Recipe

Pumpkin Butter

LOVE LOVE LOVE Pumpkin Goodies!

Now is a good time to make this pumpkin butter. It will last you all month and its  a great homemade treat to have on hand for “emergency gifts”. I made my batch today and im putting it in these small pint size jars and storing in the frig to have when needed.

Wrap it up along side of fresh made zucchini or banana bread. I have a great french toast recipe that this is an ingredient in that I will share later.  You can mix in oatmeal or spread on your morning toast. This is super easy to make and much cheaper than store-bought. I have purchased from Williams and Sonoma and Trader Joes and I think this tops both in price and flavor.

November keeps us busy with preparing for the holiday season and I think this pumpkin butter will enhance your holiday baking and gift giving. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Pumpkin Butter

This is where I got my recipe and a tweaks I did to it to make it my own.

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree, approx. 3 1/2 cups or fresh
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2-1.5 teaspoons ground ginger (optional, sometimes I omit)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup Sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice

I did not add the ginger for my first time but I think I  will try it the next time. I get my cinnamon from Dr.Sweet (how appropriate) local doctor here in Havasu. Its organic and really seems like the real stuff. He is a homeopathic Doctor and gives it to me since I’m a patient of his 🙂 Also I used Spiced Apple Cyder instead of Apple juice cause that is what I had. I am a firm believer of using what ever you have as long as its close cause you never know it might be better and sometimes it just does not matter. I’m thinking of trying a batch with 1/4 teaspoon or less of cayenne pepper. What do you think? Bam that will put a kick in it.

Makes 3.5 cups and stores well for up to 3 weeks so you are good to go thru Thanksgiving if you start now. Pumpkin Butter is super easy to make and smells like fresh-baked pumpkin pie as its cooking. If you love pumpkin goodies you will love this.

Directions:

1. Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan and stir well. Bring mixture to a boil, covered with lid ajar (I prop it with a wooden spoon). Reduce heat to low-medium and simmer, covered with lid ajar, for 35-45 minutes, stirring frequently. Be careful as the mixture bubbles and pops!

2. Remove from heat and let it sit for a few minutes before removing lid. Adjust spices to taste. Stir in lemon juice. Once cool, pumpkin butter can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Makes enough to fill one large mason jar or about 3.5 cups.

Get your super cute Mason jar and set aside…I packed my Pumpkin Butter in small Mason Jars for give aways.

Happy Pumpkin Butter Making.

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Things to do in Havasu

It’s October 1st, and do you know where your Decorations are?

I finished putting up my Halloween & Fall Decor, YES! This is one of my favorite time’s of year. I put out Halloween & Fall Decor together and after Halloween passes I pluck out the Halloween and enjoy the Fall decor until after Thanksgiving. I figure you guys do the same and I just wanted to share some of my favorite things:

This is my Dining Table and sometimes I put so much stuff you can’t sit down and eat, so I cut back a little this year.

In the middle is a Hurricane Lamp that I layered with moss (from Craft store) and little skull heads from Kmart, I love that one (idea stole from Pottery Barn)

It looks so scary, I caught my grandson Brody just staring at it 🙂

The place setting at the left is another skull head from Kmart and the napkin ring is a set of plastic vampire teeth (that was my idea)

The Wine bottle is from Trader Joe’s and if you zoom in you can see the cool label it has for Halloween and I doctored it up with some ribbon & small skull head (Kmart)

On some of the family pictures by the front door I stuck google eyes on their eyes, kind of makes them look silly & a little scary.One year I put google eyes on ALL the pictures in the hallway & my Grandson Gage got so freaked out he wanted me to take them all off.He got over it 🙂

I got some big skull heads and placed them in these lanterns thru out the house for a cool effect. 

In the kitchen I decorated my spice wheel and when my printer starts working I have some creepy labels I’m going to print out (Martha Stewart.com) and stick on the salt jug and the Olive Oil bottle.

My neighbor pulled out a dead tree from his yard and all this week I kept driving by it thinking “I want that tree”, so I got Michael to go drag it home for me and chop off a big branch and I made this scary tree to put by my front door.I filled an Urn with dirt stuck the branch in and attached a few crows to it, its really cool and I think I will go get some more of that moss and string it  from a few of the branches. I think that would be a cool effect also. Then I stuck this cute little pumpkin that I got at Lowe’s in one of the potted plants,he has a cute face.So those are a few pictures of some of my favorite things this year, I hope you all have fun with your decorations and will send me some pictures of your fav’s.

My Candy Jars, Kmart skull head :), Candy Korn, Black Licorice and that is a scary spider on top of the Candy Korn

Ciao!