Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkey Time

Saw a recipe for Turkey-Time cookies and had to give it a whirl - needed enough for Sue's family, Spencer's family, 9 for YW, the missionaries, Gram, and Dad - equals 30 - so I set to work.They didn't come out quite like pictured in the recipe - but turned out okay - colorful and fun.

Now it's time to start in on pies!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy baking, everyone!!!!!! :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Halloween Scaries!! and Homemade Treats

Somehow I missed getting any pictures of Thomas, Ethan, James, Benny, David, or Brigham - how did I do that?? Anyway - here is what I did take.
Dover Young Women at their Halloweeniest!
note the snow on the roof - didn't last long and it's been warm ever since - yay!
Ivy and Laura
Laura - love her purple spider shirt and tights!
Underneath this ugly scary mask is Randall E. Dow :)
Alyssa as Rosie the Riveter, Isaac, and Seth

the Dow boys trying to get Daisy to cooperate for the pic
still trying
best she would do - would not allow us to put up her leopard costume hood
Logan, Abram, and Zack - Daisy made her get away :)

I decided to go with homemade treats this year - jello popcorn!! It was a fun change from all the fun size candy bars (and a whole lot cheaper too - yay! Dave Ramsey :).

Pie Pumpkins

Dad raised pie pumpkins this year, so encouraged by a recipe entitled Mrs. Sigg's Fresh Pumpkin Pie complete with instructions on how to start with a raw pumpkin instead of opening a can - I took up the challenge. I first did the complete process from start to finish - the pie was yummy - so then I attacked every pumpkin I could round up - 12 in all! I cut each in half - scooped out the seeds (roasted some of them) and then baked the hollowed out pumpkins, cut side down at 300 for 45 minutes - it smelled heavenly - really!

Then I let them cool enough to handle, slipped off the peelings, and put them through the food processor. I ended up with 52 cups of pureed pumpkin!! the equivalent of 26 cans - all in my freezer. Imagine that! I've since made

Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars, Easy Pumpkin Dessert Bars, and yesterday I made a

Pumpkin Citrus Bundt Cake - good stuff! I always love to bake in the fall and winter.

Apple Day!

Our kind neighbors, Steve and Lindsay Tudor, let us pick up drops for free - so Ivy , Daisy, Dad, and I spent about an hour and this is how many we got plus one more laundry basket full. Yummy, sweet Liberty apples! We covered them all with a quilt to keep them from freezing at night and in a few days Ivy and I started in on them - It took us 2 days to process them all.

We cooked the apples on Ivy's woodstove
then ran them through the foodmill, seasoned the hot applesauce with cinnamon, nutmeg, pure vanilla, and a pinch of salt - (these apples were so sweet, we left most of it unsweetened), put it all into hot jars and processed them on the gas range. We couldn't resist sweetening a few batches with brown sugar though. It was really a pretty efficient process once we got our system down.
We ended up with 109 jars of applesauce!! Now that should get us through the winter, don't you think??