Thanksgiving: Part Two

Wednesday, November 28, 2012



As tradition the last few years, I took off the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to get a jump start on preparing the desserts.  My mom and I decided I would make two pies and that one would be pumpkin.  We went back and forth a bit, and even decided on the second one being my coconut custard pie.  But, once my dad got involved, all he could say was "blueberry crisp!" and "blueberry pie!"  I decided to fulfill both requests and make a blueberry crumb pie.

I had never made a crumb pie before, but it was actually really fun to put together.  Best of all, it was a hit among everyone- especially my dad, who continually raved about it in between each spoonful, with a full mouth.  He doesn't have the best table manners, but his compliments mean the world to me.  I plan on sharing the recipe at a later date ;)


I have made many pumpkin pie recipes in the last few years.  Some have been better than others, but the one that always wins over a crowd is the Crustless Pumpkin Pie from Gluten-free Goddess.  It has a rich, custard-like texture, is not too sweet, and dare I say, a bit healthier than the average pumpkin pie.  Not only that, but it is a synch to put together.


Lastly, I made creamy vanilla ice cream.  No pie is complete without a big scoop of ice cream on top.  At least, not in my family.  My brother actually commented that he loved the ice cream best of all the desserts.

I think there's something about vanilla ice cream that evokes childhood memories of simple pleasure.  Back when life was less complicated and all you needed was a scoop of vanilla ice cream to be happy.  Don't you think?

26 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pies! Did you use an ice cream maker for the ice cream, or do you mix it yrself occasionally?

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    1. thanks, lady! i used an ice cream maker.

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  2. I love those pies! And the ice cream looks amazing. Sometimes vanilla ice cream is all that is needed.

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  3. I always hated dairy vanilla ice cream, but I had some coconut milk vanilla bean ice cream on Thanksgiving and it was amazing! I used So Delicious. Vegan food > omni food!

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    1. coconut milk vanilla ice cream for the win!

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  4. The blueberry crumb pie is so cute :) I love the little hearts! Ice cream really made me go crazy when I was a kid. I would do anything to get some ice cream.

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  5. i love the blueberry pie! so pretty and cute.:) its too cold for ice cream, but i will have a large piece of that pie with whipped coconut cream please!

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    1. is it ever too cold for ice cream? ;) whipped coconut cream just for you ;)

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  6. ahh ice cream truck nostalgia :)
    love the pie, can definitely tell it was made with love..Those always tend to taste the best I find

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    1. thanks, bridget! i have fond memories of the ice cream truck, too ;) i refuse to throw out any crust, so my pies tend to be a little decorative ;)

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  7. I love that you combined the crisp & the pie into one crumbly, gorgeous blueberry pie! I made my pies in advance too--truly the only way to do it. Gotta love the baking fest that is Thanksgiving :)

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    1. i do love the baking fest! and i love that you used the word crumbly, i say it all the time. my crumb-bul-ly pie ;)

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  8. Both those pies looks equally amazing! I too always take at the very least Wednesday prior to the big day but more often than not I take the week - Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, it is such an amazing day spent with amazing people ;) Vanilla is the best especially with pie!

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    1. next week i may take the whole week off. it truly is one of the best holidays.

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  9. One of the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is pie! You pies look delicious! I can't wait until you post the recipe.

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    1. thanks, lady love. maybe i'll make you one when you return to me <3

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  10. Everything looks delicious! You are one talented chef. That blueberry pie looks amazing. Yum! :) Glad you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving meal. Hugs!

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  11. Looks amazing, Caitlin! I want all of that blueberry pie -- I'll have to keep an eye out for the recipe here!

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    1. you sound like my dad! <3 thank you.

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  12. The little hearts on the crumble are just too darling! I think I'll make that for Christmas!

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  13. Too cute - love the hearts on the pie! :)

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  14. Your crumble pie is just the most adorable pie I've ever seen! I am soooo not that talented in the pie department. :-) And thank you for telling me about the crustless pumpkin pie- that's like my dream since the filling is always my favorite anyways. :-)

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