Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cranberry Sauce

We had to share our recipe this morning as Zoe says, "It's delicious!" Have to love an 11-year-old take on cranberry sauce.

6 cups fresh cranberries
1 1/2 c water
1 1/2 c sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 orange - cut up small

1. Wash and sort cranberries. Place the first 3 ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring and mashing and the cranberries burst. (Our favorite part!) Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

2. Take off the heat and add the last three ingredients. Stir and mash a little more. Put into a glass dish and let cool on the counter, then refrigerate.

This recipe is so easy, there is no excuse for not making your own cranberry sauce! No more canned cranberry! Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Table Candles

I love all the little ornament pumpkins in the grocery stores right before Thanksgiving. These are Thanksgiving table candles are pretty and easy to make.

You'll need:
Small striped pumpkins - find ones that sit fairly flat
4 tapers
Melted wax - use old candles!
3/4" drill bit
Exacto knife
Strong glue - like wood glue
Pretty ribbon - 17" or more for each taper

First, take off the pumpkin stems. A pair of pliers work great to snap them off. 

Put your old wax in a canning jar or use almost used up candles in jars. Fill a pan with water and place the jar in the pan. Boil until the wax is melted. Amazing, the top of the jar was not hot so you can pour easily!

Meanwhile, drill a hole through the top of each pumpkin. Once you get through the hard top, stop drilling!  Brush off the dust.

Use your knife to open the hole a little more at the top if the taper doesn't fit properly. You want it be be very snug, but you don't want to break your candle trying to twist it in.

Pour wax into each candle hole, until you are 1/4" from the top. Use a cotton swab to wax the very top or roll the pumpkin a bit to cover any flesh at the top.

Allow the wax to slightly dry. Squeeze glue around the taper bottom and gently, but firmly twist the candle into the hole. Use a cotton swab to brush glue around the base of the candle on the outside.

I used about 17" of ribbon. I like to make easy ribbons. Gather the ribbon into a loop.

Make a loop, the same size on the other side, hold with your thumb.

The next two loops will be a little smaller, make each side the same size. Continue decreasing in size until the ribbon is used up. Place a straight pin through the middle.

Stick the pin with ribbon, in between the candle and the base. Gently spread the loops, and pin again, once you have a nice loopy look. Repeat on the other side if you want.

That's it! I have my candles drying nicely for Thanksgiving on my shelf over my table. Place smaller votives in between the larger tapers. These only took about an hour, plenty of time to make before this Thursday! Pretty!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Biscotti

Since we make so much food on Thanksgiving Day, this biscotti is perfect for breakfast. Have yogurt and of course coffee with it while you prepare your bigger meal!

The pumpkin will make this cookie in the middle, so cut the slices thin for the second baking and they will be crisper. Add more spices for a spicier cookie! YUM!

We milled our flour fresh, using the Nutrimill. Contact us if you are interested in the 4th quarter specials on the Bosch Plus Mixer! The Bosch and Nutrimill make perfect Christmas gifts!

3 cups soft white wheat flour
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. rum extract
1 tsp. pure vanilla
2 eggs
1 cups pumpkin puree
1 c. white chocolate chips (or nuts) (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
We used the Bosch mixer with the cookie paddles. Mix together all the dry ingredients. Make sure you are using level scoops of your warm flour!

 Add wet ingredients and mix well. I let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes. We used this yummy organic pumpkin! Be careful to use only a cup, unless you want a softer biscotti. This is the time to add white chocolate chips, nuts - such as Macadamia or Pistachio!

Spread into a loaf shape onto a pan lined with a baking liner or parchment paper.

  Bake 20-30 minutes until golden.

Cut into slices and place on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until crisp on one side, turn and bake the other side until crisp.
Melt a cup of white chocolate chips and over the tops. The trick to melting these in the microwave is not adding too many to your glass cup and only heat for 10 seconds at a time! As you stir from the bottom they will melt quickly if you keep stirring. Burned chocolate is yukky! Enjoy!

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