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Gutting the Smallest of Pumpkins by fairchildart

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Do you love pumpkins but don’t have enough room to grow them? Try growing a miniature variety, such as Jack B. Little. The plants grow well in raised beds or pots, especially if they have some sort of trellis. Here’s a cutie from my garden that’s ready for Halloween!

MINI PUMPKIN PIES

Yield: 2 dozen

The things you’ll need

Ingredients

Dough
  • 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
Decoration
  • Egg wash
  • Pastry brush
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #849 tip
  • Cinnamon for decoration
Equipment
  • 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!


Dough
  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.
Filling
  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!
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Squirrel Kisses by Teensyweensybaby
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OOAK Dollhouse Miniature Flocked Squirrels playing

I had every intention of spending my day cheerfully lounging around in a pumpkin patch and petting miniature horses. I was in fact so excited for the day ahead that I even made one of these outfit layout thingies. I made myself breakfast, took this picture by standing on my tiptoes on an upturned suitcase at the foot of my bed, and then promptly got called in to work. It was a sad, pumpkin-less day indeed. 

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Halloween cookies 1:12 scale by Kim Saulter
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Crisp leaves & Pumpkins.

Author’s note: I’m lying in bed trying to keep warm and I realised I still haven’t been to a pumpkin patch or participated in any Halloween festivities, so I figured I’d write something about autumn and Halloween. :)


At first, it’s a heavy huff and the tugging of the smooth comforter that tears you away from the sweet slumber you were savouring. You shuffle under the covers and shift closer to the warm body that has stripped most the covers selfishly.

“Christ, your feet are cold.” Harry’s deep, somnolent voice mumbles as his arm drapes around you and draws you closer to him. With a small chuckle, you nestle into him, greedily absorbing his body warmth.

There’s nothing better than lying in bed on early mornings with nothing but the sound of soft breaths echoing the bedroom. It had been a while since the bed had been accompanied by anyone other than you. He had been away in L.A in an attempt to get back into the writing world for his third album, only managing to get back to the cold air of London two days ago.

The tips of your fingers glide over his tan skin, tracing the tattoos he painted across his beautiful skin in his younger days.

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