Introducing Batty!

Batty cover photo - Soto Softies patternHello friends!  Allow me to introduce the newest member of the Allspice Abounds household: Batty!  I took a class at Gather Here back in October from the fabulous Martiza Soto herself (creator of the incredible Soto Softies, of which I’ve been a huge fan for many years), and I finally had some time to finish this little guy over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  I love love LOVE how he came out!  : )

This is my second softie and first time trying one of Maritza’s patterns, and all things considered, I think it came out pretty well.  The ears are going off in different directions, but this just adds to the charm of the finished piece, right?  Click below for lots more photos!

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Caramel pecan pumpkin pie

Caramel pecan pumpkin pie - closeup

As I mentioned last time, I really enjoy cooking Thanksgiving dinner every year, and even though I was only cooking for one this year, I couldn’t leave out the pies.  I mean, what’s Thanksgiving with out pie? If you’re going to stuff yourself with goodies and regret it the next day, you might as well really go for it and throw in some rich, buttery pie.  It’s an American tradition.  : )  Typically I make at least two pies – apple, pumpkin, and maybe a berry pie if we’re having a lot of guests – but this year I reduced it to just the basics: good old pumpkin.  To be more specific, I made a caramel pecan pumpkin pie from my weathered copy of Better Homes and Garden’s New Cookbook.  Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.  Mmmmm…. pie.  Are you drooling yet?  I am.

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