My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


It’s Still a Food Blog

But if you hang in with it, there’ll be an FO at the end, I promise.

Today I made a crustless pumpkin pie. I made up the recipe myself, based on other pumpkin pie recipes I have known.


Wendy’s Crustless Pumpkin Pie

2-1/2 cups pumpkin
1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine pumpkin and evaporated milk until smooth, then add all remaining ingredients. Mix until well blended.

Pour mixture into a 9-inch greased pie pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake an additional 40 minutes or until the center is set.

Cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled, with whipped cream as a garnish.


Ta-da! There you have it.

Lucy had a lovely time last night because we had visitors — my mom and dad and my dad’s cousin, Jan, who is visiting from Sweden.

Here you see Lucy deep in conversation with my dad and Jan.


Yes, an FO!

Here is Gwendolyn modeling a finished Elizabeth I.


I finished the knitting last night and seamed it early this morning. I carefully steam-pressed the seams and voila!


Another close-up:


Sorry for the not-great pix — it’s grey and rainy today!


Lucy Sez


“Meow! Thank you Casper!”



  1. Thanks for the recipe that looks great.

    OMG, Eliz I looks amazing !!!!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. Elizabeth is beautiful!

    Can Lucy have a pep talk with my cats about being friendly with guests? My in-laws are convinced that we have one cat and one long haired tail that lives under the sofa.

  3. The sweater is beauuuutiful! Looks like a perfect sweater to wear for Thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucy looks delighted with her fake chicks. I have no doubt that she is assuming the REAL chicks will show up eventually, and these fun toys are merely a momentary distraction……

  4. Wendy, you are a remarkable woman! What a great pie! And what a great sweater; it’s really lovely! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  5. I love that pie. My grandmom made me one for my birthday every year!

  6. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!
    The sweater is just gorgeous! But like I’ve said so often, I can’t believe your speed!

  7. What! No in-the-mirror shot? I love those. Elizabeth looks fantastic. And I knew somebody would send Lucy a flock of baby chicks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Wow, Elizabeth looks wonderful! I do love that pattern (not that I have a copy, but you know what I mean), it’s just so classy.

    And the pie? I’ve done the exact same thing, but have to admit, I didn’t like it as much as pumpkin pie WITH crust–mostly because it was too watery. The crust apparently soaks some of that up so that the custard-part is a firmer texture or something . .. at least with the recipe I use. One year, though, when my pie crust was absolutely determined not to behave at ALL and just kept crumbling into, well, crumbs, I just scattered a handful at the bottom of the pie plate and poured the filling over the top. It was interesting to look at, but tasted great!

  9. My mom used to call her dress form Jenny. I think it’s wonderful that you’ve named yours too!

  10. Love the finished sweater, especially the neckline, its so very neat! Thanks for showing it on the dressform, laid out I would not have guessed how wonderful it lies on the neck.

  11. Beautiful sweater! Wow, you sure knit fast. I’m glad to see Lucy got some chicks for Thanksgiving, and I hope your day will be just as good. Greetings from Sweden ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Elizabeth I is gorgeous. As for Lucy and the fake chicks – she doesn’t seem to be falling for it – not for a second! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours …

  13. The sweater is beautiful! I wish I had that pattern. The crustless pumpkin pie looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. I absolutely love Elizabeth I. I think it is the prettiest sweater that you’ve made.

  15. Gorgeous sweater! I was already in love with this pattern but you’re tempting me to move it up on my ever growing list of projects.

    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

  16. Casper (and Amy) says:

    Lucy, I’m so glad your chicks got there in time for Thanksgiving! Being a Texas cat I could send you some real ones in the spring when the feed stores get them in for the 4H-ers. Think your mom would go for it?

    Mom said to say that she thinks Elizabeth I is lovely and that she’d be great to wear tomorrow!

  17. Elizabeth is gorgeous! The name is just perfect for the design too.

    I’m glad that Lucy finally got some chicks. lol

  18. Thank you so much for the diabetic key lime pie recipe. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time.

    Elizabeth is gorgeous!

  19. E1 looks amazing.. I love it!!

  20. What a stunning sweater. Really classy and beautiful. Sorry there was so much boring knitting but it was well worth it for this observer!!

  21. Elizabeth is stunning! Isn’t a pie an FO? Looks yummmmy and glory be! Lucy got her chicks!

  22. Have the book that Elizabeth I came from: gorgeous!…..and I love that Lucy is being adored & has her own chicks!……JOY!…and Happy Turkey Day!

  23. Wendy, crustless pie is just wrong. The crust is the best part! Please tell me you didn’t also have whipped cream-less pie.

  24. I do believe that Elizabeth I is my favorite of the sweaters you’ve done – it’s so incredibly beautiful. Excellent job!

    Still waiting on the UPS tracking number for my goat …

  25. I’m nearly sure that when Lucy was dreaming of chicks, it was of live ones!

    Eh! At least the sugar is “real”! Hope the whipped cream will be real too? Not the fat free or low fat or frozen stuff!

    And Elizabeth? She’s gorgeous!

  26. Thank you for your blog, and your crustless pumpkin pie, and the Eliz I is a knockout!!

    And in case there is anyone out there who hasn’t read Wendy’s book yet – I’m in the middle of it and it’s WONDERFUL.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Wendy.

  27. Elizabeth is just lovely! Such beautiful knitting!

    I love Lucy’s substitute chicks altho I still say some Peeps will win her over!

    Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

    Puss o kram ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Oh my! Elizabeth I is simply gorgeous-I have never even thought much about that one until now-it is stunning!! With all these recipes, I think Martha Stewart should be nervous! Thanks for all the inspiration-enjoy your turkey day ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Lucy got her baby chicks! And you got a gorgeous new sweater and dessert – everybody wins! Happy Thanksgiving!

  30. Elizabeth is very inspiring and lovely!

  31. Elizabeth I is beautiful! Awesome job with her.

    Lucy got a chick, how sweet. She looks as though she is enjoying the conversation with your Dad and Jan.

  32. The sweater turned out beautiful!

  33. Liz I is stunning! A beautiful job once again, Wendy! Have a great turkey day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. It’s so stunning I gasped out loud! Lovely. Great recipes, too! Enjoy the holiday!

  35. Elizabeth I is stunning!! Heh, love Lucy’s chicks… Big on crustless pumpkin pie/custard in my family, too, since I can’t eat gluten. Have a great holiday!

  36. I’m with LoriO – why on earth would you make a crustless pie? Pie crust is delicious!

  37. anne marie in philly says:

    that sugar measuring cup reminded me of my grandmom; she owned a similar one. happy memories.

    as for the crust/no crust debate, for me it depends on who made the crust. my sister-in-law’s crust is ex-cell-ent; commercial crust is crap. ooooh, alliteration!

    sweet lucy and her “chicks”!

    gorgeous elizabeth!

    gobble gobble!

  38. Gwendolyn is just gorgeous! It looks like Lucy got her baby chicks too. So cute!

  39. Yummy! I’m with Chris, can’t have the gluten, so many thanks for the recipe. I’m big on pumpkin pie any time of the year!

    Love how Liz turned out – congrats! You inspire me to pick up my sadly neglected one *sigh*.

  40. The sweater is very elegant and the details on it are wonderful.

    But it really tickles me to see that Lucy got her own baby chicks.

  41. Elizabeth is beautiful And thanks for the recipe. Just in time for a weekend visit from my Celiac girlfriend.

  42. WoW! Elizabeth is fantastic! (Jaw dropping in awe)…

  43. This comment has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but knowing you are a prolific sock maker, I do have a serious sock-making question. Socks, I think, should have a negative ease. How much is appropriate? I am interested in making socks for all an sundry in the various patterns in the stash. Picking one willy-nilly does not guarantee fit. So, what sort of ease should be planned for fitting different people? I have consulted many a book, and have not found an answer that is remotely in line with life.

    Happy days, Gale

  44. Elizabeth I is truly beautiful. Wow!

  45. The sweater is beautiful!

  46. The sweater is gorgeous! Just stopped by to be inspired by your knitting. I am truly inspired to finish the ho hum sweater currently on my needles and start a sweater for myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

  47. Elizabeth D says:

    Wendy, did you or somebody else knit those baby chicks? They’re terrific. Oh, and so’s the sweater .

  48. Elizabeth is gorgeous! Love the color and the design, the fitting. Is that from a pattern or your creation? Will it be available to purchase?

  49. CAN YOU SAY ENVY! The Elizabeth I is gorgeous.

  50. Hi, Wendy,

    Thank you for the pie recipe. The crust has always been my favorite part, but with my slower-than-molasses-in-January metabolism, it’s not really my friend anymore. But now I can still have PIE, for which I’m most thankful!

    Mille grazie!

  51. Gorgeous sweater. Wonderful kitty. Happy Thanksgiving!

  52. Dear Wendy:

    The picture of Lucy is so sweet and precious. It expresses who she is to perfection.

    Elizabeth I was worth all the uneventful stockingnet stitch knitting. She is gorgeous.

    And there are not words to express the awe felt when looking at the finished purple rain. Slurpyness to the power of 10.

  53. Oh, Liz is lovely! (and that gwendolyn — a fab model!)

    When I grow up, I wanna be a fab knitter just like you. *gush, gush*

    Love those baby chicks. Too, too funny. Looks like a baby piggie there at the bottom of the picture, too. A bonus snack for Lucy?