill of health!!!!

    Daniel (shrda@hotmail.co.nz)

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  14. Thankful for a healthy and happy family including my gorgeous 1 year old daughter!
    Tracy (tracy_hampton@hotmail.com)

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  15. I am thankful I have a job and my kids are healthy and I have two dogs and I am thankful for every morning I wake up.

    Jo (craig.tuohy@xtra.co.nz)

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  16. I am thankful for sugar to create delicious treats & friends to share it with tee hee

    Holly

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  17. I am thankful for my beautiful family and everything that they do. ♥

    Rachel W - rachelrenee@xtra.co.nz

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  18. I'm thankful for my Christmas holidays rapidly approaching!

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  19. I am thankful for my mum and dad, who are two of the most amazing people i know..i'm also thankful for having an awesome partner in Fete and an amazing son, Azaiah..i'm thankful for having a place to live, food to eat, and clothes to wear, in a time when so many have nothing..thankful for having such an amazing family and great friends <3

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  20. I am thankful for my family and that we are all healthy.

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  21. Iam thankful for my son who have done so well at his school Iam so proud of you Rishil.
    Ronita Sharma
    ronita@icbeauty.co.nz

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