Often these days you hear humans around you bemoaning how isolated they live, not even knowing who their neighbors are. So a very neighborly pumpkin pie tea time was a welcome surprise for me and my humans. And a very tasty one!
A Big Surprise
Some people have stated that they’ve lived next door to people for 15 years or more without even knowing their names. And in our former neighborhood one neighbor wanted the Homeowners Association (HOA) to pay for a party so she could meet her neighbors instead of her just going over and saying “Hi.” Astounding! Of course, I realize that humans also get surprised when the police show up at a neighbor’s house to arrest them for having a meth lab, so maybe her reluctance was understandable (but still not worth the HOA throwing a party on her behalf). My humans have always been the types to take the effort to meet the folks next door, at least when they first move in to a new location. Here in our new neighborhood it’s been a very positive experience so far.
That experience got even more positive one day when one of our new neighbors with whom my humans had already become acquainted rang the front door bell and was toting a homemade pumpkin pie. Her timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
My white 4-cup cousin teapot had just steeped up some Scottish Breakfast tea, which is one of our preferred teas with such a treat. It’s a blend of Assam and Keemun that steeps up strong enough to take some milk and a bit of sweetener.
Some people recommend Ceylon Black or Green teas, Dragonwell (Longjing) green tea, or a nice Darjeeling tea blend, but we find these too tame to go with the flavors in a good pumpkin pie, which this was.
Nutmeg and cinnamon were evident in each pie bite but not so much so that the pumpkin flavor was smothered.
To make a long story short, the pie and tea didn’t last long and neighborly relations were improved immensely. Gee, I wonder if this would work on an international scale? We teapots would certainly be happy to be a part of such an endeavor.
A Final Note
The pie pumpkin that my humans bought awhile back (and were going to make into a pie but didn’t have the heart to) feels pretty relieved, as you can see below.
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