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?