A little preview of what's to come!
Hello ladies! I'm so glad you are here and that I can spend some time with you. It is late afternoon and it's been cloudy all day and now it's a bit rainy (which I'm really excited about!). To have it be a Monday AND rainy is my kind of day. : )
The picture above was a day that I took full advantage of and got into the kitchen right away. There is something SO cozy and homey about having coffee off to the side, classical music playing, lightly snowing, the oven is on, and I'm baking. I finally got around to making something with pumpkin. Donuts! These were so good. I printed several recipes and was going to try them all, but this particular recipe was the first one I tried and it was so good that I wasn't going to try anything else. I was sold right off and now I want to share the recipe with you as well. I found this on the "Little Sweet Baker" - I hope you can give them a try.
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE DONUTS
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 3/4 cups MINUS 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two standard size donut pans. In a large bowl, whisk all the donut batter ingredients except the flour until smooth. Add in the flour and stir just until smooth again. Fill the wells of donut pans about 3/4 full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool enough to handle. If you are serving these right away, toss the donuts with 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp. ground cinnamon (mixed together ahead of time). Place on a wire rack to cool. If you are serving these donuts later......toss them in the cinnamon sugar just before serving or at the most, a couple of hours before.
As you can see, my treat tray also consisted of my molasses cookies! : )
While I was in the kitchen that day, I was thinking of what my definition of a "charmed life" was. Being at home, being a homemaker, is part of that for me. I think when we hear the words "charmed life" we tend to think of someone who has it all (whatever "all" means to you). But for me, it's taking the time to make things feel special with the very little I have. My mother worked very hard to buy me a full set of china. It wouldn't have been the pattern I would have chosen for myself, but because she went out of her way to purchase it, I wouldn't give it up for the world. Using that china once in a while makes me feel like I'm living a charmed life. To fill the fancy coffee pot up with hot coffee and pouring it into one of the matching cups and saucer gives a feeling of elegance even if I'm dressed in my blue jeans and apron. Or, on a Saturday morning when the sun is on the patio, to go out and sip my coffee outdoors makes me feel like I'm on vacation. Just doing little things like that can lift your mood and give a break from the ordinary.
Another thought about food is that someone mentioned how important it is to begin using your pantry food if you've been putting food aside for the last year or two. In other words, don't just stand back and admire everything you have, use it up!!!!! There are many things that last a long time, but there are also some things that don't, so be diligent in using what you have. : ) You aren't saving money, if you have to throw things out.
One thing that I'm excited about this week is that I'm planning our annual pumpkin carving party. We haven't done this in two years and everyone is ready to get back at it! It's all held outdoors and I've checked the forecast and it sounds like it will be very nice weather for it. I'll be serving potato soup with cheese, bacon, and onions on top, an Autumn chex mix, S'Mores charcuterie board, and apple cider. We'll also have the outdoor fire going to warm up by. Hopefully I will remember to post a few photos of everything. : )
I continue to work on my cross stitch:
I have a ways to go on this, but I like the way it's turning out. This is another free pattern from Pinker 'n Punkin designs. At this point, I'm just concentrating on Christmas and then get back to others after the first of the year.
There are three "Flosstubes" that I wanted to give a shout out to:
*Curious Crafters - two sisters in California that not only cross stitch, but one sews her own clothes and the other knits her own sweaters.
*Recovering Monogamous Stitcher - I can relate to this - when I first started cross-stitching I thought I would just focus on one project at a time until I finished it. No. There are TOO many cute designs out there I want to do it all!!!!
*Celeste Creates - a sweet soft-spoken woman who does beautiful stitching
I am now reading:
I've read all of Jane Austen's books except this one and "Mansfield Park" and I've heard a few negative comments about Mansfield Park so I'm not going to bother with that one, but I'm enjoying this read very much! I love her subtle sense of humor. Things such as "she enjoyed a day of busy idleness" - love it! : )
We went to a book sale a couple of times in the last couple of weeks and I was able to pick up four Nancy Drew books, two Charles Dickens books, and a couple of books for Bible study purposes. So, that will definitely help with my need to keep reading - especially now with the colder weather coming on.
Well, I think that is all I can come with for today! It is now getting to the point where I need to go into the kitchen and get supper started. Monday nights are "no meat nights" so it will be pasta with a meatless sauce, butternut squash, and green beans on the side.
So, I will say goodbye for now. Thank you SO much for dropping by - again, I appreciate it when you do!!! : ) God bless your week ahead. Hope to see you soon.