Sunday, October 18, 2020

I'm on a roll...

 I actually got quite a few projects knocked off of my list this week.

I used last year's compost to top off my butterfly bed...

Seeds were scattered and the soil turned.  Emptying the compost bin cleared up room for my next project.

I raked the leaves...

There were a lot of leaves.  All that work made me hungry.  I am still working on the family cookbook and Julia Child inspired me to check my recipes.  It was a great time to try my mom's amazing pumpkin bars and frosting.

Pumpkin Bars

2 c. Flour

2 t. Baking Powder

1 t. Salt

1 t. Cinnamon

1/2 t. Ginger

1/4 t. Cloves

1 t. Baking Soda

4 Eggs

2 c. Sugar

1 can of Pumpkin (16 oz.)

1 c. Oil

1 c. Walnuts chopped (optional)

Beat eggs, then add sugar, pumpkin, and oil.  Fold in flour, salt, and spices.  Beat well and add walnuts.  Bake in 12x16 jelly roll pan. 

Cream Cheese Frosting

 1 pkg. Cream Cheese (8 oz.)

1/2 c. Butter (soft)

3 1/2 c. Powered Sugar

1 t. Vanilla

Beat cream cheese and butter.  Add sugar and vanilla.  Beat until light and fluffy.  If too stiff add a tablespoon of milk or cream.

Yummy!  I'm liking this cookbook project more and more.  My goal is to have all the recipes in by the end of the October.  I find we are a family of bakers, as our dessert and bread sections are quite heavy compared to the rest of the sections.

The snow came and that started a whole new plethora of new projects.  Snow means quilting...

I needed to do a lot of figuring to plan this quilt.  I learned from the last quilt the quilt as you go method isn't a good way to work.  After the planning, I tried making a few paper pieces leaves.  I'm really happy with how it is turning out.

I had to try a few more recipes.  My Roadhouse Rolls and Wild Rice Soup.  Two more cookbook recipes successfully created.

I don't have any pretty sunset photos.  Hopefully, my hibiscus will do.  I wanted it to bloom all summer.  Instead it waits until winter.  Oh well, it does cheer up the house some.

What projects and cooking are you doing?  Did you have a lot of leaves to take?  Have a fabulous week.


  1. The photo of you sweeping leaves remind me of a painting. My main project at the moment is to improve my skills with my camera. I don’t bake very much in order to keep our weight down but I do like cooking and save recipes that I come across on an electronic database. We eat lots of vegetable based dishes to make best use of our harvests.

  2. you need a leaf blower, you sure do have a lot of leaves!! the hibiscus is gorgeous...

    i am knitting (of course), needle punching and i have been doing some adult coloring. cooking my home chef meals and i made hand held apple pies that we a little bit of a fail...they were dry and definitely needed more sugar!!

  3. I hope you have a great week as well. I like your quilts. That is a great recipe. I will have to try it.
    Cooking is so nice when its time for cold weather food. Nope no leaves here. :(
    I am hooking a rug. Its so nice to be doing that again.

  4. No leaves to rake but next year will be another story if the offer we put on a house is accepted.


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