Monday, November 12, 2018

Tiny Pecan Muffins

 Please join me for a cup of Vanilla Chai Tea and a Tiny Pecan Muffin. The beautiful hydrangeas were gifted to me from my youngest daughter-in-law.  Aren't they pretty?  I have them in my teakettle that my son, Mike painted for me.  The plaid plate is from Pier 1.  The pretty framed picture is from Jenna from The Painted Apron , that she painted and made into note cards.  I just love it!

 My teacup is from Grace's teaware, and found at HomeGoods.

 Cissy chose that we make the Tiny Pecan Muffins this week, when I told her that they taste like pecan pie.  Pecan Pie is her favorite (mine, too!).

Yield: 3 dozen

Tiny Pecan Muffins

These little gems taste like pecan pie, and are perfect bite-sized morsels.


1/2 cup self-rising flour  (I used 1/2 cup all purpose flour + 1/4 t. salt +3/4 t. baking powder)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs, beaten


Mix all ingredients.
Bake in greased (I used Baker's Joy) miniature muffin tins @ 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Do not bake longer than 15 minutes.


You can line the muffin tins with mini paper liners, but be sure to spray the liner.  My muffin tin is nonstick and the muffins came out just fine.
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My son, Mike, created this pumpkin on my piggy blackboard for Fall.

My grandson, Connor, turned 18 this past week!

My grandson, Riley, turned 15, yesterday!  

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread and a Birthday

 Our teatime today is on a rainy day, and I'm setting it up in my living room.  Please join me for some pumpkin spice tea and some pumpkin cream cheese bread, won't you?

I want to thank everyone who read my post on My Beloved Mom.  Your thoughts, prayers, and condolences are so appreciated during this time of sadness and loss.  

 One of my favorite tea sets is this one that I bought from Ross years ago.  

 My calico teacup is so pretty for Fall, too.

This Johnson Brothers Olde English Countryside transferware platter is another favorite.

I saw a pillow at Kirkland's recently and went home and sketched out a design that resembled it.  I made a envelope style pillow, but this time used one rectangle of 42" long by 18 and 1/2" wide.  by doing it this way, there aren't any side seams.  First I found the middle and appliqued my design, leaving it kind of shabby.  The pumpkin base is made from osnaburg fabric, and then on top, I used an old sweater that my sister sent me.  After I appliqued,  I then did the envelope sytle in the back and stitched the top and bottom easy!

Yield: 1 large loaf, and one mini, or 4 mini loaves, 6 cakelets, and 2 mini bundts

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaves

This is my daughter, Molly's,  favorite bread that she likes to give as gifts. It's so nice to bake some, and store them in the freezer to give away.  The addition of the cream cheese layer is a nice touch!


For the Bread:
3 and 1/3 cups flour
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 and 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup oil
4 eggs
1 lb. can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup water

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Topping:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon butter


For the Bread:
Grease 1 regular size loaf pan and one small, or a mixture of minis.
Sift together the flour, pumpkin  pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.
Beat together sugar and oil until light.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Beat in pumpkin.
Add dry ingredients, alternatively with water to the sugar/oil mixture until it is well blended. 

For the Filling:
Mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.

For the Topping:
Mix the dry ingredients together and cut in the butter until it resembles cornmeal.  Set aside.

Spoon half the batter into each prepared pan. 
Spoon a layer of filling over each. 
Sprinkle with half the topping. 
Add the rest of the pumpkin batter.  Finish off with rest of topping.
Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes for small loaf,  and 45 minutes for regular loaf.  Use a toothpick to check to see if it comes out clean.
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 Today is Harper's 4th birthday!!  Doesn't she look adorable dressed in her butterfly wings and fairy dress?  Her party was at the Butterfly Gardens, which is a magical place with the prettiest butterflies that I've ever seen!  Of course, Harper was the cutest butterfly ever!

What little girl wouldn't love this mushroom fairy house birthday cake?! 

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:

Thank you for your visit!  xo

Monday, October 29, 2018

My Beloved Mom

Kathryn Carlson McCloskey  

June 30, 1929-October 23, 2018

My mom passed away this past week.  Her little body was just wearing out, and shutting down.  I was so thankful to spend her last days with her.  After her Memorial Mass, my sister, nephew and I spoke.  Here are the words that I shared.

My Mom

Thank you everyone for coming today.  

I was married to my beloved Rich for 43 years, in this very church over 48 years ago, but my longest relationship was with my mom for over 69 years, and 8 months.  

She taught me how to love and be loved. 

She passed on the seasonal decorating gene to me and how to make a cozy home.

She had such a sense of style and always looked so fashionable, with matching shoes, belt, jewelry, and cute clothes.   I always try to look my best because of her.  She always sent me home with clothes from her closet, and they were always bought on sale.  In fact, this dress I have on today, my mom sent home with me last summer.  

Even though my mom didn't like to cook, she always had such good, home cooked meals.  She let me cook in her kitchen from when I was just a little girl.

Mom and I always laughed and laughed together,  We always thought we were so funny and just cracked each other up.  She was such fun!

Mom taught me to say my prayers and to believe in God.  

Mom was always interested in what I was doing each day, and when I'd tell her, she'd say, "Oh, you're so lucky!"  She loved hearing about all of our family, and the grandchildren, and great great children.  

It was such a gift and an honor to help care for mom, along with my angel of a sister, Amy, during her final days on earth and her transition into heaven.  

I will continue to try my best to make both of my parents proud.  There will always be an invisible umbilical cord between mom and I until I'm with her in heaven.

She was so loved and will be so missed.    

Even though it was such a sad event, it was happy at the same time.  I saw a friend from elementary school, another from high school, two families of now grown ups, that I babysat for years ago, a special cousin and her husband, my wonderful friends that we had in Ohio, then moved to Texas, and were in Columbus to visit, and nieces, nephews, a brother and sister-in-law, and three of my four kids that came into town.   It was so nice to connect and share memories of someone that touched so many lives.  
Thank you for your kind visit.  xo

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