Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Continuing my pumpkin kick, I am making these today.  I found the recipe at this fun site

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

2 c flour
1 1/2 cups oats
1 tsp soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries, cut into chunks (or any dried fruit you want - I'm using cranberries)

Preheat oven to 350.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine flour, oats, soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.  Set aside.
Beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla.  Mix well.
Fold in chips and fruit.
Drop on baking sheet.  Bake for 12-14 minutes until light brown.
Cool for 2 minutes on sheet and transfer to cooling racks.

***You can make this all sorts of ways- with different nuts, chocolates, and fruits!!!

Miss Norma's Stew

I didn't know Miss Norma.  She went to a church that my uncle pastored.  Now, she is with her Savior!  What I do know about Miss Norma, is that she blessed our family with the best stew recipe!  I'm not a big bean eater (at all), but I don't seem to mind them in this stew.  The flavor is rich, and gets better after cooking all day!

Miss Norma's Stew

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
Potatoes, diced (I use 2 good sized ones)
Carrots, diced (Don't always use them)
1 can corn, drained
1 can peas, drained (Don't always use them)
1 can white or green beans, drained (I usually do green, white, and kidney!)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Dash of Worchestershire sauce
2 Beef Bouillon cubes
Salt and pepper to taste

Ground beef and onion, drain.  Add to large stock pot with 4 cups water (I also add a large can of crushed tomatoes).  Add potatoes and carrots- cook until tender.  Add veggies and cook until thoroughly heated.  Add seasonings.

***I do this all at once and let it cook all day on low.  And, of course, we eat it with cornbread!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Pancakes with Hot Cider Syrup

Fall weather and Pinterest has had my wheels spinning about new recipes to try!  I stocked up on pumpkin while at the store on Monday and have been ready to bake!  This recipe is from  The pancakes are very good- not fancy, but good for pepping up a regular meal.  The winner is the syrup.  It doesn't take a lot of work, but it does need to cook for 30 minutes and then cool for 30 minutes.  Just something to think about while you plan.  I did dishes while it bubbled to glorious yumminess!  Everyone ate these up!  We had them for dinner with a side of breakfast casserole.  Let me know if you try these!

Hot Cider Syrup
3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice (I made cider with an instant mix)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

In a saucepan, combine all ingredients.  Bring to a boil at medium heat.  Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer (uncovered) for 25 - 30 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Let cool for 30 minutes (syrup will thicken).

Pumpkin Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar (I doubled this!)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.  In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk, pumpkin, and oil.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. 
In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Fold into batter.
Get your griddle nice and hot and make the pancakes like you normally do! (My version of the directions!)
Serve warm with butter and Hot Cider Syrup!!!!!  Thank the Lord for the ability to taste the wonders he has created!