Christmas Carrot Pudding and Hard Sauce | Steamed Pudding

Steamed Carrot Pudding Recipe

Carrot pudding was a traditional Christmas dessert at my house growing up in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. My grandmother Elsie Mackay, used to get me to help her make this, it was a big project and the whole family looked forward to it each year.  After my grandmother passed on,  the recipe was lost as she never wrote it down, after a few years of searching and multiple test recipes, I found it!

Steamed Carrot Pudding Recipe

Carrot Pudding Ingredients

1 egg
1 cup grated raw carrot
1 cup grated raw potato
1/2 cup beef suet minced
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup minced very small dates

Carrot Pudding Mixture Look

Directions
1. Mix all wet ingredients, then add, sugar, flour, spices, & fruit.

2. Put in a double boiler or a pudding mold and steam for 3 hours. Carrot pudding is done when you press lightly on the top and it springs back.

3. Store in plastic and tinfoil in the fridge if you plan on eating within a week or in the freezer if you plan on eating it later on.

Hard Sauce Recipe

1/2 cup (1 stick) real butter MUST BE SOFT NOT MELTED IMPORTANT!!!!! I sit it near where I am steaming my pudding.
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream  Room temperature
Brandy

Cream the butter , gradually add powdered sugar a bit at a time. Slowly dribble in the heavy cream. Don’t beat too much or it will curdle and separate. Sprinkle a teaspoon of brandy over the sauce and let sit in fridge, keep cold.

Hard Sauce Recipe

How to Prepare for Eating

  1. Bake pudding in oven on 350 till heated through and crispy on the outside.
  2. Make sure the hard sauce remains COLD, just before serving, remove from the fridge and

Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness Trail

The Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness Trail was a new trail for us to explore. This is a map of the trail. One of Mikes friends visited this place and he suggested we should go. I had not even heard of the place. We took the kids up for a day trip and to find the geocache located there. It was a beauftiful spot for photography hiking and picnics.

Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness Trail Brook beside Picnic Area
Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness Trail Brook beside Picnic Area

This is right beside the picnic area, next time I would bring peanuts for the squirrels/chimpunks, they seemed tame.

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The brook/river is so pretty there, I would have loved to have tried fishing there.

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Mike took this photo of this tree mushroom? Waiting on a reply after some research to see if I can identify it, I thought it was pretty with the rain on it.

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The geocache! This one was hard to find..this picture will not help you lol.

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We were pretty sure we had a coyote following us..or a dog maybe… However we did find fresh poop and it had rabbit fur in it so..yuck and a tad scary!

Location is in Annapolis, Nova Scotia.
Map shows up close view of the actual trail, zoom out to get direction to the actual trail.

Sunflowers and Corn Maze at Noggins Farm in NS

A few summers ago me and Mike headed to the valley to go to Noggins Farm and corn maze. I had heard about it for a while but never went.  What they do is take a huge corn field and cut a large maze in it.

This is an areal view of the maze from http://nogginsfarm.ca

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As you can see the maze is HUGE!!

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This was a view from the flower and herb garden at Noggins. You are able to pick your own apples at certain times, herbs and some flowers.

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These sunflower were so pretty, fluffy almost.

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Bees were in abundance at the farm.

Once in the maze it was hot and hard! Once we got about halfway through and we had to pee lol so we didn’t get too far. Overall I would love to go again with the kids and work our way through the maze. I love the valley in general, driving by the huge garden and corn fields and apple orchards.

Gulliver’s Cove Hiking Trail, Digby Neck, NS

Found a new hiking trail in Digby Neck, Nova Scotia called Gulliver’s Cove Hiking Trail or as the sign show’s High Cliff Cove Look-Off. It’s a pretty easy walking trail, until you get to the cliff, you can stop there, or go down over the cliff onto the rocks(at low tide).

Gullivers Cove Hiking Trail High Cliff Cove
Gullivers Cove Hiking Trail Photo by Mike Newell

The entrance!

High Cliff Cove Look-Off
High Cliff Cove Look-Off
Rock Lounge Chair
Rock Lounge Chair

One of the rocks down on the beach was like a lounge chair! This other picture below is me down on the beach below, high cliffs!

Amanda Mackay below Cliffs
Amanda Mackay below Cliffs

The cliffs were scary coming down. We came down and around in the area in the picture below. There was a walkway of sorts but that was ruined in the weather, however there was a rope to help you down. I am not a climber and I made it down, so I think just about anyone can.

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The look off..you are quite high up, to get to this point it’s a very easy walk.!

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These 2 sweet people are my step aunt and uncle:) Charlie and Marilyn Belong. I love this picture of them. They are such hard workers! Charlie is the pastor of a church on Digby Neck in Nova Scotia. They are very kind people and work harder physically then some 20 year olds. They both chop, split and haul wood for their fire and many others in their church. Their level of giving and caring for others is something to admire.

Corn Education in Garden
Corn Education in Garden

I love my vegetable garden and they have inspired me in what they can do. They do all their work by hand and grow tons of vegetables! Every time I go up I always go look at their garden and ask tons of questions on what they do.

I love passing that information on, my Dad taught me some and Mike has taught me so much. In the picture above Mike is explaining to Maddy and Cait about corn(picture from last year). Maddy listens and absorbs a lot and loves to help me in the garden.

Amanda Mackay Vegetable Garden
Amanda Mackay Vegetable Garden

This year my garden is still getting started.

Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Yarmouth, NS | Leif Erikson Park

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Cape Forchu has been doing a lot of work. The new Leif Erikson Park walking trail is looking awesome. The trail will soon have interpretive panels along it.

Trail from above and Riley.

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Some flowers by the lighthouse.
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Riley on the rocks up too high!! Lol made me nervous.

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It’s much easier walking then the old sorta trail there before. They have widened and paved or graveled the trail. It goes down near the water and one thing I really enjoyed were the rock benches and decorations all over.

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Maddy in a mini rock chair.

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Me, proof I was there as I’m the one always taking the pictures lol.

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Mike on the trail:)

This sorta shows the trail and the rocks.

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Lighthouse from a distance.

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The boyfriend looking out standing on one of the many rock benches. There are big cement pads and I think places for picnic tables or informational plaques?

Love going out for beach walks or on trails. The big chair was destroyed this winter during a storm but I hear they are rebuilding that. Lots of work to happen but I’m excited to see it all done and take the kids out!