With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 9/20/09 - 9/27/09

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Birthday Brunch

Abbey will be turning 18 on Monday so we celebrated today with a family birthday brunch.
Aunt Abbey with Noah and Silas
Sweet little ones gathered around to sing and help blow out the candles
(Shae, Noah, Abbey, Caleb, Keri and Silas)
Along with my sister & brother-in-law, my mom, daughters Jill and Jamie, and niece Suzanne, my brother and sister-in-law stopped by with their sweet grandchildren in tow.
(Silas, Maxwell, Julianna, Harrison, Noah, Shaela and Keri)
The Menu
Homemade Birthday Cake
Baked French Toast (will post recipe soon) with Three Berry Compote
Orange Cranberry Muffins
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins
Fried Apples
Baked Ham
Baked Eggs and Cheese

Back on Track

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Show and Tell Friday ~ Daddy's Glasses

Among my siblings, I am the most sentimental. My mom is pretty sure that when she gives me something I will hang on to it and value it because of the tie it has with family.
This pair of eyeglasses belonged to my dad when he was a boy. He was born in 1921 and probably wore them around age 6-8 years old.

The name of the optician is on the back of the glass case. What a surprise to learn this company is still in business and has many locations (some still on Chestnut Street) in the Philadelphia area. In my search, however, I was not able to find any history on J.E.Limeburner Co.
I don't have a photograph of my dad wearing his glasses (he probably disliked them) but I found one when he was just a little guy.
Doesn't he look dapper in his knickers and cap!
~ FSW ~

Show and Tell
There is lots more Show & Tell Friday at Kelli's place... just click on the above button.
Why not join in? Love to see your Show & Tell!

Pumpkin Roll

umm... this delicious dessert is all about autumn flavors. The cream cheese perfectly complements the pumpkin. Recipe right from the Libbys can!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Stocking the Cache

Do you have some of these busy little creatures? My yard is full of evidence of their tireless labor to ensure provisions for the coming winter months.
Wikipedia Photo
Wikipedia Photo

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oh, Bother

missed a row... all the way back...


A newly started project...
and one almost finished. But first to the store for a set of six matching buttons.I'll post pictures when finished.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Spiced Pear and Walnut Muffins

Spiced Pear & Walnut Muffins
Recipe by Dragon's Kitchen
Makes: 12 muffins
2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 bananas, mashed
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease or line muffin tins.
2. Combine the pears and sugars. Toss until the pears are well coated.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.
4. Beat together bananas, eggs, oil and vanilla until blended. Add the dry ingredients into the banana mixture; mix well.
5. Fold in pears and walnuts just until combined. Spoon into prepared muffin cups, dividing batter equally.
6. For the topping, combine brown sugar, chopped walnuts, flour, butter and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the muffins.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Taste of Autumn ~ Spiced Pear Cake

Spiced Pear Cake
1/4 cup butter
1 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 ripe Bartlett pears, peeled & sliced thin
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 rounded tsp ginger*
1 rounded tsp cinnamon*
1/2 tsp allspice*
1/2 tsp nutmeg*
*or substitute 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup applesauce
1 peeled & thinly diced Bartlett pear
Lightly butter or use cooking spray to grease your 9 inch cheesecake pan. If yours has a dimpled bottom like mine, you can add one or two pieces of parchment paper to the bottom to avoid a dimpled pear top. Make thin slices with your 1/4 cup of cold butter, and layer on the bottom of your pan. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1 tbsp brown sugar and 3/4 tsp cinnamon.

Layer with thin slices from 2 Bartlett pears.

For the cake:
Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in bowl. In second bowl, mix 1/2 cup softened butter, brown sugar, eggs, applesauce, and molasses in that order. Mix flour mixture into moist egg & sugar mixture with hand mixer until blended. Once blended, add diced pear and gently fold in with spatula. Pour cake mixture over layered pears in cheesecake pan.
Bake at 350° in regular oven or at 325° in convection oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Carefully remove from pan and turn upside down onto cake plate.
Note: Place a pan on the oven rack under the cake to catch the butter drips. I baked this recipe before it was updated and ended up having to run the exhaust fan while baking and cleaning the oven afterward. You might also try baking in a non-springform pan.

This recipe was found on an absolutely amazing blog whose author overflows with creativity! Centsational Girl will inspire you with every post!


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