It’s still pumpkin season, yippee! My favorite time of year. We go through granola phases and I had an epiphany last time I roasted some pumpkins. I was going to roast the pumpkin seeds and then realized we were in need of granola. Gee, think maybe we could kill two birds with one stone and put the pumpkin seeds right in the granola and roast it all together?!
Sometimes I amaze myself! Okay, so maybe I’m not the first person to come up with this idea. It did save me from an extra set of dishes and two rounds of pans in the oven though. I’m all for that. Continue reading →
It’s another month and time for a peek in my kitchen. I thought September was busy with both Josh and Sean having birthdays plus school, scout and swim schedules to contend with. We also had a water line break in the neighborhood resulting in mandatory water boil for drinking and cooking.
Then October started off rainy and dreary and I was unable to blog much since lighting for photographs was horrific. And then the Columbia Flood happened. October is off to a mad start and I’m feeling very fortunate with our situation. Homes, belongings, cars, power, running water and lives have been lost in our beloved home town. We are extremely lucky to have very little damage.
While I may complain about being cooped up in the house another day with three very active boys, I’m glad we are all safe and sound. Josh made it to work late this morning with one road closure detour. It is going to take a long time for the city to recover, but life is going on somewhat normal for us.
Where did the time go? How is it only two days until Thanksgiving?! Ewan just had his birthday this past weekend so things have been crazy busy here. Thanksgiving always comes too quickly for me since his birthday is right before the big day. A couple years ago his birthday was on Thanksgiving and that made things easier, his birthday meal and dessert were just all part of the super duper big day.
Ewan also had his Thanksgiving program at school so I baked an apple pie. Then his birthday treat for school another day. Birthday cake and cookies for the big day…you get the idea, I’ve been busy baking and cooking. It is actually a relief that I don’t need to cook for Thanksgiving this year. We are going out for the first time ever. We are headed up to the mountains and will have our meal at the Biltmore Estate. Continue reading →
It’s pumpkin time! This is my favorite food time of year. The weather cools and we can finally enjoy cooking indoors again. Hearty soups, stews, casseroles, comfort foods….all finally an option again. And then the pumpkin, I just can’t get enough of it. I can’t even count the number of times we’ve made pumpkin muffins already.
The only downfall is that our garden pumpkins were a complete failure this year. I think it may be a deer, but somebody has been nipping off the blossoms. We have ONE pumpkin, that’s right, just one. There are a couple others starting to grow now but I fear it may be too late for them to come to full size. Oh well, it’s always something with gardening. Good thing I can still buy pie pumpkins.
It is October, time for all the pumpkin goodies. As I mentioned in the last post I recently bought two baking pumpkins and couldn’t wait to get started. My first pumpkin item of the fall was this maple pumpkin butter.