Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Getting ready for winter

It has turned cold here already and we still have alot to do to get ready for winter. The outside of the barn is done but we=Brian are still trying to get the inside ready for the goats. Brian came home early today from work not feeling well , he hardly ever gets sick. This will push the barn back some. We got our first fill on the propane tank yesterday. I hope we only need two this year. The wood stove help out so much last year. We are going to try to use it as much as possible this year also, we need to split more wood add this the list of things we need to get done soon. It has been very windy the last week and the wind mill has been turning most of the time. I can't wait to see how it effects our electric bill this year. I have been busy making beads and cooking alot. When I was in NC we had this wonderful pumpkin muffins. I made some yesterday. Here is the recipe they turned out very yummy :)

Pumpkin Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 15oz canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put liners in muffin cups.

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin-pie spice, 1¼ cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture and baking powder until just combined.

Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

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