Canning Season and Lee's Store


September 19, 2020

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

It is canning season. This means fun, quality time spent with Sarah making some great stuff for the winter months!

We wanted to make some pasta sauce and Mrs. Wage's pasta sauce packets were not anywhere to be found in Roseau. We decided to call Warroad and they were all gone there too.

Sarah had seen on a Facebook post that Lee's Store in Wannaska had some canning stuff. We decided to take a quick roadtrip to Wannaska to hopefully find some Mrs. Wage's pasta sauce packets. Jackpot!! We bought all they had (about 10) just in case next year is crazy too!

I had never been to Lee's Store but I will definitely go back. (Probably several times!!) When we drove up I saw some really cute scarecrows and they were very reasonably priced. I bought big Kyle and Jodi scarecrows and little Brandon and Ariah scarecrows.

When you enter (OH MY Gosh!) lots of Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving treasures! I almost forgot why we were there. It was so fun to see all their different decorations. As you continue throughout the store they have tons of neat items.

They did tell me the Fall decorations are nothing compared to what they bring in for Christmas. Can you guess who will be going back there!?

We did eventually get back to canning and we made pasta sauce, green pepper jelly, jalapeno jelly, raspberry/jalapeno jelly, peach jelly and pickled eggs. It was a fun weekend!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes


1-15 oz can pumpkin purée

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1-5oz can evaporated milk

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2/3 cup all purpose flour


Preheat your oven to 350.

Line a cup cake pan with silicone cupcake liners (or spray your pan with non stick cooking spray).

In a large mixing bowl, combine your pumpkin purée, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and evaporated milk and mix with a hand or stand mixer.

Now mix in your flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Fill your your cupcake pan about 1/2 full with your pumpkin batter.

Bake for 20 minutes then let cool.

Transfer to the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Put a star top in decorating bag and fill with cream cheese frosting. (recipe below)

Once your pumpkin pies are cooled, frost with the cool whip, sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice on top and enjoy!

Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese

4 cups confectioners' sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.

Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

Joke of the Week

An elderly man in Queensland, Australia, had owned a large property for several years.

He had a dam in one of the lower paddocks where he had planted mango and avocado trees. The dam had been fixed up for swimming when it was built and he also had some picnic tables placed there in the shade of the fruit trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the dam to look it over, as he hadn't been there for a while. He grabbed a ten-litre bucket to bring back some fruit.

As he neared the dam, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.

As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his dam.

He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.

One of the women shouted to him, 'We're not coming out until you leave!'

The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the dam naked.'

Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the crocodile'.

Moral: Old men may walk slow, but they can still think fast!

How smart is

your right foot?

This is hysterical. You have

to try this.

It is absolutely true. I guess there are some things that the brain cannot handle.

1. While sitting in a chair, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2 Now, while doing this, draw the number 6 in the air with your right hand.

Your foot will change direction. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it!


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