One Can of Pumpkin

I am not ready for fall.  Despite unseasonably chilly temperatures for August in Cincinnati, school supply shopping, and the calendar quickly filling up with fall activities, I am still holding onto summer.  I’m not really sure why.  This summer, like most for me, was largely about treading water and surviving my five kids with their constant needs and, well…noise.  But even though my eye has started twitching every time my 7 year old laughs and I feel as though my ears will start bleeding if one more whine occurs, I guess…I guess…I love these little knuckleheads and JUST MIGHT rejoice  miss them when school starts.

Sniff, sniff.

Regardless of those sentiments…there is still cleaning to be avoided and a can of pumpkin calling to me from the pantry.  And so begins my Saturday morning.  I will call it, “Fall is coming.”  Here is what I did with one 29 oz. can of pumpkin today:

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

From http://twelveoeight.blogspot.ca/search/label/Gluten%20Free%20Recipes?updated-max=2012-09-21T07:43:00-07:00&max-results=20&start=23&by-date=false I made Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups of low fat or skim milk
  • 1/2 of a 15 oz can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling-just pumpkin)
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 2 rounded teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 rounded teaspoon of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients well, use an immersion blender if you have one, and keep refrigerated. Shake well before using.
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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

I didn’t have the sweetened evaporated milk the recipe called for, but I found a link to make my own here http://www.thetipgarden.com/2011/11/make-your-own-sweetened-condensed-milk.html

DIY Sweetened Evaporated Milk

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup powdered milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar **(I used a full cup to make my coffee creamer sweeter.)**
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Instructions

  1. In small bowl combine the powdered milk and the sugar. Set aside. Put hot water into blender. Start blender. With blender going, pour in the powdered milk /sugar mixture. Blend until smooth. This recipe equals one can of store bought condensed milk.
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Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats

Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats

Then I made dog biscuits.  Yes, this is how desperate I was not to clean.  (Plus, they’ll make good presents for my dog-loving neighbors!)

My dog is spoiled, but I was not about to roll out and cut dog-bone-shaped biscuits.  This recipe was mix, pour, bake, and cut.  Easy peasy.  http://trap.it/aCnWCu

Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 15 ounces canned pure pumpkin
  • 4 medium bananas, mashed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 11 x 15″ rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats and whole wheat flour. In a separate medium sized bowl, mash the bananas, mix in the eggs, oil, molasses, pumpkin and banana. When combined, add to try ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet, pressing down to pack together. Bake for 40-45 minutes until edges begin to brown and center is firm but spongy. Remove from the oven, cut into desired size squares.
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Her brother's famous pumpkin bread

Her brother’s famous pumpkin bread

I was almost there!  1 cup of pumpkin to go!  So I went with one of my favorite foods:  bread.  I found this recipe to try:  http://www.prettygoodfood.com/2011/02/my-brothers-famous-pumpkin-bread.html

Her brother’s famous pumpkin bread

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons all spice
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 oz pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Grease and flour two 9×5” loaf pans.
  2. Sift your dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center and add your wet ingredients.
  4. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour into pans.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour, or until no longer jiggly.
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Obviously, I halved it because I only had 1 cup of pumpkin left.

While I was mixing and baking, my kids have been happily playing.  (Translation:  they have been fighting and whining and trashing the house.)  Maybe I am ready for fall after all…

Spoiled Rotten

…we both are.

 

 

2 Responses to “One Can of Pumpkin”

  1. Dedee says on :

    This made me so hungry….grrrr! Jk kidding lol but really drooling! I love how much you love to clean. As much as me!!

  2. LilBS says on :

    sorry Dedee! 🙂

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