Saturday, August 14, 2010

Je suis de retour

After a long hiatus, the desire to write on here has returned.

Being a little farther North, it feels like Autumn here in Idaho, which has brought on the longing for warm food (includes pumpkin anything & hot chocolate).  I made Butternut Squash Soup a Wednesday, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Thursday, and when we went camping last night, and I volunteered to make a dutch oven pumpkin dessert.  It was divine.  Here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Heaven in a Dutch Oven
1 large 29 oz can pumpkin
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups melted butter
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Mix together everything but the cake mix & 1 cup melted butter.
Pour into greased dutch oven.
Sprinkle cake mix on top of pumpkin concoction until fully covered.
Pour remaining 1 cup melted butter on top so all the cake mix has butter on it.
Place on top of hot coals, place ~14 coals on top of lid.

Depending on how hot your coals are will determine how long it will take to cook.  It took us about an hour--keep checking it.
All the spices are just a rough approximation.  I always put more cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves because I loooove them.
I'm nervous that it won't be sweet enough, so that's why I put the white sugar, but you can put a whole cup of brown sugar if you want, or even a whole cup of white sugar if you don't like the denseness of molasses.

Happy Autumn August!

P.S. I have discontinued my Etsy shop, realizing I'm not a very good seamstress, and have begun to design patterns for the quilt shop Fresh Picked Fabrics (aka Cranberry Quiltworks), and I also do their weekly emails and write for their blog.  This therefore means that I've deleted the link list of shops where we were advertising together.  If you were on that list, sorry--you can take me off yours.  I might put up some pattern previews if anyone would be interested.


sarah calder said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds amazing! I will just wipe the drool off my computer now.

PS Your new background/layout is super cute. I like it a lot.

Rene' said...

I love the new picture of you! You are so beautiful! The soup sounds yummy! I might try it, but I'm so not in the mood for autumn!