DIY Canned Pumpkin Butter

DIY Canned Pumpkin Butter

Happy National Pumpkin Day! To celebrate, my family canned a small batch of pumpkin butter. Very small batch. 12 half-pint jars, to be precise. This was our first canning experience and it was a huge success. I'm happy to report every jar sealed successfully and not a single one exploded. We filled those jars using just one pumpkin and had plenty leftover for ourselves. Our pumpkin butter journey began when Spence and I decided to look up what to do with our pumpkin guts after carving jack-o'-lanterns together many moons ago when we were still dating. Carving jack-o'-lanterns is an autumn date night must, even nearly a decade later as husband and wife. But don't let that amazing pumpkin go to waste. You'll be amazed by how much food a single pumpkin provides! This year, we are using the seeds to make pumpkin brittle but in the past, we have...Read More
Why We Installed an Alkaline Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

Why We Installed an Alkaline Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

This post contains affiliate links rewarding us a small commission with each purchase. Water is an essential part of our daily lives. We often hear we need to drink more water. Keep hydrated! Eight glasses a day! Take a water break! But how do we get the most out of the water we drink? And what if the water from the tap just isn't tasty at all? [caption id="attachment_2058" align="alignleft" width="300"] 26.5 pounds of water, 24 pieces of recyclable garbage when you're done![/caption] For years, Laurien and I used to load up on packs of water from the grocery store with each grocery run including two enormous 24-packs of bottled water jammed under the cart. We paid around four bucks for them and lugged them home (they typically weigh more than 25 pounds). The taste was decent and the convenience of having cold water ready to grab and go was...Read More
Pearson Pumpkin Butter Recipe

Pearson Pumpkin Butter Recipe

Happy National Pumpkin Day! What better way to celebrate it than by carving a spooky jack-o-lantern to greet all the trick or treaters next week? But oh, the mess. What should we do with all those pumpkin guts? Do not throw out your pumpkin guts! When I asked Spencer if he knew what we could do with them, he referred me to Gothamist's well-titled article, which then led us to Eleanor Johnson's pumpkin butter recipe on AllRecipes. Pumpkin butter is our favorite way to put those guts to good use and it makes a great fall-themed gift for family and friends. A couple dozen pumpkins, experimentation, taste trials and several years later, Spence and I have made the recipe our own – and I am stoked to share it with you today. Here's what you need: TO MAKE PUMPKIN PUREE Pumpkin(s) Goop-scooping tool(s) Two bowls (one for pumpkin guts, one for seeds) Fibrous...Read More
Vampire-Repelling Cheesy Garlic Bread

Vampire-Repelling Cheesy Garlic Bread

A friend shows up to your Halloween bash with a beautiful or handsome stranger. "This is _____, we just met at the party down the road," they say, introducing you as they stand at your front door. Being a gracious host, you probably said, "Ah, nice to meet you, _____. Come on in." But as they walk by your entryway mirror, you notice they had no reflection. So you accidentally invited a vampire into your home. Now what? Chance are you're fresh out of stakes, but never fear. I have decided to share with you the perfect alternate solution: cheesy garlic bread using savory fresh garlic. Mouthwatering to humans, repugnant to vampires. With the delicious aroma of this appetizer filling your home, I promise that vampire will be gone in a flash. This recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook, so you and your other mortal...Read More