Monday, December 22, 2008

Biggest Pumpkin Pie Supreme Ever!

So, a couple of weeks ago my mom and I made the biggest pan of pumpkin pie supreme that I have ever seen! It was two batches worth in one huge pan; we made it for a big family Christmas dinner.

The cool thing was we used one can of pumpkin and 3 1/2 cups of my homemade pumpkin puree and it tasted great! Since then I have also made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with my puree which were also a hit...I'm glad that my pumpkin puree works.

Anyway, I thought I'd include the recipe on my blog again for anyone wanting to make it right now during the holidays:


1 cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. ground cloves

4 eggs

3½ cup pumpkin (29 oz. can)

1 can evaporated milk

Topping: 1 pkg. yellow cake mix, 1 cube butter

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk all ingredients together thoroughly. Pour into non-greased 9x13 inch pan. Cover with dry cake mix. Drizzle melted butter over the top of cake mix. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then at 350degrees for 45 minutes. Serve chilled with whip cream.

Notes: Lately I've been doing only a half of a package of cake mix as the topping and it isn't so rich. I now prefer it this way. Thanks for this tip Mom.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

So, do you guys like the snow? Here's how it's done: click here for instructions on how to make it snow on your blog...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

12 Days of Christmas

This is a fun Christmas count down that you can either do by yourself or as a family. I know I'm posting this a little late, but either go back and get caught up or just start from today and go forward.



#1, Dec 13 - Isaiah 53:1-6, 7:14, 9:6-7, 2 Ne 25:19, Alma 7:9-13 (16 verses)

Prophecies of Christ's birth & mission

"Beautiful Savior", CS* p. 62

#2, Dec 14 - 1 Nephi 10:2-19 (18 verses)

Lehi prophesies of Christ's life and mission, Nephi finds our for himself prophecies are true

"Picture a Christmas", CS p. 50

#3, Dec 15 - 1 Nephi 11:13-34 (22 verses)

Nephi's vision of life and mission of Christ

"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing", Hymn 209

#4, Dec 16 - Helaman 14:1-13 (13 verses)

Samuel the Lamanite prophesies of sign of Christ's birth

"Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus", CS p. 36

#5, Dec 17 - 3 Nephi 1:4-21 (21 verses)

Sign of Christ's birth fulfilled in America

"Silent Night, Holy Night", Hymn 204

#6, Dec 18 - Luke 1:26-38 (13 verses)

Angel Gabriel appears to Mary

"Oh, Hush Thee My Baby", CS p. 48

#7, Dec 19 - Matthew 1:18-25 (8 verses)

Angel Gabriel appears to Joseph

"When Joseph Went to Bethlehem", CS p. 38

#8, Dec 20 - Luke 1:39-56 (18 verses)

Mary goes to stay with Elizabeth, Elizabeth and Mary prophesy of Christ

"Little Jesus", CS p. 39

#9, Dec 21 - Luke 2:1-7 (7 verses)

Mary & Joseph go to be taxed, Jesus born in a stable

"Away in a Manger", Hymn 206

#10, Dec 22 - Luke 2:8-20 (13 verses)

Shepherds see angels, go to find Jesus

"Angels We Have Heard on High", Hymn 203

#11, Dec 23 - Matthew 2:1-15 (15 verses)

Wise men follow star, visit Jesus, Joseph warned to flee to Egypt

"With Wondering Awe", Hymn 210

#12, Dec 24 - D&C 93:1-20, 76:40-42 (23 verses)

Christ progressed from grace to grace, so can we, glad tidings

"I'm Trying to Be like Jesus", CS p. 78

* CS = Children's Songbook

FYI: I got this from my mom...she just modified it a bit to be a 24 Days of Christmas countdown which I will probably post next year since I was way too late to do that this year...ENJOY!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Method for Using Veggie Purees

So I'm still going strong using veggie purees in my cooking (check out this post if you missed it), but I have a new method. I've seen this idea on a couple of different blogs for baby food and I realized that it would be a much more effective method.

I used to do 1/2 cup portions in Ziploc bags like this:

...but now I'm freezing them in ice cube trays first and then having large Ziploc bags full of the veggie cubes like this:

I've discovered that about 4 cubes equals 1/2 cup. It is less wasteful because I use fewer Ziploc bags and no puree is left behind since it is frozen in cubes instead of needing to be squeezed out of the sandwich bag after being thawed. It is also so much easier to add to my meals and my smoothies...I love it!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Hand and Foot and Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

We've learned a new fun game called Hand and Foot (thanks Bob and Erika)...

...and here are the rules...

Also, here's a fun snack to eat while playing games that I just tried called Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix...

...that I got off Here's the recipe:

Cheesy Ranch Chex® Mix

You’ll really enjoy this tasty snack that’s highlighted with the popular flavor of ranch dressing.

Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:15 min
Makes:26 servings (1/2 cup each)
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9cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex® or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination)
2cups bite-size pretzel twists
2cups bite-size cheese crackers
3tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix
1/2cup grated Parmesan cheese
Go ahead and add some peanuts or mixed nuts to the mix—about 1 cup would be just enough!
Preparation Directions
1.In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, pretzels and crackers. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated.
2.Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring each minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Store in airtight container.