Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pumpkin oatmeal


By now, everybody in the universe knows that I am obsessed with pumpkins, and that I like to "invent" recipes that have pumpkin in them.

So I'll skip all the talking stuff and just share my favorite way to make pumpkin oatmeal -- something the whole family loves as a meal or a snack at any time of the day.

Pumpkin Oatmeal
(serves 4)

1 c water
1 c milk
3/4 c pumpkin puree
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c brown sugar
splash vanilla
ground cinnamon and cloves to taste

pumpkin oatmeal ingredients

1 heaping cup dry oats

pumpkin oatmeal making

Whisk together all ingredients, except oats, until well blended.

pumpkin oatmeal started

Add oats.

pumpkin oatmeal in progress

Cook over low heat until thickened. Serve however you like (but I love mine with a splash of milk and a drizzle of honey on top).

pumpkin oatmeal with milk

That's all for now! Have a nice breakfast/snack/whatever. I'm off to give my apple butter another stir. Going on 24 hours of cooking down and it should be done soon!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Great Idea - Updated!


So it is no secret that I love mason jars.

herbs to be infused

dropped, settling, and stirred in, respectively :)

I love them for storage,

tea in a jar

pre-measuring liquid oils

mason jar storage

and all parts of them for decoration.

mason jar paraphernalia for decoration

mason jar candle holders

But when it comes time to use the contents, especially the pre-measured oils for soap making, pouring and transferring can be a drippy mess. Actually, everything down to the grains would be much easier to get out with some sort of spout controlling the flow.

And while I don't usually do this sort of thing, that desire for an easier way to use my precious mason jars is exactly why I am writing this post. I know a lot of you also use jars for various things around your houses, and I think you will flip over Karen Rzepecki's amazing idea for a mason jar lid -- with a pour spout!!!

I encourage you to check out the short video,

and the page on Kickstarter for additional information.

Karen is SO CLOSE to her goal and I would love to see it happen for her!

And, you know, there's a little selfish interest there too, because I want these lids in my life!


She did it!!! She met her goal and now these caps will become a reality!