One of my most annoying mechanisms of wasting food is this: in a fit of irrational exuberance, I buy some ingredient, then forget why I bought it. Or it does not appeal to the kiddie palate when I thought it would (she likes raisins, she should like prunes, right? Well, no.) So the ingredient in question gets shoved to the back of the pantry shelves and forgotten about until it expires.
To stop this, I decided to have a complete spring turnover of my freezer and pantry. Sure enough, those prunes were still there. I also found two cans of pumpkin puree. I love pumpkin, but noone in my household likes it, nor does anyone in the local family. In a further fit of enthusiasm, I decided to make mini pumpkin muffins, hoping maybe the kiddie palate would like those. No such luck. I used a great recipe from FC #29. I made a full 48 mini-muffins, then stirred some walnuts and rum-soaked prunes into the remaining batter for a short but very tasty loaf-- definitely a Mommy's treat!
I want to thank legalcat for the inspiration on those rum-soaked prunes. Great idea-- I made a good-sized jar to keep in the refrigerator in case further inspiration strikes.
So much for the prunes-- now for the other can of pumpkin and the two jars of sauerkraut!