Experimenting with Pumpkin Cookies

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Batch 1: just scooped them, flattened them after they popped out, not crispy and still moist
Objective: getting a crispy pumpkin cookie

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Tomorrow’s Menu: ‘Specially for my Dad

Stuffed Pork Loin with a homemade cranberry sauce

Roasted Potatoes with herbs

Fresh Green Beans

(Perhaps a Fennel Salad with a vinaigrette)

A Cake made for my daughter for an early birthday celebration with my mom and dad, We wont be here to celebrate it with them on the actual day.

🙂 I will take many photos 🙂

Playing Catchup before my battery dies

My hubby came home for the weekend. He is in a class right now for several weeks. It ends on Thursday. Thank goodness I might be able to catch up on a lot of my posts. I have a lot to share and post with you.

Alas my broccoli did not survive the cold weather we have had. Some good things from our gardening:

Parsley

Parsley in all it’s glory

Something Sprouting

Something maybe onions? Who knows my husband planted them!

The Last Leaf

Last little thing of Broccoli and it is weeping 😦

Parsley is growing great, some of the herbs are still attempting to emerge from the soil. We also have something that looks akin to onions although it could be something else entirely. I am going to let my husband care for them while I am away and then give them to my green thumb friend Heather to care for while we are away in the states.

I dislike packing, and living out of a suitcase, I have done it too much!

I dislike packing, and living out of a suitcase, I have done it too much!

The Sun has arrived in Germany, at least for the time being. It has been rather hot, but I am not going to complain less we get put in the ice age.

Sunny Days and Blue Skies.

Sunny Days and Blue Skies.

Please bear with my next couple of posts while I relay all the items I have attempted to record and share with you. I will be purchasing a new power cord for my computer in the states. I will be leaving for the states in a week with my daughter in tow. Looking forward to seeing family, friends and old acquaintances. It’s going to be a blast and with my daughter being at the age where everything is fun an exciting we won’t be bored.

Things you should look forward to me posting: Coffee Cake (An Easy but yummy recipe), What happens when you freeze cream cheese?, What the blooming is that coming from the yeast, My Husbands Favorite: Vinegar Mustard BBQ Pulled Pork in the crockpot, Deviled Eggs: are they your friend or Foe?, Marshmallowy Fondant!

Whipped Mashed Potatoes and gravy

I Love mashed potatoes. I do not like fake potatoes. I firmly believe in using real potatoes to make mashed potatoes. I don’t knock those that choose to use instant mashed potatoes to accompany their meal. I find you get more for your money, better flavor and overall satisfaction with making mashed potatoes by scratch.

All you need for a basic mashed potato recipe:

Potatoes

Milk

Butter

Seasoning

Potatoes!

Potatoes!

Peel them or not. chop them into cubes

Peel them or not. chop them into cubes

Put in a pot fill the water over the potatoes.

Put in a pot fill the water over the potatoes.

Prep is easy as you see. No excuse why you can’t do this.

Bring to a boil allow to boil until potatoes are very tender. Pretty much looks almost like mush. (Less work if you let them get to the point where they fall apart)

Put in a mixer, or use hand mixer. If the potatoes arent completely mush then use a mashed to mash before mixing. Add Butter and Milk and spices.

Put in a mixer, or use hand mixer. If the potatoes arent completely mush then use a mashed to mash before mixing. Add Butter and Milk and spices.

Mix until its whipped.

Mix until its whipped.

See simple. Adjust seasoning as needed.

The gravy I didn’t take pictures, take a small pot, add butter, a little of the oil you fried the chicken in, flour and chicken broth.

In the small pot add butter, oil, on medium heat add flour, mix it in with the oil, will be a paste. turn to low temp add broth and whisk it. Will become thickened. Add water if you want it thin. Heat will thicken it quickly.

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1 cup self rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter (melted)
8-12 oz of berry of your choice (fresh, frozen, canned)

Combine dry ingredients, add milk, stir in melted butter, pour into baking dish (round pyrex, glass), bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Top with whipped cream or ice cream.

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This is my plate. I do not like gravy. I only make it because my husband wants it.

Here is how my family’s dinner and dessert turned out: (Drooling is allowed)

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