Get Your Canned Pumpkin or There’s a Shortage of Pies

When my husband decided that he would like pumpkin pie for our Thanksgiving dessert, after all, we saddled up the F150 for a trip to the market – first to Whole Foods, to pick up some Soyatoo Whipped Topping (the closest vegan alternative to whipped cream, I still haven’t found/been able to create a good vegan homemade recipe yet, though I’ll be trying some), Ground Ginger, and Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin (canned) it turned into something of  a wild “goods” chase. 

This was yesterday evening, and we ended up driving all night to: Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, and Safeway before we were finally able to find it at Albertsons. But as if that wasn’t enough, they didn’t have the 12 oz cans, only the giant ones, so we had to buy those instead, and I will have to measure out 12 oz in my cheap-o plastic measuring cup, thus creating more dishes (good thing our apartment has a cheap-o dishwasher, not to mention how much easier they will be made to clean due to the burning from our cheap-o electric apartment stovetop). I was so excited at even finding the Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin I jumped up and down and shrieked a little bit (hey, we were tired, it was after 9 p.m. and we hadn’t had dinner yet). 

Every store we went to had the gross canned pumpkin, the pre-seasoned canned pumpkin in the fat cans, designed specifically for the I-want-to-act-like-I-can-bake-but-don’t-want-to-put-real-effort-into-it people, and right next to it an empty spot and label saying Libby’s was supposed to be there. I wondered if this was some kind of bizarre gourd conspiracy among bakers that I was completely naive to, that Libby’s is considered the best, and you’re a fool not to buy it at least two weeks before Thanksgiving, rather than a couple of days before. I never knew canned pumpkin could be such a big deal. With that, I leave you with an entertaining (or should I say “enlightening”) video.


Moral of the Story: If you’re going to make a pumpkin pie, decide early on and buy the canned pumpkin immediately before the evil flying pumpkin monkeys buy it all (or in case there is a pumpkin shortage due to bad crops, like this year)!

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Take Me Away! A Sweet Escape!

Pocketful of Sunshine. I have been searching for this song before it was ever written. Granted, I am not what you would call today’s modern music enthusiast – my genres involve Classical, 80s, and 90s music. Anything after 2003 I pretty much lost interest. But this song by Natasha Bedingfield caught my listening ear, and at first, I chalked it off to a poppy hit, but the more places I went where I heard it, the more it grew on me, until finally, after hearing it during a showing of “The Ugly Truth” I gave in and decided to find out who sang it and what its title was. 

Not only is the song great for the physically active, but for those who aren’t – it makes one WANT to be. I feel like getting out my non-existant boxing gloves and punching the hell out of a punching bag, or kick-boxing, or going running in full-fledged running gear, and believe me, I am not the type to do any of those things! Fitness for me used to involve classical music and 500 crunches on the floor, as well as other “grace” exercises. Grace exercises are something I made up – a way to achieve grace and poise while burning some calories and making those skinny clothes look fabulous. 

The real reason I love it? Not only the catchiness of the chorus that stuck with me, but the lyrics. Something about getting away to a secret place, and not taking crud from anyone, with such a sunny happiness glowing through speaks to who I am. I’m pretty behind in discovering the hit, but I’m glad I discovered it at all! 

It’s incredible how music can immediately alter your mood, no matter how drastic, if you let the whimsy catch you…

A Pocketful Of Sunshine lyrics

I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine. 
I got a love, and I know that it’s all mine. 
Oh. 

Do what you want, but you’re never gonna break me. 
Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me. 
No. 

Take me away: A secret place. 
A sweet escape: Take me away. 

Take me away to better days. 
Take me away: A higher place. 

I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine. 
I got a love, and I know that it’s all mine. 
Oh. 

Do what you want, but you’re never gonna break me. 
Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me. 
No. 

I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine. 
I got a love, and I know that it’s all mine. 
Oh. 

Wish that you could, but you ain’t gonna own me. 
Do anything you can to control me. 
Oh, no. 

Take me away: A secret place. 
A sweet escape: Take me away. 

Take me away to better days. 
Take me away: A higher place. 

There’s a place that I go, 
But nobody knows. 
Where the rivers flow, 
And I call it home. 

And there’s no more lies. 
In the darkness, there’s light. 
And nobody cries. 
There’s only butterflies. 

Take me away: A secret place. 
A sweet escape: Take me away. 

Take me away to better days. 
Take me away: A higher place. 

Take me away: A secret place. 
A sweet escape: Take me away. 

Take me away to better days. 
Take me away: A higher place. 

Take me away: A secret place. 
To better days take me away. 

Take me away to better days. 
Take me away: A higher place. 

The sun is on my side. 
Take me for a ride. 
I smile up to the sky. 
I know I’ll be all right. 

The sun is on my side. 
Take me for a ride. 
I smile up to the sky. 
I know I’ll be all right.

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