Day 4:

Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills in your relationship – protecting and providing for you. Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially, so that God will be glorified in your marriage. (Eph. 5:25-29; Col. 3:19)

Here are 2 recipes as promised that I made yesterday for Thanksgiving with my parents.

1. Pumpkin Cake

This recipe I have perfected over the course of this fall, and I believe this is pretty close to perfect!

4 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Oil
1 Cup White Unbleached Flour
1 Cup Whole-Wheat Flour
1 Can Pumpkin
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Combine sugar, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowl; stir into oil mixture, beating well. Stir in pumpkin puree.

Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round layer cake pans. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. Turn out onto racks to cool. Frost pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

2. Apple-Orange-Cranberry Sauce

This is a great new twist on an old recipe. I LOVE cranberry sauce, and have been fortunate to have NEVER had canned cranberries (YUK!!!!). Micah never had REAL cranberry sauce until we met, and now he will never go back! 🙂

1/2 Orange
1 Tart Apple
3 Cups Cranberries
1/2 Cup Sugar (Yes, I use MUCH less sugar than normal – I don’t think it needs that much sugar.)
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
2 Cups Water

Squeeze the juice from the orange and set the juice aside. Remove and discard the membrane from inside the orange rind and cut the rind into small dice. In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the rind and the water and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, then set aside.

Peel, core and quarter the apple. Cut into 1/2-inch dice and place in the saucepan. Sort the cranberries, discarding any soft ones. Add to the apples along with the orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan partially. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, the apple is tender and the cranberries have burst, 10 to 15 minutes.


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