Monday, October 21, 2013

Octoberfest 2013 - Home & Hearth Blog Hop


October 2013 has arrived!
A Splendorous, Splendiferous, & Splendacious Month! 

It's time to celebrate with Rita of Jewel School Friends in the Home & Hearth Blog Hop about Beads, Jewelry, Home Decor, Food, Family & Friends!!!

October has always been a special month in my life.

#1  I was born in October - Yahoo! :)  53 years ago - Boohoo! :(  Time is moving on!

#2  I got married in October - Yeehaw!  32 years ago :)  We thought we were so OLD - 21 & 23 yrs!
                                                                Oh, to be that young again :)
#3  My daughter was married in October - Woohoo!   9 years ago :)  Where has the time gone????
#4  The weather finally gets cooler & the leaves change in October - Yeah! Only in our area not as much as further north.

#5  I'm getting ready for my first jewelry show in November, so I've been working in my "spare" time. Here are a few of the pendants.

#6  Pumpkins become plentiful & can finally be purchased to make yummy Pumpkin Butter - MMgood!

#7  Lastly, here is a pumpkin pie recipe I hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie has never been a favorite of mine until now. I have altered several recipes until I came up with one that is tasty not blah. If any of you try it, I would love your feedback on what you think.

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick of chilled butter cut into pieces & slightly softened (not quite at room temp)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift flour & powdered sugar together.
  3. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly either in the mixer, food processor or with a whisk (you choose - I prefer my Kitchen Aid mixer).
  4. Add vanilla & whipping cream until dough clumps.
  5. Form dough up by hand into a nice ball & then flatten. Wrap with Seran Wrap (plastic), place in glass pie pan & chill both for about 15-30 min. 
  6. Remove from refrigerator, roll out dough on a floured surface until about 14-inches round. 
  7. Place dough in glass 9-inch pie dish. Trim edges.
  8. Line crust edge with foil, bake for about 15 minutes, until crust is pale brown.
  • 2 solid packed cups of fresh mashed pumpkin or a 16 oz can of pumpkin
  • 3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 Tbsp corn starch or flour
  1. Mix brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, vanilla, corn starch until well mixed.
  2. Add in pumpkin, blend until no lumps.
  3. Add in whipping cream & sour cream.
  4. Add in eggs.
  5. Mix well, pour into pie shell.
  6. Bake until filling puffs at the edges and center is almost set, about 45 min. Remove foil from crust, bake another 10 min.
  7. Chill until cold or serve warm. 
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Place mixing bowl & whipping cream in freezer for about 10-20 minutes.
  2. Remove, & whisk in sugar until stiff peaks form.
  3. Dollop each piece of pie with "cream"!
  • To reduce sweet, reduce brown sugar to 1-2 Tbsp & sugar to 1/2 cup.  
  • To reduce fat, use half-n-half instead of heavy whipping cream & use reduced fat or no fat sour cream.
I, of course, feel that if you are going to eat sweets, you might as well do it right & enjoy the moment! Then walk, walk, walk or exercise! so you can enjoy another "moment".  :)

Now it's time to go blog hopping!  Thank you Rita for putting this wonderful hop together! :)

Caroline                                       http://
  Andrea Glick-Zenith                          
Dolores Raml                        
Karla Morgan                            ME
   Susie Harris                                 
Kay Thomerson                 
Jean Yates                        
Kelly Hosford Patterson     
Kathy Lindemer                 
Liz E                                  
Jasvanti Patel                    
Christie Murrow                 
Jodie Marshall                   
Andrea Trank                    
Dini Bruinsma                    
Elsie Deliz Fonseca           
Karla Morgan                    
Vera Lynn                         
Rana Wilson                     
Catherine King                 
Lily Vincent                       
Janice Hidey (Janimar)     
Cory Tompkins                 
Candida Castleberry        
Cynthia Kent Machata      
Alicia Marinache               
Linda Anderson                
Leah Curtis                       
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)    
Robin Reed                       
Tanty Sri Hartanti              
Lisa Lodge                        
Ingrid A.                            
Judy Turner                      
Gina Hockett                     
Nelly May                          
Tanya McGuire                 
Sonya Stille                       
Carol D.                            
Asri Wahyuningsih            
Ginger Bishop                   
Shaiha Williams                
Toltec Jewels (Rita, our hostess)


  1. Good luck with your show! Thank you for sharing your wonderful wedding photos.

  2. Thank you for sharing your special months with us...
    But i think you should check the Year , it should be 2013 isn't ?

    1. Thanks Asri! Yes, I got ahead of myself thinking about my daughter being married 10 years next year. Thanks for noticing. I corrected my post :)

  3. What a sweet post!! In al sesnses ;-)
    Wishing you luck for your jewelry show!!

  4. Great post, Karla! I like your pendants. I also got married in October.

  5. Yum, definitely gonna try your pie filling with the sour cream and whipping cream, Karla... sounds divine! Hope your's and Art's anniversary is/was the best yet. My sis also chose October for her nuptials. Hubby and I went for January *TeeHee*

  6. Your pie sounds yummy- pumpkin is one of my favs. Your pendants are beautiful- good luck in your first jewelry show! Christie

  7. October is definitely your month! Good luck with your first show. Too bad you weren't able to do that first this month also.

  8. Congratulations on 32 years of marriage!

    Your pendants are lovely--best of luck with your upcoming show.

    Your pie recipe sounds great. If you like lemon, I'll email you the recipe for a lemon & sour cream topping that you can bake on the top of any pumpkin pie. It adds a really nice flavor that balances the sweetness of pumpkin.

    1. Thanks! It is a great recipe & the lemon-sour cream topping sounds yummy too. I would love it!

  9. What wonderful memories of October you must have! Gorgeous family pictures. Thank you so much for sharing. Must try your pumpkin pie!

  10. Best of luck at your first show Karla.

  11. Wow, the time really has moved on! I thought it was October 2013. I missed a whole year. :) LOL You're getting way more done for the craft show than I am. Hoping to get some things made this week, but we'll see. Congrats on all the October things. Love the pictures. The pie recipe sounds wonderful.

    1. Yep it has. Thanks for the heads up. I was thinking about Chelsea & Jeremy being married 10 years in 2014 & it was very late. What a goof! The pie is good but sweet!

  12. Thanks for sharing your October "life events"! Best of luck with the upcoming show and I think I will have to make that pumpkin pie!!
    Ingrid A.

  13. Your pendants are very nice and thanks for the recipe!!

  14. That pie sounds delish...will definitely be giving it a try....wonder how a pepper would do in it to give it a kick.....Great job and thanks for posting.

  15. What a happy♥ month for you, October! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us... and the recipe.:-) The show will be very successful I think, with those beautiful pendants. Good luck!

  16. It's nice to see someone else celebrating a wedding in October. We celebrated 5 years on the 9th. Thanks for the comforting recipe.

  17. Good luck with your show! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  18. Good luck on your show the pieces look fantastic, and happy anniversary. October is a great month to be married in.

  19. Pumpkin Pie, I never eat sweet pumpkin pie, I have to try. Good luck at your show. Great pictures.

  20. October is a pretty amazing month for you. Those pendants are gorgeous. Best of luck with your show in November!

  21. Congratulations on your first show upcoming in November! You'll have a lovely space, I'm sure. Your pendants are beautiful! Gorgeous wirework, Karla.
    Love that we are both October babies :) Love that you also celebrate your wedding. You made me giggle with your line "We thought we were so OLD - 21 & 23 yrs!" lol ...
    I will totally be making your pie! Yumm! With all sugar! Yummy! Can't wait to try it.
    Happy Hopping & Happy Autumn,


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