Fairytale Pumpkin

This post is from last year when I guest blogged for 42Local.  But I loved my Fairytale Pumpkin.

Had to share a picture of our pumpkin. It is called a Fairytale Pumpkin. I admit it – it doesn’t look like any I had as a kid. The name and look inspired me to do a little research. Though the origin of the Fairytale Pumpkins , also called a Muscat Squash, started in France, I picked this locally grown one up at Weaver Street Market.

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Turns out there are lots of recipes out there using the Fairytale Pumpkin.  Everything from pumpkin soups to pies.  I have to admit I am tempted by one of my favorite chefs and Raleigh-based,  Linda Watson, Cook for Good has a delicious sounding recipe for Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding.

Until it is time to cook this pumpkin, I cannot imagine a better one to be on the front porch.

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I love the deep ridges and color of this pumpkin. I sometimes find myself dreaming of it  “magically” transforming into a stagecoach. I  bet you know what songs are being sung in our house right now, as my youngest studies her lines  as Jaq the Mouse, in the upcoming performance of Cinderella for the youth theater group, Broadway Bound.

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Gluten Free Grandparenting 101

There is nothing like being a grandparent, from what I have heard….

My kids  (and my parents) remind me of that EVERYDAY. See – I live in a multi-generational home.  My house consists of my parents, my husband, my two daughters and a pet frog, Harry.

To me, this seems normal. When I was a child, we lived with my grandmother. My other grandmother liked the independence of living on her own – but she would visit regularly and often stayed for months at a time. (And for the record my grandmother lived on her own until she was 101 years old.) My husband, being from Europe, it was much more common and expected for grandparents to be part of the home. Each set of his grandparents lived with one of their children and grandchildren.

There are many great things about my children growing up with grandma and grandpa. They see grandpa every morning before going to school. (Grandma is NOT a morning person, so we all let her sleep.) They see grandma after-school every afternoon (Grandpa takes a nap at that time – since he has been up since 5am.) And they eat dinner together almost every night of the week.

There are of course many little perks that we all take for granted. My youngest can stay home with her grandparents, if I need to take my older daughter somewhere. If I am running late, there is always someone there to meet the bus or drive to school. In turn, I am known to be a great chauffeur for long trips or health crisis coordinator. Continue reading

Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway – Time is Running Out

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We are also very excited to raffle off a copy of the new – hot off the presses The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook. If you would like a brand new copy of the book click below to enter our the raffle. We love our copy – just read our review.

Our giveaway started September 24 and ends on October 2nd at 12am. So hurry before it is too late for a chance of a free copy!

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The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook Review

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Look at the new cookbook in my kitchen! Vanessa Weisbrod, the Executive Editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine has packed 150 recipes into this wonderful cookbook.  The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook goes on sale very soon – but I got a sneak peak this week. Continue reading

The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway

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Look at the new cookbook in my kitchen!

Vanessa Weisbrod the Executive Editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine has packed 150 recipes into this wonderful cookbook.

We are very excited to announce that we have a copy of the new – hot off the presses The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook to give away. If you would like a brand new copy of the book click below to enter our the raffle.

 

Our giveaway starts September 24 and ends on October 2nd at 12am.

 

Sign Up Now for The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway

 

Stay tuned for my review coming out on Friday. As luck would have it – Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) begins at sundown and we will be celebrating with our friends and family. Several of the dishes on my menu come directly from the cookbook! Be ready for my review Friday.

Fun Challah Facts

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photo by Joshua Kolling-Perin

A few years back, I was asked to host a little challah and snack story time for adults and young people alike. That is a pretty tall order. How do you keep a crowd ranging from 7 to 77 happy?

I had three ways: tell stories, let them tell stories and finally – let them eat challah. Continue reading