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Country Coffee Talk - September 30, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Morning coffee days on the porch are numbered, sad to say. But as I enjoy one of the last, my mind travels back to a few weeks ago, when 10 college friends met for a 50 year reunion of our senior trip to Colorado. We traveled there in a nine passenger Ford station wagon (we sure knew what sardines in a can felt like), but we were young and foolish.

That was some trip 50 years ago... None of us had any money to go skiing or make the trip, so we formed “Colorado or Bust Inc” and proceeded to start with bake sales, bar-b-cue sales etc. But when that didn’t net much more than $21.65 (enough to get out of town), we decided to take more drastic measures and sell our blood (we were resourceful back then). It did net the most money and we were on our way!!

What a great 50 year reunion it was. No one seemed to mind that space was a little tight in the small cabin we were staying in...even when the septic system quit working (thank goodness for a port-a-potty). We may have aged (just a little - well maybe a lot) but we were all the same on the inside.

Enough nostalgia in these first few days of autumn, which officially arrived September 22. Summer has turned into beautiful cool days and crisp nights. Fall is such a colorful time of the year, when dressed in the changing hardwood leaves. Our southeast corner of Minnesota ranks #1, as possibly the most beautiful area!

With the days getting shorter, the humming birds will be or have already left for Mexico and Central America. At last I can stop supporting the sugar industry! I still keep one feeder up until it freezes for that straggler hummer that might be coming through.

The fall season doesn’t last nearly long enough though. There are just so many things to enjoy, while it’s and tailgating, apple pie, marching bands, bonfires, combines rolling across the corn fields, candy corn, Halloween and haunted houses, trick or treaters, scarecrows and we can’t forget pumpkins. Not only do pumpkins make great decorations with fun or scary faces, but they make wonderful desserts, muffins, lattes, smoothies, ice cream...mmmm...I can taste them all!

This pumpkin dessert recipe won me second place last year in the Fillmore County Journal’s “Tasty Temptations” contest...

Frost on the Pumpkin


1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs

1/2 C. powdered sugar

1/4 C. melted butter

Mix and press into 8 inch pan & bake 10 min. at 325 degrees

Pumpkin Filling

1 Tbls gelatin softened in 1/4 C. cold water

3 eggs separated

1/2 C. sugar

1 1/4 C. pumpkin pie filling

1/2 C. milk

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice, ginger & nutmeg

1/4 C. powdered sugar

Beat egg yolks and add sugar, pumpkin, milk, salt, cinnamon, allspice, ginger & nutmeg.

Cook over medium heat until boils - remove from heat and add gelatin.

Beat egg whites until stiff & add powdered sugar. Fold into pumpkin mixture.

Pour over graham cracker crust & chill

Frost on the Pumpkin

1 C. whipping cream whipped, 1 1/4 C. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla.

Add “frost” when ready to serve.

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