Find it, Make it – Simple Pumpkin Pie Custard

Find it, Make it – Adventures in New Recipes by Amanda
This is a great fall dessert that will satisfy your craving for pumpkin pie in a hurry. No crust involved!! I found this on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen site posted by member bloggingoverthyme.
Here is the link to Simple Pumpkin Pie Custard. You can also check out Bloggingoverthyme’s blog for lots of other foodie goodness.

I made this to follow up the pasta dish from my previous post which you can link to here: Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Bacon.

I made only one small adjustment to this recipe. It called for 3 servings but I separated it into 4 ramekins so everyone in my family could have one. I also made some whipped cream with heavy cream, a little white sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon to top it.

This dessert was a big hit. It was so easy. I already had every ingredient in my kitchen and it presented like I had slaved over it. My kids loved it and thought they were pretty special with their own little individual dish to dig in to. Also, since it’s made with skim milk and no crust, you don’t feel so guilty about it!

Simple Pumpkin Pie Custard

{by Bloggingovertime on Tasty Kitchen}

  • 3 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1-½ whole Egg Whites
  • 2-½ Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cups Pureed Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • ½ cups Skim Milk

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Pour 1 tablespoon of maple syrup into each ramekin, swirl to cover the bottom.
Whisk together egg, egg whites, and sugar. Add pumpkin, vanilla, salt and spices. Gently whisk in milk. Pour equally into ramekins.
Place ramekins into a baking dish and fill with boiling hot water until 1/4 of the side of the ramekins is covered.
Bake for 60-70 minutes. They are done when the middle of the custard is set and does not wiggle when lightly tapped. Let cool completely, cover and store in the refrigerator.
These taste delicious cold or heated slightly in the microwave!


Click here for more recipes in the Find it, Make it series.

Find It, Make It – Recipes with Amanda

I would like to introduce a new feature here on the blog, Find It, Make It. My sister Amanda loves to cook and try new recipes. She is always telling me about the new stuff she is making. My husband is pretty picky, although he would NEVER admit it, and her husband loves to try new stuff so she gets to make new recipes a lot more often than I do. Additionally, she has two young boys. Once a month or so, Amanda will be sharing posts about the recipe tries along with the reactions of her family. I hope you enjoy this new feature. I am so excited that my sister will be collaborating with me on my blog!


Hi. I am Julie’s sister, Amanda. She has asked me to contribute a recipe post for her blog. I love to cook and love to try new recipes so as I try them out I will share my experience.

This week I made a Martha Stewart recipe, Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Bacon.

Unfortunately I didn’t think to take a picture of my finished product this time around…but I promise to in the future. Anyway, this recipe was AMAZING!! Going into it I thought I might think it was okay, but really made it because I thought it would be something more for my husband. But I ended up loving it and it definitely found its place in our rotation.

Overall, this recipe was pretty easy to make but it did involve a little chopping and grating. It was average on cost as orecchiette is more than the average macaroni and I splurge on cheese and HIGHLY recommend using good quality parmigiano reggiano. My kids (age 3 and 4) both liked it. It was filling, but light and satisfied that good fall recipe need I get this time of year. I served it alone, but some crusty bread is always great. I made a dessert to go with it and you can get the recipe for the Simple Pumpkin Pie Custard here.


Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Bacon
{Recipe from Martha Stewart}

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 ounces bacon, preferably slab, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/2 head cauliflower, trimmed into 1 1/2-inch florets (about 2 1/2 cups)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
8 ounces orecchiette
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (1 1/2 ounces), plus more, shaved, for garnish
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels using a slotted spoon. Reserve drippings.

Toss sweet potato, onion, and cauliflower with reserved drippings. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing halfway through, until tender and caramelized, about 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot with cooking water, and toss with grated cheese and vegetables. Stir in parsley. Sprinkle bacon over top. Garnish with shaved cheese.

Click here to see more recipes in the Find it, Make it series.

On Friendship and Breast Cancer

As I have grown older I have found friendship to be a very different thing than it was when I was younger.  As a girl, it was about sleepovers and hanging out on the playground.  As a teen, friendships were about gossiping on the phone and going shopping.  As an adult, I find that I don’t have as many close friends as I did as a child but that the friendships are more personal and real.  One of my close friends is a women named Dee.  We don’t call each other on the phone and talk for hours. We don’t hang out every weekend, every week or even every month.  We may not go to the mall together or text each other or email all the time but we are friends non-the-less.  When we do spend time together our husbands, who are also friends, are often along for the ride.  Most of our time spent together involves eating but we have gone to baseball games together and even an art museum.  Dee was my wonderful companion and helper for an entire summer at the farmer’s market. We’ve spent New Years Eve together for the last three years. We’ve gone to a quilt show together and we have put in HOURS upon HOURS of time helping our husbands at scholastic chess tournaments, the event that first brought us together.

I will never forget the day that Dee called to tell me the news that would forever change her life.  She had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I cried softly into the phone as she bravely described the situation and her carefully chosen path to beat the disease.  It effected me profoundly.  I have always been a private person.  I do not handle stress, confrontation or any uncomfortable situation very well. Becasue of this I did not go with Dee to the doctor or visit her while she was in the hospital.  That’s just me.  I did listen when she wanted to talk but I also tried to be the person who was there for her when she didn’t want to talk about or think about cancer.  Out times together could be about other things.

As Dee physically fought cancer, I was beside her in spirit whether she new it or not. I prayed for her daily asking God to heal her.  I was her quiet and unknown warrior.  I may not be good with VERBAL words but I feel like I am good at the WRITTEN word.  I can write, I can blog and I have a place where I can share thoughts and feelings with people in a way I am comfortable with.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and so today I have asked my amazing friend Dee to share her story with you.  She is courageous and strong and should you ever find yourself in her shoes I hope that you find the strength that she found.


44, married, family and CANCER!

Really, I never dreamed those things would all go in one sentence.  I am not special.  I was diagnosed with Her2 positive breast cancer in 2008 and Julie has asked me to share my story.  This is not something I have written about before or ever really thought about sharing with others.

I had been getting regular mammograms since the age of 40, mostly because the insurance paid for it not because I had any great fear or concern of breast cancer.  I have no family history of breast cancer.  I had a
mammogram done May of 2008 with clean results, as far as I know.  I love how they only call you if something is wrong.  In August of this same year, I experienced some pain under my right armpit at night while I was sleeping.  Something told me to do a self-exam in the morning.  I believe this was a whisper from God but I will leave that up to you.

I had only done a self-exam on a couple of other occasions, so this was something unusual. Sure enough, I found a lump in the upper area of my right breast/armpit area.  I told my husband about it the very same morning and his advice was to go to the doctor and have it checked out.  Upon the family doctor’s professional physical exam, he thought this was a fluid cyst common in premenopausal women, but suggested further testing “just in case”.   After a sonogram and MRI, we still believed this was benign, but my doctor sent me to a surgeon for a biopsy.  After consultation, I decided to have an excisional biopsy.   This is a procedure to actually remove the lump.  I ended up with a lumpectomy and my husband, alone in the waiting room ended up receiving the news that, “your wife has breast cancer and we couldn’t get it all today.”

I was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer (Her2) and elected to have a double mastectomy.  I fought through 18 months of chemotherapy, 33 radiations treatments, physical therapy, and lymphedema in my

I am writing this article to tell you to check your own breasts and trust your instincts about the health of your body.

If I had not felt this lump or gone to the doctor to check it out, I would not be here today.

Below is a video about an app that you can download for reminders to do self-exams.  It is an enjoyable video! (If you like “HOT” guys!)

I was fortunate that the form of cancer that I had has good treatment.  The movie “Living Proof”, shown on Lifetime is the true story of oncologist and researcher Dr. Dennis Slamon, the UCLA doctor who helped develop the breast cancer drug Herceptin.  Check out the  “Living Proof” viewers guide for more information. Although “Living Proof”  is not scheduled to air anytime soon on Lifetime, I highly recommend it if you ever have the opportunity to view it.

I plan to celebrate my recovery and life by walking at the Susan G. Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure on October 22 with family and friends who made this journey doable.  I hope you will leave this article and do a self-exam and have a mammogram each year.    Please click to learn more about the Race for the Cure.

You can help achieve a world without breast cancer by contributing financially in a way that is meaningful to you. Your gift will support the Susan G. Komen – Arkansas Affiliate’s mission to provide local community grants, helping people in our community access education, screening and treatment. Your funds also support life-saving research initiatives that will enable scientists to discover the cures for breast cancer. Click here to make a donation now.


Drawing 101 – Value

Value is the lightness or darkness of an object.  Adding value (shading) to objects that you draw can help add dimension and make objects look more realistic.  Adding value is actually pretty simple.  Lets look at some examples.

Here is a simple drawing of a circle.

Drawing with Value

It looks like…well…a circle!

Here is a circle with value added to it.

Drawing with Value


Now we have a sphere! The simple act of shading adds depth and dimension to the object.

Artists may refer to a value scale when determining how to shade an object.  A value scale shows a wide range of values that you could find on any given object.  Values range from HIGH (Bright) to LOW (Dark). The level of value will depend on the light source.  Here is an example of a value scale.

By varying the amount of pressure you apply with your pencil you can achieve a whole range of values.  Artist pencils also come in a range of values with “H” pencils being lighter and “B” pencils being darker.  General’s makes several drawing pencil sets that are available at Walmart, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or even online.

Let’s put it all together:

Value can be added in all different types of art media.

Now it’s your turn to practice.  Click here for a printable value practice page.  If you are playing along in my 31 Day Drawing Challenge you might want to consider adding value to one of your challenge drawings.  Don’t forget to join the Eggs and Herbs Flickr pool and share your work with us!

Hunter’s Carrots

Hunter’s Carrots is one of my favorite fall/winter side dishes and make a great accompaniment to the Beer Butt Chicken I posted about the other day.

Hunter's Carrots with Blue Moon Beer

Hunter’s Carrots

1/2 oz. dried shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup beer (use whats left from the Beer Butt Chicken recipe)
1 1/2 lbs. carrots, sliced
4 slices of bacon
2 cloves of garlic – minced on a microplane
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tbs. REAL maple syrup

Hunter's Carrots with Blue Moon Beer

Soak the dried mushrooms in the 1/2 cup of beer for at least 30 minutes.   Melt butter in a medium saucepan.   Slice 1 1/2 pounds of carrots into thin medallions and add to the melted butter.  Saute carrotts for about 10 minutes.  Chop the bacon into small pieces and add to the carrotts.  Cook for about 10 more minutes until the bacon is cooked through and the carrotts are tender.  Remove the mushrooms from the beer and squeeze out the excess liquid.  Chop and add to the carrotts.  Pour in the remaining beer that the mushrooms were soaked in.  Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste.  Cook on low heat at least 10 minutes and until the beer has cooked away.  Remove from heat and drizzle with a tablespoon of real maple syrup before serving.  Enjoy!

31 Day Drawing Challange

If you’ve been to Eggs and Herbs before you know a few things about me:

  • I live on a small chicken farm with my wonderful husband Richie.
  • I love to cook.
  • I am an art teacher.
  • I love to craft and create.

If you’ve never been here before you may want to browse around and check out some of my previous food and art posts. Here are a few you might enjoy:

Drawing 101
Onion Skin Dyed Eggs
The Best BBQ Ribs You Will Ever Eat
10 Reasons You Are Buying Takout Instead of Cooking


Several of you have been taking part in my Drawing 101 series and I want to spend the month of October challenging you to take your drawing even further and hopefully to a new level.  There are two big challenges every artist faces – finding time to make art and thinking about what to create.  Staring at a blank page can be very overwhelming even for seasoned artists. I am taking care of that for you.  For the month of October I want to challenge you to draw EVERY DAY for at least 5 minutes.  Scheduling a time such as right after you wake up or right before bed can help you to establish a routine that you can stick to.  I will provided you with the “what to draw” part so all you have to do is come up with a time to do it! You don’t need fancy materials – a simple pencil and even scrap paper will work.  If you have a sketchbook and a closet full of art materials – GREAT – but it’s not required.

Throughout the next 31 days I will be sharing my drawings with you every few days. (I’m participating too!)  I will also be bringing you several tutorials and pointers to help you out as you work through the exercises.  I also highly encourage you to share your work on the Eggs and Herbs Flickr pool. Also, if you are a fan of Eggs and Herbs on Facebook or Twitter I will give daily updates to remind you about each days drawing exercise.

31 Day Drawing Challenge  (Click here for a printable PDF of the Challenge)

Day 1 – Draw a “Blind Countour” Self-portrait (Think Picasso!).
Click here if you don’t know what Blind-Contour drawing is.
Day 2 –  Draw a robot.
Day 3 – Draw a vacation destination (real or imaginary).
Day 4 – Draw your favorite candy.
Day 5 – Draw a plant or a tree.
Day 6 – Draw something you need.
Day 7 – Draw something you want.
Day 8 – Draw something you miss.
Day 9 – Draw something you love.
Day 10 – Draw an hybrid animal.
Day 11 – Draw what’s in your purse or pocket.
Day 12 – Draw a sea creature.
Day 13 – Draw something you are afraid of.
Day 14 – Draw a childhood memory.
Day 15 – Draw your dinner plate.
Day 16 – Draw your family.
Day 17 – Draw your favorite outfit.
Day 18 – Draw your favorite shoes.
Day 19 – Draw a guilty pleasure.
Day 20 – Draw a redesigned book cover.
Day 21 – Draw a recent dream.
Day 22 – Draw your home.
Day 23 – Draw a copy of a famous artwork.
Day 24 – Draw a dog on a log next to a frog.
Day 25 – Draw your hand holding something.
Day 26 – Draw a city skyline.
Day 27 – Draw a family crest.
Day 28 – Draw a mascot.
Day 29 – Draw a zombie or a monster.
Day 30 – Draw an owl.
Day 31 – Draw a Zentanlge (Tutorial coming!)

(Click here for a printable PDF of the Challenge)

Please feel free to leave a comment if you are participating!