Monday, October 31, 2011

Witch's Hat Cookies

 Happy Halloween!!!
Witch's hats made by my daughter.

Goodie Bags shared with the kids at our church party.

Fudge striped cookies
Decorator icing
Hershey's kisses

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Carving

 This gorgeous pumpkin was created by my husband for our church's Harvest Festival.  I am not quite sure how he does this, but he has made several with different designs.  It is really pretty at night when using a light bulb to light it up.
You just never know what kind of hidden talents and gifts some people have waiting to be used.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pot Holders

You have been such an inspiration.
Just look at what one of my Church friends made for our Fall Festival.
She went to your website and followed your directions for how to sew these lovely potholders.
I think she did a great job, and I know you would be proud.

If anyone reading this post wants to know how to make these cute, cute potholders, just go here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Swing at the Edge of the Woods

I know it doesn't look like much, but this has become my absolute favorite place. 
I took this picture one evening while walking up the driveway headed to our swing. 
My husband had beat me there on the tractor, which you see in the picture. 
 My family has already spent several hours relaxing in this swing...neighbors have come by to visit
and sit for a while. 
If we are there after the sun goes down, we have a small kerosene lamp to light. 
I am so glad we found this swing and hung it
from the tree. 
If you have a place to put one, I would highly recommend it. 
Great stress relief!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Old Quilts

Just playing around today with a few old quilts.
I am ashamed to say that this quilt use to be the one I wrapped around my ice cream freezer to keep the ice cream from melting.
I have washed it numerous times, and it is still a good old quilt.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Biscuit Doughnuts

During the week of Fall Break, my daughter requested a special breakfast each morning.  Homemade pancakes, cinnamon toast, and biscuit doughnuts were at the top of the list. 
We love making biscuit doughnuts.

You need canola oil or peanut oil
the cheapest canned biscuits you can buy.

Begin by cutting the center hole out of each biscuit.

I am very lucky to have my Mother's doughnut hole cutter.  If you do not have one of these, you can use a tylenol medicine cup.

Put enough oil in a skillet to come up half way on the doughnuts.  Heat the oil and then add doughnuts.
They will brown quickly on one side, turn and allow to brown on the other side.  Drain each one on a paper towel.

Now the fun begins.
We made a vanilla glaze with:
 1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons milk

We also made a chocolate glaze with:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
3 Tablespoons milk

Dip both sides in the glaze and then add sprinkles immediately after dipping.
You can also drizzle the alternate icing or sprinkle powdered sugar.

These are actually very easy to make and very good to eat!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Quilt

I have been playing around in my quilt closet. 
The weather is getting cooler, you know.
I found this quilt top that was made by my Grandmother.
It is perfect for this time of year.
Even though it looks really pretty here on my front porch, I cannot logically leave it here.

\I have been trying to figure out how I can use this quilt top with my decorations for fall. 
It is perfect to be used with the colored leaves. 
I just can't figure out how to display it.

Even the cat is puzzled...
Any suggestions???

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Toilet Roll Pumpkins

Cute, cute, cute, cute, cute...
My daughter has been at it again.
She found how to make these on the internet at
They are made out of a roll of toilet paper.
She covered the roll with fall fabric (which I just happened to have) and made a stem from a brown paper sack.
I wanted her to make more, but two rolls of toilet paper were all we could spare. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chocolate Cream Pie

My Lynchburg Sister uses this chocolate creme pie recipe every time she makes a chocolate pie.  She got the recipe from a Betty Crocker Cookbook that she received while in High School.  This is my first time to make this particular pie.

You will need:
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
3 slightly beaten egg yolks
4 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 Tablespoons cocoa
1 9 inch baked pie crust

Begin by mixing the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan.

Gradually stir in the milk. 
I like to use a whisk for the stirring.
Cook and stir this mixture over medium heat until it boils and thickens.  Then, cook 2 minutes longer.

Go ahead and separate 3 eggs.
Slightly beat the egg yolks.
Set the whites aside for the meringue.

Beat a small amount of the chocolate mixture into the egg yolks.  This is called tempering the eggs.  You don't want cooked egg in your pie...

Return this yolk/chocolate mixture back to the saucepan.  Cook 2 more minutes; stirring constantly.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the melted butter and the vanilla.  Mix well.

Allow the baked pie crust and the filling time to cool to room temperature.

Then, pour the filling into the crust.

Now, it is time to make meringue.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
You only need:
egg whites
6 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

The secret to meringue is letting the eggs come to room temperature.  They usually do this as you are making the pie.  I usually add an extra egg white when I am separating the eggs to make my meringue a little taller.

Beat the egg whites with 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar on the highest speed.  They will start out foamy.

Beat until peaks form.
You can tell when peaks form by stopping the mixer and seeing if you can pull up peaks with the beaters.
Then, add the 6 Tablespoons sugar.

Continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form.

Now comes the fun part. 
Add the meringue to the pie.

Spread the meringue to the edges of the pie.
Use the back of the spoon to make peaks.
(At this point, I could honestly stick my whole face into the middle of the pie.)

Bake the pie in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

This is the pie I use to ask for instead of a cake on my birthday.  Now that I am older, I can make one for myself anytime.

Happy Birthday to me...


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