Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ghost Wine

A friend of ours has been kind enough to help us with Husband’s car this fall. I wanted to give a Halloween-themed gift to say thank you, but I knew that he probably wouldn’t want candy.

But, I knew he would love wine. And, somehow, my one tiny creative brain cell came up with an idea to make it more festive for Halloween…

I picked up a regular bottle of wine. [I used the same complicated selection process that I always do, which goes like this: 1) Decide which wine has the best-looking label, and 2) Buy that wine.] In this case, I bought the bottle that was orange and black.

Then I cut a hole in a sheet of tissue paper and slipped it over the bottle. I used black marker to make the eyes.

And that’s it! Drink or treat.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumpkin Muffins

This pumpkin muffin recipe is, by far, my favorite fall recipe. I’ve made it 3 times so far this year. In fact, I just made a batch this morning. (I wish you could smell the delicious aroma in my kitchen!)

I’ve made this for a lot of people, and they’ve all raved about it. It’s perfect as a sweet breakfast muffin or as a dessert with ice cream and/or whip cream. 

I wish I could remember where I got the recipe. It’s in my scribbled handwriting on a piece of scratch paper. I’m guessing I found it somewhere on the internet. (If the recipe is yours, please let me know so I can give proper credit!)

Anyway, here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Muffins

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cloves (I’ve omitted this because I keep forgetting to buy cloves)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
 ½ cup oil
1 cup pumpkin (the pumpkin puree in a can)
*chopped walnuts
*semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves. In a separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs. Add oil and mix at medium speed for 3 minutes. Add flour mixture, and then add pumpkin. Mix at medium speed until well blended. *Add in chopped walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips to your liking. (I added a small amount of chopped walnuts and a very generous portion of chocolate chips.) Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 18 muffins.

*Note: the original recipe did not call for chopped walnuts or semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I think this is the key to the muffin!


What’s your favorite fall recipe? 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall Flowers

These beauties arrived yesterday for me.

It’s not my birthday. It’s not our anniversary. It’s not a holiday. The reason was “just because,” which is the best reason of all.

Thank you, Husband!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sewing Class

My mom's friend heard that I wanted to learn how to sew, and she graciously offered to teach me. She doesn’t just know how to sew, but she knows how to sew incredibly well and makes all sorts of beautiful things.

Our first class was yesterday. I decided to bring an apple to my teacher. (Remember that tradition?) I had a plain apple, but I decided to put it in a fancy bag. 

She got such a kick out of it. She said, “I love it! You are just like your mom!” 

I took that to be a huge compliment because my mom is always coming up with fun and thoughtful things to give to people.

The class went really well. Our first project is making a simple navy blue skirt. We’re taking baby steps, so we cut out the pattern pieces and pinned them to the fabric. Next week we’ll start sewing the pieces together.

If it comes out well, I’ll be sure to post a picture. (And if it doesn’t, then there will be no photographic evidence and I’ll probably never speak of sewing again.) 

Sew, we’ll see.