Monday, October 24, 2016

Pumpkin Butter & Biscuits

Tis the time of year when pumpkin flavors and recipes come out abound. It seems no matter where you go something or someone is making something with pumpkin. 

Today I want to share a recipe I make in my crockpot each year. It doesn't take many ingredients. It is sweet and taste great on biscuits or breads. You can use the finish product in other recipes to enhance and create a unique flavors.

I like to cook Pumpkin Butter in the crockpot. I made the biscuits in my sandwhich maker. I get a small bowl of Pumpkin Butter. I dip the biscuits in the Pumpkin Butter.

If you want to try making Pumpkin Butter in the crockpot. Here is the recipe : 

Crockpot Pumpkin Butter 

4 cups of pumpkin, cubed
1 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin spice

1/2 teaspoon of cloves, ground
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups of Stevia (or any kind of sugar you want)
4 Tablespoons of water

Cut rind away from the pumpkin. Cut pumpkin up in to cubes. Put in blender til pureed. Combined all ingredients in the crock pot. Crock on high for 2 to 3 hours. 

Tips : 

You can substitute one can of pumpkin for the real stuff. You do need to cook longer to cook the pumpkin down. When pumpkin is cooked down as much as you can. train it to get any of the big chunks out. Unless you prefer them.

You can use any type of sugar you want. I choose Stevia because of being a type 2 diabetic. People do like using brown sugar for a different taste. If using brown sugar, your pumpkin butter will have a darker color than orange.

Photos taken by and © belong to Sandy KS aka rusty2rusty.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

11 Trick Or Treating Safety Tips For Your Pets

Many people enjoy taking their dogs trick or treating with them. Other will have their dogs with them as they pass out trick or treat candy. I have compiled safety tips that will help keep your dogs safe while trick or treating or handing out candy to trick or treaters. 

1. Keep Candy Out Of Pets Reach
Trick or treat candy is never for your pets. As chocolate can make your pet deathly ill or kill them. If you are taking your dog with you trick or treating. Bring along a couple of your dogs treat to give him or her. if handing out candy, make sure you put in a place your dogs can't reach it.

2. Halloween Plants
Make sure to keep pumpkins, gourds, and corn stalks away from your pets. Teach them they are not a toy to be entertained with. As big chunks can break off and be swallowed. These can cause a blockage which needs treated by a vet.

3. Black Cats
Bring your black cats in at least a week before trick or treating or Halloween in your area. As black cats are the most abused animals during this time of year. Either by pranks or peopel practicing in the occult or other dark rituals. Black cats are believed to be the pet of witch's. Which will cause people to harm them.


4. Keep Pets Out Of The Yard
Do not allow your pets to roam free during trick or treating or on Halloween night.  You never know if something will cause your pet to run off, be harasses and teased or worse stolen. Keep them in doors or caged up.


5. Keep Pets Away From The Door
Strange costumes can scare a dog when yelling out for candy. The dog could get defensive and defend its home. Never knowing what trick or treat is all about. Place your dog in another room or in a cage.


6. No Lit Candles
Lighting candles in pumpkins is an old tradition. Never have  a lit candle where you pet can get to it. A pet can easily knock them over in play or walking around. One year a lady lost her house due to her cat knocking a lit candle over during trick or treating. Accidents happen but they can be prevented. Use glow lights, solar lights or flame less candles that take a battery. 


 Dressing Pets In Costume 
Make sure your pet will be comfortable wearing a costume. Try the costume a couple days before. That way your pet can get use to wearing one.

8. ID's Please
Make sure your pet's Id's are attached to their collar or harness. That way if they get loose or out of the house, they can be returned to you.


9. Walk On A Leash
If you take your dog trick or treating, make sure you walk them on a leash. Being a leash prevents them from running off and getting lost. If you sit out side to hand out treats. Make sure your dog is on a leash. As something could easily distract them and cause them to dart off in to the night.

10. Pet Friendly
If your pet is not pet friendly (meaning gets along with all animals) keep them home. If you are handing out candy, make sure they are in another room or a cage. Otherwise you are asking for trouble.

11. Bring Along Poo Bags
Make sure you bring along poo bags to clean up after your pets. Nobody wants to step in poo while they are looking to get candy on trick or treat or Halloween night.

Do you have anymore safety tips for pets on Halloween or trick or treat night?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

12 Trick Or Treating Tips To Keep You Safe

Trick or treating will be happening within the next week's on various days all around the United States. There are twelve tips to help keep your trick or treaters having fun and safe at the same time.

1. Wear comfortable shoes. Avoid heels or other shoes that will make feet hurt if not used to wearing. Make sure shoestrings are tied. Or better yet, find shoes that don't tie for little ones. As shoe strings can be a tripping hazard.

2. If trick or treating happens at dusk or night, carry a flashlight or glow stick to light your path. Wear a reflective vest or other reflective gear that will be seen by those with flashlights. 

3. Make sure masks are easy to see out of and will not fall down covering your loved ones eyes. Better yet, use those face mask paints and paint a face mask on your child. This avoids not being able to see clearly out of the mask or the mask falling and covering the child's eyes. 

4. Know where you will be trick or treating. Go for the four houses with lights on side beside compared to that lone house sitting by it self down the street. Do not take shortcuts through dark alleys or other places you would never do otherwise.

5. Spot the location you will be trick or treating in. Familiarize yourself with the route if you are not already. That way you know the pitfalls you need to avoid or go around. 

6. Make sure the props are light and flexible. That way your child can't hurt themselves or others with it.

7. Cross the street at corners. If you must cross the street in the middle of the road, make sure you look both ways before crossing. Driving, look out for trick or treating who may dart out in front of you. Do not walk down the middle of the street when vehicles are going both ways. 

8. If your child is not old enough to stay home alone, they are not old enough to go trick or treating alone. Make sure your children are old enough to go trick or treating on their own and are properly trained what to do and where to go.

9. Only knock on door with lights on. As those indicate they are handing out candy. Preferable only to houses you know but with families stretched across America, that can be hard when you don't know anyone.

10. Never go inside a trick or treaters home unless you know them. Simply instruct your little one to stand outside and wait to receive candy. If the stranger persists in you coming in, leave and go to another house.

11. If your trick or treater is old enough to go on their own. Designate a time and place to meet at. Carrying a cell phone is a great way to stay in contact. Remind your child the cell phone is for emergencies only. 

12. Make sure the trick or treaters knwo the candy is for gathering. Not for eating. Once the candy is gathered, you can take them to a place in your area that will check the candy for you. If you are not sure where one of those are and must do it yourself, make sure to throw out any candy that is open, has a hole in it, is partially there or looked smashed or crushed.

A few things you may consider buying to keep your trick or treater safe

I have challenged myself to write every day something that is related to Halloween. As Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, next to Christmas.  I created a post called "October 2016 Writing Challenges", it is where I am getting my ideas to write the entire month.

Photo from Pixabay.