Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How not to bake a pumpkin pie!

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The weekend started so well. Everything was in place. Everyone was co-operating. The day was moving along with the timing of a military operation.

On Saturday morning we all got up, got ready and dressed and headed out the door with our eye on the pumpkin patch in the next town. The little prince looked adorable in a little polo shirt (yes Beth, the collar is already starting to creep up!), jeans, new shoes and the cutest little zip up hoody from The Baby Place. I looked just casual enough in jeans, an oxford shirt, pearls and a puffy vest. The Suburban Prince, in jeans and a nice shirt, was armed with his camera and I had a pocket full of cookies. The Little Prince ran around the pumpkin patch with such glee! I love watching him take in the world. He wore a hand crocheted hat that lets everyone know he is the prince of the pumpkin patch!

After the pumpkin patch we came home so the Little Prince could have his nap, we could have lunch and get on with making the pumpkin pie and the other food we were taking to Thanksgiving dinner.

I gathered the ingredients for the pie - the usual items like pumpkin (surprise!), sugar, evaporated milk, eggs, spices and a pie shell (no I don't make my own pie crust, I prefer to choose my battles). I got the pumpkin filling all mixed up, into the pie shell and into the oven. Perfect! Everything was moving along smoothly as I opened the next can of pumpkin to prepare the pumpkin-chocolate cake I know the Suburban Prince loves. Would you believe I even got to sit on the couch for a little while to watch RHNJ/ATL/NYC! The Suburban Prince was out getting something and the house was quiet and peaceful.

When the timer dinged for the pie I leapt up, eager to keep my big plans for the day moving along. I grabbed the oven mitts and cracked the oven door open just a bit to make sure the pie was done....it smelled so good! I put the oven mitts on and picked up the tray the pie was baking on. Pain. PAIN! I tried to push the tray with the pie on it back into the oven while trying to figure out why my hand was on fire (not literally, it just felt like it). Unfortunately someone who is in pain might not have the best aim and the tray didn't quite make it back onto the oven rack - I watched it tilt forward, teeter, then plop - it fell forward and the pie spread itself between the door and the crack between the door and the oven. This might have been a good time to start drinking.

There was nothing to do about the pie at that moment so I investigated and found a hole in my oven mitt! Right in the crease between the thumb and hand part so now I have a lovely little blister and a new pair of oven mitts.

As I was scraping the pie off of the oven door I could hear the Little Prince crying *sigh* and because you know life never hands any mom/princess just one disaster at a time when I got upstairs to get him I discovered he was soaked, head to toe. I would love to think my life is fabulous and glamorous all the time but occasionally I have to change a diaper and clean up the little body the diaper is wrapped around.

Just as I was putting the Little Prince in his high chair so I could get on with the rest of the baking, such as making a second pumpkin pie, the Suburban Prince walked in the door. He almost walked right back out but being the good man he is he opted to take his chances and stayed to find out how my hand was, what he could do to help and to find out if I think the first pie was still edible. Sometimes all I need to do is glare.

Yes, that is my pie. Well, what I managed to scrape off of the oven door!

I asked the Suburban Prince to go to the grocery store to get more pie supplies and to drop off a little Thanksgiving gift to a friend of mine in town. He told her all about the pie catastrophe and she immediately called to thank me for the gift and find out if we would all survive the rest of the day! Sometimes all we need is a sanity chat with a friend to keep us going!

A little while later the Suburban Prince came home with the supplies I needed, the announcement that we would not be trying to go to the zoo as well that day and a DQ Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. You know those moments when there is no doubt you married the right man? This was one of them.

Bolstered by my ice cream I headed back into the kitchen and managed to produce the most perfect pumpkin pie I have ever seen and it made it to Thanksgiving dinner in one piece! Much to the Suburban Prince's relief!

Have a fabulous day!


Jill said...

Oh my goodness~ what a day!!! Yikes, how did your oven mitt get a hole? That's scary. How's your burn? Ouch!

I'm glad it all worked out and what a good story.

Emma said...

Clever entry! I hope your next pie is more of a success! Xo

New England Girl said...

Goodness! What a pie fiasco, but I am glad you came out of it with a positive attitude and a [now] funny story to tell. I am always so nervous taking pies out of the oven. Eek! I hope your next pie came out just fabulously. And I bet that Pumpkin Pie Blizzard was delish! :)

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Could you have had a more crazy day or a sweeter husband! I just love pumpkin pie, and pumpkin pie ice cream and a perfect pie, could not be a better end to a day!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! I'm so sorry your pie didn't turn out!

Princess Freckles said...

You've got a great husband! I had a pumpkin pie blizzaed on sunday and I loved it!

Always Organizing said...

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Suburban Princess said...

Princess Freckles...Yes I do! He is awesome!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

How nice to meet up with another Canadian blogger! I have made hundreds of pumpkin pies in my life, but never had a pumpkin pie blizzard! This could be your fault as there is a Diary Queen around the corner.It will be my fault if I lift the spoon to my mouth. Wish me well.

pinkpolkadotaa said...

I love pumpkin pie! I hate it when things like that happen. I bet your blizzard was good though :)

Young Wife said...

Ouch, ouch, ouch! What a great husband to bring you a blizzard.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

The whole Thanksgiving thing was confusing me till I realized you were in Canada. Sorry about your hand & your pie. And I'll have to make run to the DQ.