Yes, we are going to visit Frank's family for Thanksgiving, and we are all beaming with excitement. Why am I showing you a picture of these? Well, I have been working out very hard this week to make room for lots of goodies. I have been exercising regularly for a very long time now, and I am addicted. Frank leaves for work a little later than usual three days a week, so I can get some good sweating time in. My sister in law Elizabeth, and Astrid, my mother in law, are both avid walkers, joggers, and bikers.
Frank asked me if I was going to bring my runners, so we could all go on a run.
"ummmm, no." was my answer.
While I do love to exercise, it is Thanksgiving. The only exercise I will be getting, is lifting a turkey leg to my lips, and walking around the local craft fair. Ahem.
We did lots of baking today. Some of our favorites....
Pumpkin bread, fudge pie, and toll house pie.
Here are the recipes.
Pumpkin Bread: (this makes great Christmas gifts. You can put them in those mini loaf pans and freeze them.)
2/3 c. water
1 c. oil ( I sometimes substitute 1 c. organic applesauce )
1 -16 oz. can pumpkin
31/3 c. flour
2 tsp soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
3 c. sugar
Beat eggs, add oil, water, pumpkin and mix well.
Sift flour with dry ingred. Make a well in the center and add pumpkin mixture. Mix well. Pour into the well greased bread pans. Bake 350 for one hour.
Today I decided to also add 1 c. choc. chips mixed with 1 tablespoon flour. You can also add nuts, or raisins.
Fudge Pie: ( this recipe is so easy, and whenever I make it, people tell me it is their new favorite pie. Very decadent, but it is worth it!)
1/2 c. butter softened
3/4 brown sugar
12 oz. semi-sweet choc chips melted in a double boiler
2 tsp strong coffee
9" unbaked pie crust
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, add melted chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Pour into pie crust, bake at 375 for 25 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean .
You can find the Toll House pie recipe here.
I am thankful for so much this year. I have my health and so does my family. Lots of friends and family have babies on the way. And to top it off, today was a wonderful day of baking with my kids. Addison cracked his first egg ( he has always been afraid to do this part ) and we have the first snow of the year here!