Friday, November 26, 2010

Pumpkin Cream Pie

I tried out this pie for Thanksgiving.   Mmmm, was it good!  We aren't the biggest pumpkin pie fans here so this still gave us a pumpkin fix.  It was really easy to make too.  Mine did not completely set, thinking maybe I didn't let the filling cool long enough or maybe didn't whip the cream enough???  The exact reason I am not sure, but it was still really yummy! 

I got it from the The Pioneer Woman

The recipe from the website is:



■1-½ package Graham Crackers (about 15 Cookie Sheets)

■½ cups Powdered Sugar

■1 stick Butter, Melted


■1 box (3 Oz. Box) Vanilla Pudding (Cook And Serve Variety)

■1 cup Half-and-half

■½ cups Heavy Cream

■Pinch Of Cinnamon

■Pinch Of Nutmeg

■Pinch Of Ground Cloves

■2 Tablespoons Whiskey (optional)

■½ cups (plus 3 Tablespoons) Pumpkin Puree

■½ cups (additional) Heavy Cream

■2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

■Extra Graham Cracker Crumbs, For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Grind graham crackers in a food processor (or, if you don’t have a food processor, place them in a large ziploc and pound ‘em with a rolling pin.) Add powdered sugar and melted butter and process until totally combined. Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan until nice and firm. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm and “set.” Remove from oven and allow crust to cool completely.

In a medium saucepan, mix dry pudding mix with half-and-half and cream. Add spices. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey, if using. Add pumpkin and stir to combine. Place lid on pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough, place pot in the fridge to cool completely.

When mixture is cool, remove from the fridge. In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and brown sugar. Beat until very light and fluffy. Fold in pumpkin cream mixture until combined. Pour into cooled crust.

Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. Serve with graham crackers crumbled on top.

Again the link to the recipe is
I copied and paste the recipe to make sure I didn't make any mistakes.  She has wonderful pictures and witty humor to go along with her post. 
(picture is from her website of a pie that set right!)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lefse-a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread(wikipedia)

      With the holidays fast approaching, tomorrow is lefse making day at my house.  I almost forgot I needed to get this done before Thanksgiving.  Not sure where my head was.  As long as I can remember lefse with butter and sugar has always been at the holiday tables.  I was crazy enough when I was young to not even like the stuff.  Not sure what I was thinking, pretty sure I wasn't.
      A few years back I purchased the equipment for lefse making.  It was a good investment in a family tradition.  My kids love the stuff!  They are very excited about tomorrow.  Justin has been waiting for this day since about July when I had pulled out one last Ziploc bag of lefse from the freezer.  What a treat that had been.  Tomorrow though will be so much better when it is warm off the griddle(instead of thawed from the freezer).
      The recipe is as follows(from my Grandma Boe)
   10 lbs of white potatoes
Mash with 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and 1/2 lb. of butter
Let stand overnight.  Do not refrigerate, put a towel over the kettle, make a well in the center so it will cool better.
Go to bed.
The next day rice the potatoes into cake pans.
To each cake pan add 2 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp salt and 3 cups of sifted flour(more or less)
Sift the flour 1 cup at a time into the pan and mix gently with your hands(you don't want the mixture to be stiff).  The amount of flour you need will depend on how moist your potatoes are.
Roll into a log.
Cut enough off to be about 1/4 cup
Form into pillows
Roll pillow as thin as possible
(flour board often)
Cook on griddle
Layout a large dish towel over a large cooling rack, then 2 layers of wax paper to cover towel, then another towel.  Stack lefse in between the waxed paper, about 12-14 rounds per stack.  Be sure they are well covered.
Cool completely before folding and freezing.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kettle Corn

      Yesterday I posted about pie in a jar from Our Best Bites.  Not sure if any of you checked that site out but they have lots of yummy looking recipes.  The kettle corn caught my eye.  I was in need of a good snack yesterday afternoon so I tried it out.  The recipe is simple.
3T oil
1/3 cup popcorn
3T sugar
      They made this over the stove top.  I tried, I failed.  Kept burning the sugar.  I eventually tried my stir crazy popcorn maker.  It came out perfect! 
Here is the link to the full recipe.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Homemade gift ideas

I came across this post for a rice heat therapy bag.  I thought it might make a good addition to a little basket I am putting together for a Christmas present.  Homemade soap, homemade knit washcloth, and maybe one of these??  The link below will take you to the site with all the directions.  I have been all about what's going to be on sale the day after Thanksgiving.  Making a list out and checking it twice, but I have also been trying to brainstorm for homemade gifts ideas.  There seem to be so many fun ideas out there!  Now if I can just pull some of them off...

Rice Heat Therapy Bag Tutorial, Eye pillow, and Wellness bag from Sew Mama Sew

Yummy ideas!

Cute single serving pie in a jar.  The website, Our Best Bites, has some good instructions on how to make the pies and spruce them up a bit to make cute gifts.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Favorite Thanksgiving dishes

What's everyone's favorite dish for Thanksgiving?
Post your recipes!
If anyone has the crock pot stuffing recipe, I'd sure love it.  I have misplaced my again.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Link to the Blog Hop...

Quilt Designer Blog Hop and Cookie Swap

Black Friday Shopping

Anyone else out there as nuts as I am?  I just love seeking out those deals on black Friday.  For the last couple weeks ads have already been leaking out.  Which is great.  I can get my list going of what I want to get and where I need to go.  With all that craziness you definitely need to have a plan of attack. is the website I use to get a peak at the ads as soon as they come out.  Look for ad scans in the upper left hand corner under navigation.  Then you can see actual scans of the ads instead of just lists.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tile Stamping

Tile that Paige made in school.
(sorry for the not so great picture)

On Thursdays I go into school and help out.  Mainly we are trying to teach home EC to the older students.  Someone else is there to do art with the younger kids.  Yesterday we did a project with all the kids.  It was tile stamping.  I have never seen this before, and  thought it was a pretty cool.  You use regular tiles(with a matte finish), rubber stamps, stamp ink, permanent markers, and a glaze for the finished product.  You also glue some felt on the back so that it doesn't scratch your table or wall.  We kept it pretty simple with the kids.  After looking online you can get creative with the coloring by blending and layering colors.

Below is a picture I found online of some tile stamping(I love my 6 yr olds tile but I am sure the rest of you would like to see a "real" one :)

A few links to give you better instructions.  When searched on google I did get lots of hits. 
One piece of advice I can give is the tile needs to be smooth for the picture to stamp on well.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Felt/Wool Flowers


This is from a gal I went to high school with.  She posted these on facebook a few days ago and now posted a tutorial.  They look really cute and easy.   Cute stuff!  The link above will take you to the tutorial on her blog.


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