The Adventure Starts Here: Giving Thanks | Pumpkin Mini Pies

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Giving Thanks | Pumpkin Mini Pies

This weekend, my younger brother and his husband were visiting for the long weekend.  With Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day falling on the same Monday every year, it's the perfect long weekend for our American/Canadian family (here's a brief summary about my Canadian roots)!  While they live in Canada, my brother works in NY state and his husband works in Canada, so it's nice when the holidays line up.  This is the second year they've come and the second year that Chris and I hosted a family dinner to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving.  

One of my favorite parts of hosting is setting the table.  Last year I went with a more traditional tablescape.  This year I decided to have a little fun with it and go more neutral with a pop of purple.  I also love adding some natural elements to my table, and the hydrangeas and mini white pumpkins definitely fit the bill.  I love the texture some simple flowers and pumpkins add to my table.  

Considering how rarely we use our good china, I sometimes wonder if we made the right choice adding it to our wedding registry.  But when I the few times of year that I set the table with them, I really do love the look!  Maybe I should host these dinners more often and get more use out of my china.  But since I still don't trust Noah with my good china, I made sure to set him a special Thanksgiving plate and cup instead.  

plate from PBKids last year - this year's plate and cup

For appetizers, we had our usual shrimp cocktail and veggie platter.  And while we always do a cheese tray, I decided to up my game a little this year and get more of a variety of cheeses and accompaniments.  It went over really well, especially the manchego (top left) and the fontina with fig jelly (on the bottom).  

marble board (I paid less, so keep an eye out on price)
custard cups (now cheaper than what I paid)

While we ate appetizers, Noah kept coming up with different games to play with the guys (daddy, papa, and his uncles).  He made a treasure hunt for them to follow, requested they help him do some puzzles, and even had a little drawing session where we learned that most of us draw like 1st graders ;)  But the biggest hit was when Noah covered Papa with every single stuffed animal he owns!  

While Noah was occupied with Papa, we finished prepping dinner.  My mom was a lifesaver and made the turkey and mashed potatoes at her house.  I took care of the rest of the sides, making a mix of our old favorites while trying out some new ones.  While it's super simple, this roasted vegetable side dish was definitely a winner.  Chris cut up the vegetables the night before and then I just added some balsamic vinegar and thyme (to taste) before roasting them in the oven for 25 minutes at 390 degrees.  I love how this side dish is healthy and beautiful with the rainbow of colors!

While my mom made the turkey, we left the carving up to Chris.  It really turned into a delicious dinner... turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, stuffing (that I shared last year), corn, cesar salad, and some crescent rolls.  We were all very full by the end and I was wishing I had chosen pants with an elastic waist band.  My brother reminded us that feeling like you can't move is a sign of a successful Thanksgiving.  

We made a point to take a family picture using the tripod and remote.  But we probably should have thought ahead and do it before we stuffed our faces.  At first, Noah wasn't interested in taking the photos at all and kept turning his head.  But giving him the remote changed his tune and he got really into it.  I loved looking through these photos, especially the ones where Chris is being a total goof ball!

As for dessert.  While I am not a huge pumpkin pie fan (or any pie really), the rest of my family is.  So while my mom brought some mini fruit tarts for dessert, I knew I had to make a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.  On year we went out for Thanksgiving and the restaurant didn't have pumpkin pie.  Chris still talks about it!  While I wanted to offer the traditional pumpkin pie flavor, I decided to switch it up a bit and make some mini pies.  They were really simple to make, and while I didn't actually try one, everyone told me they were amazing, even Chris!

Pumpkin Mini Pies

Pre-made pie crusts (found in the refrigerated section)
Pam spray or butter to grease the muffin tin
Pumpkin Pie Mix (I used Libby's 30 oz can)
2 eggs
2/3 cup of evaporated milk (I used Carnation)
Whip cream for topping

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Bring your pie crusts to room temperature and roll out.  Using a cookie cutter or cup that is 4 inches in diameter, cut circles out of your pie crust.  I could cut 5 mini pie crusts out of each large pie crust.  
Place your mini pie crusts into the pre-greased muffin tin.  

To make your filling, mix the can of pumpkin pie mix, 2 eggs, and 2/3 cup of evaporated milk.  You should be able to fill at least 24 mini pies with the amount of filling it yields.  

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, fill your mini pie crusts with the filling.  Bake your mini pumpkin pies at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Then turn your oven down to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 25-30 minutes.  

Let your mini pies cool on a wire rack for a couple of hours to let the pumpkin filling set.  

Right before serving, top each mini pie with a dollop of whip cream.  While we used freshly made whip cream, you could easily use the store bought kind.  

Have you started to think about Thanksgiving yet?  What is your favorite dish to make or eat?

Don't forget to link up with both the "All Things Pumpkin" Party 
AND the Tuesday Talk Linkup!


  1. So I TOTALLY tried to make these once and totally failed and just used pumpkin instead of pumpkin pie filling. I made them for a group of people and bless their hearts they were so sweet and didn't tell me that they sucked LOL. I'm going to have to try to make these again the right way soon! Probably not this year though because I am a sucker for Costco pumpkin pie!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I love everything about the food you served! Everything looks so delicious!

  3. Those Mini pies are so stinking cute. My girls would LOVE them. Your table is SO pretty too. The plaid with the plum and those white pumpkins. All the heart eyes!

  4. I want to have Thanksgiving at your house! Everything is so pretty and the food looks amazing. The pop of purple was gorgeous!! What a wonderful time with family. Those mini pumpkin pies look like the perfect treat (and perfect amount) after a big Thanksgiving dinner.

  5. Your food looks so good and your table is definitely pinterest worthy!

  6. What a beautiful table! I love pumpkin pie! Those mini pies look yummy!

  7. YUM!! Those pies look amazing and your tablescape is just gorgeous! Love the plaid and the pops of color! We might have to start celebrating Thanksgiving twice too!

  8. So cute!!! Mini desserts are my favorite. Your table is gorgeous!! I love that you have wedding china. Mine is in storage and I can't wait to unbox it. I love your plaid table runner and that plaid throw!! Super pretty :)

  9. You are such a wonderful host, looks like it was a beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving!!

  10. Your table is beautiful!! Love the pops of purple. You gave me tons of great recipe ideas here. Everything looks so yummy :)

  11. I love your table setting. And while we don't share the same opinion on pumpkin pie, I do love that you made some for those that do enjoy it. You win back points for disliking it :)

  12. Yay for celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving! We had to postpone ours, but we just belatedly celebrated on Sunday. I'm living high off leftovers. Love that you went with pops of purple =) So fancy. I just toss the food on our table and call it a day. Maybe if we had more counter space where people could fill plates instead!


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