Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving In A Box

Do you have loved ones who you'll be missing on Thanksgiving!

My daughters is over 2,000 miles away at college. #dontsendyourkidstocollege.  Too far to come home for a long weekend.  I am sure Thanksgiving will be hard (for all of us).  So we decided the least we could do was send her Thanksgiving In A Box!


1 can of Gluten Free Turkey
1 Yam 
1 Can of Pumpkin (for Pumpkin Pie in a Cup)
1 box of Craisins 
1 bag of Gluten Free Cookies
3 small wooden block pumpkins (handmade by little siblings)
1 small burlap garland
1 Card
1 Box full of Love and Prayers

Here's Tennyson painting her wooden block (scavenged from a huge bucket of blocks upstairs)

TiAnna has allergies.  I had previously sent her the Pumpkin Pie in a Cup Recipe check out the link here to my previous post


 the Pumpkin Spice for it check out the recipe here

Pumpkin Pie in a Cup

What could be better than Pumpkin Pie in 2 minutes?  Since my daughter is gone to college and has some major food allergies and needs to make most of her meals in her dorm, in a microwave!

Pumpkin Pie in a Cup 

(Gluten Free, Corn Free & Dair Free BONUS!)

1/2 Cup Pumpkin
1 Egg
2 TBSP Sugar
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice 

homemade see my previous post http://countryfords.blogspot.com/2014/11/homemade-pumpkin-pie-spice.html

Step 1:

Beat the egg by itself 

Step 2:

Add the spice & the sugar.  Give it a good stir.

Step 3:

Add the pumpkin.  Give it another good stir.

Step 4:

Microwave 2 minutes.  Microwaves vary.  Give or take 15 seconds.


This truly tastes like a good homemade pie.  Minus the crust (which I don't need anyway and makes it gluten free).   So the next time you're craving pumpkin pie try this!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

I Love Love Love Pumpkin Pie Spice!  Weather you use it in pie, lattes, pie in a cup.  It's amazing!  So much easier to make when you already have your spice ready.

Start with a cute little jar.  I save the plastic lids off peanut butter and stuff and they fit on most jars.

Pumpkin Pie Spice 

3 TBSP Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp Ground Ginger
2 tsp Groun Nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves

(most recipes call for 1 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice, but I am not fond of it so I left it out)

I put all of the spices in the jar.  Put the lid on and shook it.


You know have Pumpkin Pie Spice ready to add to all your favorite fall recipes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Easy Appliance Cabinet

I love those new kitchens with their special skinny cabinets just to hold all those small appliances.  But I don't live in one of those kitchens.  I am definitely blessed to live in a beautiful house all be it a "cookie cutter".   So I recently set my mind to making it my own.  Organizing and adding the character I've always wanted.

First Stop - Easy Appliance Cabinet

This spot was originally a small eating nook.  Housing two stools and very rarely used.  No one ever wanted to eat here.  I mean who would?  While everyone else is gathered around a huge table, two little guys would be facing the wall.  Not fun!

I don't know why it takes me so long to decide it's okay in my own home to alter things.  I finally made the decision to get those stools out of there and put this corner to good use.

I do a lot of cooking and I have a lot of kitchen gadgets.  My cupboards are all bursting at the seems (another blessing).  I decided if all the blenders, crockpots, mixers, and bread machines were in one spot, they' ld be easier to get to.  Thus, more ORGANIZED!  Love it!
So, for my birthday I asked my husband for labor only.  Smart right?

In just one afternoon, he built some shelves. 
  I checked the height of the appliances before he placed them.  Wanted to make sure they all fit.

I used a tension rod and placed it just under the edge of the counter.   I sewed a curtain out of a cute checkered tablecloth that doesn't fit my table.  And there you have it.

I am now the owner of a fabulous kitchen with one of those special skinny cabinets just for appliances.

It also makes a great hiding spot for the kids.