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Pumpkin Pie Bars

I’ve never made pumpkin pie before, what with my fear of pie crust and because someone has always made pumpkin pie for me. I decided to make some for an election night party Cauli and I went to. This recipe calls for a shortbread-type crust, rather than a typical pie crust (hence “pumpkin bars” not “pumpkin pie”).

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I got both the recipes from a great baking blog, Baking Bites. I used her recipe for the crust from this post (note, I did not use the pie recipe from this post, just the crust) and the recipe for the pie from this post.

The results were good – buttery shortbread crust that didn’t get soggy from the pumpkin pie (something I notice happens with pumpkin pie in a regular pie crust) and well-spiced pie filling.

The only drawback was how little pie filling there was. If you look at the picture, you can see that there is almost an even ratio of pie filling to crust. This certainly doesn’t make the bars bad (pie and shortbread, come on!), but I would have preferred a larger pie filling to crust ratio. I think next time I will halve the crust recipe and use an 8 inch square pan, keeping the pie recipe as is.

Regardless, this was fun and easy to make!

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Spinach Salad

I threw together this salad the other day and have fallen in love with it. All it consists of is some baby spinach, chopped tomatoes, a chopped up hard-boiled egg, some crumbled goat cheese, and dried cranberries. Topped with a homemade vinaigrette, it’s an easy yet healthy meal – perfect for lunch now that I’m working from home.

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Beer Bread

I love beer bread. It is such an easy and simple quick bread to make. I found the recipe here , and made this bread the other night to go with our crock-pot stew, and it was a great accompaniment. There are a lot of variations to this bread: You can add herbs such as dried or fresh dill, rosemary or caraway seeds, as well as cheese.

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Crock-Pot Beef Stew

As the beginning of November has begun with storms, I though it would be nice to bring out the crock-pot and make some stew. I followed a fairly simple recipe from the crock-pot website.

I added about a pound and a half of stew meat to the crock pot. Over the beef, I sprinkled 1/4 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and stirred to coat the pieces of meat. I then added half a chopped onion, a few chopped carrots, some diced potatoes (purple, red, and gold), 1 1/4 cups of chicken broth, 1 teaspoon of Worchestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 clove of minced garlic, and 1 bay leaf. I mixed everything together and set the crock-pot on high for 6 hours.

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