Pumpkin Pie and Baked Squash

It was Thanksgiving morning. With family spread far and wide our celebration would be nothing big, but nonetheless important. Being a household of multiple dietary needs, I set out to make double of nearly everything.  No one was going to be left out this year! Pumpkin pie is my husband’s favorite and the first thing I made. The pie crust was a perfect consistency, it felt good in my hands. It rolled out smoothly and lined the pie pan perfectly. After making the filling I decorated the top with little pie crust maple leaves, a nod to our Canadian roots.

The smell of pumpkin pie and fresh buns filled the air, tummies growled and mouths watered as we anticipated our Thanksgiving meal. We sat at the table, set of four and it finally came time for dessert. The pie was served with large scoops of ice cream and my husband was the first to take a bite. He looked at me sweetly and said, “Honey, you forgot the sugar!” Even with mounds of ice cream he still felt like he was served a plateful of squash, one dish he refuses to eat! His least favorite food was disguised as his FAVORITE! The disappointment was great.

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? …it will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” followed by “You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5) I thought of these verses, salt without its saltiness would be nearly as bad as sugar without sweetness. How easy it could happen, a perfect-looking life displaying pretty deeds but forgetting the most important ingredient of all, a relationship that depends on Jesus to change them.

“Father, may you slow me down when I travel too fast, may you fill me up when I’m running on empty. Please protect me from becoming a pretty serving of baked squash.”

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4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie and Baked Squash”

  1. Dear Mz.Shawna,
    Do not feel bad,for let me tell you what I did when I first got married 34 years ago.The first thing was I made chili for the first time using a crock pot I never plugged it in couldn’t figure why I wasn’t smelling anything it took 2 days looked right at the pot didn’t even see it was not plugged in we joke it is2 day chili.2nd thing I blew up a microwave by placing a plate that had a metal trim ,I was not used to all fancy things to cook with in my kitchen hubby just laughed and said “I know your a good cook accidents happen just stay away from microwaves,guess what I have in my kitchen a microwave and a crock pot want some chilli? Iam blessed with a loving husband,and such a forgiving God who forgives my blunders.

      1. Leslie Lynn Gore

        I so would love sitting down sharing cooking stories and talk about God,I love reading what you write you are so encouraging and sometime I hope I can get some of your pictures God gave you such gifts and you use them so wonderfully iam happy you are my sister in Christ if you ever get to Oregon I would love to meet you or I would love to be a pen pal and share so much.
        God Bless you and your Family.
        Your Sister in Christ Leslie Lynn Gore
        Ps I am making pumpkin pie from scratch I would love to learn how to make those maple leaves like talked about I had a friend in college she was from Saskatchewan and I got to go to Canada I year wonderful place.

        1. I bet your pie turned out perfect!! 🙂 I actually live in Oregon! Where are you? We are on the Washington border in the Walla Walla Valley. I would love to meet you sometime <3 Happy Thanksgiving! <3

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