Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin_pieMy Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

From the farm in rural South Western Kansas

Every year I make Pumpkin Pie. I love the flavor, the creaminess and the crust mixed with it all. On this special day I also use “real” whipped cream. Ummm. Nothing like the rich thick flavor of the real thing. But something else that is really special for me is the recipe. I use my mothers ingredients for the pies that were made all through my childhood.

The secret ingredient is Molasses. Her pumpkin pie had a dark rich sweetness that was unlike all of the others. It is easy to make and tastes so good! (If you want the recipe – click here)

I have always had a really complicated relationship with my mom. My life was deeply wounded by some of the dynamics of our relationship and at times it is hard for me to think positively about it allt. But, after all, this is Thanksgiving and we are supposed to be thankful!

So, this is one way for me to be thankful.

My favorite meal is spaghetti. Once again, I make my mom’s recipe. It is nothing like anyone else’s sauce. It also has a secret ingredient that makes it different! I won’t tell you what that is because to do so would give away the family secret and I might get in trouble! Just kidding, it is Worcestershire Sauce! It also gives a rich unique flavor to an otherwise typical tomato sauce. But, it is something I thoroughly enjoy and it seems that when we invite others to join us for this delicious meal, they also enjoy the flavor.

Yes, my mom has been difficult. I have at times felt jealous of others who had a mother who taught them the love of Christ, sought the Lord for their salvation and promised them good things would come from knowing Jesus. But not for me. My mom didn’t discuss anything of God other than to say her understanding of God was very personal.

But, a few years ago, I realized that my mom did lead me to Christ! Maybe not in the conventional way, but the complications and resulting wounds brought me to my knees in 1982 where I had no where else to turn but to Christ! So, for that I became thankful.

Yes, when I taste of the goodness of Pumpkin Pie each Thanksgiving I think of my mom. When I share spaghetti with my friends, I think of my mom too.

So, this Thanksgiving I want to have a thankful heart for my mom because she did give me some things that have deeply impacted my life. She taught me to “live in moderation”. She gave me a sense of competency early in life because she didn’t do it all for me and asked me to do things for myself. I learned to cook, clean, make my bed, do laundry, wash dishes, buy my own clothes, and build a life of self sustenance. So, it seemed to bog me down at the time, but today I live out of those tools of life every day. For that I am also thankful.

Thank you Lord, for giving me the mom that you did. I found You, and found myself from my life experiences as a result of having the mom I did.

I also want to say “Thank You” to all of youl who pray for us, support us, and receive from the things we do. We love you and are incredibly thankful for our friends and family.

“I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.” Romans 1:7-9

Like Paul expressed to the Roman Christians, you are all very special to us. We pray for a time when we will all be together in eternity sharing of the real feast with Jesus.

Have a great Thanksgiving and see if you can see thankfulness in some of the challenges in your life. God can show you what they are.

Mom’s Recipe for Pumpkin Pie

Makes one 9 inch Pie so just double it for two! You’ll probably want enough to share.

1 1/2 Cup Pumpkin

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Ginger

2 Tablespoons Molasses

3 Eggs

1 Cup Carnation Evaporated Milk

Mix all together in mixing bowl with electric mixer

Pour into a pie shell prepared in a pie dish

Bake for 45 minutes in a 425 degree oven

When serving, top with REAL whipped cream for the fullest experience!

Of course you can use can spray whipped cream, non-dairy topping, or vanilla ice cream.


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One Response to “Mom’s Pumpkin Pie”

  1. Liz says:

    Thanks for sharing your mom’s pumpkin pie recipe. I got it on Wednesday, the day I was making my Thanksgiving pies so I decided to use it. It was super yummy!

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