Tag Archive | Pumpkin pie

My Senses Are Being Tantalized!

My senses are aware of the coming change of seasons..

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I feel the cooler airtouch of a warm sweater

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I smell the smoke from burning wood in our fire pitCinnamon wafting in air from hot cider…

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I see the leaves slowly starting to let loose of the branches of the trees… colors changing to yellow… orange and red…k7508174

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Children heard outdoors… trying to get in those last moments of playing outdoors… cooler wind picking up and blowing the leaves across the lawn…

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The flowers are dieing… Their last blooms looking spindly…

The fields are turning brown and golden

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Apples, Pumpkins and Dried Indian Corn tied together…

Gourds to decorate with…

Beautiful Mums in shades of orange, yellow, sienna, some almost a burgundy color…k15555818

My anticipation of Autumn is…

Going to Fall Festivals…

Cooking more soups / chilis…

Baking more…

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Pumpkin… cinnamon… apple smells…

Leaves rustling underfoot…ap01h024

Crisp cool air

Baking Pumpkin Seeds

Stores full of Holiday decorations and ideas…

Sun setting earlier… and rising later…

Yes!… my senses are aware of the changes being made… and I intend to enjoy …

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Christmas Tree Bread

I made two low-fat low-calorie foods for my TOPS group Christmas Get-together tonight…

One is a low-calorie Crustless Pumpkin Pie… It is almost like eating pumpkin custard… Fine with me… because I’m more interested in the “filling” than the crust… I know!… You “crust” people will totally hate it… well not maybe… After you taste it… you will be quite impressed…

Crustless Pumpkin Pie (Low-Calorie)

Ingredient

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (12 ounce) cans evaporated skim milk
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 -2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup Splenda sugar substitute

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.
  2. Pour into 9-inch pie pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes; reduce temperature to 325 degrees F and bake for 45 minutes more.
  4. Pie is done when knife inserted into center comes out clean.

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Of course I’m taking low-fat Cool Whip to put on top… Yummy!

My other recipe came from Pillsbury Bread Christmas Trees…

Of course I altered it a little… That’s just me… I couldn’t find the Bread Stick Dough… so I picked up the One Sheet Dough and cut it in strips…Then formed the little “dough” trees with a trunk…Turned out so cute… and quite easy… Great for a Christmas party !…

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“The Smells of Autumn”

I love the smell of Autumn … I bought a candle called Toasted Almond” … It was such a yummy smell … I could have almost taken a bite of it… It seems that candles  can take on any scent… Like “Hot Butter Rum” “Whipped Pumpkin Pie” Spiced Cider” Maple Butter and even Sugar Cookie”  … Isn’t it nice to go into someone’s house and it smells so good… When I was younger and in my first house … the closest thing to fancy smelling candles was to put some spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg in a pan of water and simmer it on your stove… even orange peel at times… I also like the outside smells of Autumn… like wood burning when marshmallows are being roasted , walking in the cool air through fallen leaves , apples, oranges and pumpkins  on display at a fruit stand… There’s also the smells of foods that we like to cook in the Fall… chili , stews , soups, baked pumpkin spice muffins  and warm breads Autumn is a great time to wake up your sense of  “Smell”

“My Kids!”…
When we had our Holiday Bazaar at school…we made a lot of homemade items …I would come up with the ideas and the kids would execute them with some guidance and encouragement…We made candles that looked like stained glass … It took collecting old candles of any color or scent … saving our small milk cartons from the cafeteria , purchasing some candlewicks and then all we needed was crushed chunky ice … After cutting off the top of the cartons we had small square boxes …They were then washed and let dry… Over a double boiler of hot water we melted the old candles… Ice chunks were placed in the cartons and the hot wax was poured over it … A wick was inserted …The ice cooled the hot wax fairly quickly while the hot wax melted the ice into various shapes with some slight holes in it … After cooling and removing the carton you had an unexpected, one of a kind, unique candle … The surprised look of achievement on our student’s faces was worth all of the time spent in making them… They had created a wonderful Autumn Smell”

Taking Part In “The Old and New”

It’s been 7 months since I started my BLOG … I think I will start a new one for the year 2012 … I started writing about working with my kids at school … almost a never-ending story…but, since I have found my interest going in a different direction … I’ve learned that’s OK… I will finish what I have started… I’m like that… need to complete tasks I start… and then I can go on to other ideas … I find that maybe it’s because I am finally starting into another part of my life … When you have done something for over 30 years …it’s hard to stop thinking about it…In my case the schools , the teachers , the kids, the adventures and friends I made… I was so drawn to what I had left… but, now I’m looking in other areas… of things to do, to see  and feel…It’s kind of encouraging that I can go on to new beginnings … and I do intend to try new things, meet many more people, learn new things every day and maybe even change my thoughts and patterns that are so instilled in my being…The world is so glorious with all that it has to offer Why not take part in it! 

“My Kids!”…

In the Fall , a team at school called “The Shooting Stars, held Muster Day in October… It was like a pioneer day apple cider making , square dancing , corn husk doll making , quaint games from years past, cake walks , making beaded necklaces, cooking corn in the husk , roasting a pig  and serving BBQ to all who wanted to try it, frying jowl bacon on an open fire and our contribution would be beef stew , corn bread and pumpkin pie … We had such a good time! … It took months for the students and our kids who were included to learn the steps to the square dancing… laughing and getting to know each other as they found out who had two left feet or who wasFred Astaire in disguise  of a gangly teenager … Studying about their particular subject that was assigned to them… from making moccasins to apple butter … The kids came up with their own costumes… dressed in the clothing of the period they were learning about… very original… Many posters were made and many stories were told to all the spectators and parents who had come to view all of their hard work… Such a good memory to hold within me and brought to surface when the calendar turns to October, the air starts to cool and the smell of pumpkin pie and apple cider entices you to enjoy those times again…I think I’ll take part in the past as well as the present…