Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

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Pumpkin Bread December 26, 2016

Filed under: Breakfast,Gluten Free,Pumpkin,Quick Breads — lewissisters @ 5:21 am

Hi guys!
Here is a recipe we have been making for as long as I can remember at Christmas time. We have passed it out as neighbor and family gifts because it is so delicious!

This recipe says “Christmas!” to my family. We always have this bread for breakfast on Christmas morning, along with, Relief Society Potatoes https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/?s=funeral+potatoes ham and fruit. We love to top our bread with butter; this bread is wonderful gluten free or regular.

This recipe comes from the Betty Crocker Cookbook; I have no idea how many editions of that book exist, but when I searched online for the recipe a different one came up. So my guess is the recipe is only found in hard copy if you have the book; that is until now!

A word about the bread, if you make a double batch, it will take a very large bowl and if you have a smaller stand mixer, the batter won’t fit; however, a single batch of bread will fit just fine in your stand mixer. One more thing, if you use the disposable bread pans, you will get a lot of bread for your money, we use a combination of regular sized disposable bread pans and Minnie disposable bread pans when we make our bread.

I hope you try this recipe next fall, or Christmas, or make it right now before you make your New Year’s Resolutions. 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

Pumpkin Bread

 

From the Betty Crocker COOKBOOK

 

2/3 cup shortening

2 and 2/3 cups sugar

1 (15 oz) small can pumpkin

2/3 cup water

4 eggs

3 and 1/3 cups flour (gluten free)

2 tsps baking soda

1 and 1 half tsps salt

1 half tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

 

Directions:

 

1. Mix shortening and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs, pumpkin, and water and mix until blended. If you use a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and spices together. Then, add dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix together until mixture is blended. If you want, you can just add the dry ingredients on top of the wet and mix it in; it is much easier and saves a bowl from being washed.

3. Pour into greased disposable loaf pans big and small. Fill pans ½ or 2/3 full.

4. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

5. Cool on cooling racks and store wrapped in saran wrap in the refrigerator. We love to top our bread with butter.

 

Enjoy!

 
 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016

Top of the morning to ya!
We would like to wish all of you a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
I have never been to Ireland, so the following is a short list of things I love about the Emerald Isle: the landscape is so green and beautiful, shamrocks and castles, the accents are amazing, and traditional Irish music is fantastic. Being a drummer and lover of classic rock I cannot forget the bands U2, Thin Lizzie and Van Morrison; some great music right there!
On a side note, I am friends with one of Ireland’s Paralympian sprinters; fastest Paralympian in the world, Jason Smyth. He is the nicest guy.
If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.jasonsmyth.ie lets help him get to Rio 2016. Jason won gold in Rio 2016, and continues to have great success at other events!

I hope you have a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters

 

The Five Like Challenge February 12, 2016

Normally, I do not write posts like this; however, I feel like this could be a recipe for your happiness.
Yesterday when my dad and I were driving home, we heard John Legend’s “All of me” which made my dad say: “That’s a great song.” I agreed and added Colbie Caillat’s empowering song “Try”. Both songs have wonderful messages.
As the day continued I began to think about the times I compare myself to others and how it makes me feel, disappointed and the list goes on.
I was still pondering this subject as I went to bed, when an inspired thought came to me. I thought: “When you start comparing yourself to others, you need to stop. Starting tomorrow every morning you should get up and say five things you like about yourself.” I do not know why such a simple concept has never crossed my mind until now. I suppose it is because I have never thought about it for an extended period of time.
This morning, I took The Five like Challenge  and it made me feel happier. I hope everyone who reads our blog will take this challenge and start reminding yourself how wonderful you are and the amazing things you can do.
I hope The Five like Challenge becomes a routine that we fit into our day. I also hope that it brings us more self-confidence and joy.

Good luck! Remember, you are amazing!
The Lewissisters

 

BBQ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds October 26, 2015

Filed under: Gluten Free,Pumpkin,Snacks — lewissisters @ 11:34 pm

It’s McCall! My niece posted a video of different flavored Roasted Pumpkin Seeds of course the video didn’t come with measures so I had to guess. Turns out the BBQ was perfect guessing!
  
BBQ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbs Brown Sugar

2 tsp Salt

1 Tbs Chili Powder

1 1/2 tsp Paprika 

Dash cayenne (optional)

1 Tbs Garlic Powder 

1 Tbs Onion Powder

Cap full of Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil
Rinse seeds in a bowl of water. Pat dry seeds and stick in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 min, or until dry.

Mix together BBQ seasoning ingredients. In a separate bowl put the pumpkin seeds in and pour the oil over. Then add the seasoning and mix with your hands.

Pour seed mixture back onto your baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Enjoy!! 

 

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies-Gluten Free October 2, 2015

Filed under: Cookies,Dessert,Gluten Free,Pumpkin — lewissisters @ 3:07 am

  
Hey guys! This fun version of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies was inspired by my friend Lindsay; she sits in the cubical on my right at my mission. Lindsay does not like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with semisweet chocolate chips; she uses white chocolate chips instead. A couple weeks ago we were talking about pumpkin and fall. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies came up and Lindsay told me about her chocolate chip change. It is a little strange, but I wanted to give it a try, to see how the cookies tasted.

I used our recipe for Amy’s pumpkin chocolate chip cookies https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/?s=Pumpkin+Chocolate+Chip+Cookies. I separated the recipe in half and put ½ cup of semi sweet chocolate chips in one bowl and ½ cup of white chocolate chips in the other bowl, stirred them together by hand and put them on my cookie sheets. 

Besides the white chocolate chips I used almond flour. That was a bad idea because I did not use xanthum gum; this made everything crumble. I took the picture of the white chocolate chip cookies when I saw the batch of semi sweet chocolate cookies fall apart when I tried to take them off my cookie sheet.

I asked my friend Heidi what happened and she said I need to use xanthum gum. (This is what my parents and I thought) Neither Heidi nor I have attempted to use xanthum gum because it intimidates us. We have resolved to stick with the all purpose gluten free baking flour because it binds things well, until one of us tries the xanthem gum and figures out how much to use per recipe.

Another tip, grease your cookie sheets. This ensures the cookies will not stick.

The white chocolate chips taste like cream cheese. This is a great way to mix up regular Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. If you would like a change, give this version a try. Minus the almond flour, unless you are an expert with xanthum gum.

Thanks for the idea Lindsay it was great!
Happy Halloween!

 

Happy Father’s Day June 22, 2015

To all the men who read our blog, we would like to wish you a happy Father’s Day!
If you are a man reading our blog I would like to commend you. I would also like to remind you how valuable you are to your family, even if you are not a father.
Coming from a family of two girls we had a wonderful example in our father; he was always there for us and showed us what a man should be.
I understand society is trying to make men feel like they do not mean anything to a family; let me assure the men out there, you are a huge influence in a family, especially for your daughters and the young people of the world.
Men, I hope you never forget you can change someone’s life, just by being a good example. If you are a father, you are wonderful, being there for your children; you should be proud of the family you have. If you are not a father, be proud of the man you are. Think about the young people who watch you in your daily life and try to help them better themselves.
The Lord is proud of his sons, the men who dutifully step up and help others, even if they are not biological fathers.
I hope we all stop and thank our fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles, grandfathers and anyone else who has been a father figure in our lives.
Once again, happy Father’s Day guys, especially to our wonderful father. Thank you for being here for us.
The Lewissisters

 

Reflections May 19, 2015

Happy Third anniversary to the blog!
We would like to thank you for reading our blog and making our recipes. We are delighted to post such yummy food for you all.
A lot has happened since we started the blog.
My sister got married and had a baby.
I graduated from college and began serving a Church Service Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
May 19th is important to me, not just because of our blog’s birthday but this year marks the one year anniversary of my mission.
I thought I would explain what a mission is, for those who don’t know. A mission for our church is usually 18 months (for girls) or two years (for boys). Girls serve at 19 and boys at 18; you can also serve in your mid 20’s like me.
A regular mission is when you are called to give service to the Lord and those around you; the goal being that you become selfless like Jesus Christ. Missionaries live away from their families while they serve (out of state is usually thee occurrence), they abide by a schedule that includes prayer and scripture study, along with service to the people they live amongst.
A Church Service Mission is a little different. A CSM (Church Service Missionary) has the opportunity to live at home (if they choose). The mission can last for a few months or as long as the CSM wishes. The CSM gives service to the Lord but it can be on a Monday through Friday basis; depending on where they are serving.
From my own experience, serving as a CSM has been a life changing opportunity. I am able to serve the Lord and strengthen my Spirituality every day. I serve with some incredible people who have become dear friends. I have met some incredible blind people internationally; working on a project collecting oral Histories and records from blind Latter-Day Saints.
I know all missionaries feel the same. Serving the Lord is a great honor; this service provides us with life-changing experiences; helping us become better people and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I hope you do not mind my reflections above, but I felt they needed to be shared.
We thank our family for the support as we chart our life courses.
Come back in a few days… Our recipe for May is going to knock your socks off! It is loaded with chocolate and Gluten Free as always.
See you then!
The Lewissisters