Showing posts with label pumpkin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pumpkin. Show all posts

Friday, September 27, 2013

It's "Favorites Friday" | Five Foods I Must Try

Wow, that week flew by. I had wanted to come on here earlier and give some updates but here we are at Friday.

So - what's new this week? Hmm... it was horrible. Those changes I mentioned in life has its ruts... well we're still making our way through them and will have news soon! [fingers crossed] For now, let's forget all those people and places that think it's so much fun to put stress on a pregnant woman and her husband!! And, let's move onto food. Because we all know retail therapy - which I'm limited to at the moment - and food, cure all! haha Okay not all, but pretty close.

That brings me to another Favorites Friday... this time five foods I've been dying to make off of my food & drink board on Pinterest (come follow me). Anyways, here goes!

I absolutely love blue cheese and hot stuff... these would be great this weekend!

fox news.

YUMMY! Need I say more?

amazing mexican recipes.

Umm... does this recipe say cream cheese! Yes please!

kraft canada.

Okay - this one's for the hubby!

top appetizer recipes.

Except you should totally use my Pumpkin Pie Recipe and miniaturize them!

weddings by lilly.

Nothing like a bunch of comfort food! I love fall... and my waistline right now could handle the extra goodness... I'm sure ;) Have a great weekend out there... today's the hubby's birthday so I've convinced him to at least go out for dinner (he's a no fuss, forget it's even happening type of birthday guy). Oh, and don't be afraid to share your favorite fall recipe or one you've been dying to make in the comments below - I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Simple Pie Crust Recipe | Fresh Pumpkin Puree Recipe | Thick Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I hope you had a great Halloween! We had just over 130 trick or treaters - and sadly there weren't too many little ones. All in all though, it was a great night and the decorations have been put away for another year and the pie pumpkins are waiting for me to bake them.

Did you save your pie pumpkins? Other than the amazing pumpkin cake I make, this pumpkin pie is the next must on the fall dessert list. But, before I can share it, I must share the best crust recipe and baked fresh pumpkin puree recipe. No pumpkin dessert is complete without some fresh pumpkin.

Simple Pie Crust Recipe

2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Margarine/Butter
1 Egg Yolk
2/3 Cup Milk

Mix flour & margarine until it is crumbly. In a separate bowl, mix egg yolk and milk and add to flour mix. Stir until the dough peels away from the sides of the bowl. Roll out dough. Makes 2 crusts and it is absolutely delicious. My mother-in-law even asked me for the recipe over her time tested family ones! :o)

Baked Fresh Pumpkin Puree Recipe

All you need is a pie pumpkin. I usually use three larger ones.

First preheat the oven to 350º F. Cut the pumpkin in half and clean out (Yuck!) Cover a baking sheet with tin foil, brush butter on the edges of the pumpkin and then lay them cut side down on the sheet. Cook for an hour or until pumpkin is soft.

When the pumpkin is soft, take it out of the oven and let it cool. Remove the skin (I usually do this while it is still hot and I nearly burn myself every time). Cut into pieces and blend or put through a processor until mixture is smooth. Now you can use it right away or store it in the freezer for later!

Now, one last recipe...

Thick Pumpkin Pie Recipe

1 1/4 Cups Pumpkin Puree
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp All-Purpose Flour
2 Eggs, Lightly Beaten
1 Cup Evaporated Milk, Undiluted
2 Tbsp Water
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Unbaked Pie Crust

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, spices and flour in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and mix well. Next, add evaporated milk, water, and vanilla. Continue to mix well and pour into a pie crust. Put in oven for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 350º and bake about 35 minutes or until the center is set. For me it usually takes about an hour and a half and I always make sure to cover my pie edges in tin foil so they don't burn (but they always seem to get pretty crispy anyways). If you know a better technique to bake it quicker, be sure to let me know.

Now while the hubby watches duck dynasty (what is with that show?), I'm going to read some "Quit Your Day Job" posts on Etsy. A little motivation as I ramp up to open the store. Speaking of which, I actually bought some more product supplies today for some new products I have in mind!  Getting excited, I just need the time to get it all set up and shipping costs figured out. Then, I'll be good to go. If anyone has an etsy shoppe and wants to offer some advice, please let me know!

Have a great night, tomorrow is finally Friday to what seemed like the longest week of my life!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pin Attempt - Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Happy Halloween!! Can you believe it is already the end of October and Christmas stuff will be hitting the shelves at midnight tonight? Although I love Christmas, I'm not sure I'm ready for it to be here in two months. So, for today, I'll concentrate on Halloween and the pumpkins we carved last night - two of them are from a Pinterest pin I did a while back (found here). And I must say they (this pin attempt) turned out great... of course, I drew and I had the hubby carve out all the hard parts... so I can't take full credit!

Safe trick or treating tonight! And be sure to save your pie pumpkins... I will be sharing my fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie recipes soon.

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's "Favorites Friday" | Pumpkin Inferno

We finally made it to Friday... and "Favorites Friday" at that. I'm breaking the rules today and not only picking five of my favorite things at Pumpkin Inferno, I'm showing you the pictures that turned out. Yes, I admit, I suck at taking pictures at night... I still need to learn what setting to use on the camera.

For those of you who don't know what Pumpkin Inferno is, it's a large display of pumpkins that are carved into many different things... And, usually multiple pumpkins put together to create one large scene. It's located at Upper Canada Village (Eastern Ontario) and last night we finally made our way down there. For those of you who do know what it is and are still planning on attending... HERE IS YOUR WARNING: you may not want to look at the rest of this post and save yourself for the surprise. Although I have only captured a few of the displays, I found that all of the posts on Facebook lately had revealed most of the pumpkins we saw. Now that I have made my disclaimer, here are just a few of the amazing displays:

Pumpkin Inferno - Pumpkin Carvings

Pumpkin Inferno - Mermaid

Pumpkin Inferno - Moose

Pumpkin Inferno - Dragonfly

Pumpkin Inferno - Skeleton Hand

Pumpkin Inferno - Cowboy

Pumpkin Inferno - Cowboy

Pumpkin Inferno - Soldier

Pumpkin Inferno - Chinese Lanterns

Pumpkin Inferno - Just Buried

Pumpkin Inferno - Owls

Pumpkin Inferno - Mother Nature

Absolutely amazing. I'm so glad we went and if you haven't - you must! It's incredible, especially knowing that students designed and carved all of the displays. Anyways, I have a busy girls night ahead of me with Magic Mike. I hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pin Attempt - Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I must confess, I have made this Pumpkin Cake Recipe once before, but I made it with my very own homemade pumpkin and now I'm attempting it again with a can of pumpkin. The first time I made it my husband and his dad absolutely loved it. I had put a cream cheese frosting on it and they said to try it without next time, so I did:

Pumpkin Cake Recipe
(Courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen - Pumpkin Bars) 

6 eggs
1 1/2 cup oil
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large can (29 oz) pumpkin (or fresh!)
3 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
Cream cheese frosting (optional)

Note: I made half the recipe and it filled a 13x9 glass baking dish!

 Mix together eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin.

Mix together remaining dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix well.

Pour into jelly roll pan (13 x 18 pan).  

Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Do not over bake.  It seems the longer you leave this cake sitting, the more moist it becomes. Of course, I cut a piece and gave it to my husband right away. Although he said last time to leave the icing off, he was looking for icing this time! Well, I did not have any cream cheese in the fridge, so I went searching for something light and whipped on Google.

Here's another great icing recipe you should try, The Best Whipped Frosting, it is just as great as the cream cheese one. Mmm... now go enjoy your cake, it's absolutely delicious and of course, another successful pin attempt!