Isn’t it funny how we don’t eat pumpkin year round?
I love pumpkin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bars, and pumpkin bread – to name just a few. But I rarely make a pumpkin recipe during the year. Fall just screams pumpkin and nothing is better on a cool day than the smell of homemade pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, or pumpkin pie! YUM!
One of our boys came home this weekend and we stopped by a farmer’s market and bought mums, pumpkins, gords, and indian corn for my fall side porch display (pictured). We had fun selecting the right combo for our porch. Now that the porch is ready I’m heading to the store to buy some canned pumpkin so I can officially kick off the first day of fall, September 22nd. I’ve waited all year so I want to be ready for that first cool day of fall with a stash of pumpkin bread in my freezer.
MealEssence has the best Pumpkin Bread recipe, I got it from a friend that used to bake it fresh and bring it over warm. It’s called Janet’s Pumpkin Bread and it is full of great pumpkin flavor as well as a little nutmeg and cinnamon. Some recipes use allspice in their pumpkin bread but it’s just too spicy for me. This is the perfect blend of spice and pumpkin and tastes delicious!
Remember there are many ways to enjoy pumpkin, including muffins, breads, cookies, pies, desserts, sauces, and even pasta. Be sure to enjoy some pumpkin with your friends and family while the season is here!
This is an old blog but a great message…I hope it helps you through your summer!
Summer is here and if your kids are like ours – it gets boring day after day all summer long. Once school ends and summer sets in you have to work at keeping kids entertained and contained all summer long. Do you ever feel like the activity director instead of the mom?Read More
I got up on Monday with a plan to use the meat in my freezer. Most of it is grill-able so I took out a pound of tenderloin, for shish kabobs, and a small pack of country style ribs. I thought we could have the shish kabobs on Monday and Ribs on Tuesday.
This was my moment of truth…while my husband grilled the shish kabobs Monday evening, I gave him the ribs and said, “Would you brown these on all sides and then take them off? They don’t have to be done just grilled a little on every side!” I had no idea what compelled me to do this…but it turned out to be a very good idea!
I refrigerated the ribs Monday night, no extra preparation for Tuesday’s dinner, and at noon on Tuesday I placed them in the crock pot. I didn’t add water but I drizzled about 1/3 c. barbeque sauce over them (not covering them, just adding a little flavor). I also wrapped 2 sweet potatoes in foil and placed them on one side of the crock pot. Then I buttered and wrapped a couple ears of fresh sweet corn in foil and placed them on top. Let’s just say I spent less than 5 minutes on this little activity!
After about 5 hours on low/med heat, we ate the most delicious meal! I figured out the cost at about $2.75 per person. It was the best meal, and I didn’t work very hard. My sweet husband was so impressed with his previously browned ribs and the great meal we’d made with so little effort and practically no clean up.
When you grill… maximize the space on your grilling surface. Double the recipe or make two meals instead of one! Cook smart and eat well!Read More
Let’s test your St. Patrick’s Day knowledge – here’s a great TEST to see how Irish you may or may not be!
Now that you are a little more familiar with St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to plan a fun holiday dinner. Most children don’t enjoy a hearty Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner so I chose some quick and easy Reuben Sandwiches. Our four year old daughter loved Rueben’s, so never assume they’re too young to eat this sweet and savory sandwich. Add one of these sides, a green 7 up Salad or Irish Potato Soup and you’ve got a meal!Read More
Iced Sugar Cookies can be made months ahead or at the last minute but be sure to make Iced Sugar Cookies. It is the #1 cookies choice for MealEssence Fans. So remember, it’s never to late to add this cookie to your list.
After years of searching – I believe this is the best Sugar Cookie Recipe! Sugar Cookies are not to be taken lightly – especially at Christmas. You will want to save this recipe for every holiday cut out…Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, or birthdays.
The secret to a good Sugar Cookie Recipe is structure on the outside and soft on the inside. Lots of cookies taste good that fall apart when you’re decorating – but this recipe handles well when icing and decorating and it also stores well in the freezer so that you can decorate as you go. While sugar cookies can be iced and then frozen, I recommend icing them just a day or two before serving. I also find that icing a frozen cookie is easier – so I remove them from the freezer a few at a time, icing and decorating them before they thaw completely.
If you’ve never tried making Iced/Decorated Sugar Cookies for the holidays this is the one to try. With only six ingredients that most of us keep on hand and three simple steps you will please everyone on your Christmas list this year!
I will be posting pictures of this years decorated cookies and more tips for making Sugar Cookies!Read More
January is a great month for Soups, Stews and Chilis, while the “weather outside is frightful.” Be sure to browse the MealEssence.com database for our list of delicious soup and stew recipes for hearty one-dish meals that can be served with as little as a slice of crusty bread or side salad.Read More