Cranberry Orange Pudding

This is a pudding. No, not like an Americanized cold pudding, but like an English pudding, like steamed bread and the like. I’m not qualified to tell you the difference.

I can just tell you what I like.

This is good. Soooo rich and yummy. We had this for our Thanksgiving dinner.

If you don’t like cranberries… well you’re not gonna like this. I’m just sayin’.

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Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving. We had a TON of food.

The highlight? These Honey Potato Rolls. Soooooo good. I’ve made these every year, without fail. Now, these rolls are so heavy in potato and honey that they have a hard time raising. But that’s okay. They’re totally worth it.

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Christmas Shopping

So, the fireman and I have done most of our Christmas shopping. It was lots of fun. The fireman and I have ran around and marked stuff off the list. We actually have a good idea what we’re doing now for the kids…well, mostly. One we still need a few more ideas on, but doing good for November.

I actually made a spreadsheet. On my laptop. With totals and ideas and stocking stuffers, all in columns and organized. Yes. I’m weird.

On one hand, if you wait til the last minute, you have a hard time finding what you want and finding GOOD gifts for people. On the other hand, if you shop too early, you find more things you like better and you end up spending more money. It’s a tough break.

I had a Dr’s appointment today at lunch and stopped by Toy’s R Us for a sale priced item for the youngest boy and had an impromptu Sonic crispy chicken sandwich. Boyo, I don’t get fast food often, but it was gooooood! I almost got a breakfast burrito, ala Jana, but wanted crispy goodness instead. Yum. Didn’t they used to have a pork tenderloin sandwhich a long time ago? I was hoping for it, but no luck….I did notice, however, that they opened up a new Chick Fil A! I was super excited, but I had already gotten my Sonic, so couldn’t change my mind.

Our Thanksgiving is going to be nice and quiet. My mom always goes to my sister’s for Thanksgiving cause they like being home for Christmas. And the fireman’s mom always goes to his youngest brother’s for Thanksgiving. So, it’s just us. It’s pretty nice. So, since my mom left last week for my sister’s, I sent my sister, neice and nephew’s Christmas gifts. No postage. Yeah!

We have some great food recipe’s ready for Thanksgiving meal. I plan on having a post highlighting our favorite recipes for Thanksgiving. One year, we’ll have the BEST recipes and it won’t change. But we still play with our menu each year.

Oh! I read Gone Girl for my book club. Weird book. Intelligent book, but I’m not really sure if I liked it. I can’t really say I enjoyed it all that much. It kinda made me feel angry or depressed while reading it. Not really the escapism I really long for in a book. Dunno.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

These are my mom’s pumpkin cookies. I mean, they’re my cookies, but my mom’s recipe.

They’re my favorite because they’re tender, soft and sweet, like little cakes.I made a double batch, cause these go really quickly in my house.

They only take a cup of pumpkin, cup of butter and cup of sugar. I creamed the butter and sugar, then added the egg.

It’s a pretty simple recipe. Then you add pumpkin, mix and add 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon.

Isn’t that crazy easy? I can almost recite it upon memory, with the one cup, one cup, one cup, one tsp, one tsp, one tsp.

It’s like a song…..

of cookies!

It’s pretty and smells great in here right about now.

Then, just scoop and bake.

One of my favorite parts of this recipe is that the icing uses brown sugar, so it tastes maple-y. Well, actually molasses-y, but to me it seems maple-y.

The fireman says it tastes caramel-y.

I let the cookies cool for a few minutes, then ice them while they are still slightly warm. The butter melts into the cookie a little and when it dries it’s a nice pretty glaze.

See? Tasty and pretty.

And since it has pumpkin in it, it counts as a vegetable, right? Use the leftover pumpkin, mixed with cream cheese, powdered sugar and cinnamon for sweet bagel spread! Yeah!

Or pancake spread.

Or toast spread.

Or tongue spread.

The kids eat these as fast as I can ice them.

You’ll want to make two batches.

The Recipe:

Soft Pumpkin Cookies
1 cup melted butter (I used margerine)
1 cup sugar ( I used half sugar, half baking sweetener)
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
Stir these ingredients together.
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
2 cups flour (I used whole white wheat)
Mix well
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes on a greased pan.
Ice while slightly warm.
Icing: 3 Tbl melted margerine, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup powdered sugar, 4 tsp milk, 1/2 cup brown sugar (add milk or powdered sugar to thin or thicken to spreadable consistency depending on humidity)



Reese’s S’mores!


Our kids love Halloween.

These are the youngest boy and girl’s pumpkins.

They love candy, too. They love it so much that when I planned to make s’mores they had to put candy in their s’mores.

Now, they love candy, but they LOVE Reese’s. So….that’s what they used.

The fireman might have had a little something to do with it, too….

It’s my fault that they also love their marshmallows charred. I looooove an ooey gooey marshmallow.

I know it seems wrong. But it’s oh, so very right!

It’s a little salty from the peanut butter, which is amazeballs with the marshmallow.

You really have no idea how good. I suggest you find out for yourself.




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