Still can’t get enough of pumpkin? Well how about some delicious pumpkin bread for the holiday season. This Vanilla Pumpkin Bread Recipe is not only delicious but it looks great too, perfect for the festive season. If there’s such thing as Christmas pumpkin bread, then this recipe is it! I make several of this to give to friends and I also some ready for a quick breakfast or snack to munch on.
whipped cream (can use heavy cream or lemon juice, vanilla, dry milk powder and sugar)
Put the constarch, water, sugar and salt in a medium size nonstick saucepan. Boil for 1 minute.
Put 1/4 cup of this mixture in a separate bowl and add egg yolks. Whisk.
Gradually add the rest of the boiled mixture while mixing well.
Put back in the saucepan and heat for 1 minute.
Remove from heat. Add cold chopped butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix well.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Pour in meringue crust.
To make crust: Beat 2 egg whites till stiff. Add cream of tartar and salt then add 1/2 cup sugar gradually while still mixing.
Add vanilla extract. Roll a small amount between your fingers- if you still feel the sugar continue beating until the sugar is dissolved. Put in greased 9 inch pie dish and design as desired. Then bake at 300 for 40 minutes.
Beat 1 cup heavy cream with 1 teaspoon sugar until thick or stiff. If you want to make your own nonfat whipped cream: Combine 1/3 cup ice water with 1 1/4 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Add 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder. Beat until stiff; add sugar and beat a few minutes longer.
Pour the cooled mixture in the meringue crust. Top the lemon pie with whipped cream.
*Varieties: The ingredient picture shows oranges- I love the orange juice for an orange creamsicle pie!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner so let’s talk turkey! And by Turkey, I mean funny turkey crafts, snacks, and Thanksgiving recipes! Planning Thanksgiving can be stressful because it is such a big meal, and if you have a large family like mine then making sure you have plenty of food as well can be very stressful. With these Fall Round Up Turkey crafts, snacks, and recipes, not only will your table look cute but your guest will have a great time and enjoy a wonderful relaxing meal.
In the last couple of weeks, we have found out that my husband is gluten intolerant. I have been scrambling to make breakfasts that I can cook ahead of time and freeze. I have to come up with meals that my kids and my husband will both like and they have to be easy. They have to be something I can make ahead of time. I headed into Walmart to buy some ingredients for what I hoped would be a special breakfast meal idea. I decided that a pumpkin waffle with yogurt sauce would be the perfect remedy. I will say my children loved the Yogurt dipping sauce so much that they asked me to put the rest in their lunch box with apple slices. This recipe was so successful in my home that I am sharing it with you.Continue reading
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bissell and Best Buy, but all opinions expressed here are mine.
Being frugal with money in today’s economy has become a must-have, but what about being frugal with our time. When I was single, it seemed there was always enough time, and this continued even after I got married and have kids. With our busy schedule of school, sports, and other extracurricular activities, time seemed to disappear slowly, I feel like the day really wasn’t 24 hours long. Since you can’t buy hours to add on to your day, I had to look for other ways to save time. When I looked around for easy ways to organize and be frugal with my time I realized that I should start with our home and since I want a clean house and it takes time to clean our whole house, it’s essential to have a cleaning schedule.
Here are my ways to make cleaning less time consuming and stressful.
1. My first order of business was to make my children aware of their responsibilities
This included making their beds, changing their sheets, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, putting their clean clothes away, cleaning their rooms (which includes dusting, vacuuming, and every day messes), putting their dirty dishes away, and packing their lunches for school. In order to teach them responsibility of pet ownership, they also have to pitch in and help with our dog.
2. Next, I informed my husband that he had to take ownership of our household chores. He loves doing the laundry, so that’s his territory. He is also in charge of steam cleaning and vacuuming the house.
To get the job done thoroughly and faster, we need the right cleaning tools to help us. Since we have kids and a dog, it’s a must that our cleaning equipment of choice is powerful but at the same time safe for our floors. Right now, our choice is the new BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max which is available at Best Buy.
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3. Last thing in my agenda of streamlining our cleaning schedule is to make a calendar with all my chores listed for each day.
This would make it easier to get motivated to clean since I knew it would take 30 minutes or less a day. To figure out what needed to be on the calendar, I made a list of everything that needed to be done (even if it was only once a month). Then I went thru and wrote next to each thing how often I wanted to do it. I decided not to bite off more than I knew what possible. I figured if I got the inkling to do it more frequently then I could.
Once I knew how often I needed to figure out what day would be best for each. I tried not to put to much on one day and opted to leave Sunday empty and Saturday with very little so we could enjoy family time without feeling like we had a lot to do at home. I created a calendar in Microsoft Word and got to typing and this is the finished result. For the things I need to do daily I listed them in one of the blank boxes on the calendar and the same with the monthly chores. We cross the things off once they are done so the other family members know what needs to be done. I did it month specific so I would have a handy calendar on my fridge as well but you could make a generic calendar with just the days of the week and follow it on an every other schedule if that is how you have it scheduled out.
The greatest benefit from the chore calendar was my husband and kids are pitching in more. It seemed that once they saw it in black and white and knew what needed to be done he didn’t mind doing it.
Here is my Free Printable House Cleaning Checklist
I have a lot of memories of Hannukkah growing up. You would think I would remember the gifts, but in actuality, I remember the people and the food. I want my children to grow up with the same fondness for the holiday that I have because of the food. I wanted to teach them how to make sufganiyah or Jewish doughnuts. They are easy to make, and the reward of seeing that jelly covered smile and them licking their fingers are eating them is sure worth the effort.
We spend so much time running around doing how about taking the time to just be. I invite you to make a recipe with your children that will have them take part in the Jewish culture and build a tradition that they will also do with their children.