Happy Friday! I am so excited to be able to offer my readers the chance to enter another great giveaway! Cooking for Jeffrey is a Barefoot Contessa cookbook. For those of you who don’t know Jeffrey is Ina Garten’s husband and all the delicious meals she cooked for him became the basis for her career in food! It would be a great cookbook for your collection or to give as a gift this holiday season.

This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherines Corner and Katherines Corner Shop and Hosted by some of Katherines sweet bloggy friends.

One winner will receive a signed copy of Ina Garten’s new cookbook, ” Cooking for Jeffery”, provided by Katherine.


AND $75 Cash or Amazon gift code provided by Katherine and some of her bloggy friends too! ( winners choice)


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The Giveaway STARTS today Oct 28 ENDS November 29

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Several years ago I saw this recipe for a pumpkin icebox cake. We have always enjoyed my mother-in-law’s Surprise Cake and this recipe was very similar but made with pumpkin! It is a very easy, no bake recipe, which makes a delicious, fall dessert.no cook, Pumpkin icebox Cake


It’s pretty from the top and even prettier when you cut a slice! I’ve made it several times and it is always a big hit. It would be perfect for your Thanksgiving Table, a twist on the traditional pumpkin pie.


Pumpkin Chocolate Icebox Cake


Serves 12 (depending on the size piece!)


3 packages (8oz ea.) of cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin

2 tablespoons half-and-half

1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1 teaspoon vanilla extract

28 chocolate graham cracker sheets (12 oz. total)

Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting


Beat cream cheese and sugars in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Then beat in pumpkin, half-and-half, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Lay enough graham crackers in a 9- by 9-in. pan to cover bottom (cut to fit if necessary). Spread a quarter of pumpkin mixture over crackers with an offset spatula.

Layer 3 more times, ending with pumpkin mixture. Cover; chill overnight. Set leaf cutouts (trace them on paper) on top and dust with cocoa, and then remove.dessert, pumpkin, no-cook

Cut cake into squares and serve.

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Please join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! Here are the co-hosts of Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop.


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Saving Gete okosomin seeds is very simple, like any winter squash in which you plan to save the seeds the squash must be grown to full maturity, which is best determined by examining the stem of the fruit. A squash that is ready for harvest when the fruit’s stem changes from green to brown or yellow. Although mature, squash at this stage still contain large amounts of water and should be placed in a cool, dry location with good ventilation until completely dry.gete okosomin


I harvested the only two Gete okosomin squash I had and allowed them to sit in our cool garage. After a month I decided it was time to cut them open and access the number of seeds. I was pleasantly surprised! I did not expect to find any mature seeds in my small squash but there were about a hundred seeds that all look viable.gete okosomin


You may have read my post last week that my harvest was not what I expected. There were just too many gardening challenges this year, voles and chipmunks creating damage in the garden and a wide spread drought! Unfortunately my yield was only two squash, much less than I expected from three plants! Perhaps I’ll have better luck next year saving Gete okosomin seeds!gete okosomin


Unlike tomato and cucumber seeds, which require fermentation, the seeds of the Gete okosomin do not require fermentation. The seeds only need to be separated from the pulp and allowed to air dry.


Once the squash were cut open I removed the seeds and separated them from the pulp the best I could. saving Gete okosomin seedsThe seeds were then paced on a paper towel and allowed to air dry. Once the seeds are dry I will store them in a jar. I have about 100 seeds to share. Not nearly enough to fill all the hundreds of requests I’ve had but I will be contacting the folks that requested seeds and work my way down the list until I run out of seeds!saving Gete okosomin seeds


To read more about my Gete okosomin harvest click HERE.

If you are interested in learning more about saving your own seeds I highly recommend the book Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth.seed saving

This summer I grew some amazing heirloom cucumbers and I was interested in saving cucumber seeds. The cucumber seeds were called Athens and they were true to their description. About 9 inches long, this uniformly slender slicer has smooth, deep dark green skin, dense, firm, crisp flesh and a small seed cavity. Very productive over a long season on vines that want support.


There was one cucumber that didn’t get picked while we were away so I let it stay on the vine. Cucumbers that are being saved for seed must be grown to full maturity and allowed to ripen past the edible stage. The cucumber will be large and beginning to soften. Depending on the variety the fruits may change from green to white or deep yellow or orange. My cucumber was soft and yellow!saving cucumber seeds


Carefully cut open the cucumber and scoop the seeds into a large bowl.saving cucumber seeds Each cucumber seed is encased in a gelatinous sack that is most easily removed by fermenting the seeds.saving cucumber seeds Add about as much water as seeds but not too much or fermentation will be slowed. Set the bowl away from sunlight in a protected location to ferment. Depending on the temperature, fermentation will take from one to three days. During this time the aromas coming from the bowl will be less than pleasant and some mold may form over the top of the mixture. Stir the mass twice a day. Fermentation is complete when most of the seeds have settled to the bottom of the bowl and the seedcases are floating on top of the mixture.


Stir the mass while adding as much water as possible, this allows the clean seeds to settle to the bottom. The debris and hollow seeds will float and can be gently poured off with the excess water. Repeat this procedure until only clean seeds remain.saving cucumber seeds


Pour the clean seeds into a strainer, wipe the bottom of the strainer with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible and dump the seeds on a cookie sheet or other non- stick surface. Allow the seeds to dry.saving cucumber seeds Cucumber seed will remain viable for ten years when stored under ideal conditions. Saving cucumber seeds is quite easy and now I now I will have seeds to plant next year.saving cucumber seeds

Last weekend I shared this amazing giveaway! If you haven’t entered already be sure to enter today! It’s a great collection of prizes and what better way to cook meals this winter than with a new crockpot!

This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherines Corner, Katherines Corner Shop, Nancy On The Homefront, Vintage Mamas Cottage and Marilyns Treats


One winner will receive a Divided Crockpot,Set of 4 Crock bowls ( french onion soup bowls) and Kitchen Towel, Pot Holders and Soup Mix


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The Giveaway STARTS today Oct 15 ENDS November 15

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