Hello again loves! I have two more recipes for you all to try for your big HP week ahead!
Famous Pumpkin Juice
A pumpkin (you could always use canned pumpkin, it would probably be a lot easier. I was on a budget and just used a pumpkin we had laying around for decoration... Always thrifty!)
2 cans apple nectar (I used Jumex, it's a Hispanic drink you could always use plain apple juice or cider)
2 cans pear nectar (again you could always use plain pear juice or even substitute it out for something else like pineapple)
1 tbsp honey
brown sugar and pumpkin spices to taste
Ok, so here's what you do. First you need to chop up that pumpkin and take all the seeds and nasty stuff out. I left the rind on my pumpkin for a little extra flavor. Once it's all chopped into pieces (the smaller the better, it will help it cook faster) put it all into a pot and add your brown sugar and spices (I used about 1/2 cup of brown sugar and there were a lot of dashes of Cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and a few cloves thrown into the mix). I would take one of your cans of juice (probably apple) and dump about half of that into the pot with the pumpkin. Let the pumpkin cook until it's soft enough to run a fork through it. Remove it from the heat.
Next you're going to need a food processor (which is why you may just want to buy canned pumpkin). You're going to grind up the pumpkin until it is a paste, and you may have to add a bit more juice or water to it to help it along (and the juice that's left over in your pot... save it! or use it here. That's the good stuff!!). Once that's formed your are going to take your pot and add in the rest of your juices and put it back on the heat. Next you're going to add in your pumpkin to taste. I probably used about 1 cup or 1.5 cups. Stir everything together and let it simmer for a little bit. Breathe it in.... smells delicious doesn't it!
So now here's the fun part. You will need a cheesecloth (or once again I'm thrifty I used a very thin broadcloth that I use for making butter and other things, please make sure it's clean whatever you use). I would layer a strainer over top of a bowl and then place you cloth laying on top of the strainer. Then start pouring your wonderful juice into it. Once it looks like a nice amount you will need to twist the cloth. This is to separate the pumpkin bits from the drinkable juice, otherwise you end up with a drink that has a bit of a texture to it and trust me it's not flattering. Trash your pumpkin bits, rise your cloth and go again until you've drained everything.
What's left in your bowl is your pumpkin juice! Bottle it up, store in the fridge, serve and enjoy! I'm not a fan of eating much less drinking pumpkin, but this was very tasty and reminded me more of a mulled cider taste.
I had a little extra from Dumbledore. I found an amazing lemon drop recipe here. Old school lemon drops. The type my grands used to eat. It's the kind you have to roll out onto a surface and knead and then cut. This is real sugar art folks! lol And it's also very, very hot and slightly dangerous. So I decided if you want to risk it, you can go to their site and get the recipe. It's hard candy and I did happen to burn my index finger a bit, it was totally worth it though. lol. I must have been a candy maker in a past life. ;) Well that's all for now! I'll see you all in a bit with a Wizard Wear tutorial!