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Recipe Box: Pumpkin, Prosciutto and Parmesan Lasagna

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On The Home Front Pumpkins

I’ve enjoyed pumpkin filled ravioli before but I’ve never tried it in lasagna. Toasted walnuts and fresh sage leaves are a wonderful addition and the resulting dish is just perfect for a dinner party on that first frosty night in October. Don’t let the numerous steps throw you off, it’s really quite easy and once you have the filling and the béchamel sauce made the whole thing assembles quickly.

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Pumpkin, Prosciutto and Parmesan Lasagna

Pumpkin Filling

½ Cup butter
6 leeks, trimmed, rinsed and sliced
4 cups pumpkin puree, fresh or canned
½ cup dry white wine
Salt and pepper to taste

Béchamel

½ cup butter
6 Tbsp flour
2 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade
2 cups light cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
3 large eggs, lightly beaten

For Assembly

1 ¼ pounds lasagna noodles, cooked al dente and drained
8 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
¼ cup fresh sage leaves, ton into pieces
1 ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups walnut pieces, lightly toasted

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 15×10 inch baking dish or use two 9×12 pans. I made one to enjoy now and one to put in the freezer.

Prepare the pumpkin filling: Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the leeks. Sauté the leeks until very tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and wine and cook for 2 minutes. Removed from heat, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Pumpkin Filling

Pumpkin Filling

Prepare the béchamel: Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook, stirring for one minute and then gradually add the chicken broth, then the light cream. Cook, stirring constantly until smooth and thickened. Stir in the Parmesan and season with the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir ½ cup of the hot sauce into the beaten eggs in a small bowl and then stir the egg mixture into the remaining sauce. Cook a few more minutes and then remove from the heat.

To assemble: Make a layer of lasagna noodles in the prepared baking dish. Top with ½ of the sliced prosciutto and 1/3 of the béchamel. Scatter half of the sage leaves. Cover with another layer of noodles, all the pumpkin filling, 1 cup of the Parmesan and 1 cup of the walnuts. Make another layer of the noodles and top with the rest of the prosciutto, another 1/3 of the béchamel and the remaining sage. Make a final layer of noodles and top with the remaining béchamel, walnuts and Parmesan.

Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

Bake the lasagna for 50-60 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbling. Let

HomeAcre Hop #94

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Welcome to The HomeAcre Hop!

It’s always hard to get back into the routine after being away. There is plenty to keep us busy here On The Home Front, gardens to be put to bed and firewood to stack. I also picked the rest of my carrots and was thrilled with the harvest!

Last of the carrots!

Last of the carrots!

Please join us in the HomeAcre Hop this week, share your homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling posts!

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and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Each co-host will feature their favorite post so be sure so check out the other blogs to see if you’ve been featured! Be sure to link back to one our our blogs if you’d like to be featured! Thank you everyone for your fantastic posts.  If you were featured be sure to pick up your “I was featured” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!

Have you ever made vegetable broth? I’ve made chicken broth and beef broth but never vegetable broth. After reading Lucy’s post on Homemade Vegetable Broth I’m going to give it a try. Check out Lucy’s blog at Lucy’s Nashville Nest!Homemade Vegetable Broth

 

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West Coast Gardens – Portland, OR

November in Vermont is a gray, wet month. The fall foliage has come and gone and we’ve entered into what my husband calls “stick season”! I thought you might like to see some of the beautiful gardens we enjoyed on our recent trip to the west coast!Hydrangas

Our first week was spent in Portland, Oregon. I hadn’t really thought about the fact that it is really a much gentler climate than we have in Vermont! The leaves were still on the trees; some of them were just beginning to change color.Portland fall color

I loved all the walking trails behind my daughter’s neighborhood.

Walking trails

Walking trails

I noticed that many of the houses had small gardens tucked behind them.Small backyard gardens

We also explored both the Japanese Gardens and the Chinese Gardens. Both were amazing. I loved the simplicity of the Japanese Garden, everywhere you looked there was beauty.Portland Chinese Gardens The highlight of the Japanese Garden was definitely the koi!koiAcross the road from the Japanese Gardens were the Portland Rose Gardens, I was surprised to see the roses still in full bloom! Even nicer was the fact that there were honey bees everywhere!Roses

Even some of the trees at the Rose Gardens were covered in flowers!Portland Rose Gardens The Portland Chinese Gardens take up a whole city block and are right in the midst of tall buildings. However once you enter into the gardens you would never know you were in the middle of the city. Japanese GardensIt was so quiet and peaceful.Japanese Gardens

All too soon it was time to head to Seattle. I really enjoyed our time in Portland and can’t wait to go back!Autumn LeavesLinked To: Tuesday GardenParty, OutdoorWednesday

 

Fermetools Starter Kit Giveaway

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Fermentools Starter Kit Giveaway!

I’m so excited to share the opportunity to try out these awesome fermentation kits with my readers! Matt from Fermentools is sponsoring this giveaway with not just one, but three starter kits! Three lucky winners will recieve the following starter kit to try their hand at small batch lacto-fermentation!

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Falling in Love with Your Spouse Again this Fall

Relationships ebb and flow as with many other facets of life—jobs, hobbies, schedules, finances, etc. all can have bad times and good times. You may feel like your relationship with your spouse is waning right now. Your communication, your laughter, your joy, and your intimacy may be on the back burner because you’re overwhelmed with the burdens that work, a house, kids, and other responsibilities bring.

But, don’t give up. There are many ways to rekindle the embers of your early romance this fall. Autumn is such a romantic time of year with the fiery colors, warm spicy smells, and fun traditions and holidays. The heat of summer has finally subsided and you have the perfect opportunity to cuddle up together in the crisp air.

We all know the typical date ideas like going to a pumpkin patch, on a hayride, or a haunted house. Plug positive energy back into your marriage with these creative fall date ideas:

Blanket Fort
After the kids are asleep, make a blanket fort in the living room. You can read to each other, watch a movie on your laptop, play a board game, or order a pizza and eat it under there. You can also spark intimacy by feeding each other grapes or chocolate. Forget about all your responsibilities the following day and do an all-night movie marathon. To get in the Halloween spirit, you could watch all of the Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings movies. It might take you more than one night, but make it a fun activity just between you and your spouse.

Candlelit Dinner
What’s more romantic than a dinner at twilight surrounded by the flicker of candles eating delicious food with the one you love? If it’s a warmer night, you could even do it outside in your backyard among the fallen leaves (just be careful they don’t catch fire from the candles) or head out to the nearest lake beach and set up there. You could get take-out from different restaurants and make it a seven-course feast of dishes you have never tried before. Or if you like to cook, show your spouse how much he means to you with a scrumptious autumn dinner.falling in Love with Your Spouse Again this Fall_Image#1

Bonfire
Most people think of parties when they think of bonfires, but make a bonfire for just the two of you. Cuddle under a blanket and drink hot apple cider and roast marshmallows. You could even roast bratwursts or enjoy other seasonal beverages. If a bonfire is too much for you, you could use a fire pit that doesn’t require as much wood.

Photo Shoot
There is a plethora of photographers that offer specials during the fall months as couples and families take photos for holiday cards. Pictures among the warm-colored leaves and the gorgeous scenery will definitely rekindle the sparks of your marriage. And you can frame these photos around your house so you have a more updated reminder

Recipe Box: Lemon Blueberry Bread

Our oldest son loves lemon bread and often requested it when he was still living at home. He is now living in Seattle and as I was making this bread I was thinking of him and wishing I could send him a loaf! I love plain lemon bread but I have to say the blueberries are a delicious addition!

Lemon Blueberry Bread

1 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
Zest of two lemons
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup coconut oil
1 ½ cups blueberries tossed with 1 Tbsps. flour.

Preheat your oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan and set it aside.

Combine the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and coconut oil. In a smaller bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the sugar and yogurt mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Toss the blueberries with a Tbsp of flour. Then fold them in the batter. Pour the batter into your loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes of until done. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then place on a a wire rack to cool.

Cool lemon bread before glazing.

Cool lemon bread before glazing.

Combine 1 cup of powdered sugar with 3 TBSP of fresh lemon juice. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled loaf.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Perfect with an afternoon cup of tea!

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

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