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This is happy with pie on the side

I do not know how to express completely the pure happy that a sunshiney weekend brings. Bright and warm, full of fresh breezes. After the cold snap this past week, the long and exhausting work that made up my Monday thru Friday, the chance to sit out in the sunshine and recharge was beyond bliss.

This weekend has to go down as one of the best I’ve had in a while – but then again it could have had more to do with the company I kept than the weather we enjoyed. I spent Saturday and Sunday afternoons with a friend’s three sons – 3, 7 and 9 – three of my most favorite people in the world. We drove through fields, checked out cows, explored creeks and gravel pits on Saturday. We giggled and ate freshly baked “pumpkin” pie on Sunday. I don’t know if there is anything better than having those little boys sing out “you can’t leave yet” every time I made a move to do just that.

Below is the recipe for the “pumpkin” pie…There quote marks because I didn’t use pumpkin but sweet dumpling squash instead. I don’t know if there is a simpler thing to make. It took all of three minutes to combine everything…

Sweet dumpling squash look like decorative gourds but are too tasty to just use for decorations.

To cook the squash, take off the stems and split in two. Scoop out the seeds and set on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the squash is soft. Scoop out the meat of the squash and freeze in 1 1/2 c. servings.

Winter Squash Pie

1 1/2 c. cooked squash (sweet dumpling is best but if you use pumpkin or butternut, drain the squash before measuring and using in this recipe)

1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 eggs

1 1/4 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. ginger

1/8 t. nutmeg

1 t. vanilla

1 9-inch pie crust

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F

1. Mix all the wet ingredients fully. Stir spices in completely.

2. Pour filling into pie crust.

3. Bake for 10 min at 425 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 35 – 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when poked into pie.


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Mr. Ding-a-Ling

There are some experiences that just make you smile. There are memories that transport you to a moment of pure bliss.

The chimes of an ice cream truck can turn a 50 year old into a 5 year old. Soon, about 60 adults will be transformed into little kids once a week. We are about to be the enthusiastic hosts of a Mr. Ding-a-Ling truck every Wednesday or Thursday at 2 pm – just in time for an afternoon munchie attack.

I swear, the company’s name is Mr. Ding-a-Ling. The website reads: “I scream. You scream. We all scream for Mr. Ding-a-Ling.” Giggles ensued. But it made me think of other ice cream truck names…and the only one that comes to mind is Mr. Softie. At 10 you don’t realize just how wrong these names are. At 30 you wonder and then ponder all the dirty jokes you can make.

Either way, there is something pure that comes out of this – the fact that ice cream has the universal power to bring complete and total joy at any moment, any age, any weather and any situation.

Some say Mr. Ding-a-ling can also bring you a moment of bliss too…that is if you know how to ring his bell.

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