The Simplest Pumpkin Pie

I’m not sure why I’m writing this, other than that I’m really not in the mood to see my post about killing chickens at the very top of the page anymore.  I started working on this pumpkin pie recipe on Saturday, which I was really excited about at the time (it’s so simple) but then, everything kind of derailed.

(It’s weird – even as I type this, I’m not sure I want to write about this here.  But I don’t know how I could possibly write about anything other than this.)

My grandma died.

I’m so sad. I miss her so much.

The weight of the changing seasons feels crushingly heavy now.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on planting seeds for winter vegetables and gradually tearing out the fading summer vegetables and giving them to the chickens to pick through.  When I stand in my garden today and see the remainder my big tomato plants, yellow and tired looking, and then this huge span of tiny green lettuce and sweet pea sprouts coming up, the transition from one phase to the next makes my heart ache.  (Am I angry at the pink chard for germinating at a time like this? Maybe.)

The Simplest Pumpkin Pie

I might have to update this post when I’m in a better mood talk a little more about pumpkins and making pumpkin butter.   I will say, making pumpkin butter is really easy and it’s worth the space it takes up in the freezer.  I used this recipe here and some delicious pumpkins from C&A Organics here in Redwood Valley.  Since it was going in the freezer, I added a few tweaks, like some maple syrup and extra spices, which you could certainly play around with as well.

This pie isn’t incredibly decadent or over-the-top.  It’s just something sweet and nice that you can have with a cup of tea and not feel like you have to go run ten miles because of how many calories you just ate. I’m not a fan of those desserts. This pie is delicious, though, and we polished it off really quickly.

Cook time: lightning fast.  All the work was in making the pumpkin butter.  This seriously takes about two minutes to put together.


  • 2 half pint jars of pumpkin butter, (thawed)
  • 3 fresh eggs
  • 1 pint jar of whole milk
  • 1 9″ pie crust

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin butter, eggs and milk.  Pour into the pie crust.  Bake until set, about 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool a little bit before you slice into it. 

12 thoughts on “The Simplest Pumpkin Pie

  1. I’m so sorry about your grandmother. My grandparents also lived until I was grown–and one is still alive at 98–and although it was sad to lose each one, I feel so lucky to have known them well in my adult lifetime. Take care.

  2. My father died at age 98 and he lived to see 12 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren before he left. I can tell you this, it’s OK to miss her and and the things you shared. I bet she taught you how to can. My grandma did.

  3. I am sorry to hear of your loss as well. Of course you don’t want to write it, it makes it that much more real. I never knew my grandparents, so it is not a loss I’ve had to endure. I can only imagine it is not too un-similar to loosing your parent (of which I have lost both). I love talking to my kids about my parents who adopted me at 5 days old when they were in their late 50’s. They both lived into their 90’s. There are days when I need to call them but obviously can’t. Those are days we talk about them. And other days as well. When things we do remind us of them. Talking has helped all of us and has kept them with us.

  4. I lost my Grampa this spring at 93, my last grandparent, and couldn’t write about it, but I wish I had– I am sorry for your loss and impressed by your courage, and my thoughts are with you.

  5. So sorry that you no longer have your Grandma. It has now been 25 years since I have not had my Grandparents and it still hurts as if it were yesterday. But I still have all my memories!

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember that moment. I was 30. I took a long drive to her funeral with my brother. It was so soothing to be with him and then to be surrounded by my Southern great aunts and great uncles and cousins everywhere. I was well fed in my grief. I hope you have caretakers and are kind to yourself.

  7. Oh honey, we don’t even know each other but I just want to come give you a great big hug. I didn’t have the chance to know either one of my grandmothers (they both passed before I was born), so I won’t pretend to know how it feels to lose one. I hope it gets easier for you, and that your memories of her never fade. Lots of big heart swells and embraces from Ontario.

  8. Ditto to the first sentence of the comment above. Today just seems like such a sad day, and now I know why. Remember your grandmother often. Share stories of her with us. As hard as it will be to write it, the cry you experience while doing it will be very helpful for you. Enjoy every memory you have, and pass on the love you received from her that is the best you can do for her.

  9. i absolutely love your blog. first rainy day of the season here in oregon, and i’ve got your tomato jam simmering on the stove… and more dehydrating in the dehydrator. but then i started reading through your blogs and am SO glad you’re doing this. you may think you’re writing this for your friends or family, or whatever. just wanted to let you know you’ve reached a broader audience, and you’ve got a witty, poignant writing style that is a pleasure to read. so thank you. and sorry for your loss.

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