Thursday, October 20, 2011


I love pie. I LOVE PIE! It's one of my many favorite (I guess it's not a favorite if there are many) things about fall/Thanksgiving. Apple pie, cherry pie, coconut cream pie, lemon meringue pie, peanut butter pie.... YUM. I try to pretend that it's healthy, you know... with the fruit?

Anyway, my department at work hosted a slice of pie sale for the employees and the residents at our nursing home.

You never can tell how these things are going to turn out, because we had to have employees volunteer to bring in homemade pies that we were going to sell.

OUR EMPLOYEES ARE THE BEST, because every single person who signed up to bring a pie brought one, and not a single resident had to pay for a slice of pie, as the employees bought them for the residents! This may not seem like a big deal, but baking a pie from scratch is time consuming, and making or buying a pie is expensive, not to mention buying slices to eat and give away!!!

(this was just about HALF of the pies!)

WE RAISED ABOUT $150 FOR OUR RESIDENT CHRISTMAS FUND!!!!!! Each Christmas, employees sign up to buy a present for a resident. We are reimbursed up to $20 per gift. If you think about how many people there are in a nursing home... that's a lot of cash! Our slice of pie sale just bought Christmas presents for about seven people!

Anyway, I brought a lemon cream cheese pie and a pumpkin cream pie. I'll share the recipe! I don't like pumpkin very much, but I actually really enjoyed this particular pie...

Taken verbatim from: The Pioneer Woman


  • 1-1/2 package Graham Crackers (about 15 Cookie Sheets)
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter, Melted
  • 1 box (3 Oz. Box) Vanilla Pudding (Cook And Serve Variety)
  • 1 cup Half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • Pinch Of Cinnamon
  • Pinch Of Nutmeg
  • Pinch Of Ground Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons Whiskey (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (plus 3 Tablespoons) Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup (additional) Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • Extra Graham Cracker Crumbs, For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Grind graham crackers in a food processor (or, if you don't have a food processor, place them in a large ziploc and pound 'em with a rolling pin.) Add powdered sugar and melted butter and process until totally combined. Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan until nice and firm. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm and "set." Remove from oven and allow crust to cool completely.
In a medium saucepan, mix dry pudding mix with half-and-half and cream. Add spices. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey, if using. Add pumpkin and stir to combine. Place lid on pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough, place pot in the fridge to cool completely.
When mixture is cool, remove from the fridge. In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and brown sugar. Beat until very light and fluffy. Fold in pumpkin cream mixture until combined. Pour into cooled crust.
Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. Serve with graham crackers crumbled on top.

(All of my pie sold!!)

This was super easy to make and really quite delicious. Enjoy! And thank you, employees, for making proud of where I work. :) :)


Pink Hibiscus said...

Mmmm.... pie! If I didn't see this at half eleven at night I'd so try to bake one!

I always try to justify things that are bad for me. Usually with drink though, Tia Maria and milk is "healthy, with a kick".

Having a pie sale is such a cute idea, we used to do them when I was in school for charity!


Amylou said...

That is so awesome! I love that this helps you buy something special for everyone there for Christmas! Warms my heart! Your pie looked amazing!

Patty said...

Your Pumpkin cream pis was great!

Patty said...

suppose to say Pumpkin Cream Pie.....

♥ Nadine said...

Oh, thanks for sharing the recipe. It's been a long time since I last baked something - I need to try this one. :)

And if this recipe comes from the Pioneer Woman, it can't be bad at all, not?