Tonight was the night we roasted pumpkins at my house :) I wanted to pass along a little bit of information that has helped to minimize the stress of my holidays. Each fall I buy pumpkins and apples when they go on sale. I roast the pumpkins and then freeze the pumkin in batches of 2 cups. Pumpkin freezes really well and this is the exact amount I use in my favorite pumpkin pie recipie. When Thanksgiving rolls around or we want pumpkin pancakes I just whip a bag out of the freezer. Pumpkin pie is super easy to make if you have the pumpkin already. With the apples I will make up the apple pie filling as if I was going to make the pie and then freeze it. Apple pie filling freezes well and then when i want to make an apple pie for Thanksgiving I can just unthaw and place the filling in a pie crust and bake as usual. I learned these things one year when I hosted an entire Thanksgiving meal by myself :) It made homemade pies really easy and they were so good. This tradition has stuck because October seems to be a lot less stressful than November or December.
Fall Tips October 10, 2008