Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
It's pumpkin season and baking season and putting the two together leaves me weak in the knees...in a good way. Several weeks ago I was looking through my cookbooks and ran across a recipe for Pumpkin-Spice Bars. I finally tried it out on Monday and as soon as I tasted it knew I had to share it for my first Foodie Friday in...months. This stuff is addictive! My only semi-complaint is that it is a bit too sweet. If you'd rather not go into a diabetic coma I would suggest adding less sugar. When I try a new recipe I usually follow the instructions to the T then see where to go from there to make adjustments. This time I omitted the raisins and nuts because I didn't want anything to get between me and my pumpkin! So, here is the recipe as it is written. Enjoy!
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 can (15oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)*
2 cups all-purpose flour**
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup raisins, if desired
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package (3oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
- Heat oven to 350oF. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening.
- In large bowl, beat eggs, granulated sugar, oil and pumpkin until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger and cloves, Stir in raisins. Spread in pan.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack, about 2 hours.
- In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, on low speed until smooth and spreadable. Frost bars. Sprinkle with walnuts. For bars cut into 7 rows by 7 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
**If using self-rising flour, omit baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Labels: Foodie Friday
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I used two kinds of fabric I bought at WalMart for $1/yard. They both remind me of material for a prom or wedding dress. Also used were 2 buttons for the eyes, a wire hanger to hold up the arms and of course for hanging, and some batting to give the head some shape. The fabric is fairly sturdy to hold up to the outdoors, but also fairly lightweight so they'll be "floaty". The ghosts measure about 37" long and 18" wide from hand to hand. It wasn't exactly what I had envisioned but I'm pleased with the outcome.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I ♥ Ravelry
I've been going through and adding all of my FOs to my projects list. Last night I remembered, out of nowhere, this sweater that I had made for Geof about 2 years ago. So, this morning Geof and I had a little photo shoot. I was more excited about it than he was and ended up getting is cooperation after offering to pay him $1. Ha! Kids are silly. At any rate here are the pics and the specs for said sweater...
PICS (clickable of course)
Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love, I have no idea exactly how much yarn was used or the colorway...this sweater was completed 2 years ago! By the way does anyone else giggle when saying "pound of love" or am I the only immature one?
Hook: G & H
Pattern: Peppermint Twist Cardigan featured in Crochet World February 2005
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Fearless Frakenstein Pirate
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
It's Official...I'm Cool!
In other completely off subject news, I was just wondering if the little boxes that pop up whenever you mouseover a link on my blog here ever annoy you? Are they helpful? Do you despise them and limit your time here because of them? Just curious.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
That's about as much as I've done creatively the past few weeks. Nathaniel is off the road now and working out of Charlotte as a trainer. He's home every weekend but with just the one car there's been a lot of travel back and forth. We've had the new car for about 2 months now and have already put 3,000+ miles on it. All that driving has put a serious dent in my crafting time. In between I've also been on the job hunt and that is going a lot slower than I expected. The tomato crop has been pretty slack this year so I haven't even been able to can anything. So any kitchen crafting has been nonexistent as well. Hopefully with the holidays coming up I'll have more to share. This is my favorite time of year and my creative juices start to flow with the coming of the cool Autumn air. Stay tuned...