I am a little exhausted!
The day before Thanksgiving is
just as busy for me as the actual day, because I try to get several dishes made early and
prepare for the work on Thursday. Today,
I made a spinach dish, sweet potato casserole, cornbread for dressing, and two
desserts…I will put the turkey stock on in the crockpot before I go to bed
I thought I would share a new recipe for those of
you looking for an alternative to pie.
One of my students gifted me a jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter. I was scared to open it early with
few people around…there is always a chance I would eat the majority of it…so it
has sat in my kitchen staring at me for a couple of weeks!
Then on Sunday, I opened the Taste Section of The San
Antonio Express News and VIOLA!…there was a recipe for Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Butter Bars made with this same brand of pumpkin butter. So, I made the risky decision to go without a
pie on Thursday and made the bars instead. You can click on the recipe, but here are the pictures to help you along:
I love to get my spices for a special meal ground fresh at the grocery. They taste so much better and are really less expensive than those in bottles. For this recipe, the fresh cinnamon adds so much to the flavor.
You will need to reserve one cup of the cake mix and use what is left to make the crust first. Press it into a pan like this:
Your filling will look like this and is made with the pumpkin butter…the minute you open the jar, the smells of Thanksgiving spices jump right out!!
I used my food processor to make the crumbly crust topping…it is important that your butter be cold and cut into pieces:
It will look like this after processing:
The recipe says to cook it for 35-40 minutes, but I thought the top looked very brown at 30 minutes, so I removed it early.
Set aside to cool!! Then I made some cookies to be ready today for when my eldest son gets home from college. I so wish my youngest son was here…I miss him terribly…but he is still out of the country until Christmas! Then I will make cookies for him…
My final cooking today was making Southern Living cornbread in our grandmother’s cast iron skillet. This will be used for Cornbread Dressing on Thursday!
Whew! I am tired…now I will sit down with a cup of Twinings Ultra Spice Chai Tea (perfect for this time of year) and sample those bars. Never serve guests without knowing how it tastes! (Guess what?) The bars are phenomenal!!!! I just took a bite… I will save this recipe!
Have a wonderful day everyone! And please let me remind you how thankful I am for all of you who come by this blog. YOU are a blessing to me. Here’s to you…may joy overflow abundantly throughout this holiday season!