Monthly Archives: November 2012

My kids are gearing up for Christmas.
“Mom, what is your favorite hoilday?”
“Thanksgiving, of course.”
Thanksgiving is a simple hoilday centered around being thankful and spending a day with people you love. What could be better? With the exception of day after shopping, Thanksgiving remains as it has always been, without commercial influence.

Now that only the bones of the Thanksgiving Day turkey remain, consider making home made stock.
A few vegetables and turkey bones are all you need. Use this Chicken Soup recipe to make Turkey Soup.

Halloween came and went. I guess we had too many pumpkins -no one wanted to carved the small pie pumpkins.
I’ve never made pumpkin butter -so I gave it a try. I found a few recipes, each very much like the other; Pumpkin puree, sugar and spices. I reduced the sugar, added some honey. We are using pumpkin butter on toast -a less sweet alternative to jam.

ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin
  • 3/4 apple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Peel and slice 3-4 pie pumpkins. Steam and puree. (If you do not achive 3 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree, reduce the amount of brown sugar and honey)

Combine all ingredients in a deep sauce pan. Boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover with lid ajar to release steam. Simmer for one hour stirring often.

Cool in the pan. Once cool, stir in lemon juice.

Fill two quart jars. Store refrigerated.

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