Sunday, October 13, 2019

Bon Appetite: Pumpkin Pie

I have to admit, pumpkin pie is one of my favorite pies. When fall arrives, so does the thought of pumpkins. Although the usual color of pumpkins is orange, they come in lots of other colors, such as green, yellow, red, white, blue and tan.

Pumpkins are considered part of the winter squash family and are used as decorations and Halloween jack-o-lanterns. The ever-famous fall pumpkin contests bring people together to witness the giant ones which have been known to exceed a ton in weight.

Pumpkins can be consumed in pies, soups, purees, cakes, and cookies. Even the seeds are roasted and eaten. In some countries, the leaves are consumed. Whether they are boiled, steamed or roasted, the pumpkin is part of our country’s traditional autumn harvest.

Here is my recipe for pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin Pie

¾ cup granulated sugar
1- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs (beaten)
1 – 15 ounce can of pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk
1 deep dish pie shell

Mix sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in pumpkin, and then beaten eggs. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into the prepared pie shell. Bake in preheated over at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 40 to 50 minutes more until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  Calories: 230


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Sunday, October 6, 2019


Autumn is here, and around the corner is the Clearfield Revitalization Corporation’s FALL FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 12th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. I’ll be there with my books, some wooden pumpkins and stars and lots of time to chat. So please stop in to say hello and see all the wonderful vendors, arts, crafts, entertainment, and food booths.

I’ll have WILLIE, MY LOVE, my newest novel, set in Clearfield when the logging industry thrived. 

 Here is a little blurb about the book:

The year is 1856. White pine is king of the forest.

The last thing Jonathan Wain wants to do is ride miles through Pennsylvania’s wilderness to help his father’s logging partner in the small settlement of Clearfield. His family owns clipper ships in the Chesapeake Bay that carry the coveted logs to the markets each spring, and they can’t afford a loss.

The last thing Wilhelmina Wydcliffe wants is a handsome sea captain from Maryland meddling in her father’s logging operations under attack by unknown enemies. A feisty tomboy and better known as Willie to her crews, she has a dream to be the largest logging operator east of the Mississippi River.

When both Willie’s and Jonathan’s lives are threatened, they are forced to work together to find their enemies before both of their companies are in shambles. But as their attraction to each other escalates, can they set aside their differences, unearth the truth and troublemakers, and discover contentment in each other’s arms?
Skidding logs during the winter.