Makin’ Simple Fall Mini pumpkin pies


A Simply Mommy  Recipe.. A Very simple little fall treat. Mine are a little ugly, this is my first batch.. but they tasted soooo. good. So lets get started..

First Preheat Oven to 375 Degree’s. (I use a convection oven and I keep the temp. the same but the cooking time will be less if using a convection oven.) And fetch your needed items. Muffin tins, measuring cups and spoons, large spoon for stirring, hand held mixer and I timer.

Prep time about 10 min.

Cook time 30 min. or less if using a convection oven.

1 can of  Organic Pumpkin ( Large)

1/2 cup of flour Self rising.. Please don’t use bisquick.. bisquick is the devil… lol

3/4 cup of  sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 tsp. pumpkin spice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

3 small eggs for richer version. You can just use 2.

3/4 cups evaporated milk

Mix until smooth.. with a spoon not a mixer.

2 pre made pie shells rolled in grocery section

Muffin Pans sprayed with a natural spray. no pam please.. use canola or other natural spray.

First roll out pie shells on floured surface this should be simple but I let mine sit out and rest from the fridge for about 5-6 min. It just makes it more pliable .Using a wide mouth mason jar lid to cut “perfect” lol circles from the pie crusts. Then place in muffin tin and shape. Using a fork to dab holes in the bottoms of the tiny pie shells.. see isn’t this fun?


Now fill each shell with the yummy mix you have created. I use around 1/4 cup in each..

Now bake them 30 min. or until brown and firm the edges start to pull away from tin. When I cooled mine about 15 min they just literally fell out of the pan easily.(Again if you are using a convection oven the cooking time will be decreased. It almost cuts cooking time in half. Just keep an eye out )

.. MMMM they should be smelling great by 15 min even in a regular oven.


I despise cool whip. So I make my own whip topping and it is pretty easy.

I store it in a … you guessed it wide mouth mason jar.

Whip Topping

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup  sugar ..

1/4 tsp. vanilla pure please

whip with a hand held mixer and boom.. awesome whipped topping..


But I like to Drop a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice cream beside these little yummies.. Ding okay done.. mmm… soooo good and easy .


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Welcome to Simply Mommy’s Kitchen


This is my kitchen, yes kind of small I will admit but I like it like that. As you can see I have been canning… a lot. I have canned so much in the last month not sure I want to do it again for a while.. lol. But on the subject of canning it’s not as hard as it seems. Once you have the recipes, have the items prepared it is pretty simple. Now the quantity to can for your family that is a little tricky. So I use a simple method to calculate what we might consume in a 1 year span. The idea is to use all of our garden supply until the next years come in. Now I by no stretch use everything from our garden I don’t grow everything we need so I buy from the local farmers’ markets in our area so we can support our community. I go through my menus from the previous year. Yes I do meal planning and menu’s it just works better for me. Then I try to can to fit that. I have gotten around to canning around 160 jars of various items.


I’m going to be honest, I don’t like canning with a pressure cooker. There I said it I prefer a water bath any day, so I do purposely avoid canning anything that has to be pressure cooked. I do however can items that I end up using a pressure cooker on. I do jams and jelly’s , Pie fillings, salsa’s, Mexican sauces for homemade Mexican dishes, Italian sauces for Italian dishes, green tomatoes for fried green tomatoes, cucumbers with dill and just plain so you can season with what ever you might want, Tomato juice with a twist, I can plain tomato juice as well as a spicy tomato juice , and an Italian with basil, rosemary, and garlic. I do have to say I have a salsa verde recipe that is very amazing. The recipe’s I use are handed down to me by my grandmother and the Latin recipes I use are handed down from my son’s grandmother all of them are very old. They are truly amazing. I do have several of my own.

One canning tip acidic water bath… all others pressure cook. I learned this the hard way. So first thing in canning… Wash vegi’s, wash jars and sterilize, water bath, and your done. Typical water bath is between 15-30 min. .  I use any and all  modern kitchen appliances  food processor, any chopping and juicers,   to make my canning experience as enjoyable and painless as possible. I use canning tongs for the jars and a funnel. I use only… and I do mean only natural products in my canning…  natural preservatives are salt, sugar, vinegar,  garlic, and oils. Now I know what the new canning recommendations are and I in no way agree with the majority of them. Due to the fact that I have been canning for 20 plus years and I still use the old methods and always will you simply must get the temperatures high enough to kill spores and that’s that. I really hate when people use store-bought mixes, preservatives, and most people when they can food you open it and it is tasteless and the textures are lets just say not desirable.. Season as you would if you were cooking the meal… yes you can do that… So enough on canning this time… as the seasonal canning is almost over, but  I will be covering more than jellies and vegis later in my blog. We will talk about canning your soups and other items and how. However  In my next post we will discuss freezing foods. Ok so see yall’ later. So bye now from Simply mommy..




Homeschooling , Homesteading and Private Duty Nursing and A Minimalist Life ..

If you have been following my blog you will notice that I am a Nurse. I have hated being a nurse for only one simple fact…. No time with my children and husband. Now that my daughters are off to college, I have started to look for alternative nursing positions  that better suit our family than that of the typical clinical setting of a hospital or Dr. Office that often come attached with a  very demanding rigid schedule. My price for working so many hours as a nurse over these last 13 years is that my daughters spent the majority of their childhood being cared for by our live in nanny. I felt at times I hardly knew them until I met matt and was able to be a stay at home mother for a couple of years.

Now fast forward…a year ago created my own little company. By the name of Daring Doula Birth and Wellness… Its  A Private Duty Nurse/Companion Care Services and Complete Doula Services (Birth Companion). It is titled in the tax world as Independent Contracting which I use a  1099 for tax purposes of reporting and paying taxes on money earned  and spent.   With this company that is thriving..A whole new world has opened for our family and my career which I felt had fizzled out14352118_1054521971334851_7500786899770776434_o. I now have the freedom of making my own hours, pay expectations, benefits packages, and housing if I choose. I now work for a family and I have a house directly beside them. That sits on a 10 acre urban farm complete with a  small private lake filled with fish, a garden in my back yard for fresh vegis, an herb garden in my sun room… Its a dream come true.. or did I say that already?

The house is up a short cobble stone sidewalk I can be back in my house in 3 minutes. You would think there is no privacy but it is very identical to having a very close neighbor . It is very business like with me and the family and I have my own separate life with no involvement with them at all unless I am at work. I work 9-5 and am able to see my kids via cam all day to supervise their studies and I can walk the 3 min. down the sidewalk any time I need to check on them and I go home an hour for lunch. I get all our housing costs paid including utilities and wifi. As well as monetary payment each week. Could this be real? It sure is I do it every day. It is a dream come true. Now I will tell you that it has taken months to smooth out the edges but now it is running pretty smoothly. The main house however is a mansion and I do primary nursing which  includes in primary nursing total care including meal prep and homemaking. Which is fine due to the fact it is just the two of them. Only one patient and their spouse.

My children love homeschool, it is a relaxed learning environment and I can be teaching via cam at the same time because of the two computer programs we use it does all the grading and lesson planning for a small tuition each month. We also use Khan Academy and other sources. This is done for 4 hours and the other 3 hours are spent free range learning and reports with biographical outlines in theatrical form last week they completed The Spanish Revolution and The effects on the economy,people and history. Both  my sons are set at a grade higher than they were in public school.

My evenings are wonderful. We can food together  freeze food…grow food and can use it as practical learning and they love it. They have a pay check system in which they learn finances and world economics  .. they are paid at their choice either by the hour at minimum wage or by the job which is based off quality instead of quanity with what you find in hourly work. They learn all practical living skills they will need to be productive well rounded adults. Not to mention we can go fishing, do internet web designing, do art and pottery, cooking classes with wonderful food that we have grown, or fish that we have caught, watch a movie, go on a field trip, ride the golf cart, use the tractor, all can be learning skills . then after the 3 hours everyone has their freedom. as well as the kids have the hours between 1 pm and 4 to do what they choose within reason.

The freedom we as a family feel is wonderful. As we continue to practice a minimalist life style as well. This may not be ideal for everyone but it is for us. I hope you will continue to follow our journey.. For more information on attaining your dream career contact me via email @ or via facebook Angelia Lewis.. or Instagram @Simplymommy_



The idea of homesteading is not new to me. I was raised this way… for the most part. I was raised watching my grandmother can her own food, butcher her own meat, my mother sewing our clothing, my father was a farmer who traded his skills for housing and a modest pay check. By the time I was a teenager the homesteading in my family had come to a halt. My grandfather had died he was the matriarch of our family. Everyone moved to every corner of the town and everyone slowly forgot homesteading. Except me and I continued until five years ago when I got married and my husband moved me to the city and I saw no way to homestead… which was totally inaccurate.

Now fast forward to 2016.. I am homesteading. I have recently began homesteading again. I have to admit it is kicking my butt. The minimizing that has taken place before this took almost a year to complete. Now 5 trucks smaller our household is manageable and organized making it much easier to homestead. I had to relearn and unlearn many things to integrate homesteading in and now make it an everyday way of life.

I am going to be honest the first day of canning and freezing (dramatic) just almost killed me.

I had to reach far into my memory to produce canning recipes that my head started to ache. Now I am happy to report I am getting the hang of it again and my family and I have never been happier. But I do have to say this is a process and we have by no means mastered it. So the next couple of posts are going to conspire our story of Homesteading in Louisville Ky… So join me..

Open the door


I have been toying with the idea of leaving nursing for around 5 years now. I have took on new studies for doula and completed it. After all is said and done, I kept doing soul searching and still I felt as though I just wasn’t passionate about what I was researching, learning, achieving, or doing. So I have continued to look for new career path. I today took my first non nursing interview. It was an amazingly relaxing , informative interview. I was not expecting such a positive experience on my first venture out. The second was very good as well. What was terrifying at first has proved to exactly what I was needing to give me the courage to follow through with leaving nursing.

You see after many long years in the nursing industry, I get up and dread it from the minute I get up, the whole day through, and until I close my eyes. I am just so unsatisfied with nursing now that I felt as though I was getting no where like I had hit a ceiling and couldn’t go any farther but .. that was simply not the case, I could have at anytime just moved up a degree or to another area in nursing, which I did and still was not moved still I felt I had finished my time in nursing. This is not productive or helpful to anyone. I  don’t just want  to earn a pay check, I want to feel satisfaction in what I do.

I have been called back for a second interviews . I hope everything works out in a positive way. But even if they don’t choose me, I am no longer afraid of the unknown. I am truly excited and feel enthused about working again for the first time in a long time.



So You Want To Breastfeed? Check Out These Breastfeeding Basic’s

  Breast-feeding can be awkward at first. Experiment with various positions until you feel comfortable. Here are some Feeding positions with optimal latching :

The football

football hold mayo(Diagram Mayo Clinic)

You can use a breastfeeding pillow or just your arms for support. This position might be a good choice if you’re recovering from a C-section or you have large breasts.

The cross cradle hold it gives extra neck and jaw support than full term babies.

fl00096-breast-feeding-cross-cradle-hold (Diagram 1 Mayo Clinic)

The cross-cradle hold is ideal for early breast-feeding.

again this can be used , with a breastfeeding pillow or without. I recommend using a pillow so your shoulders and arms don’t tire or become sore.

Cradle Hold: (Diagram Mayo Clinic)cradle hold

again this hold ideal for early breast-feeding this too can be used , with a breastfeeding pillow or without. I recommend using a pillow so your shoulders and arms don’t tire or become sore.



Side Lying. side lyingThis hold has the least effective latch.. especially with a less vigorous eating baby. But you can still achieve an effect latch and this technique is very good for middle of the night feedings or when you are tired. **** Remember it’s important to return the baby to his or her own bed to sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS******




Just a few things Simply Mommy learned after breastfeeding four children :
1) Remember that baby needs that skin to skin so Kangaroo care is encouraged this is where baby is held skin to skin with mommy very closely as many hours a day as possible. Nursing is a perfect time for this and it promotes a more natural nursing secession.
2) Express a few drops of milk from your nipple before attempting to latch the baby. 
3) For a preemie or a finicky eater : A chin first latch (Bring your baby towards you, chin first then gently press between your baby’s shoulders with the palm of your hand that is supporting baby.)

4) Use a nipple shield if needed. Use for weak sucking reflex. 

5)You can use a U hold to support your breast, with this you can also use compression to encourage sucking especially in a sleepy baby. 


So How do you know that your baby has a good latch?

You will feel tugging but no pain, although discomfort is normal for the first few weeks.
Baby’s lower lip is rolled out.Most of the areola is in baby’s mouth, with chin touching breast with a small space between baby’s nose and breast.
If you are still having trouble breastfeeding baby, consult a breast feeding  Counselor/specialist or Lactation consultant.
*****This advice is only a helpful guide not to be substituded for medical advice that your healthcare provider or Lactation Specialist can provide. ******

My pity party, and I am the only guest….

                          self simply mommy

Today’s topic… Self Pity. 

Self pity….  So today I was so proud of me, yes me.. I Did all the shopping and fetched the need and want list for the family while saving us a few dollars. So anxious me I started handing out the items to everyone.  That is when it happened, the grunts, hum’s, eyebrow furring, and fake smiles ensued. Meanwhile I sat with tears welling up in my eyes.. I say to myself you are an adult don’t be childish.. but the truth was my feelings was hurt.

No I did not go out and work a public job today, but I journeyed around the whole city today gathering all items on my list.. the list they gave me, some of which I might add was non returnable and non refundable. I thought I was about to have a hissy fit. I didn’t get the right kind of leggin’s, I didn’t get that thing he wanted, That tool by the way.. yep wrong kind, that shirt, I like it but you forgot this…

I have had it I thought.. So I stormed out and to the bathroom I wasn’t about to let them see me cry. I stood in front of the mirror and I am scolding myself.  I am congested, dark circles where I have been sick this week, I gained the two pounds back that I lost, my hair could use a washing, my nails look dreadful, and …. and.. Then through the tears I started to laugh, I thought how silly I was being with all this self pity because I had just driven past a homeless squatting while I had to take a detour through downtown due to construction.

I had just driven past the homeless shelter as I watched mothers sitting with their children in that play area, I saw someone digging for food in a garbage can, I saw people waiting on the bus in the rain.

So I stood in that bathroom so ashamed of myself for all my self pity and being ungrateful. I looked around me and my home smells like pumpkin spice, my stomach is full and my children are playing their video games sitting in a nice place surrounded by love with full  tummy’s . Then I realized I was the only guest at my pity party.