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Mrs. Claus’ Favorite Pumpk-yum Pie Recipe!

November 4th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

I just have to share another one of Mrs. Claus’ seasonal favorite recipes! Homemade pumpkin pie made from this season’s harvested pumpkins — and yes they are plumpest of pumpkins!

Pumpkin Halves

To make the pumpkin puree it is quite simple:

Ingredients:

3 sugar pumpkins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Cut the tops off of all your pumpkins, then cut in half and scoop out all the seeds and guts! Save the seeds to make yummy roasted pumpkin seeds!

  3. Cut the halves in half one more time. Arrange neatly on a baking sheet, skin side down.

  4. Bake for 40 minutes or so, until the pumpkins are tender to the touch of a fork.

  5. Let cool slightly then peel off the skins.

  6. Throw the roasted goods into a food processor and presto! You have your very own pumpkin puree!

Puree

Now with your puree you can make endless amounts of treats! Or you can freeze the leftovers for your next pie. Now for the pie recipe:

Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust prepared in pan

¾ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

2 eggs

1 ¾ cup homemade pumpkin puree

1 (12 oz can) evaporated milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pie pan.

  2. In a small bowl whisk together sugar, salt, and spices.

  3. In an electric mixer, or large bowl, beat eggs.

  4. Add pumpkin puree to eggs and mix.

  5. Add sugar mixture to pumpkin mixture and combine.

  6. Slowly add in evaporated milk.

  7. Pour into prepared pie pan and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40 – 50 minutes.

  8. Chill and serve!

Pumpkins

This pie is best served with homemade whipped cream! Whip a small carton of heavy whipping cream in an electric mixer with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla. Start on a lower speed and increase as cream gets thicker, just so you don’t have a creamy mess all over the counter!

Enjoy!

 

Holiday Treats: Christmas Crunchies

December 21st, 2013 | Filed under: cookie recipies helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

These Christmas Crunchies are such a delectable treat! Everyone always seems apprehensive of these at first because they are a little odd looking, but they are so delicious! Sweet, salty, and crunchy!

Ingredients:

1 (12 oz) package of butterscotch chips

2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter

1 small package (12 oz) of fried chow mien noodles

Tasty Holiday Treats

(The golden treats)

Directions:

Place chips and peanut butter in a saucepan and melt over very low heat, stirring constantly so not to burn.

Once it is melted through, take it off the heat and add the fried chow mien noodles.

Gently fold to coat all the noodles in the butterscotch mixture.

Place wax paper over your counter and begin spooning the mixture onto the wax paper. Make small balls, the size of small cookies. Allow to cool for 1 hour.

Enjoy!

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Fantastic Finger Food Fit for an Elf

November 13th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Mrs. Claus brought us elves some fantastic snacks today! As it is getting busier around the North Pole with Christmas nearing, Mrs. Claus tries to keep us full and energized by making some fun-to-eat snacks! Sometimes she makes individualized ones, or just platters to share, all are yummy and fun finger-food. Both of these recipes can be easily interpreted to make another object, animal, or setting. So get to cooking, and get creative!

The first snacks were two different bears, a brown bear and a honey bear:

Brown Bear Snack

Honey Bear Snack

Step 1: Take two pieces of bread and lay them side-by-side. Spread thick, and smooth on one piece creamy peanut butter, and on the other nutella.

Step 2 : Open a banana and slice 4 small pieces, put those in the place of the eyes, and place a chocolate chip for the nose.

Step 3: Cut a dried apricot in half length-wise, use one half as the smiling mouth.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Even Big Kids enjoy this snack!

Snacks for Kids

The second snack was a platter for all of us to share:

Healthy Snack

Step 1: Create the Palm Trees: Cut a banana in half, length-wise, and place on the platter; one half on each side. Cut the bottom of the banana to even it out. Grab a few green grape bunches and place accordingly on top of the banana.

Step 2: Create the Ground: Evenly sprinkle chocolate chips, dried blueberries, and raisins along the bottom of the bananas.

Step 3: Create the Man: Cut four slices of ham for limbs (Mrs. Claus used ham steak for nice thick ham), and one square piece (about a square inch), for the body. Cut a square piece of cheese for the head. Assemble the body, two longer slices of ham for the legs, the shorter for the arms, and cheese for the head. Use yellow mustard to create a face!

Step 4: Enjoy by sharing!

Healthy Snack

Both of these recipes can be made with just a butter knife so you can easily include the kids! Kids, you don’t have to stick to the recipes exactly. If you don’t like raisins use peanuts, M&Ms, pretzels, or anything you think would look good as a ground! And if you’re a vegetarian, just make the body out of cheese. Get creative and have fun!

Challenge your self and see what other animals or settings you can come up with!

Begin a Fall Morning with a Yummy Warm Tummy

October 28th, 2013 | Filed under: seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Fall

Good morning everyone! What is your favorite way to start a crisp fall morning? A Pumpkin Spice Latté, bowl of hot oatmeal, hot apple cider? Well I have a recipe I would like to share with you that is all the flavors of fall in a classic breakfast dish… pancakes! Apple pancakes possess the crisp juicy crunch of the apple bits, have the warmth of the accompanying spices, and the classic feel of a pancake breakfast. Enjoy this any fall morning, or make it special for a holiday breakfast! I’m going to share with you a great recipe found on Smitten Kitchen but with a few twists of my own!

Apple Spice Pancakes

Kitchen

Ingredients:

2 eggs beaten

1½ cups of milk (or yogurt)

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tsp of baking powder

½ tsp of salt

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cloves

½ tsp ginger

3 medium apples, peeled and coarsely grated

Butter for frying

 

Directions:

Beat the 2 eggs and milk (or yogurt) together in a large bowl.

Whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour – ginger) in a small bowl.

Peel, core, and grate the apples. If you have a food processor, the easiest way I found (and the tastiest) was to peel and core the apples and use a food processor. Don’t use the grating attachment, I just threw them right in and pulsed until it was small bits.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk together ½ cup at a time, until well combined.  Then add in the apple bits.

Heat the cast iron frying pan on medium-low heat. Melt the butter in the pan and add ¼ cup of pancake mixture to make perfectly sized pancakes!

Cook for about 3 minutes on each side.

 Breakfast

Serve with warmed maple syrup, a dusting of sugar, and enjoy!