October 13, 2013

Weekend Recap

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DSC_0218   The most exciting event of our weekend was probably that we finally got Rory groomed!  She looks so adorable.  We can see her eyes again and she can see where she's going!
Friday night we went to the Newgate Mall to get Bryce a couple new pairs of jeans.  We felt like high schoolers.  We were seriously the oldest people there, but we had fun.  We even stopped at See's candy to get a couple of their suckers.  They are the best.  I prefer butterscotch while Bryce likes chocolate best.
After we finished our shopping we got Panda Express take out for dinner.  We're high rollers ;)
DSC_0238While Bryce was at work on Saturday I crocheted this cute little pixie hat and matching booties for Claire.  I can't wait to see her in them!
Today after church we made Dinner in a Pumpkin.  Bryce's family had a tradition of eating Dinner in a Pumpkin every Halloween.  I had never even heard of it until I had it at his house while we were dating.  I loved it and wanted to continue the tradition in our family.  We go to my parent's on Halloween still for my birthday dinner so until we start staying home with our kids we decided to just pick a day in October to make it.  It's really good and makes a perfect fall meal. The recipe I use is pasted below, if you try it out I hope you like it as much as we do!

1 small-medium pumpkin (unless you have a big family, Bryce's mom always used a large pumpkin since they have 6 kids)
1½ lbs ground beef or sausage
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1-1/2 cup  cooked rice ( I used 2)

Wash the outer surface of the pumpkin. Cut a circle off the top just like you would if you were making a jack-o-lantern. Remember to put your knife on slant when cutting the top so the lid won't fall in while the pumpkin is baking. Clean out all of the seeds and stringy pulp. 

Brown meat and add chopped onion.  Once the meat is browned add the brown sugar, soy sauce, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, and cooked rice. Mix well.

Place the cleaned pumpkin on a cookie sheet. Scoop mixture into the pumpkin and put the pumpkin’s top back on.  Place the stuffed pumpkin in a 350 degree oven and cook for 1-2 hours. Check after one hour, the cooking time will depend on the size of your pumpkin.  It is done when the pumpkin is tender and your casserole is bubbling all the way through.

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