For our prompt of “Pumpkin Pie” today, I made a super quick and loose little sketch of one slice. It’s Thanksgiving here in the States today and so I hope all those celebrating are having a very happy one. Philippe is currently in the process of making a feast for us to enjoy this evening. Though, instead of pumpkin pie, we’ll be having peach cobbler. So I didn’t have a reference for this one or much time to paint, but pie is rather easy to imagine. I spoke with my mother on the phone earlier and we were talking about the pies my grandmother used to make, including pecan pie and pumpkin. I always seem to remember her pie being served on little plates in this color. Memory is a funny thing, more a series of feelings than precise imagery. Yet this little doodle still takes me back in time to memories of eating pumpkin pie with my family. And those are among the most beautiful memories in the world.

The reason we’re not having pumpkin pie is because Philippe doesn’t like it. I’d thought it was because he tried it once while visiting my family for the holidays and decided it wasn’t to his taste. But, today I confirmed that he’s never even tried a bite of pumpkin pie. I told him he should try some and his face contorted into a most unpleasant expression and he shook his head saying, “the very idea of it makes me gag.” Apparently sweetened squash is not acceptable to him in any form. As a kid I loved pumpkin pie, but as I get older, I actually prefer pecan pie instead, which I wouldn’t even touch as a child. My mom was telling me how good my grandmother’s pecan pies were, and now I rather regret that I never tried a slice. But, her pumpkin pie was just so delicious!

This is truly one of the fastest posts of the year, as I always want to log off and just enjoy time with family today. My dog Phineas is curled up by my legs as I type this, so I’m spending a bit of time with him right now. And I normally sketch at the edge of the kitchen counter, but Philippe had bread drying out for stuffing in my usual spot. So I was relegated to the dining room table. I’m so excited to try everything as it all looks and smells so delicious! For my part, I’ve been cleaning up the house a bit and replacing batteries in various Christmas lights. That, along with keeping the dog out of Philippe’s way. Phineas was supervising him earlier and was getting underfoot a bit too many times. And though this year has been filled with stress and uncertainty, in this moment, none of that exists. No matter what is happening in the world out there, the world right here is where I want to be most. Spending time with my tiny little family, and being thankful.

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  1. Holy smokes Charlie you get more desserts in a week than I get in a year. I bought the flour today to make shortbread. I need one cup. The bag holds almost 12 and I gotta find someone to pawn it off on. I won’t use it again. Sigh. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. My desserts are always calorie-free though as I only sketch them from my imagination! lol 😉 Though I did get cobbler last night (Philippe’s version with low sugar, low butter, and oil instead… actually more delicious than I think the full fat version is!). And shortbread sounds so good!! 😃💕

  2. This looks delicious Charlie! We did have pumpkin pie today. The hospital where my husband works part time han take out Thanksgiving dinners which we picked up this morning. They were available for people over 65. To our surprise a local bank made a donation so they were free. So a very relaxing day for us! Getting ready to do our family Zoom call shortly. I’m not much for game nights so I’ll have to be nice.😉

  3. Hubby and I decided to take a drive along the Columbia Gorge. That takes us through temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in only 80 miles. For much of drive we had beautiful sunny weather, even though the temperature was only 54 degrees. It was beautiful and relaxing. Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, mi amigo, Charlie! 💜 I love pumpkin pie with Cool Whip, but pecan pie is my favorite. Again, with Cool Whip. Sometimes pumpkin pie can have a kick if it’s not made correctly, but it really is a shame that Philippe won’t try it. At least, once. Of course, we forget that people from other parts of the world that don’t eat our food (what we consider delicious) can think we’re weird for liking it. It’s like how Americans get scrunchy face thinking about escargot or steak tartar. (Is that right? Steak tartar? You know what I mean.) Look at people’s reaction to tacos de lengua. Cow tongue tacos. Or menudo. Or tripas (tripe). To us, it’s delicious and we don’t understand how someone doesn’t think the same! haha haha Maybe one day he will try pumpkin pie by accident and he will like it. haha haha Or maybe not. 😂😂😂
    I thought of Phineas. I was watching the National Dog Show and they showed a Basenji. I thought of my little friend and wondered if he was eating good today. 😀 I slept late. Rain and storms for tonight so I am in pain. Nothing bad like before, but I needed some sleep. I had a nice little turkey dinner that my uncle dropped off. I thanked the Lord for Him, my faith and hope in Him, and for hope that this coming new year will be the start of a new season in my life. While I did eat alone, I know that He has a fabulous life ahead for me that will cause all of the pain and sadness and sour moments with people to fade into forgetfulness to be remembered no more. Hope on the horizon, Charlie. 💜 He is faithful!

    1. Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, I wish Philippe would at least try pumpkin pie. That said, he would certainly try cow’s tongue… hehe… so go figure! And aww… I think Phineas thinks he’s in a dog show every day, but he got some extra treats. And there is definitely hope on the horizon! Also, you’re never alone, as we’re all here with you in spirit!

      1. Aww, thanks, Charlie. You’re always so sweet to me! 💜 Food is a funny thing for people. Poverty has caused Mexicans and many people of different cultures to eat things that most people would never consider. In Africa, they eat the giant bats native to their area. Yuck. Along the coast in Mexico, they eat sea turtles. I watched my mother eat goat brain, which grossed me out. Flip side, I LOVE lengua tacos, menudo is cow stomach, and tripas are intestines. All delish! Once, I went to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Mexico, with my aunt and uncle. They have street vendors everywhere! Well, my uncle wanted tacos. I saw the guy chop up something that I didn’t recognize. I mentioned it to my uncle. He wasn’t too worried and said the funniest thing. He said, “These people would eat the hooves if they could figure out a way to ground them down.” haha haha 😂😂😂 My father would mercilessly tease my Tia Aurora, who named me, when we visited Mexico. He was grossed out with goat milk. He was sitting there, feasting himself on enchiladas. Mexico is famous for their cheeses. Philippe would love it. Anyway, my Tia Aurora dropped the hammer and informs my father that he is stuffing himself with enchiladas made with goat milk. My father almost choked! haha haha 😂😂😂 Again, food is a funny thing! 💜

        1. Marisela tripe is actually the lining of a cow’s stomach — I looked it up to make sure it wasn’t told wrong to me — which my mother would cook. All it took was for me to choke once and that was the end of that.

          They ate pickled pig’s feet too.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! We had a lovely time. The turkey was moist, and the stuffing was tasty. I had apple pie before I fell asleep for three hours!!! Now I’m wide awake and thinking about a second piece of pie. Or maybe I should wait till breakfast. (I really hated pumpkin pie as a kid. Now I just dislike it! 😂😂

  6. What?! No mouse? I expected to see a little guy over indulging, laying on his back. You have spoiled us you know? 😉 No pumpkin pie here either. Not because of dislike, but the boys wanted cheesecake. My son is the cheesecake maker so it was fine with me. I figured out why I am not a fan of Thanksgiving dinner. 3 hours to cook, 15 minutes to eat and another 45 minutes to clean up. Yeah, that’s it! It was delicous and now I won’t have to cook for the next 2 days!

    1. Hehe! Yeah, I took a break from mice… I can paint something like this more quickly and I only had 15 minutes! lol 😉 Yeah, I think not having to cook for two days is the main reward for Thanksgiving cooking! 😃💕

  7. Hello Charlie,

    The pumpkin pie looks delicious! It reminded me of the very first time I tasted pumpkin pie. I showed the image to my family and it brought back so many fond memories from 30 years ago. It was the first time we had tasted pumpkin in a sweetened version, so I kind of understand Phillipe’s apprehension. But once we tasted it, there was no looking back. Thank you for bringing back memories of our first Thanksgiving. 🙂


  8. Happy Thanksgiving, belatedly so, to you and Phillipe (and Phineas, natch), Charlie! You create marvelous visuals with your adjectives in your posts, and all “jobs” are always clear. Peach cobbler is my absolute favorite dessert, along with Bananas Foster. I see Phillipe so clearly, and smelled his bread rising on your spot. Anyway, happy days to the three of you, and thank you for the American staple pumpkin pie in your post! (my husband’s tired of the typical version, and this year a no bake version was the real winner). Thanks for all you do, Charlie.

  9. Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving..and although it did look and feel a bit different this year..we do have things to be grateful and thankful for..God bless and Im with Phillipe on this pumpkin or pecan pie…Apple is the way to go or my hubby made my fav. chocolate cream pie…😉

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