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Still Giving Thanks

Even though our Canadian Thanksgiving is gone and we are on track to one of the most celebrated  times of year, I can’t help but be so thankful for all of the Lords blessings in our lives. We are still seeing the fruits of our labor from our small organic garden as we have slowly have been making our way through our sugar pumpkin crop. Our children help with this project from beginning to frost and are delighted to see that long after the warm days are gone, we are still benefitting from our efforts. Today we decided to use some of our pumpkins which we had previously cooked and pureed, to make our favorite pumpkin loaf recipe.

I consider this a lesson in home economics for my little ones. Yes, sometimes it is harder to include them in the kitchen but they are always so excited to be given a chance to enter my “zone” and touch the usually” forbidden” things, that I just gotta let them in. In case you are wondering what the “forbiddens” are , I am talking about the mixer, the spray hose next to my sink, the spatula and my kitchen sponge. I need to really be on my game when they are helping because my kitchen can turn into a disaster zone yet they learn so much in these moments, like hygiene, teamwork , counting, measuring, pouring, following direction, washing dishes in the sink, and they also learn how to clean up because the job isn’t done until the tools are put away. When I pull these loaves out of the oven they are so excited to taste what they have made. I want all future mother-in-laws to know I have done my best with these boys. Here are some photos to show you what this looked like: ( Recipe Below)

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PUMPKIN LOAF:

(Makes One Delicious Loaf….I double this ALWAYS!!)

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter

1 egg

1 cup homemade pumpkin puree

Directions: mix your dry stuff . In a separate bowl mix all the rest except for pumpkin. Now add pumpkin to the moist stuff and add in the dry stuff. Use electric mixer to mix it all until its light and fluffy. Pour into buttered and floured loaf pan ( I use glass) an bake for approx. 65 -75 minutes @ 325 degrees. Enjoy!!

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