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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Thanksgiving!

Have you seen those cute little book page pumpkins out in blog land? I wanted to make a few for my Thanksgiving centerpiece- Here's my first one...I found a tutorial at Craftberry Bush. The only problem was 20 minutes into the project and I only had cut through 30 of the 500 plus pages with my exacto knife. In steps Mr. Right. "I think if you leave the cover on the book, I could cut that with my scroll saw" With a cupboard full of .50 antique books I figured I didn't have much to lose, so away he went...The original tutorial explains says you can trim all the loose little bits of paper with scissors. A belt sander turned out to be a perfect alternative...I just love my little family of book page pumpkins. Moral of the story- Power Tools Rule! Here's another look at my first book page pumpkin...Not only is it starting to look like Thanksgiving, but it's starting to smell like it too! I've never been one to make a homemade pie- until my good friend Paula showed me how to make pie crust in a food processor- Recipe is here. The one problem- I don't own a food processor. Paula to the rescue- my sweet friend brought her processor over last night and we made an amazing Apple Carmel pie. Look how cute this one is in an apple shaped pie dish
I don't have a link for the recipe, so here you go:
(Make the food processor crust from recipe above)
Peel, core and slice 6 apples (we used golden delicious) and toss with 1 Tablespoon cornstarch. In Medium saucepan mix
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
6 Tbl. Butter
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Water
Bring to boil over medium heat, then turn off. Fill bottom crust with prepared apples, form lattice top, spoon carmel mixture over lattice crust and entire pie. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then 350 for 40 minutes more. Cool Completely.

I can't wait to taste this pie. Thank you Paula! My 19 year old comes home from college today so we'll all be together for Thanksgiving. I'm still working on my centerpiece- I'll try to post pics on Friday. Hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving Day. I'm so thankful to our many readers and especially those who have made the commitment and become followers. We're only 34 away from our big Trashy Weekend Give-away! Enjoy your time with family & friends and count your many blessings. Love, Kelly.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too ~~ I love the book pumpkins ~ Today on my chalkboard I wrote " Giving Thanks for my Awesome Husband". I know you feel the same way, as I am sure he does too. Have a wonderful day with your family!

  2. That was a good pie! Here is the pie recipe, includes video