Saturday, November 22, 2014

Is it too late....

....for me to read this book?


I want to be sure I have everything I need to cover the first Thanksgiving feast!:-)  

Perhaps this one would be more up-to-date.


While beginning preparations for Thanksgiving, this might be a good focus.


Creating images of times past!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another favorite....

Apples and pumpkin are favorite flavors around here during this season - or anytime, actually.  There is another that we enjoy - cranberries!



I am not sure where I found this recipe.  It may have been in some newspaper advertising at some point, but this is delicious!

CRANBERRY NUT BARS
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8-inch baking pan.  Beat eggs in medium mixing bowl until thick.  Gradually add sugar, beating until thoroughly blended.  Stir in flour and melted butter; blend well.  Add cranberries and walnuts, mixing gently just until combined.  Spread evenly in pan.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool and cut into bars.  Makes 16 servings.

What will be on your table for dessert on Thanksgiving Day?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Options....

Following the last post, you may wonder what we have done with the pumpkin we roasted.  Well, it has been used in a variety of recipes.  


Are you able to notice that the end piece - the best part - has been cut from one of these loaves?  There had to be some "quality control," you know.:-)

I do not remember where I found this recipe.  One good thing about it is that it makes three loaves!  Another good thing about it is that it combines three flavors that are in demand during this season.

CRANBERRY PECAN PUMPKIN BREAD
2 15-oz. cans pumpkin (4 cups)
2/3 cup milk
1 cup oil
4 eggs, beaten
3 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
- Mix pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs, and sugar in mixing bowl.
- Sift four, baking soda, salt, and spices.  Add to pumpkin mixture.
- Stir in nuts and cranberries.
-Pour into three greased 9x5 loaf pans, filling each 1/2 full.
- Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

One for you to enjoy, and two to share!  Enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A pumpkin story....

We have been enjoying our pumpkin harvest.  It is not something we had anticipated when the garden was planted earlier in the season.  Turns out some pumpkin seeds did some sneaking into the compost at some point last year, and they "volunteered" for us this season!  The result has been better than we had when we intentionally tried to grow pumpkins!  

Anyway, we have been enjoying these unexpected blessings and have roasted a few of them.


These halves are just out of the oven and transferred to the rack to continue draining.  This picture below shows what was left behind in the pan where they were roasted.


Are you able to see the pumpkin juice?  It is a wonderful natural sweetener, and we've used it in several ways - from sweetening pumpkin soup to serving as a natural syrup on pancakes!  

We've been enjoying a bit of a Pumpkin Fest around here and have discovered some real favorites.  What is your favorite pumpkin treat?

Computer woes....

Strange happenings with the computer, and I have lost all my bookmarks!  This makes it difficult for me to check in with some of you.  Hopefully all will be back to normal before the week is over, though I've actually no idea how long it will take.  I'm checking into that!

Safe safe and warm - wherever you are!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014....

Rev. Sally Dyck reminds us in her book A Faithful Heart to remember "who we are, what we have, and what we can do."

Today's Mission Focus from the United Methodist Women 2014 Prayer Calendar is the Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

My wish is for you to be surrounded by love, joy, and peace on this day - and every day.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Just in time....

Before the sub-freezing temperatures moved in, I took these pictures.




The knockout roses made it through the couple of episodes of frosty mornings, but I was taking no chances this time - especially with no warming trend expected for several days   

I am not much of a flower arranger, but these have brought some cheer to the house, regardless. :-)



Take care, and stay warm!