Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Grateful For You

Happy First Day of Fall!!!

This is the card that I created for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. The challenge is simply to create a card using fall colors! LOVE IT! The verse inspiring the challenge is Ecclesiastes 3:1, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." The purple and copper are good fall colors to me. Very simple, very Fall.

I also HAVE to share the recipes for two new pumpkin foods I tried (and made LOTS of this past week!!! Pumpkin muffins and pumpkin butter... both from SmittenKitchen.com. Of course. ;) Try them... you will LOVE them! Guaranteed!

Pumpkin Butter
Adapted from AllRecipes

1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree, approx. 3 1/2 cups
3/4 cup apple juice
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Juice of half a lemon

1. Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to taste. Stir in lemon juice, or more to taste.
2. Once cool, pumpkin butter can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

To preserve: Spoon hot pumpkin mixture into hot jars, filling to within 1/4 inch from top. Remove air bubbles; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

*I omitted the ground cloves due to cost... I found a good price on it, though, so I'll add it in next time!!

Pumpkin Muffins
Adapted from the American club, in Kohler, Wisconsin via Gourmet Magazine

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15 ounce can)
1/3 cup vegetable oil*
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar**
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.

Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.


Lorie said...

Your card is beautiful Mandy! The recipes look yummy too!

Becky Sorensen said...

Great cards. I will have to get Katie Renz to make the muffins - she is a much better cook than I!! LOL

Erika M. said...

Lovely card - thanks for sharing the recipes with us!

Steph Zerbe said...

Cinnamon-sugar....yum! Lovely purple card. Love getting recipes for bloggers...so fun.

Kristine said...

Hi Mandy =0) Cute card! I'm loving all that copper! What a coinkadink--I dragged out some copper c.s. today (first time in years!) lol. Your recipe looks so yummy! I have one for THE BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting if you ever want it! =P YUMMMY!

Anonymous said...

I'm salivating.......YUM!!! And your cad is GORGEOUS!

Kathy W. said...

your card is very pretty! And the recipes look so YUMMY:) Thanks for sharing with us.