"Pumpkin" Pies


From thehairpin.com:


This is so dumb easy that I’m ashamed I didn’t think of it before.

A few weeks ago, in the run-up to the annual ritual I’ve established of absolutely losing my mind over Halloween, I bought a set of three Wilton cookie cutters: a pumpkin, a bat, and a candy corn. I really only bought it for the bat, but the set of three was cheaper than the single bat option the store had and I liked the cut of the Wilton bat’s jib better. I figured I could just pitch the other two or whatever. But then I was looking at the pumpkin cookie cutter and thinking about how I had a package of refrigerated pie crust in my fridge and was like, “I could make a darling hand pie with that thing. And, like, fill it with jam? Because I’ve got 30 blasted jars of jam in my fridge even though I don’t eat jam and right. I shall do this!”

Then I mentioned the idea to a certain editrix and she threatened me with murder if I didn’t write it for the internet and she wants the police to know she’s just kidding but I’m not so sure about that SO HERE ARE INSTRUCTIONS.

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Cooking for one

I’ve found that it’s easier to grill the whole bag of chicken, cook the whole pound of bacon, etc., than to try and prepare just what I need for that particular meal.

Serendipitous meal-time things can happen when the protein is all ready to go.

Well, it works for me anyway.


I made popcorn on the stove last night. Um, for dinner.

I know, I know. But I put this on it (which I also made:)

Firecracker Popcorn

  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 3T Sea Salt
  • 2T Chili Powder
  • 1T Paprika
  • 2t Garlic Powder
  • 2t Cayenne Pepper Powder

Combine in an air-tight container, shake well to mix

Sprinkle on fresh-popped popcorn.

Not all of it though, this should make enough for 1-2 C of popcorn and you’re probably only making ½ C at a time. Amiright?