Insta-Dinner

November 26, 2008

Whew! I feel like I’ve been on my feet all day!! We have our table all set up for tomorrow and did some of the prep working, including making cranberry sauce (added extra sugar for the company!) and brining the turkey.

Shopping was fun :cool: All I got was some brush cleaner for my BareMinerals brushes (which I haven’t cleaned since I bought them – horrible I know) and I got some Moonlight Path hand soap from B&BW, as our powder bath was all out. Mmmm! That scent is soooooo grandma but I have a new obsession with it since I got the lotion as a free sample! I also spent some time spritzing myself with fancy perfumes and looking for gifts for my family (with no luck).

I stopped into EarthFare to say hi to the husband. He took is break to meet me and was wearing this hat (he NEVER wears hats) and I didn’t recognize him!!! I just drove right by. (Well, he was looking down, reading). He’s kinda cute in a hat though!

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While at EF I had a sweet potato pie sample!

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Once home I made the cranberry sauce, and I had a few spoonfuls after to test the consistency so that was snack.

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I also made…..pumpkin butter!!!!!!!! I used a recipe that reader Maria posted in the comments a while back. It turned out great! It’s been a while since I had Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter to remember if it’s as good, but this stuff is indeed good! I also had some tastes of this for snack :)

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I only had 3/4 a can of pumpkin left and didn’t use these measurements exactly, but it still turned out good. I would recommend cooking the second round for less than 5 minutes because mine was practically burning after 4. But I pretty much used her recipe exactly (oh and I did add a pinch of kosher salt)

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

-Very scant 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon clove
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups (15 oz) canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling mix)
** The above measurements are approximations. I usually just eye-ball everything according to my tastes.

-Combine everything except pumpkin in microwave-safe bowl. Mix well, and microwave on high for three minutes.
-Remove from microwave (Carefully!) and stir really well.
-Stir in pumpkin well, and microwave on high 5 minutes.
-Remove from microwave (Even more carefully!), stir, and let cool.

As I was cooking I sipped the last 4 oz of the granache we opened on Friday night. It was on its way out…

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Dinner tonight was cheap, easy and instant. I used up this can of Cream of Celery I’ve had in my pantry for YEARS plus more of the leftover pasta from Sunday night.

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I made a quick “sauce” with the soup plus 1/2 a can of 2% milk and a bunch of *freezer burned* frozen veggies: okra, green beans + peas. Also added S+P, Cholula and red pepper flakes.

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We poured the sauce over the leftover pasta.

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With the exception of the freezer burned veggies and the obvious modified corn starch thickener, it was pretty good!! Very comfort food-y and brought back memories from my childhood.

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His + Hers!

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TIRED = down comforter is calling!

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1 zestycook November 26, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Love the homemade pumpkin butter recipe! Have a wonderful holiday tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear abou tit!

zesty

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2 megan November 26, 2008 at 9:46 pm

hahaha, that made me laugh when you said you didn’t recognize your husband and kept driving past him. hahah. something I would SO do!
Homemade pumpkin butter? Oh MY goodness.
I am so glad you got some prep work out of the way- now all that’s left is to ENJOY tomorrow! :)
Good night, Kath!

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3 Steph November 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Have a good thanksgiving!
ps. down comforters make ALL the difference

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4 Shelby November 26, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Have a great thanksiving!!! I’m glad you got some of the things out of the way so you have wayyy less stress the day of.

Mmm, the pumpkin butter recipe sounds heavenly! I must make that asap

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5 Krista November 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for posting that pumpkin butter recipe!

Great idea for canned cream of celery soup!

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6 Biz November 26, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Yikes, I’ve never washed my bare minerals brushes, and I got mine last year for Christmas!

I hope everything works out for you tomorrow!

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7 Molly November 26, 2008 at 10:38 pm

yay for pumpkin butter! I am so obsessed with the one from Trader Joes.

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8 Marianne November 26, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Good idea for that random can of soup we all have hanging out in the back of our cupboards. Have a great Thanksgiving :)

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9 Runeatrepeat November 26, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Not recognizing the Husband reminded me of the time I didn’t recongnize the BF when he shaved his head – and for the longest time afterwards when we talked on the phone I pictured him the old way.

I haven’t washed my brushes either, oh well.

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10 Maggie November 26, 2008 at 11:10 pm

I will definitely try out that recipe – I’ve been meaning to make my own.

Down comforters are so wonderful. I’ve actually had the same one since high school and it’s still great. It happens to be a mild weather one which works out well because now we live in Cali :)

Have a good night and can’t wait to hear about tomorrow!!!

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11 Oh She Glows November 26, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Oh you reminded me…I need to desperately clean my make-up brushes!!! :S

Campbells soup really reminds me of my childhood :)

Angela
http://www.ohsheglows.com

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12 Halie November 27, 2008 at 12:04 am

“Grandma” scent! Too funny :D

Hmmm, you’ve had the can for years? Well, I guess I needn’t be afraid of the old cans in my pantry!

mmmmm….pumpkin butter

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13 Andrea November 27, 2008 at 12:19 am

the hubby is ADORABLE with a hat ;) love your homemade pumpkin butter! looks sooooo good!!

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14 Moran November 27, 2008 at 12:50 am

Wow the soup looks so good! I can’t believe the “base” is from a can!

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15 Ashley C November 27, 2008 at 1:41 am

Sweet, I definitely wanna make pumpkin butter now! I almost bought some at TJ’s yesterday but it was too expensive. Have a great thanksgiving, Kath!

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16 Jess November 27, 2008 at 3:35 am

Mmm, pumpkin butter looks good! I’ve wanted to try it from TJ’s, but I think I’ll make it instead.

I use Bare Minerals too, and I clean my brushes with baby shampoo. It’s cheap and it works well! Just a tip, maybe for when you run out of cleaner.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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17 Sidi November 27, 2008 at 6:45 am

Happy Thanksgiving, Kath! The cranberry sauce looks super-yummy!

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18 Marisa November 27, 2008 at 7:44 am

Thanks for the reminder that I need to clean my Bare Minerals brushes!! It has been a looong time – eeewww!

Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!

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19 Carol November 27, 2008 at 7:57 am

I love Moonlght Path. I make soap, lotion and other B&B products and this is usually a good seller.

Your Thanksgiving challenge has inspired me to try a challenge of my own. Thanks
Carol

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20 VeggieGirl November 27, 2008 at 8:06 am

Hooray for shopping; and of COURSE for delectable pumpkin butter and cranberry sauce!! :-)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, KATH!!!

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21 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) November 27, 2008 at 8:09 am

I love Campbell’s soup! such great comfort food ALWAYS!! Great choice Kath–i love how you utilized old food and made a yummy looking meal out of it. it may have been cheap but it sure is a great pre-thanksigiving meal..w/ all that yummy decadent food coming ur way! have a wonderful holiday!

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22 Mara November 27, 2008 at 8:47 am

I love the his+hers bowls!!! That oval bowl is too cute!

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23 Fig November 27, 2008 at 8:53 am

I cant WAIT to make the pumpkin butter. Thank you! I also want to make a jar for a friend..what would be the shelf life on this?

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24 Megan November 27, 2008 at 9:17 am

I am going to have to try making some pumpkin butter! It looks good and easy to make! Happy Thanksgiving!

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25 K November 27, 2008 at 9:37 am

Cute wine glass! Great job improvising on the pasta sauce, it sound delish :)

Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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26 Maria November 27, 2008 at 10:11 am

I’m so glad you like the recipe! It’s so versatile, but I suggest giving my personal favorite a try- dipping in big carrots. So good.

I got some Moonlight path lotion last year for Christmas– I loved it and immediately used some. Unfortunately, I got quite ill later that night (not because of the lotion, haha- there was a stomach bug going around) and now I can’t even smell the stuff without feeling sick. Too bad, because it’s a lovely scent!

Have a happy thanksgiving!

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27 Kath November 27, 2008 at 10:59 am

Fig ,
I’m not sure of the shelf life, but I know that jars and jams do have a risk of certain bacterias so I wouldn’t treat that like a jam and just eat it in 7-10 days.

Maria ,
Thanks for the recipe! I had a similar experience with my wedding perfume (Vera Wang) when I got sick over the 4th of July. I’d just had some lotion made of the scent and couldn’t wear it for months. But I’m wearing it today!

Kath

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