Sunday, October 31, 2010


Nothing conjures up the taste of autumn  more than a mouthful of pumpkin pie or these orange-flavoured drop donuts!  

Drop Donuts

2 Tablespoons Shortening
1/2 C Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tablespoon (or more) Grated Orange Rind
2 Cups Flour
2-1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup Orange Juice - fresh is best!

Mix all ingredients until a thick batter. Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil. Cook at 300F for about 6 minutes until golden brown. Test temperature first with one donut. Break open to see that it is cooked through. If it is seems dark enough on the outside but not cooked thoroughly lower the temperature to ensure they will cook all the way through. Drain on paper towels then roll in granulated sugar.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Harvest Fest

It's been a while .. our Autumn has been extremely busy. I managed to cook and bake quite alot in September and have some recipes to share .. but I'm still trying to figure out where October went.

We're having a Harvest Fest tonight ...

Pumpkin Soup
On the menu
  • pumpkin soup with spiders
  • home-made pizza
  • drop donuts with a lovely orange zest flavor
  • leaf-shaped sugar cookies
  • hot apple cider - the absolute best cider spices are from Market Spice - they're based in Seattle.

I just put on a cauldron of pumpkin soup - the spiders get added later. I use apples instead of carrots to sweeten an otherwise sour pumpkin soup.  Yummm!

We're expecting a wonderful crowd of customers and quite a few husbands. Plus my friend, Gabi, is driving over for a 3 day weekend of sewing together!

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