It’s summertime, and this week it’s very hot. In our house, this means it’s time to make ice cream.
We haven’t made a lot of ice cream so far this summer. I’ve still been mostly sugar free and we just returned from our second big road trip of the summer, so we’ve been gone quite a bit. But this week’s heat wave along with my boys’ sweet requests combined to put me in an ice-cream-making mood.… Continue reading
While we were at my brother’s house in December, he and my sister-in-law made us some wonderful pancakes. The pancakes were simple, delicious, and we all loved them. In fact, my boys were completely head-over-heals about having a breakfast that involved maple syrup. (In our house, maple syrup generally signifies an occasional treat, not breakfast.)
When it’s cold and snowy outside, as it is today, I find myself desiring hot drinks. While I typically drink plain hot herbal tea, I sometimes mix it up with other things. Today, I wanted a Hot Spiced Chai.
The warming spices were perfect on a cold, blustery day, heating me up from the inside out. The richness of the cream made the drink feel like a special treat. … Continue reading
Pumpkin custard is one of our favorite fall desserts. While I typically make my pumpkin custard with honey, I recently decided to substitute maple syrup instead. This added a distinctive maple taste, and we all enjoyed it.
However, no one in our house could decide which they liked better, the maple or the honey-sweetened version of this recipe. So, in the future, we may have to do a side by side taste test (that sounds like a fun way to spend the afternoon!).… Continue reading
The other day I was talking with a friend who lives in Southern California. When I said something about all of the baking with pumpkin we’ve been doing, she responded, “It’s still 90-degrees here. It’s too hot to bake. Can you make up a recipe for pumpkin ice cream?”
So today we hit a high of 72 and I decided it was time to experiment.… Continue reading
Fresh roasted pumpkin is wonderfully delicious. Taste wise, it’s a big step up from canned pumpkin, like the difference between almost anything fresh and canned. But tackling a big whole pumpkin can feel intimidating, even if my normal method of roasting a pumpkin (or any type of winter squash) is pretty simple.
This method of roasting a pumpkin is easier than my normal way.… Continue reading
We love all things pumpkin, but our favorite pumpkin treat is definitely this Pumpkin Custard. It’s simple to make, and it tastes great. We’re already on our fourth batch of pumpkin custard this season, as we all love it. Fresh pumpkins are difficult to find during other parts of the year – so we enjoy them while we can find them.… Continue reading
Whenever I cut open a fresh winter squash (pumpkin, butternut, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and so on), the first thing I do is scoop out all of the seeds.
Did you know that with just a little bit of extra effort, you can roast those seeds and make a delicious, nutritious snack? Next time, instead of scooping those seeds into your compost or garbage, scoop them onto a baking sheet instead.… Continue reading