Thanksgiving 2017

What I planned, and what I ended up with aren’t necessarily the same.  My guys didn’t want rice they wanted stuffing, and they wanted rolls.  So I adjusted my menu and I think it turned out nice.  I made a grain free bread for me and the dairy-free/gluten free pie that they really liked.  I also made cake for my guys.  They enjoyed having it for breakfast the next day.   Hubby said he liked that the sweet potatoes weren’t drowned in sugar or marshmallows.  The only thing I added was salt while they were boiling.

We grilled the turkey and that turns out pretty good every year.  This year was the first time I tried butterflying (spatchcocking) the turkey and while it did cook more evenly, it was a chore to do it on a 22 lb. bird.  I told hubby that from here on out if we want to spatchcock the turkey, we have the butcher do it when we buy it.  They’ll usually do it for free and we save the aggravation.

I hope you’re Thanksgiving was blessed and that you reflected on all the things you are thankful for.  I’d love to hear how your dinner went and what you may have done differently this year.

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re

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Recipe: Pumpkin Bread

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Baking local grown pumpkins to make puree.

I’m not a fan of pumpkin spiced everything.   I do, however, like homemade pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. My Aunt who recently passed away gave everyone pumpkin and banana breads every Christmas.  I looked forward to that every year.

Quite a few years ago when we were going through some hard times and money was tight, I took that idea and started baking Christmas gifts including pumpkin bread. I even shared my homemade honey wheat bread and Amish white bread with my Aunt at our family Christmas. But pumpkin bread is one of my favorites and is a favorite of several in our family.

Here is the recipe I use.  It isn’t my Aunt’s recipe, never as good as hers because of all the love she put into it, but this is my favorite recipe to use and it makes delicious bread.  It makes three loaves and I think it tastes even better when you use fresh pumpkin puree.  It isn’t hard and you don’t have to use pie pumpkins.  You can use any good pumpkin.  Just cut it in half, clean out the pumpkin guts, and bake in a 350 F oven until tender.  You can find my post on making your own pumpkin puree here.

I’d love to hear what you think if you try this recipe, or if you make your own puree.

Genesis 8:22 – While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re

 

Ingredients

3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups white sugar
6 eggs
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour three 9″ x 5″ loaf pans.

In a large bowl mix together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves then stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes to one hour. The top of the loaf should spring back when lightly pressed.

Happy Home Anniversary

13 years ago we closed on our first house.  This was HUGE for us.

It was a fixer upper, and there were a few things that needed to be done before we could actually move in, but we carried in a Thanksgiving dinner anyway.   We moved in the next weekend.

One of the first things we did after we moved in was to add this door knocker.

Joshua 24:15b “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re

It’s Fall Ya’ll!

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Trying to enjoy the fall weather here @Home and spending time out in the woods before the cold sets in.

treesinwoodsroadWe went out this past weekend and even though it was spitting rain, we got out into nature to get some fresh air and exercise. The weather has been warmer than normal lately so it’s been easy to get out and enjoy it.

The leaves are just starting to change here in Northern Indiana. You never know how they are going to be until you are in the midst of full color. A couple years ago the leaves went from green to brown and totally skipped the color. One year we had the most amazing color changes I had ever seen. It’s my favorite time of year and I’m always eager to see fall how ever it comes.

How are you spending your time these days? Comment below and let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:3

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Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re

For Tarin – Ovarian Cancer Awareness

ovariancancerawarenessMost everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Most also know that the ribbon color is pink.  Thanks to raising awareness, many lives are saved each year from breast cancer.

Most probably don’t know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Most probably don’t know that the ribbon color is teal.   There is not enough awareness about one of the most deadly of women’s cancers.

img_20170106_001226_967Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, approximately 14,270 women died in the United States from this disease. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments and many women won’t be diagnosed until the cancer has spread…like my husband’s cousin Tarin who fought a brave battle.

She knew something wasn’t right.  For almost a year even the doctors didn’t recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer.  Once Tarin was finally diagnosed, it had already spread throughout her abdomen.  After surgeries, chemo, and many other treatments, she lost her battle after nearly seven years.  She left behind three beautiful children and many who loved her.

Had there been more awareness, she might have been diagnosed sooner.  Had there been more awareness, the 5-year relative survival rate for ovarian cancer might be higher than 45%.

Please help spread the awareness, continue to pray for those who are battling ovarian cancer, and the families of those who lost a loved one to it.  If you’ve lost a loved one to ovarian cancer, I would love for you to honor them in the comments below.

 

Tea Time

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My son has a cold and I feel like I’m starting to get it.  It’s a rough start to the morning but after a nice hot cup of instant coffee (yeah…instant…*sigh*) it’s time for some tea with honey and lemon.  Living in town we don’t really have a good place to have bees, so we get our honey from one of the local farms.

The diet program I’m on for my joint pain is no sugar.  But I’m not sure how to handle that when you’re sick.  We use honey A LOT in the winter in our homemade cough medicine, in teas with lemon etc.  If I buy cough drops or OTC medicine it has sugar in it.  A conundrum for sure.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.  In the mean time, I’m going to crawl back on the couch under an afghan, sip my tea, crochet, and read some blogs. Somewhere in there will be a nap or two.  Hope your day is great!

Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For You are my praise.

Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re