Five Ways to Put a Different Twist on Your Traditional Pumpkin Pie

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Thanksgiving is a big deal in our family. It is usually hosted by my mother who typically plans the menu which is always very traditional and always ends with the pumpkin pie. Not apple, not French silk, but pumpkin. Don’t mess with the pumpkin pie ~ and I’m always asked to bring it. That being said, there are times when I’ve wanted to give a nod to the pumpkin but shake things up a bit just for kicks. Here are a few things I have found to be different, while keeping well within the pumpkin pie theme…

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Sauerkraut and Spareribs ~ Recipes from my Family Heritage

sauerkraut and spareribs

No visit to my Grandma’s was complete without this simple comfort food. She would begin preparing it early in the day, layering the ribs and the homemade kraut in the same vintage dutch oven. It would simmer all day long on the back of the stove to be served in the evening over mashed potatoes and accompanied by a side of her homemade applesauce. For dessert there would be one of her pies, usually rhubarb but sometimes blueberry; made from local fruit, the crust flaky by the lard she used. The full recipe and instructions are being shared today over at Gnowfglins. Click here to read more….

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Cinnamon Coconut Hot Chocolate ~ and a giveaway!

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With one of the coldest winters we’ve had in ages cinnamon hot cocoa is a treat that we have enjoyed often. The recipe is simple and comes together quickly. The addition of coconut oil is a great way to get this good stuff into your diet. If this is something you would enjoy, we’re delighted to be able to offer a giveaway from Tropical Traditions for a gallon bucket of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

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Smoky Chipotle Beef Pockets


This week while working on some baking for the holidays I had the opportunity to take Pantry Paratus’ emapanda press out for a test drive. What has attracted me to them the most, is the idea of having a little meal to go all sealed up in pastry ~ not to mention the option of using it in the summer to make turnovers and little hand pies with fresh fruit. If you would like one of these for yourself or as a stocking stuffer for the foodie on your list, Pantry Paratus is generously offering a giveaway and a coupon code.

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Pecan Pesto Spread and a Romantic Indoor Picnic

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While the holidays are all about visiting with family and loved ones we don’t see often; in the business of the season we often neglect quality time with those who are the closest to us. I would encourage you to take some time this week to create an evening alone with your loved one ~ a time where you can reconnect and value the gift of each other.

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From Scratch Pumpkin Pie and a Thanksgiving Menu

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If you are making every attempt to try and eat good food this holiday season, food free of sweetened condensed milk, reddi whip, and jello fluff, then here is a menu that might lend you a hand. Some of these recipes are my own, and some I’ve gathered from my bloggie friends and neighbors who are good cooks and use whole ingredients. Included is a recipe for pumpkin pie made completely from scratch: using fresh pumpkin and cream instead of canned milk.

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Traditional, Nourishing Ingredients for Holiday Baking

Apricot Crescents from Black Fox Homestead

In our home husbie and I typically hold to a healthy diet. For us healthy is defined by unprocessed ingredients that are as fresh as possible and, time and forethought permitting: traditionally prepared. This year, I decided to try to bake our holiday treats using as many traditional ingredients as possible using the traditional approach as often as possible. Here are some of the staples and ingredients I plan to use along with some of the resources for where they can be purchased.

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