I would love to say that I just stepped outside my door today and snapped this picture. Minnesota just doesn’t work that way. It was taken on Halloween. No tricks involved.
Aren’t the colors yummy? Now continue on to the next picture which is a closer version of the same tree taken today. The colors are gone – honestly I didn’t make it black & white, it really is that color. But isn’t it pretty anyway? Love the hoar frost when it sits heavy on the trees. Apparently, the birdies are loving it too.
How’s this for another before & after? Only one month apart.
How long ago was it that I promised you a really, totally, yummy recipe? No need to answer that – I know it has been a long time. There is only one catch to it – it uses 2 products from the Tastefully Simple company. My daughter who is a senior consultant with this company lives in Denver. Which, as you all know, is NOT next door to Minnesota. I don’t think. Anyway, since she couldn’t bake me a cake for my birthday, she sent me the cake mix and caramel sauce and the recipe. I know you could get a caramel sauce somewhere else (but I know people who, when asked what they put this caramel sauce on, reply “a spoon”. It’s that good.) The pound cake mix might be pretty exclusive to them, I don’t know. Luckily, I have connections…………..which I could share if you beg. Here ‘tis:
Absolutely Almond Toffee Pound Cake
*Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix
*1 cup water
*3/4 cup melted butter
Prepare cake as directed on pkg. with water & butter.
*3/4 cup toffee bits
Spray 9x9 pan with cooking spray
*3/4 cup whole pecans on bottom of pan
Pour batter over pecans. Bake at 325 for 45-50 min.
When cool, serve with:
*Creamy Caramel Sauce
I would have liked to show a photo but it was gone too fast for me to snap a pic. (caramel lovers in the family, don’t ya know). I’m telling you – your taste buds will be doing the happy dance with this cake on your lips. I did say lips – not hips – didn’t I?
Speaking of hips, some of the folk at my house needed to rest theirs after our Thanksgiving feast. How many homes across America that day had people & dogs on couches with football on the TV?
And really, football? If I had known the person/fiend/psycho who invented the game, I would have said “go back to the drawing board honey, ‘cuz this game isn’t going to catch on”. And the “outfits”? Whoa, momma. Those are strange. Remember when Linda Evans was on TV? On “Dallas” I think. Anyway, she started that whole fad of padded shoulders so that we’d look smaller in the hips in comparison. Hasn’t anyone told the football fashion people that that style is so last year? And their little outfits are kinda shiny looking polyester. Who wears polyester? By choice? And knee-high socks? No, wait, they’re wearing TIGHTS! OMG, I used to wear tights when I was a little girl and had to wear a dress when it was cold out. And what’s the deal with tucking a towel in your waistband? When the Indians wore that it was called a breechclout. I suppose there’s a purpose but I’m not sure I want to know what it is. It could be kinky. And I’m not even going to bring up what those helmets do to their hair. There’s a reason there are no women playing professional football. I’m just sayin’. Maybe I’ll start a grassroots anti-football-on-holidays movement. We could substitute a good quilting program or a fun gardening show. Let’s think about it, ok?
My real motivation to write today was because I want a friend, MJ, to see some of these pictures. The Loose Threads were at my house yesterday but MJ is on some sort of 2-week vacation at the Mayo Clinic. Next time you feel the need to “get away from it all”, I’m suggesting you think warm, sunny & tropical. Whatever your excuse, everyone missed you MJ. So here are some of the happenings:
A little light brunch – Swiss & ham crepes, Waldorf fruit salad, cinnamon streusel coffee cake and sunny sunshine OJ. I suppose we could have eaten more but we needed to save ourselves for afternoon coffee. Seriously. Lori brought little individual cheesecakes. Wow, were they good. A few Christmas goodies needed to be sampled too. So much to do, so little time.
Our mini- T blocks we worked on last month at Denise’s.. Lori’s 4-square and Karen’s done in Christmas red & white.
These next 4 were from the month before that. Same block – all different. The black bordered one is Connie’s and next to it is Judy’s. The bottom 2 are mine.
Judy was busily working on some American Girl doll clothes for her granddaughter. She will be thrilled!
A new knitted hat from Jean:
Carole finished one that has been waiting in the wings – for about 5 years. I totally understand and it IS a great quilt!
Karen made these table toppers from the same pattern (New Leaf Stitches).
She also made this angel wallhanging from a Buggy Barn pattern in Batiks!
Pictures really are worth a 1,000 words so I’m just gonna let these pictures speak to you while I sign off………