Menu Monday & Pumpkin Butter


Took me forever to make out this menu. Menu burn-out maybe? 🙂

We are going to make some yummy pumpkin butter to snack on this week. This is my favorite recipe for pumpkin butter. You can use a pumpkin from your garden, but I will have to use canned. Stupid squash bugs!

Pumpkin Butter

  • 1 (15 ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 13 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 34 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 14 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. In small sauce pan, combine pumpkin, applesauce, sugar, cinnamon and ginger.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring often to prevent scorching, 45 min.
  3. or until mixture becomes very thick.
  4. Stir in lemon juice.
  5. Let cool, then spoon into tight-sealing container and refrigerate.
  6. Will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

So, what are we eating this week?

Monday: Homemade Pizza

Tuesday: Grilled Steak, Baked Potatoes, & Salad

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken, Corn-on-the-Cob, & Potato Salad

Thursday: Beef Tips and Rice

Friday: Teriyaki Chicken

Saturday: Tacos & Refried Beans

Sunday: Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, & Coleslaw

It’s going to be a yummy week!



Crab Apple Jelly(No Pectin Needed!)

It’s a beautiful morning in the neighborhood! It is very fall like with cooler nighttime temperatures and sunny days.

My sourdough starter was fed this morning, and I hope to have a fresh loaf of bread by supper.  I fed it with the usual unbleached white flour but will be substituting some whole wheat flour for the white flour in my recipe. I hope it turns out. Wish me luck!


My oldest daughter, Madison, made jelly with our crab apples early this morning. No pectin was needed just the juice from the crab apples and sugar. I really like that! Now I am hoping our crab apple trees grow quickly. Not only are they great pollinators, but they give great jelly too!


Menu Monday

I try to feed my family good things without breaking the bank. We all know the struggle!

I have pinto beans soaking this morning to make a big pot of chili beans for tonight’s supper. We will top it with cheese and have it along with a big old skillet of cornbread. Hungry yet?

What we’re eating the rest of the week:


My 50 cent thrift store find menu board!

Monday: Chili Beans and Cornbread

Tuesday: BBQ Ribs, Corn-on-the-Cob, Baked Potatoes(on the grill)

Wednesday: Chicken Wings, Broccoli and Cheese

Thursday: Hot Dogs, Coleslaw, Macaroni Salad

Friday: Grilled Quesadillas, Loaded Nachos

Saturday: Ham Salad, Chips

Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese

What good things are you feeding your family this week?


It’s Been A While!

Boy, has it been a while since I posted! I am going to try to dig up some pictures from our summer to share with you.

We are just now starting our canning season. Yesterday  we canned tomatoes, apple butter, and apple pie jam. Tomorrow it’s more apple butter and grape juice. I started apple cider vinegar with our apple peels. I am following these directions from The Prairie Homestead.

Our garden got hit hard, really hard, by the deer this year. We will fence in a garden spot next spring so we can enjoy our bounty next year!

Enjoy the pics!


Some apples from our trees.


McKenzie enjoying some time in the woods while we target practice.


Breakfast on the grill last week.


Lemon Whey Pie made with the whey from our homemade yogurt.


Our late night chicken wings that we had with loaded nachos last Sunday night.


A picture of the moon that Quentin Jr. took while watching the meteor shower.


Learning to bake with sourdough.


18th Buffalo Mountain anniversary hike.

Talk to you soon!