Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Bread Pudding (with Candy Roaster Pumpkin/Squash)!

Something happens to me when the weather starts getting cooler... I want to bake! 

I was hungry for something pumpkin and remembered this recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding, so I dug it out and got busy.  Thought I would share it with you today, just in case you're in the baking mood too!

Start by baking a loaf of pumpkin bread.  Any recipe will work.

(Please excuse the yellow picture.  Yes, my camera setting was on manual mode.  No, I did not remember to turn off my overhead kitchen light until too late.  Grrr.)

Let your loaf cool and then slice it and cut the slices into 1 inch chunks.  Place on cookie sheet and bake in 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, until slightly brown.

Prepare the yummy custard pudding by whisking together 4 large eggs, 4 egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup of pumpkin, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.   Whisk in 2 cups of whole milk and 1 1/2  cups of heavy cream.

I used my Candy Roaster pumpkin left over from last year.  If you missed that post you can read it here.

Pour your toasted bread crumbs into the custard mixture.

Carefully stir it together and let sit for 20 minutes.

Pour into a buttered 2 quart casserole dish and sprinkle generously with raw sugar.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Pour a couple inches of hot water into a large roasting pan and place your casserole dish right into the pan.  Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.  

When you remove your bread pudding from the oven it may still be a bit runny.  But let it sit for about 15 minutes (or longer) and it will set up.  

Please don't be alarmed if it doesn't look too appetizing because I promise you, it is!

Whip some heavy cream to desired consistency.  I like mine really firm and fluffy but my daughter whips hers to just a soft consistency and they both taste perfect!  I add real vanilla to the whipped cream but only a tiny, tiny bit of sugar.  You really don't need much as the bread pudding is plenty sweet!

Dollop a big ole spoon full of the whipped cream on top of the warm pudding!  

Having been raised on "real" whipping cream my whole life (I grew up with a milk cow and we always had cream to spare) I've been surprised at how many people just buy the canned Ready Whip or the Cool Whip and actually have no idea that you can whip cream up to such a delightful, amazing thing.  

What do you do?  Buy it ready whipped, or whip your own? 

 I love it in my coffee and actually I love to just eat it right out of the bowl when I mix it up!  

I also baked fresh apple pie this week.  I wrote about it on MaryJanesFarm blog this week and you can read that here.

Hope you are enjoying this lovely month of October!  It is certainly beautiful.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October Monthly Moos {Batten Down The Hatches}

There is one thing about living in the South that is unsettling to me.  It is the headaches I get when there is a "storm in the air".   This morning when I woke up I just knew that a big storm was coming.  

I decided to get outside before it hit and enjoy some of the changes of the seasons going on around the farm.  These are tiny little persimmons from a wild persimmon tree down by our pond.  They are just tiny little bite size things.  Eldon loves them - and so do the deer!

We've been getting a lot of rain so our pond is full and spilling out the overflow.  I noticed the calves playing in the "creek" the other day when it was really flowing out of the pond!

I thought a few pictures and a tour of the flower garden might be a good idea since the storm tonight just might finish it off.    Andrea and I have been super busy making bouquets (we did a wedding reception over the weekend - more on that later!) and we still have loads of flowers.  

One of Belle's favorite places on the farm is the flower garden.  She loves to just lay between the rows and watch the butterflies and the little grand-girls!  When I'm there and they aren't, she usually paces and whines!  And then sneaks off down to their house.  The stinker.  I'm pretty sure those little girls are her favorite people!

With all the rain our Charolais cows are pretty and white!  Usually they are quite dirty!  

I wanted some of these branches!  But they were the tip top of a 20 foot tree... a tree that was bending and blowing in the wind!

The hickory nuts are falling fast and furious.  

Back up to the hilltop to sit on the (very windy) porch and look at the clouds rolling in.  (The white fields down below are cotton ready to be harvested.)

Just a tiny bit of Fall colors starting.  And the white fluffy clouds are rapidly moving.  The picture just doesn't capture it, but the trees were blowing so hard the noise was pretty scary.  We stay out of the woods when the storms come!  All those cracking and falling tree limbs are not a safe place to be.  

I heard a loud noise and looked over and the canoe had jumped off it's stand and was headed down the hill.  Time to batten down the hatches!

We've learned from experience to take our porch swing off it's chains...

... and turn the rocking chairs over and bring in everything else.  It ends up half way down the hill if we don't!  We even tie our bar-b-que grill to one of the porch pillars.  (Learned that the hard way!) 

And here it is!  Time to head in the house to a nice hot bowl of soup and cornbread.  

And hopefully we won't be spending the night in the tornado closet/shelter.  

I hope your Fall is a calm one so far!  

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Best Gifts Are The Ones With A Story

Have you ever received a gift that made you just want to sit down and have a good cry it meant so much to you?  

Last week Eldon and I spent a day helping friends on a project and the lady of the home said, "I have an old enamelware chamber pot that I was wondering if you would like to have"?   My heart sort of started racing, as I love enamelware ANYTHING, especially one with a story (and this one is special that way).    I love the wooden handle  - that means it is old and original.  

I don't know what it is about the red rim and even the little touch of red on the bracket for the handle. I just love it. 

She said, "I could just picture it with a pot of Mums".  And that is exactly what I came home and did!  

I have all kinds of enamelware... bowls, buckets, kettles and pitchers.  Every single piece I have has special meaning to me.  I don't know that I've purchased but just a few pieces myself, most of it was given to me with it either a story or a memory attached.  I love having another piece to add to my collection of memories!  

On a side note... I've been putting some of my Fall decorations on my porch... all those pretty yellows, oranges and reds.  And then look here...  my Endless Summer Hydrangeas that I planted in my washtubs are STILL blooming!  Hot pink, no less!  (That is Eldon's garage in the background.  It's finished on the outside... the front is still waiting for me to paint.  Sadly it's not happening by itself!)

Happy October!

P.S.  Part Two of my story about Promise our horse, is on the MaryJanesFarm site today.  Click here to read that!

Friday, September 19, 2014

September Monthly Moos {It's All About Jillian and Promise!}

Eldon promised our grand-girl Jillian horse riding lessons this Fall and the day finally arrived!  

(That's Old Red in the background.  If there is anything new and exciting going on at the farm she knows it, and she has to be right in the middle of it!)

Love Jillian's dirty little farm boots!

Off they go to get Promise.  That's her tucked back in the woods out of the heat.

She's pretty much always happy for attention, so "catching" her is not usually a problem!  

As much as I wanted to stay and watch, I didn't.   I went back up to the house... it was Grampy and Jilly time.  

Although Rosy was with me and she kept insisting that it was time to go for her horse lesson!  

When I came back an hour later, Jillian was doing great.  

Watching Promise, listening to Grampy.

She was "clicking" and holding her reins and not clinging to the saddle horn.  

Total concentration!

Praise from Grampy.  

(And we need to shop for a saddle that fits her!)

Eldon said he taught her how to "bale" in case of emergency, so they demonstrated it for me!  Jillian loved it.

"Thank you, Promise.  You're a good horse".  And then she said, "I never knew horse riding lessons could be so much fun"!  

Success is sweet.  

Rosy had a couple minutes of "lessons" and she was done!  

Promise is a special horse to us and her story is very interesting.  I wrote about her this week where I blog for MaryJanesFarm.  You can read it here!  

September is drawing to a close and there is a little bit of a Fall feel in the air.  
I'm not ready... how about you?