I was feeling domestic today so I retrieved the pumpkin from the freezer - I have a new crop coming in - and made pumpkin butter in my crockpot. The recipe I used called for apple juice. I used apple cider and my "pumpkin" butter tastes more like "apple" butter because of it. I used about ten cups of pumpkin puree to 1 cup of cider. You'd think that would balance out. Next time I will use water. The resulting apple/pumpkin butter is pretty tasty nonetheless.
I also decided to try making candied - or crystallized- ginger. Now that recipe called for a pound of ginger and a pound of sugar. I had half a pound of ginger so I halved the sugar. I did NOT halve the water. So I had to overcook the ginger to boil off the extra water.
The ginger has a very strong taste and is crispy but yummy. So I am happy. Life is a learning process.