November 2014 archive

Best. Day. Ever.

So, you may have noticed that I was absent from the blog over the weekend, despite teasing you all with some more pie recipes.

There was a reason for that. I was in Baltimore visiting Brian for our second anniversary of being together…. and celebrating OUR ENGAGEMENT!


That’s right…. I’M GETTING MARRIED.

We celebrated with sushi dinner and seeing Big Hero 6 (side note: it was amazing and you should all go see it.) When we went back to his apartment, it had been decorated to look like the lantern scene from Tangled- where he popped the question. And cried.



June 11,2016 here we come 🙂

Classic Pumpkin Pie #7daysofpie

A simple, 7- ingredient classic pumpkin pie that will be a hit at your Thanksgiving table! Use your favorite pie crust recipe, or simply roll out one from the frozen food section of your grocery store.

Easy Classic Pumpkin Pie |

It’s day two of #7daysofpie! So I thought I would drop in with a recipe for pumpkin pie. After all, it’s not Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie! Yeah, you can go buy one. OR, you can make this incredibly simple, 7 ingredient pie that will take you less than 40 minutes. Your choice.

Easy Classic Pumpkin Pie |

I adapted this recipe from my white chocolate pumpkin pie galettes.  The difference? No white chocolate ganache (although I’m sure it would be excellent drizzled on top!), and it’s baked in a full size pie dish so it’s much simpler. Again, for the crust, you can either make your own, or opt to use store bought. I used Pillsbury once again (And no, I am not sponsored by them, I simply love their products and find that their crust tasted significantly better than store brand.), but would have used homemade if I could. I cut leafs and hearts out of the second crust for decoration; feel free to decorate however you please and get creative!

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Classic Pumpkin Pie #7daysofpie
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Serves: 8-10
A simple, 7- ingredient classic pumpkin pie that will be a hit at your Thanksgiving table! Use your favorite pie crust recipe, or simply roll out one from the frozen food section of your grocery store.
  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 15 oz can pure pumpkin (about 1.5-2 cups of pumpkin puree)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. Prepare pie crust if using homemade. Place one crust into a 9-inch pie pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in egg and milk.
  4. Pour into prepared pie crust.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until filling is firm and crust is golden brown. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve so the filling has time to "set up."

Easy Classic Pumpkin Pie |

More Pies! 

Chocolate Pear Pie

Chocolate Pear Pie #7daysofpie|

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Pie

Chocolate Chip Brownie Crack Pie. Chocolate chip cookies covered in a buttery brownie filling | Pixiedustkitchen

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Peanut Butter Cup Pie | Pixiedustkitchen. Silky peanut butter cup filling poured over mini peanut butter cups and topped with an easy chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Pear Pie #7daysofpie

Chocolate Pear Pie #7daysofpie|

THANKSGIVING IS IN A WEEK CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I certainty can’t.  OMG. November and December are two of my favorite months of the year, and it’s not the weather- I can’t stand cold. HOWEVER I love holidays, gift-giving, and spending time with family. And you know what else? PIE.  I’ve been a pie- baking fiend since I was eight years old and discovered a recipe for apple pie in the back of a book about Colonial Williamsburg.

So, to help us pregame for Thanskgiving, for the next 7 days, I will be sharing a new pie recipe every day. Am I crazy? Yes. Yes I am.  Seven pies to help count down until your Thanksgiving dinner!

Chocolate Pear Pie #7daysofpie|

Chocolate Pear Pie #7daysofpie|

Today’s pie is super duper simple- Pears, some warming spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), and chocolate, topped with a delicious chocolate chip crumb topping. (Similar to the topping on these bagels.)

I have a recipe for homemade, all- butter pie crust, but for this pie I used store-bought, Pillsbury to be exact. I prefer to make my own, but I live and bake out of a dorm room- homemade is too messy to be trying to make on the floor of a 10’x10′ box.

This pie could not be easier, so why not stock up and make this pie for your Thanksgiving dinner?

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Chocolate Pear Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
A fun twist on the traditional fruit pie, this pie combines chocolate and pears for a unique and delicious dessert for your next holiday party!
  • 1 pie crust
  • 3-4 medium sized pears
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons hot fudge, melted
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Place pie crust in pie tin.
  3. Wash and cut pears into thin wedges.
  4. Toss together pears, ¼ cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and two tablespoons sugar.
  5. Place into prepared crust and swirl hot fudge overtop.
  6. In a medium bowl, cut together butter, 1 cup flour, and ½ cup sugar. Mix in chocolate chips and place over prepared pie.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until pie crust is golden brown and pears are softened.


Saturday Sprinkles 11/00/14

fairy lights


Well, it’s been way too long since my last Sprinkles post! Or really, my last post in general. Life is rough, but time flies and doesn’t stop for anyone. I can’t believe it’s November already! I’ve been busy with school and loving it, but I can’t wait to graduate in May and settle down.  It’s scary figuring out what will happen after May 10, 2015, but I can’t wait. I am so done with these 60-80 hour work weeks.

A little update on my Myasthenia Gravis: I’ve been on a prednisone regemin for about two months now. It’s not fun, but it is working so I’m dealing with it.  I’ve scheduled thoracic surgery for December to remove my thymus gland. While the doctors have not been able to prove that an enlarged thymus is the cause of MG, they know that this has the highest rates of long-term remission. So yay!

I’ve been obsessed with Political Dramas! The West Wing has been on repeat pretty much all. The. Time.  Can Jed Bartlett be the real President? I’m loving Scandal and House of Cards as well, but TWW is my faveee.

And the new Taylor Swift album? I’M IN LOVE.  I seriously haven’t been this obsessed with an album since the last Jonas Brothers album dropped. (Speaking of, has anyone seen the new HBO show with Nick? How is it? AND HIS NEW MUSIC HELLO.)

Links I’m loving

10 Ways to build your blog while traveling

Simple Ways to Streamline your Social Media To-Do List

How cute are these christmas cupcakes? And they’re so easy, too!

Edamame soup? Yes please!