miniature pumpkin


Yield: 2 dozen

The things you’ll need


  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening, chilled
  • ½ cup salted butter, chilled
  • 6 tablespoon buttermilk
Pumpkin Filling
  • 6 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Egg wash
  • Pastry brush
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #849 tip
  • Cinnamon for decoration
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mini tart pan
  • Plastic wrap
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet tray lined with parchment
  • Two medium mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer
  • Two rubber spatulas
  • Small ice cream scoop

Let’s get started!

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, vanilla bean, and salt.
  2. Add cubed butter and shortening and work between fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle in ice-cold buttermilk. Work in the buttermilk to form a dough.
  3. Form the dough into two discs and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 24 hours to set.
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl use a hand mixer to combine cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition and scrape down the sides as necessary.
  3. Add pumpkin, spices, salt and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  4. When dough is set, roll out to 1/8 an inch thick and cut circles out using the round cookie cutter. Line dough rounds into each tart pan.
  5. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust then brush egg wash on the tops of each cup. Scoop filling into each pie cavity almost to the top, almost 2 tablespoons.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to fully cool before adding topping.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the heavy cream and sugar until stiff. Scoop into a decorating bag attached with a #849 tip.
  8. Sprinkle each pie with a bit of cinnamon. Ta-da! Mini pumpkin pies!

♥ it’s time to spread your podcast pallet ♥

Summer time has come to a close now, listeners. The leaves are falling, those cute little miniature pumpkins are on sale, and you’re itching to pry open that old, cob-webbed covered box of Halloween decorations. In the midst of this cool, autumn day, let’s all settle down and enjoy the some real candied apples I’ve bobbled from the podcast scene.

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40% of the world’s population has disappeared. The people of the Tri-Counties have now been cut off and must rely on the only remaining radio news station as their goofy, ridiculous, offensive source for news about politics, sex, religion, the Grey Agenda, Hollywood and the latest policy failure of the Mysterious Government Entity which runs the region.

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Transmissions from beyond Time. Hosted by the Timescanner.

Incoming transmission from the Timescanner, the host of the mind boggling science fiction podcast, The Infinite Now. In this combination of strange humor in a one of a kind abstract universe, this time spanning spectacle will have you chuckling and questioning your existence with each episode.

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Fall AUs
  • You pass my house everyday on your walk home from school/work and you happened to pass by just as I was jumping into the biggest pile of leaves you’ve ever seen
  • We live together and I cant stop fall decorating every inch of the apartment and you’re getting pretty sick of finding miniature pumpkins mixed up in all your stuff but you let it go because you love me
  • You own a bakery and before 2 days ago I didn’t know it was possible to fall in love with a pumpkin pie
  • We go pumpkin picking with our children and you keep trying to get them to choose the really pretty ones but our baby wants the small brown one with the dent in it’s side so guess which one we’re getting?
  • You answer the door when im trick or treating and at first you say im way to old to be doing this but somehow I convince you to come out and join me
  • Alright i’ll admit it, I might have went a little far with the pumpkin spice, you said it was cute at first when I was sprinkling it in your coffee or mixing it in with the cake batter but now im seasoning everything with it and you’ve had enough
  • You have a black cat and i have an orange tabby, and our cats fell in love behind our backs so I guess we’re in-laws now.
  • By the time i make it to the coffee shop every morning theres only one pumpkin muffin left and you always beat me by just one spot in line and get it first. But not today, muffin stealer.
  • Im wearing like 6 sweaters on top of each other not because im cold but just because I love sweater weather and couldnt pick just one to wear. I see you freezing your ass off on a park bench in just a t-shirt so i give up some of my beloved hoodies for you.
  • You want to read our children spooky halloween stories before bed tonight and that’s fine but you better not come crawling to me when they cant sleep  
  • I throw the best halloween parties and you’re new around here so I decide to invite you but you were not prepared for how aggressively in to halloween I am
  •  I buy couples halloween costumes for us and you said you didnt care what we go as but you start rethinking that when i come home with netflix and chill costumes

If you are having a bad day, a good day, or any sort of day whatsoever, it will be made marginally better by this porcupine named Teddy Bear eating miniature pumpkins and commentating on them with little squeaks. 

Listen to your favorite song over and over and over again. Hold your friends hands. Tell people you just met that you love them. Dance around your apartment while you clean. Stay up too late reading a book you love. Always have a sweet when you’re craving one. Take a bath with an obnoxious amount of bubbles. Post ugly snaps onto your story even though you’re scared he’ll see them. Talk to your plants. Walk around your neighborhood. Spend the extra money on good coffee. Plan a weekend where all you do is watch movies with someone you adore. Park further away from your apartment building so you can get a little walk in before you begin your day at work. Buy more blankets than you think you need. Yes, you need those miniature pumpkins outside of Trader Joe’s to decorate your apartment. Light candles every night while you’re getting ready for bed. Never go to sleep with a sink full of dishes or a bathroom floor covered in clothes. 

Ideas for Festive Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Wreaths

After you have finished preparing for a fabulous festive feast, take some time out to decorate your home with themed Breviary wreaths and spruce up the table with crack attractive Thanksgiving centerpieces. With the offices of some basic stock-in-trade, you can show your Thanksgiving dinner a memorable one for you and your loved ones.

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Harvest Elements
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Tiny pumpkins!! 

Well… they’re seed pods, but aren’t they just perfect as miniature pumpkins?! And the tiny “crystal ball” is simply adorable… I added one of my tiny tarot cards to give an idea of the size. 

A few of these darlings will be appearing within my curios in the near future, just in time for Halloween! How exciting! :D 

Once they’re done, they’ll be featured in my shop: So watch this space for updates!