Thanksgiving Ideas to Try Something New

With the holiday coming next week, preparations here are well underway.  Decorating, cooking and sharing time with friends and family is the heart of the holiday.  With over five years of posts, sometimes it is good to revisit past posts with holiday ideas.  In looking back, I realized I've not done a post on stuffing/dressing.  …

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Autumn Jubilee Cooking – Pumpkin Tart

Nothing says Autumn has arrived more than the aroma of something with pumpkin baking in the oven.  When I found a recipe in my Milk Street cookbook that combined pumpkin with bourbon, I had to try it.  Those who know me in real life know that I love to cook with bourbon, and sometimes I …

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Dealing With Those Pumpkins, and a bit of Mountain Living

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is done and we are well into Christmas decorating, the orange pumpkins need to go.  Baking the little pie pumpkin is easy, and will provide wonderful fresh pumpkin for use in recipes.  All you need to do is cut the pumpkin into halves and scoop out the seeds. Place cut …

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Pumpkin Toffee Dump Cake Dessert

Pumpkin desserts are perfect this time of year, and I wanted something special for a dinner party.  Looking around on the internet for something different, I came across a really interesting recipe called Pumpkin Dumpkin at Kraft Recipes.  Naturally, I thought I could make it a bit better by changing a few things.  I did …

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Autumn on the Veranda

Color is finally showing in some of the trees, and I wanted a pretty veranda for our recent company to enjoy. I thought it would be nice to add a quilt to the tableau, fall inspired and cozy feeling. The little pie pumpkin will become pumpkin bread in a couple of weeks.  I found dark …

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Autumn Jubilee Table Runners

Autumn Jubilee continues with table runners for your two block designs.  How you put this together is up to you, and the size you need for your table.   I'll give you several layouts, remember that each block finishes at 6 inches square, so measure your table to see how many you need to get the …

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Pumpkin Orange Bread

Autumn is the ideal time for pumpkin recipes, and I have a great one for you today.  This pumpkin bread is a bit different, with a brighter more pumpkin-y flavor.   Some years ago I made pumpkin bread using a standard recipe with ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon - really it was a pumpkin spice bread.  …

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Pumpkin Tablescape

I just can't stand it, I cannot wait one more day for Autumn to begin.  At this time of year, I always think of my mother and how much we loved to do things in the fall. We would decorate together, read Bon Appetit magazine together, plan our holidays, bake pumpkin bread, make wreaths together, …

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts

Fall is time for pumpkin, and I usually bake loaves and loaves of pumpkin bread. This year, I wanted to bake something different for DH to eat for breakfast, and I haven't made cake donuts in a while. I needed to develop a new recipe that used up an entire can of pumpkin, but didn't …

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October Garden and more visitors

The leaves are still lagging behind in color, but a few places are starting to show the promise of a glorious autumn. This single tree, a maple, behind our house has turned completely red, while the others around it are just biding their time still green. Out front, the redbud tree is starting a golden …

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