Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hot Pumpkin Custard, THM S

I was looking for pumpkin recipes and found this custard. It's so good hot with a bit of butter and cinnamon!   This is a THM S.  Here is a link to the original recipe. 

As usual, I didn't have everything that was called for in the recipe so I left out some things and added a few according to my cooking style: if you don't have it, improvise! :)  Here is how I made mine. 

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2.c.  Water
  • ⅓ c.  Plain canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 1tsp. Cinnamon 
  • 1/4 t. Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp.  Vanilla 
  • ¼ t. glucomannan
  • Gentle sweet to taste. I used around 2 Tbsp.

  • Topping:  Butter, and a sprinkle of cinnamon to taste.

  • Whisk the eggs in a pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir again.   Add the glucomannan while whisking so it doesn't clump up.  When the custard starts to bubble, pull the custard off the stove, reduce heat and put the pan back on the burner and keep whisking until the custard thickens. Whisk the entire time or it might curdle. I've had it curdle a few times, cooking it low and slow seems to be the best way to prevent this. 

  • Top the custard with a teaspoon of butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon.  Enjoy! I ate mine when it was warm, so yummy! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A September Daybook

Out my window.....

High up on the treetops the branches are waving gently in the wind.  Among the dark green leaves of summer there are tinges of yellow, signalling the soon to come change of seasons.  I have mixed feelings about Autumn, it used to be my favourite time of year. How could anyone not love pumpkin treats, bonfires with toasted marshmallows, cozy sweaters, and beautiful foliage, right?   I used to think so, but after experiencing seven Saskatchewan winters (that last forever), now fall is a reminder of what is coming. I still enjoy it, :) but now my favourite time of year is the first truly warm day of spring when the children and I can go outside with bare feet and no jacket! :) 

Around the house...

Crumbs and dust and dirt abound. :b   Since starting homeschool, housework has become a wee bit neglected.  Right now the baby is sleeping good and since we are finished with schoolwork I have time to clean, so that's good. :)

What's been happening lately...

Harvest on the farm is in full swing.  God has blessed with good weather thus far, for which we are thankful!  Looking forward to when the crop is off!  In other news I started the Trim Healthy Mama plan again last week.  So far it's going well.  Pinterest has been handy for finding new recipes.  This time I've tried incorporating more E meals, mostly for breakfast.  The first three days I only ate S meals and I could feel my energy drop, but once I started the E meals it seems to have balanced out again. One E recipe I tried was for overnight pumpkin spice oatmeal, it tasted good and was handy because I was able to make it the night before (when the baby was sleeping) and grab it out of the fridge in the morning to eat (when the baby is usually up and crying).  

What I am reading....

I haven't done much reading lately, there are several books on my list, but for now I usually only have time for the Bible.  I'm trying to read through it again this year, I only wish I'd set up the reading plan a bit different.  I prefer to read both Old and New Testament everyday, but my plan is set for reading straight though.  I use the app called "A Lamp Unto" it works great and helps keep me on track. :) 

In the kitchen....

I have leftover chicken in the refrigerator from the two birds I cooked the other day.  My plan is to make either a THM casserole, or soup with it.  I took the time to boil the bones from the chickens this time, combined with the reduced cooking liquid, it made a flavourful broth that will make a great soup.  Right now, it's starting to smell good in here from the two pans of muffins baking in the oven. They part of the children's supper, while I'm reducing carbs they still need them.  :) I must say though, the thought of fresh muffins sounds mighty appealing!  Despite all the claims from some die hard THM people, coconut flour mixed with almond meal does not make "just like the real thing" muffins or biscuits or bread, or cake....Ok, it's not that bad, just going through carb withdrawal here. Haha! :) Being serious again, I have found a few recipes containing the above mentioned ingredients which have tasted good. Hopefully I can post about them soon. 

What I'm thinking....

That I need to go downstairs and make a THM FP shake and then read some books to the four children who aren't napping. :)  Though I don't have much time for my books, I try to read short storybooks to the children as often as I can.  I want to instil a love of reading in them, just as I loved reading growing up!  My Mom and Dad always had good books for my siblings and I to read, and going to the library and finding new books was a highlight in my life back then. :) 

What I'm excited about...

All the things my brother fixed and made when he was here a few weeks ago!  He's an amazing handy man! :)   My sister came too and was a wonderful help to me!  I had such a nice time when they were here and the visit went far to fast! 

A favourite quote for today... 

"A Humble Christian studies his own infirmities and another's excellencies."  

A picture to share...

ove old barns! This one is part of an old an abandoned farm yard I'm guessing from the early 1900s. When my brother and sister were here we drove out and went exploring in the old house, and out buildings. We had fun, though we did get slightly worried when we noticed what appeared to be bear droppings in the yard and tall grass, thankfully we didn't encounter the actual bear! 

A Verse for today...

"Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. "

~Jeremiah 9:23-24

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Treat From Tims

I was excited to see that Tim Hortons has pumpkin spice muffins back for the fall! Along with a cappuccino, it was a perfect treat. :)  

I'll be starting THM again soon so hopefully I can find some on plan pumpkin recipes that are good. Maybe I can post about them if I do. :) What are some of your favourite fall treats? 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Good Verse to Memorize, and Most of all, Obey.

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." Col 3:12-14

Monday, August 21, 2017

0.8 Magnitude Solar Eclipse

It was neat viewing the partial solar eclipse today!   We had around 0.8 magnitude eclipse here in Saskatchewan. While we had sunshine the entire time, the lighting definitely started looking strange outside!   We didn't have protective glasses or a welding helmet to view it, so we watched it other ways. 

Instead of making a pinhole viewer, we used a colander, that way we had multiple small projections of the sun to look at. This picture was taken at the maximum coverage for our area of around 80% or so. 

A picture of the crescent shapes projected though the tree leaves.  I couldn't get a great picture, but in real life it was cool! 

This picture captured the crescent sun shapes better. :) 

For being a partial eclipse it was a neat experience!  I remember the last partial eclipse I watched was back when I was seven or eight years old.  I'm sure it was amazing for those who were able to view the full eclipse down in the States! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Tea Tray

I recently had the opportunity to do some fun shopping, (while my awesome husband watched all the children). :) I decided to stop at Home Sense and was glad I did! I found a wooden tea tray for a good price.  The children broke my last one and I've been wanting to get another one since then. I also found some other nice items for the tray that I'm excited about. :) 

The tea tray, looking forward to using it! 

Some of the things I bought.

I love this unique wooden sugar bowl! 

I was probably most happy to find the blue and white enamelware teapot!! I really like enamelware, and have searched eBay many times for a teapot, but never could find one within the price range I was willing to pay, shipping always made it way to expensive. 

I thought the design on these little bowls was pretty! I almost passed them up, but I'm glad I got them in the end. 

Now to plan a tea party! Actually, I liked using my old tea tray regularly when I'd have a cup of tea. There is something cozy and fun about serving tea or coffee from a real teapot on a tray with maybe a few yummy treats. :) 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Making an Ant Farm

When I was younger I used to want to have my own ant farm.  I thought ants were amazing little creatures and enjoyed watching them work.  Recently, one of the boys discovered several ant nests under rocks in the flower garden and was excited.  I thought it would be fun to capture some of the ants and teach the children a few things about them. Here is what we did. 

We started with two large mouth mason jars. In order to use less dirt and encourage the ants to make their tunnels closer to the outside where they would be more visible, we put a filler in the middle. You can use a empty paper towel tube, or whatever will fit in the middle of the jar. 

The boys had fun turning over rocks looking for ants. 

After searching a bit, we found enough ants with larva to dig up and add to our jar.

The two jars after being filled with dirt and ants. I only put them in the sunshine to get this picture. It's a good idea to place them in a cool dark place. 

After about 12 hours the ants had made lots of progress and dug many visible tunnels. As much as I tried, I could not get a clear picture.  It was lots of fun watching the ants work!  We kept them for around a week and a half and then let them go outside again. I wasn't sure what species of ants we had captured, so I didn't know what exactly to feed them. The bread, honey and veggies we gave them seemed to remain untouched, so I'm assuming they ate something else. 

It's interesting to me that ants are called "exceedingly wise" in God's Word! They are worth learning about, and "considering" as the Bible also says. :)  

Friday, June 23, 2017