Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thanksgiving party

The holidays are coming up and I cannot wait. I am so excited. I love this time of the year. I love the cooler weather, the family gatherings and all the yummy yummy food and flavors that only come out this time of the year. I am so excited. So for thanksgiving my daughter wants to throw a thanksgiving party so here are a couple  ideas that I found. That I am so going to do.

How cute is he?
We always have little snacks set out and a veggie turkey tray is adorable !

Home made butter for the kiddos


How fun would it be to make homemade butter with the kids. They each can get their own jar and make their  own and eat it with dinner. I love this idea! I know that my daughter loves making just about anything with me. She is such a little helper in the kitchen. She would love this. She also loooooves butter ( chalk that up to my husbands grandmother, she was a butter fiend also.) So she will definitely enjoy this. I cannot wait.
I love this!!! I don't know why but I absolutely love the corn. Its the simplicity of it all that looks super cute!!!!! 

I am sure that I will come up with some more ideas. I still have a month to go. Who knows what I will come up with. I can't wait!!!



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Butter





Its that time of year again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS FALL or in other terms pumpkin season :D I love all things pumpkin. All year round. I love it. I even had pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing at my wedding (that recipe is to come). So in the midst of my fun in the kitchen. I found pumpkin butter and I had to try it. I would like to add that I did not can my pumpkin butter I froze it. All of the research I have done is coming up with inconclusive results on if its cannable at home or not. Pumpkin is a low ph food therefore it should not be canned at home. Some people have canned it in a pressure canner and swear by it. Others have water bathed canned it and swear by it. I on the other hand am not going to risk botulism for pumpkin butter lol. I love pumpkin but not that much. So please before you take this recipe and make it and attempt to can it. Do your research. I froze mine and It will last way longer then it will actually stay in the freezer (we eat it too quick) Freezing it does not change the flavor or quality of the butter at all. With that being said lets get to the good stuff. 


Pumpkin butter yum yum yum. 


4-4.5 cups of fresh pumpkin puree (about 4lbs of pumpkin)
1/4 cup sweet apple cider or juice
1 cup brown sugar
3-4 tbsp pure maple syrup, to taste
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp fresh lemon juice (enchances flavor and helps preserve)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt

Instructions:


1. Steam or roast pumpkins. Cool for about 10 minutes and remove pumpkin flesh from the skin.
2. Add flesh (without the skin) in a food processor, add juice and blend until smooth ,stopping to push down pumpkin when necessary, add more juice if needed.
3.Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Process again until smooth. (I added maple syrup and tasted it and added more. I am not a huge maple fan so I didn't want it to be to maple-y)


4.Spoon mixture into a medium sized pot, Cover with a lid and prop lid ajar with a wooden spoon. Over medium-high heat bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to a medium low and cook for 10 more minutes or until desired consistancy. Keep the lid ajar but covered. It will be hot and it splatters everywhere.Remove from heat and add vanilla. 
5.Cool completely, stir in lemon juice and salt. Store in a sealed jar in fridge will last up to 4 weeks. Store in freezer for up to a year. 




this stuff is absolutely amazing!!! I am in love. I already have some in the freezer and I am probably going to add to it so I can have it all year round!!!!!!


Its been a while


  and I have been a blog slacker. I loved blogging and was doing good everyday or a couple a week well then I got busy and totally neglected it :( But I am determined to come back and climb back into the blog saddles. Here's a little recap for whats been going on. I have pretty much done with cleaning out the house. I have just a little bit left. It felt so good to get all of the unused items out of the house. If I haven't used, saw or wore it in the past 6 mths. GOODBYE!!!! With the exception of holiday items everything else went.  My local thrift store loves me lol. It is a bit of a bummer because now when I go in there I see all my stuff haha in a few weeks there should be new items. I have been a busy a busy little bee in the house. I started watching a friends little one during the week. Which is amazingly easy . I thought I was crazy for saying yes. A three year old, a one year old and a 9 mth old. What was I thinking?? But shockingly not as hectic as I thought. It is smooth days. My little ones are growing like little weeds. My three year old turns four around Christmas I cannot believe it she is turning 4. She is becoming more and more a little person everyday :(. My son is breaking teeth like crazy. He has 6 right now and working on 4 more. He is going to walk any day now. Its crazy how fast they grow they definitely are right when they say time flies. I have been great a busy little bee in the kitchen. So we will have lots of yummy recipes to come. I have mastered a amazing Angel food cake (OMG!!!!) a super tasty multi-grain brain. I have been a canning monster. Salsas, pickles, jams, jellys, apple and pumpkin butter. I need to rearrange my canning shelf. So be prepared for that one too! I am getting myself ready for the holidays. I am so excited I love the holidays and cooler weather. It doesn't get too cold and stay cold here in florida. But the past two days I haven't had my AC on so that is always exciting!!! I am so excited to get back to blogging !!!!!!!!!!!!! There is lots to come.................