cooking

Pumpkin Puree

Last year was my first time making pumpkin puree for my pies and I love it! It's really easy, cheap, and the puree stays good in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. I used 2 little Sweet Pumpkins (they were each a little over 2 pounds), there are a lot of other varieties of pumpkins you can use but I like how small these guys are, it makes it a little bit easier when it comes to cutting and getting in and out of the oven.

Pumpkin Puree

2 Sweet Pumpkins

Salt

Clean and dry your pumpkins, remove stems and slice in half. Scoop out all of the seeds and cut out the big fibers. Sprinkle flesh with salt and place flesh side down on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degees for 30-45 minutes (you should be able to easily slide a pearing knife into the flesh when they're done). Allow to cool on rack for an hour. Scoop the roasted flesh from the skin and process in a food processor (you can do this in a good blender too, you'll just need to stop to mix up a lot). It should be smooth and creamy when done. Refrigerate up to one week, or freeze up to three months.

a little touchy

Meet my new little friend. The HP Touchpad. Frank has been wanting one forever, and when they went on a crazy sale last week he didn't just get himself one, but got me one too! I would never think it would be something I need or something I would necessarily save up for for myself, but I am completely in love with it!

one of the first things I thought of when holding it was how perfect it'll be for cooking. I am a huge taste-spotting addict and have a million and a half recipes bookmarked on my laptop, but kind of hate running back and forth from my ingredients to my computer, but with this fun little guy I can have my recipe page open and sitting right with me on the counter top like a cookbook!

um, hello ladies! online shopping! It's like having a little magazine right in your lap. Of course I spend even more time on Etsy now, scrolling through the millions of beautiful things waiting to be discovered:)

Some of my other favorite things to use it for are, checking on my favorite blogs (once again, it makes it feel like ever blog is some magical little magazine filled with gorgeous photos and thoughts), reading (already downloaded a million books or so;), and doing crossword puzzles (oh yes! I am a complete old lady if you haven't already figured it out!)

So I have totally found myself in the midst of the new "tablet craze" going on these days and am so happy! Can't wait to take this little baby with me on vacations instead of hauling my super heavy laptop!