Yes, it feels like Autumn finally has arrived in Texas, but It's still nice enough for tea near my waterfall. I'm using my teacup that I received from The Enchanting Rose's 11th exchange.
This beautiful tea towel and the pretty napkins are from my sweet friend, Michele, who blogs at The Nest at Finch Rest. I had the pleasure of meeting Michele this past summer when visiting Ohio. She's as sweet and nice as they come! Michele also sent some Harney and Sons African Autumn tea, which is so tasty, and some darling Autumn picks and stickers. Thank you, Michele!
My peach Fire King luster ware teacup is so perfect for Fall. My Autumn teapot was an Ohio thrift store find awhile back.
Yield: 8-10 servingsAuthor: Susan Branch, and made by Kitty
This recipe is from Susan Branch's Autumn book. It's a great recipe for Fall, and can even be served for brunch, with some maple syrup.
1 cup sour cream
1 can corn, drained (I used a 15.25 oz)
1 can creamed corn (I used a 15.25 oz)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika (I didn't measure...I just sprinkled on top)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all the ingredients EXCEPT the paprika. Pour into a buttered 9" square baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika.
I received these darling note pads. I'm forever needing these. Aren't you?
I love cookbooks and read them like novels, from cover to cover. I have found so many teatime treats that I'd like to make from this Afternoon Tea Book.
Doniene made me this beautiful apron and quilted a matching potholder. Isn't that so special?
I received not one, but two teacups! I have always wanted a Fire King peach luster teacup, on the right! I'll bet that Doniene sent the demitasse cup of the left for one of my granddaughter's to use, don't you?
Doniene made the sweet bird that's peeking into the box of tea that she sent...so many flavors for me to choose from!
Thank you, Doniene, for all your thoughtful, and most appreciated gifts! You certainly spoiled me and made me feel special. I donned my Favorite Tea Shirt, that my dear daughter gave me, to enjoy a cup of tea! I gifted Laura, from Decor to Adore as my teacup partner, and you can see what I sent to her here. I've had the pleasure of meeting sweet Laura, and she is just a delight! Thank you to dear, sweet Stephanie, our hostess, who puts so much time, effort and love in these exchanges. Please visit The Enchanting Rose on November 8th to see all the participants.
Laura sent me this beautiful handmade, pop up card as a thank you. Wasn't that thoughtful of her? We all love to feel appreciated, don't we?
It's finally cold here in Texas, and my tea is inside for today. Mr. Bear even had to put on a BOO sweater to be our host.
I made this hand appliqued piece years ago, but it originally had been framed in a large hoop. Does anyone remember those? I changed it into a pillow to use on my sofa.
This ghost I machine appliqued, and it is 30+ years old.
Here's Cissy with her Frankenstein pudding cups that she's ready to take home to her siblings. Didn't she do a great job? The doggy dressed in a ghost costume plays the "Ghostbusters" song, and we were dancing around my kitchen to the tune!
Yield: 4-5 cupsAuthor: Kitty and Cissy, but adapted from Imperial Sugar
Frankenstein Pudding Cups
I bought clear cups from the Dollar Tree to use for the pudding. Don't they make a fun Halloween treat? Use a black permanent marker for the face, and have a glue gun handy for the ears.
Homemade or boxed vanilla pudding, tinted green
Thawed frozen whipped topping, or homemade whipped cream
Chocolate Sandwich cookies
Make your vanilla pudding and tint it green. Fold in several scoops of thawed frozen whipped topping, or homemade whipped cream. Set aside.
Crush some chocolate sandwich cookies in the food processor, or by hand in a food storage bag, with a rolling pin.
Fill the cups with the pudding mixture. Add about an inch of the crushed cookies for Frankenstein's hair.
Add the facial features and a scar. Glue on the Rolo candies for the ears. There you have it...a cute and edible Halloween treat!
My fun witch is our hostess for today! Cissy and I made cupcakes with gummy fingers that Cissy stuck in the frosting. Won't you join us?
I made this towel years ago and I thought it would make the perfect table covering.
Here's Cissy with two of the three plates of cupcakes that she was able to take home to her siblings. It was her idea to make red velvet cupcakes, and you can find that recipe here Don't you just know that she's loved when she comes home? The gummy fingers came from Target.
Yield: Enough to frost 24 cupcakesAuthor: Kitty
Cream Cheese Frosting
This frosting is so yummy and Cissy wanted a cream cheese frosting for our red velvet cupcakes. Cissy used some red frosting to add for "blood". You can see my son's cupcake in the background with a hand coming out.
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Put the butter and cream cheese in a bowl and beat with a mixer. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and beat well. Add the vanilla and mix.
We are celebrating with a special tea for a new granddaughter that was born !
Cissy and I made some pumpkin krispie treats, and she got to take some home to her siblings.
My sister had told me how she made these cute pumpkins for her co-workers. Cissy and I just made the regular Rice Krispie treat recipe, but we colored the marshmallow mixture a pretty orange, and then shaped them into balls. We sprayed our hands with cooking spray, but really, water on the hands is the best for keeping them from sticking. We then put a Hershey Kiss on top and then Cissy made some stems with some green icing.
I have a new granddaughter that was born to my youngest son, and daughter in law. Isn't she beautiful?? Her name is Hayden Catherine and she was born on October 14th.
I've been making this bread recipe for over 40 years, from when I lived in Ohio. I've never found another one that I like better. I hope you try it, as it's the perfect Fall treat, and makes for nice gifts. I sometimes make mini loaf pans for gifting. They freeze well, too.
3 and 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 can pumpkin puree (2 cups)
2/3 cup water
3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 cup chopped nuts, optional
Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together in a large bowl. I often just use a whisk to do this.
Beat the eggs slightly, then add the pumpkin, water, sugar, oil, and nuts (if using), and mix together.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
Pour into greased loaf pans.
Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If making mini loaves, check after 30 minutes or so.
Hi everyone, and please join me on my patio! How about starting off with some yummy popcorn mix that my sweet granddaughter, Cissy, mixed up for us? Would you like a cup of apple cider, hot cocoa or tea, while we........
Katie, from Let's Add Sprinkles was so kind in coordinating this for us. Thank you so much, Katie!
Cissy gathered all the decorations for the table. She grabbed these pumpkins that I made years ago. It's a quick project, using homespun fabric, then sewing on patches and buttons, and attaching twigs, raffia, and silk leaves. The pumpkins are weighted with rice on the bottom and then stuffed with polyfil.
My Blessings mug is a favorite for Fall!
Here's Cissy sprinkling Halloween sprinkles on the warm almond bark.
Yield: About 8 Goody BagsAuthor: Mary at http://homeiswheretheboatis.net/, and adapted by Kitty and Cissy
Popcorn Snack Mix
Cissy and I adapted Mary's recipe, by increasing the amount of popcorn and using Almond Bark. It's a fun project to make with kids, and can be adapted for different holidays!
24 ounces of Almond Bark (We used Aldi's brand), or similar candy coating
About 10 cups of popped corn, removing old maids
Pretzels (We used pumpkin and bat shaped pretzels from Target)
Candy of your choice, such as M&M's, candy corn, etc.
Mixed Nuts or Peanuts can be added
Pop your popcorn. Cissy and I did ours in my microwave popcorn popper, doing two batches. Be sure to remove any old maids and unpopped kernels. Place your popcorn in a large bowl.
Melt the almond bark according to package directions.
Mix the warm almond bark with the popcorn, stirring until coated. Spread this onto wax paper or parchment lined baking sheets.
While the candy coating is still warm, add the jimmies or sprinkles. Let this set until cool, which takes about 10-15 minutes.
Once the mixture is cool, break it apart, and then add pretzels, candy, nuts, etc. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.