Ok, so I have parts of three different pumpkin pies in my fridge at the moment, and all three were made by yours truly in the little-bit-less-than-a-week.  Crazy, I know.  The first one, I made on my self-declared “Pumpkin Pie Day” last Tuesday.  I wanted to buy pumpkin, so I got my butt down to Walmart and I bought pumpkin, gosh darn it!  While I was there, because they were cheap, I also grabbed a couple of graham cracker crusts and a box of vanilla pudding.  Inspiration struck when I got home and was fishing through my mind and the sides of packaging for a pie recipe while thinking of how dang hot it still is around here.  I didn’t want to turn on the oven or the stove, so I invented the recipe for two of those partial-pies hanging out in my fridge.  I call it (you’re going to love this): THE EXTREMELY LAZY CHEF PUMPKIN PIE!  Ok, so here’s what you do.  You get a cheap-o pre-made graham cracker crust.  Then, you start following the directions on the side of your box of Jello-brand instant vanilla pudding until the part where it tells you to let it set in the fridge.  Instead of letting it set in the fridge, whisk in a quarter cup of brown sugar and 1.5 tbsp of pumpkin pie seasoning.  Once those are whisked in, stir in the contents of one 15 oz can  of Libby’s Pumpkin.  Then dump it all into the pie crust, stick it in the fridge, and in 5 minutes you have pumpkin pie.  No kidding.  It really is incredibly good, and everyone who’s tried it thus far has loved it.  I brought the second LazyPie to the jingju cast Halloween party on Saturday, and even the teachers from China loved it, despite the fact the only utensils we had to eat it with were chopsticks.

Now, about the controversial pie I mentioned: As you all likely know, I spend my Sunday nights with the Hawaii Gagaku Society (see “Rum’s Favorite Cookie”, if you need a reference post).  Last week, I promised the gang that I would bake a pumpkin pie.  I used the recipe on the side of the can of Libby’s Pumpkin more or less, but I left out the eggs, added a tablespoon of butter and a half cup of flour.  I also added some ginger along with the pumpkin spice.  The resultant pie was quite nice, and I liked it, and it made the weirdest stir at the Gagaku society.  More or less simultaneously, Evelin across from me made a face and said there was too much spice, Chow to my left turned to me and said “next time, more spice,” and Yuka and Yoko to my right were holding a conversation in Japanese about how they’d never tasted a more perfect blend of spices in a pumpkin pie.  Polly agreed that the spices were perfect, and Yuka and Polly decided between them that their tastes matter more than Chow and Evelin’s because they’ve been in the society for longer.  Yuka claims it was the best pumpkin pie she has ever tasted.  Chow said the crust was too hard.  The rest of the society, I am sure, had an opinion, but they kept it to themselves.

I’m going to eat what’s left of that particular pie for breakfast in the morning.  There’s not much of it left.  The only person who left some on his or her plate was Evelin (who thought it was too heavy as well as over-spiced).  All in all, I’d say it went over well.  If I decide to bring pumpkin pie again, I think I’ll use exactly the same recipe.

Ok, so you’ll all get a review of the awesomeness of the awesome Ben Vereen concert later, but in the meantime, I have devised a contest to keep you occupied:

These days, the Drollerie Press forums practically echo with emptiness.  The only people who wander through are two DP authors, and we really only haunt one thread (Word Associations).  This is very sad, because the forums have enormous potential for community fun!  Thus, I have hatched a devious plan to kick-start new forum activity, and it involves (GASP~!) a free book.  So, here’s the contest scoop, and hopefully both the contest and the prize will be fun for all:

Anyone who, between now and November 30, A) Posts in the DP forum (you may need to register to do so, if you are not already a member.  When you register, please also send an e-mail to drollerie_interact@yahoo.com with the words “forum name” in the header and the name you registered in the body of the text) and B) Guesses one of my top two favorite forum posts as DokodemoElisa will be entered in a drawing to win one of two copies of Kinlea Keeper OR (if you can’t wait until the end of November to read Kinlea Keeper) a copy of the Curse, the second book in the series, which will be coming out by February.

HINT: NEITHER of my favorite posts are posted in the Word Association thread.

You can post your guesses along with your forum name as a reply to this post or e-mail it to me at dokodemoelisa@yahoo.com.  Happy forum-going!  -E.G.D.

Wooooooah man, my life is all kinds of insane.  I therefore don’t have a great deal of time to blog at the moment, but I thought I would pop in to say that I think the Drollerie Press blog tour this month is at least ten different kinds of awesome ^_^.  Have a nice day!

I’m going to do a comparitive-thanksgiving-rundown tomorrow or the day after, but I’d just like to say that I am thankful I am so busy I don’t have much time to sit on my duff and write blog posts ^_^.  Love- EGD

So, check this out!  I’m writing a second post while taking a yard-work break on a bright and breezy day.  Technically, according to the calendar, it is still summer, but the breeze speaks of autumn, and seeing as that’s my favorite season, I’m thrilled to be starting early.  It’s peculiar to think I’ll be spending autumn in Albuquerque this year!  I haven’t done anything of the sort since the year 2000.  I spent three autumns in Tulsa, OK, one autumn in London, and three autumns in Japan between then and now, but there’s something pleasantly nostalgic about spending what might be my last autumn in Albuquerque after all those years.  Albuquerque, you see, doesn’t have the most active professional theatre community in the world.  The movie industry is thriving like crazy, but pro-theatre?  Not so much.  This is why I’m not considering permanently settling down in my hometown. 

Anyway, all the cool Albuquerque stuff happens in September.  First off, there’s the state fair,  which is where I spent four hours of my day yesterday.  New Mexico has a truly awesome state fair, for those of you who don’t know.  There are art exhibits of every possible sort, contests for everything from sugar cookies to scrapbook pages to barbershop quartets, and foods that involve delightfully large quantities of green chile.  I had a Navajo taco for lunch, bought a jar of honeycomb (seriously, honeycomb.  Wax and all.  In a jar.  Can you get more awesome than that?) for my Dad, picked up a Smokey Bear comic book (Smokey is originally from New Mexico.  I used all my old copies in Japan in my English classes and didn’t bring them home, so I needed a new one.) from the forest service exhibit, and bought a book on the Navajo code talkers from WWII (a brilliantly interesting bit of history I encourage you to look into if you haven’t already).  I bought the code talkers book from the Native American Indian Village because there were eight code talkers there to sign the books!  They were doing a fund raiser for their community-improvement organization, and I must say, it was the most awesome part of the fair for me this year, even if it did cost me $45.  Worth every penny.  The gentlemen who were signing were so nice, and they pointed to their pictures in the book as they signed.  It was really cute.  Some of them even signed right under pictures of themselves from the 40s in their uniforms.  My mom got pictures of my sister and me with them, and then I snapped a shot of her, and they were very cool about letting us.  I’ll be giving that book to Mom and Dad for Christmas, and Mom really likes the idea ^_^.  The irksome part about that is I can’t read the darn thing until I’ve given it to them and they’ve read it!  I have to wait three months!  Ah well.  Moving on, though, after admiring enormous pumpkins, lamenting the loss of Heritage Square (formerly my favorite part of the fair, but no longer in existence), watching a couple shows, and finding all the mainstay booths and foods that constitute my family’s fair-going traditions, I left feeling like I’d given myself a pretty thorough first-step to my Albuquerque last-harrah.  Next stop, the Albuquerque International Baloon Fiesta!  Then, there will be the Albuquerque Aki-Matsuri (which I’ve never been to, but which my sister assures me is awesome).  Now, all I need to do is figure out what the heck I’m doing for Halloween, and I’ll be set! 

While I’m at it, we’ll see if I can get cast into one of the local Christmas productions.  Most all the auditions for those are held in September.  Woooohooo!  And off I go.