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Fresh Sugar Pumpkin Pie

2 sugar pumpkins (NOT the kind you carve)
2 deep dish single crust pie
4 eggs
2 c Demarara sugar
2T flour
2T pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
1/2 pt heavy cream
1 c sour cream

Cut pumpkin in half, remove seeds. (set seeds aside to roast)
Place cut side down on cookie sheet lined with lightly oiled foil or nonstick foil
Bake 325 degrees F (165 C) for 40 minutes or until flesh is fork-tender
Cool until you can handle (but still warm)
Scrape flesh from peel
In large bowl, slightly beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth
Pour into unbaked shell (also works well with baked shell, but you have to cover crust with foil when baking pie ~my daughter likes using graham cracker crust instead)
Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees, lower heat to 350 and bake an additional 45 minutes or until toothpick or knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Recipes and Cookbooks

I have a collection of recipes that would probably make a book and then a cookbook collection that makes my shelf sag.  But I love them.all.  I even have one my mother used in school in the 1930’s.  When I was in my 20’s and living on the do-I-eat-or-pay-bills budget, I would read through the cookbooks until I found something I had the ingredients for but by then I really wasn’t hungry enough to make it.  Good diet, right?  So now that we keep downsizing our living quarters, it’s really tough to decide what to keep and what I can let go.  The internet helps, but sometimes it’s nice to just hold a book and look at the photos.

In the interest of not losing some of my favorite recipes, I think I will start posting them here.  The holidays are nearly upon us, so what better time to start.

Regency Romance Reading Challenge – Desperate Measures

Here’s the list of books for the Regency challenge.  I’ve already read Desperate Measures and I have to admit, if I hadn’t already read it when I saw the challenge posted, I probably wouldn’t have participated.  I’m not big on putting myself out there for some reason.

Desperate Measures is a short story – a Lunch Hour Love Story.  Needless to say, a quick read, but a really good one.  The main characters, Lydia, Geoffrey and Phillip made me smile, laugh, and I couldn’t read fast enough.  You know, when you’re reading romances, they have an HEA, but it’s the Getting There that keeps you going.  I find if I can set the story aside for a time, it really wasn’t that engaging, but this one had me irritated if anyone tried to interrupt me.  I wanted to see how it worked out.  I really enjoy authors who are determined little terriers who can grab your attention and not let go.  Even when you’ve finished the story, you think about it for a time.  (Thank you, Candice.)

The Regency Romance Reading Challenge Review Schedule:

Challenge Details

Time-line: The Regency Romance Reading Challenge runs January 1, through September 30, 2013.

Levels of participation: Neophyte: 1 – 2 novels & short stories, Disciple 3 – 5 novels & short stories, Aficionada 6 – 9 novels & short stories.

Regency Reading Challenge

I love reading.

No, seriously, I.Love.Reading.

So I see this announcement:

The Regency Romance Reading Challenge 2013

…and I’ve already read on the books listed (it was free, how could I not?), and I’m wondering:  is it fair to enter a challenge when I have a head start?

Sure.  Why not.  Not only do I like reading, I like reading Candice Hern.

Join me?

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