Happy Thanksgiving!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share my pumpkin pie recipe.  This was handed down to me from my mom.

2 cups pumpkin (mashed)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 Tbsp. flour
3 cups milk

Beat pumpkin then add sugar, eggs and spices.  Beat together.  Gradually add flour.  Heat milk and add to pumpkin mixture, stirring all the while.  Pour into unbaked pie shells.  Bake at 350F for 1/2 hour or until pumpkin begins to set (thicken).

Note:  For more pumpkin flavour combine 3 cups pumpkin and 2 cups milk.

Top with whipped cream.

May your day be blessed with wonderful family memories.  Remember the past, focus on the present, hope for the future.  From my family to yours, happy Thanksgiving!

Organizing photographs

Photo albums

I collected all the photo albums from Mom and Dad’s place and am going through them and scanning a lot of them.  I’ll save them in a file then burn them to disc for anyone in the family that would like a copy.  The next generation isn’t going to know who these people were if I don’t. 🙂

I’m also going through old photographs of my hubby and kids from the past 22 years. (Pre-digital camera) I’m putting together an album for each of the boys.  I’ll have some scanning and printing to do to round-out the albums.

This should keep me busy for a while. 😉

Blizzard

It doesn’t look terrible but once on the highway, it’s total white-out.  A few highways have been closed, school was cancelled, hubby stayed home from work.  He tried to go but only went a few miles and turned around.  It’s reported that there are lots of cars in the ditch.  It’s suppose to let up around supper time tonight.  We’re staying close to the fire today.  I put on a big pot of soup.  This is the first blizzard this winter.  I guess we’ve been fortunate. 🙂

May you always have an angel by your side

May you always have an angel by your side
Watching out for you in all the things you do
Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days
Finding ways for your wishes and dreams to take you to beautiful places
Giving you hope that is as certain as the sun
Giving you the strength of serenity as your guide
May you always have love and comfort and courage
And may you always have an angel by your side

May you always have an angel by your side
Someone there to catch you if you fall
Encouraging your dreams
Inspiring your happiness
Holding your hand and helping you through it all

In all our days, our lives are always changing
Tears come along as well as smiles
Along the roads you travel, may the miles be a thousand times more lovely than lonely
May they give you gifts that never, ever end: someone wonderful to love and a dear friend in whom you can confide
May you have rainbows after every storm
May you have hopes to keep you warm

And may you always have an angel by your side

~Douglas Pagels

Love you, Mom

Christmas tree is up

We live near a Christmas tree farm, we’ve been getting our tree there the past several years.  Some years we walk over and carry the tree back but this year it was just too cold.  We drove.

Do you have your Christmas tree up?  I don’t do a lot of decorating because my house is too small and decorations just add clutter.  At the base of the tree you can see a lit Santa.  This is a quirky little guy I got from an elderly relative.  He’s really not very attractive but has become part of a tradition to have him sitting under the tree. 

Yes, the tree is in front of the door. lol  We don’t use the front door at all.  It’s an emergency exit only.  I mentioned my house is small, but it is sufficient. 🙂

Nativity

I also have a nativity (also called a creche)  sitting under the tree.  My dad built the stable for me and I bought little plastic figures.  Of course there are chickens and goats watching over baby Jesus. 😀  It’s not expensive and certainly not fancy, but neither was the birth of Jesus, right?

Shift in thinking

This has been an interesting 3 weeks for me in terms of food and cooking.  Ever since I joined in on Wardeh’s Tuesday Twister blog carnival, I have been focusing on the real food my family eats.  If you had asked me a month ago if we eat a lot of real food, my answer would have been YES.  BUT I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the net.  If you haven’t checked out foodrenegade, I recommend it.  The responses are as interesting as the articles themselves.  I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box but it’s slowly being absorbed.  I’ve come to the realization that we do not eat as well as I thought.

~I’ve become painfully aware of the processed foods in my house~

We are all feeling the effects of those foods, though I was not aware of it until now.  I’m talking to my family, letting them know the things I am reading and hopefully getting them on the same page, and on the road to change.

It’s not easy!  How do you change something so ingrained?  I’ve been cooking this way for 23 years.  The answer: Little by little.

Keeping that in mind, onto what was cooking in my kitchen this week:

My tomatoes have finally started ripening! This week’s meals have been full of tomatoes and green beans from the garden.

I’m really proud of my tossed salad this week!  Everything came from my garden, all grown organically.  Lettuce, green onion, carrots, tomatoes, and dill.

We really like salmon filets.  I seasoned them with a (prepackaged-sorry) mixture of sea salt, black pepper, chili, onion, garlic, rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage.  Yes, I read the label.  I like cooking salmon because it’s so fast!  We had beef liver this week too (not pictured) which I also love making because it’s so quick ~ real fast food.

The sandwich, granted wasn’t completely real but it could have been. 😀  Toasted whole wheat bread, salmon with chopped onion and mayo, fresh sliced tomato from the garden.

The change isn’t going to be overnight and it’s not going to be easy.  When life gets stressful, I tend to revert back to my old ways.  I need to do this for my health and the health of my family!