Thursday, November 17, 2011


The table will be set.

Our star guest Mr. Tom will be sitting center stage waiting for his accompaniment.


For many years this was our traditional Thanksgiving side dish..."sweet potato casserole."  Loaded with toasty, gooey marshmallows.
That is year when inspiration and (marshmallow) boredom hit.   That's when a  new (side dish) star was born and my Thanksgiving went to pot.

"POT PIE" that is.

Here's the how-to's for my.....
Sweet Potato Apple Streusel  Potpie.

2-3 29 oz cans cut sweet potatoes or
the equivalent of  baked sweet potatoes.
1-20 oz. can (no sugar added) apple pie filling
1/2 c. diced apple 
Combine drained sweet potatoes, apple pie filling and diced apple. 
Spoon half of the  sweet potato filling into a baking dish. 
Spread an even layer of the streusel topping over the filling.
Repeat with the remaining filling and topping.
Bake 350 degrees 25-35 mins

    3-4 tbsp. butter, semi firm
 1/2 c. (give or take) flour or Bisquick
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. coarsely chopped pecans 
1/2 c.coconut (optional)

Using prepared pie crust
(Trader Joes has phenomenal frozen pie dough sheets).

Before rolling dough out, brush various autumnal colors of food coloring in random spots.

Leave some of the natural color as well.
Roll  dough, then
with a maple leaf cutter stamp a variety of sizes. 
For the veining gently score the leaf with a paring knife. 

Using the back of a mini bundt  or  jumbo muffin pan coat it generously with oil.  (I used a coconut spray oil , but any oil will do).
Cover the individual  pan shapes with pie crust (I cut the crust that's going to be the top shorter)
 Baste the shell with food coloring.
This is only necessary if you want the shell to resemble a pumpkin
Bake until golden brown.

Fill your baked pumpkin shells with the piping hot...  
Sweet Potato Apple Streusel.
 Top with a  dollop of whipped cream.

Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without a few gifts of gratitude.  Sweet pumpkin and acorns shared with family and friends.
The acorns and pumpkins are this years fun discovery that I'm ecstatic about making (showing major restraint in not inhaling every
one of them).
How classic do these lil' pumpkins look in white.
  I will be posting the blogger who has the directions, along with a major change I made to the original recipe.  You can choose either option.
(you can convo me if you need the directions before Monday)


Chatty Crone said...

You have some of the most beautiful ideas and pictures. Happy Thanksgiving. sandie

Tardevil said...

Just wanted to drop by and say thanks for the sweet e-mail. I'm glad someone misses my blog posts! LOL! I would love to return to blogging, it's just w/ a 2 yr old and almost teenager, I can't keep my home clean enough to post! ;o) Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your pot pie looks delicious. Hope to try it sometime.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Oh my goodness, Sara....I want to add those pot pies to my Thanksgiving tradition! I adore them! And I adore you too...thanks so much for your lovely words of thanks and encouragement to me! I appreciate you so much too! I look forward to many more wonderful visits here and many more fabulous inspirations along the way! Hugs!

Kylie said...

Oh My golly gosh! Here in Oz we don't make sweet potatoes like that I would sooooo love to try them My Sister got to enjoy a Thanks giving dinner 3 years ago when she got to the USA for her Honeymoon and her quilting friend cooked up a feast!But those pot pies!!! Wow AMAZING! XOXO

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SARA DEAREST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOW NICE TO SEE YOU! Thank you for coming to visit me to leave such a note of kindness! AND THIS RECIPE IS KILLER DILLER WONDERFUL! Sweet potatoes are versatile; I make my dish with chopped apples, mashed sweet potato and cinnamon and apple juice (or brown sugar). Then I bake that and get ready to roll your eyes back in ecstacy!!!!!!!!!!

ENJOY your holiday table and all the sweet trimmings my dear! MERCI MILLE FOIS!!!!!!!!


Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That's a pretty way to prepare sweet potatoes! Yum!

The French Bear said...

Sara, I love the idea of the little pumpkin desserts, what a sweet surprise, I would love to make those!!! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures full of inspiration and ideas. You are always so welcoming and inspiring, it's lovely to see your Thanksgiving Table designs!!!! You are so sweet and kind, I thank you for visiting and for your wonderful comments, I treasure each moment we have as blog friends!!!
Margaret B

bj said...

{{{{{SARA }}}}} I am so glad you are back posting and visiting.
This looks and sounds delightful...I will give this one a try soon.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
xo bj

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

These photographs are beautiful, and that pot pie looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Glad you are back to blogging. laurie

wendy said...

HEY...glad you are back. I thought you "gave up" on blogging.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (well, that and the Super Bowl...tee,hee) But now that I am in Canada, it just doesn't seem the same to me as my good ol'American Thanksgiving Extravaganza. I spend every other thanksgiving with the kids...this is my off year.
That struedel thing looks amazing !!!I would NEVER be able to make that in a millenium.....
You always have pictures of the most wonderful things.

I hope you have an AMAZING holiday,

Betzie said...

Hi Sara!
Thank-you so much for writing such a kind and thoughtful post on my blog. You really made my day. I've had a very gloomy one and mood I really appreciated your words.
I have to say, that is cutest streusel I've ever seen in my life! I will have to share your blog with a few friends of mine.
Thanks again Sara...your blog is is always a treat to visit! xo Betzie

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh mercy gracious girl. I would eat that pot pie in a minute. I love sweet potatoes and apples...that is a perfect dessert. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Sue said...

Holey Moley! Those pies look yummy! I make my sweet potato casserole with apples, so I know these have to taste just as good! Good to see ya back posting. Hope you have a wonderful day w/family on Thursday! ~ Sue

Edie Marie's Attic said...

HI Sara!

WOW! That looks soooo good! I'll have to try it soon... looks like a meal in itself!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving! It was so wonderful to hear from you.

Hugs, Sherry

Mary said...

What a marvelous idea. I always love your photos and you've outdone yourself with these. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

SmilingSally said...

You certainly are creative, Sara!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Sara,
Your potpie looks delicious! What a wonderful idea, leave it to you!

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I always love hearing from you and am happy to hear you're back in the swing of things, dear one. It's good we keep people and pets we've loved in our hearts forever with us though, isn't it?!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

(Thank you for your comment about your special Marie bottle, that one was meant for YOU.)

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Sara,
Oh my goodness how delicious this all looks. Can I come over to your house? LOL You are one talented lady my friend.

Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment and Thanksgiving wishes. You just touched my heart and I wish for you many blessings for Thanksgiving and beyond as well.
So glad to see you again and sending big Texas hugs your way.
XO Celestina Marie

Morning T said...

Those pot pies look amazing!! Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday Sara.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OK, the pumpkin is the cutest thing I have seen on the web!! OMG! Thank you so much for your kind words...goodness that was so sweet! My Mom is cooking this year YEA for me, so I am headed out now for a great turkey dinner, you have a great Thanksgiving!!


Rosie said...

Oh those little pumpkins are completely C H A R M I N G.
The perfect "thanks for attending" parting gift.
Smile on...Rosie

Marie Antionette said...

Happy Turkey Day Dear,
I was so happy to hear from you. Would you believe I just finished a bowl of sweet potatoe with lots of toasted marshmellows.
Its my fav dish.I also put honey,real butter. Yummy!!! I guess you can figure out wht my ticker is not ticking the way it should...LOL. I'm going to enjoy my food...LOL.
This is as always a lovely post , and I have missed you also.
I will try and do a new post soon,maybe this week.I have not post much lately.
Well Hon,You take care and Will post with you soon,
Have a blessed day Hon
XXOO Marie Antionette

koralee said...

What yum over here today...hope your day was off we go to CHristmas. xoxoxo Thanks for visiting me the other day.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What an incredible dessert! It looks like a masterpiece and must taste delicious! said...

Hi sweet Sarah or Sarah sweet...thanks for visiting my blog today. Loving your apple pot pie. Not only does it looks like it would taste delish but it's so cute as well. P.S. Read about your sweet kitty. So sorry for your loss. I understand.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Sara,

Your thanksgiving meal looks wonderful.
Many thanks for visiting me and I hope that you have a happy weekend