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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Sprouted Flour Oven Pancake

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In a further effort this past week to consume our egg gifts from the girls, we created a healthier version of a “Dutch babies” pancake. If you are not familiar with oven pancakes, the fat is melted in a preheated oven before a simple batter made of eggs and equal parts flour and milk are poured into the pan. The result is almost like a pudding, gloriously brown and puffing up over the sides of the pan. Don’t serve it until everyone has gathered at the table as it will begin to deflate as soon as it is taken out of the oven.

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Live in Harmony with the Seasons

Live in Harmony with the Seasons

One of the unspoken goals I have had since moving to our homestead has been to synchronize our lifestyle to the rhythm of the seasons. To me, this is a concept that goes way beyond eating tomatoes in the summer. To me, it means bringing the outside indoors, duplicating the four season pattern of rest, renewal, growth, and reflection into our every day habits. Here are four suggestions for living in harmony with the seasons as suggested through The Homespun Seasonal Living Workbook by Kathie Lapcevik.

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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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Creating a Simple Homestead Holiday ~ and a Gift for You!

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… and please do not think that simple here means sparse.I love the holiday season, I love to bake and I love to decorate. Simple in this case refers to carrying the homestead mentality of togetherness; of self sufficient, frugal living from the heart into the Christmas season and right on through to the New Year. What follows are a list of ways we’ve chosen to “keep a simple Christmas”, things we’ve chosen to do as well as a few things we’ve chosen to do without. Also included is a set of holiday gift tags for you to download and print off as our gift to you!

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Smoky Chipotle Beef Pockets

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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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