But it is not just any pumpkin pie. It's a Chocolate Bottom Pumpkin Pie. The recipe can be found on author Ayun Halliday's very neglected cooking blog, Dirty Sugar Cookies. The recipe is very similar to your average pumpkin pie recipe except instead of evaporated milk you use sweetened condensed and before dumping the pumpkin mixture in, you cover the bottom of the pie shell with chocolate chips. It's going to be hard to not make this every few days. (By the way, if you've never read any of Ayun Halliday's books, you really are missing out. Get yourself to a bookstore!)
Since I was so heavily into bitching about my son's education a few weeks ago, I wanted to update you on the situation. It's.......better? Honestly, I don't know. He's brought home some of his school work. The grades are good but with room for improvement, which is fine. This is typical of my son's work. But there still is little to no homework which I find disturbing. Plus, he brought home a progress report this week that was all A's. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I'm overjoyed---I mean my kid got all A's!!! On the other hand, um....my kid got all A's. It's a bit unusual. My son is not the type to put forth the effort to earn all A's so I'm thinking he might not be challenged. I'm not the only one who felt this way. When I told Jay and my mom about it, they both had responses like, How on earth did that happen?!? Of course we kept our feelings from the boy, not wanting to discourage him if he did earn those A's. But the whole situation is something that is in the back of my mind at all times. As a side note: Another blogger, Texan Mama, has done some great posts over the past few days about the No Child Left Behind Act. She basically is just trying to inform herself and others about the pluses and minuses of it. She has put up with my bazillion comments over the last few days and I'm sure she wouldn't mind yours as well. So head on over there if you are so inclined. It's a hot topic that everyone has an opinion about but the bottom line is that we all want the best education for our kids. So even though we disagree about a lot of the finer points of it, we are all on the same side and the discussion has been awesome.
Notice anything slightly funny about these two pictures?
Firstly, they were taken on two separate days. Secondly, every time my son does have homework, my daughter has to sit next to him doing her "homework" aka coloring in an Elmo coloring book. Thirdly, and most humorously, is that my son is always wearing his Safety Patrol sash, even though the school day has ended. If you watch as much Soongebob Squarepants as I do, then you've probably seen the one where Spongebob became Hall Monitor. Sometimes I feel like I live with Spongebob. He has even been nervy enough to give us "tickets."
I apologize if this Update seems a bit skimpy. I've spent a lot of time outside enjoying the cool weather and not doing much else, which is good because I just heard that this weekend the temperatures are supposed to get back into the high eighties. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.