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A sweet sugar pumpkin that’s graced our porch with all of our other Fall Decorations was finally re-purposed into the most delicious Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili.  With that I was also able to use last weeks home made vegetable stock in this recipe.

This is the recipe I used and tweaked for myself.

1 small to medium sugar pumpkin cubed

2 cups veggie stock

3 cloves of garlic

1 15 oz can of pinto beans drained

1 15 oz can chili beans drained

1 15 oz can of kidney beans drained

1 medium brown onion

1 lb of garden crumbles (or you can use ground turkey)

2 cans of chopped tomatoes, 1 drained

3 tbsp of brown sugar

1/2 tbsp of cinnamon

1/2 tbsp of nutmeg

1 tsp chili powder ( 1 tbsp of chili powder if you like spicy)

First chop up your pumpkin, removing the seeds and the skin.

Second  brown your crumbles or meat with the chopped medium onion

The recipe I was loosely following called for pumpkin pie spice. Since I did not have any I used cinnamon and nutmeg that I did have.

Last, dump everything together in the crock pot, stirring it and setting it on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

I love the chunky pumpkin instead of pureed. And I love the sweet and savory flavors of this chili. It was delicious!

Hope you get to use your pumpkins too.

Repurposing a Pumpkin from Decoration to Chili

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I’m so happy it’s soup making season. I love the cooler weather and delicious home made soup. One easy way to be ready to make almost any soup is to have a vegetable broth on hand. It is so easy to make your own, especially if  you’ve been saving up all your vegetable skins and scraps in the freezer.

I’ve been saving all those throw away onion peels, carrot and celery tops, zucchini and potato skins and keeping them in a plastic bag in the freezer. You save so much money making your own broth and you save the best flavors as well.

I grabbed my bag from the freezer and some veggies I had lying around and threw them in some boiling water. I added herbs from the garden and salt and pepper. Then brought the water up to a boil and let it boil for an hour.

Last just strain your broth, throw out the veggies this time and use your broth right away or refrigerate it. Can’t wait to make some soup in a few days in this chilly weather.

Enjoy

So Happy it’s Soup Making Season!

Making Honey Spoons

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

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My family and I love watermelon and it’s just the perfect treat for summer. I bought one that was so perfectly ripe that it would have had to be eaten in a day! I hate to waste anything so I decided to make watermelon juice out of half it. Or otherwise known at Watermelon Agua Fresca.

I chopped up half the watermelon in chunks and then pureed them in the blender. After it was blended I then poured it through a strainer.

Most recipes have you add water, lime and sugar to the juice, but all I did was cut it in half with water and added some ice cubes. It was delicious! Such a perfect drink for this long hot summer.

Home Made Lollies

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I wanted to do something easy and fun for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. This year’s party theme is desserts. I found some  bubbles in cute plastic ice cream cones to give out and I’m baking a large cup cake cake. So what else could I make but lollipops?!

All I needed was a bag of jolly ranchers, lollipop sticks I found at a craft store, cooking spray, parchment paper, and aluminum.

I found this recipe on line but had to tweak it a bit to work for me.

First preheat oven to 225, then line your cookie sheet with aluminum first then parchment paper. Lightly spray the paper with cooking spray. Line up 3 candies to create your lollies.

Bake candies until they just start to melt together. My oven took 7 minutes.

Carefully remove cookie sheet and add lolly sticks. You have to do this quickly by twisting the stick around in the candy so the candy is covering the stick. Be careful, candy is hot but cools down quickly and wont take to the stick if you wait too long.

After a few minutes I removed the candies and we had them standing upright to cool down. After 30 minutes I was able to put them in their plastic cover and twist tie them shut.

Super cute, colorful and ready for the party!

Of course I had birthday girl try one to tell me how they turned out. She was loving it. I didn’t feel too guilty about the candy since she’s only good for about 60 seconds with it until it’s too sweet and she’s done.

Happy 3rd Birthday Baby Girl!