October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Oh, the days of Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin have come again! I have wonderful, wonderful childhood memories of this holiday. We always had great costumes, classroom parties, Halloween parades, and of course days and days of candy overload! We had lots of fun with our own daughter too, and I sure miss teaming up with my mom to make a darling Halloween costume for her every year - and then hoping and praying that the snow in Colorado wouldn't wreck trick-or-treat night! We don't get trick-or-treaters way out here either, but that just means that we don't end up eating half a bowl of leftover Snickers bars on Nov. 1st!

We're currently under a flash flood watch due to our weather over the past few days. Something about rainy and snowy weather makes me want to cook and bake. I'm sure I'm not alone in that urge! Last night we had a good batch of Pad Thai and I finally got a photo of it to put on the recipe page. I also improved the directions, so if you have a craving or curiosity, click the link and check it out. It was a great way to use some of our recently harvested carrots. But, the festive thing that came out of the kitchen this week was this fantastic pumpkin bread, served with some cream cheese that I sweetened slightly with honey and spiced up with a few dashes of cinnamon. And of course I used our black walnuts in it rather than regular walnuts! The recipe for this whole wheat pumpkin bread is on my recipe page.

Hope you're making (or recalling) fond memories with your family!

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