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     I really want to start on Christmas presents now.  I have a few ideas.  I haven’t knit something for a while now and feel like knitting so much.  I’m hoping to start knitting a sweater for my nephew, Jason.  Looking for a handsome pattern is not easy.  There are a lot of ugly sweaters out there.  I finally found one that is a vintage pattern. It has ships and dots on it but…I’m going to change mine to stripes.  Just little stripes. Anyways, the site had some really neat patterns that truly are vintage.  It’s called Free Vintage Knitting.  It was pretty cute.

     Yesterday I worked an espresso machine!  I’m so excited to learn the ins-n-outs of making good coffee. There is a difference between coffee and good coffee. I definitely need practice in the steaming area. I think I was told I made Starbucks foam a few times (not good).  Dear Me. It is really fun to hear Starbucks being made out as the epitome of ‘bad coffee’.  It is different, as most people adore beloved Starbucks.  Anyways, back at it this Sunday. We’ll see what sort of foam I’ll make this time.

     I received one of the best gifts ever for my birthday this year.  Mom and Dad got me a down comforter.  O how wonderful it is!  I went to work on Monday and dreamed all day about being under my comforter.  I love my new blanket.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  I think it’s an addiction!

     I made a Pumpkin Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting and it turned out SO good. I believe I’ll share it with you.~
    

 For the cake~

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each allspice and cloves)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin puree

For the frosting~

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, very soft
  • 1/4 cup honey or enough powdered sugar to make it sweet enough for you
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, butter, and pumpkin puree until combined (I added a tad bit of cream as it seemed rather thick for a cake batter) . Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, and mix gently until smooth.
  3. Turn batter into prepared pan, and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan, and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.
  4. Make Honey Frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk butter, cream cheese, and honey until smooth.
  5. Spread top of cooled cake with honey frosting. Cut cake into squares to serve.

     I hope you enjoy it! I absolutely LOVE it.

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     turning leaves

     Summer is over and Fall is here! I am always surprised how excited I get every time it comes around. The brilliant-red of the turning leaves always stirs something inside of me. I start thinking about all the cozy evenings. Wrapping myself in a blanket at the fireside reading Dickens and listening to the pattering of raindrops against the window panes. The smell of hot cider floating on the air and the sound of joy and laughter ringing through the house. Family and Friends coming to visit and share a meal. Oh, the meals of Fall and Winter are so lovely… Roasted chicken, stuffed with Mamas savoury sage dressing, gravy and mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, homemade donuts… comfort food, seriously. But yes,  pretty soon the colourful leaves begin to drop one by one to join the leaves of yesteryear upon the ground. It amazes me how anyone could observe the changing seasons and not see The Creator.  It is so evident to me that he has planned out every detail [from the falling leaves to your life story] according to His purpose. Reminds me of a song out of Psalm 8.

     Oh Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name, in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. When I consider the heavens the works of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained, the sheep and the oxen, the beast of the field, the fowl of the air, the fish of the sea… What is man that Thou art mindful of him.

     I love that song. Life gets busy but I hope I’ll always have time to stop and admire Gods handiwork. And I desire to never stop singing His praises. He is so worthy of them.

     Go out, admire the falling leaves.

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Cake….for whose birthday?

Cake.
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The birthday cake.
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     Yes, I finally baked that cake I had been meaning to. I baked it here this morning and decorated it at at Alyssas’ house. I put candles on it and let the (closer than not) birthday girl blow them out. We ate cake for lunch.
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     I think it was the first cake I had ever really decorated. It wasn’t even anyones birthday either. It was Alyssas’ un-birthday, I guess.

     The Z is not my friend anymore. Yesterday was the first time I had ever considered selling him. So sad. Mama is making stuffing for our roast chicken dinner. It smells so good! I believe it is one of my favourite things.

     ♥ Go bake a cake! ♥

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What are you eating?

     This morning Mama showed me a trailer for a movie that she’d like to see.  It’s one of those movies that really makes you think- what are you putting in your mouth.  Our family tries to eat mostly fresh from our garden or locally grown organic produce,  whole grains, natural sweeteners like agave nectar and honey.  We get our meat from a small, local farmer who is a family friend and raises a handful of beefalo each year.  We milk our own goats and make our own dairy products.  We generally know where our food is from BUT it’s amazing to see (and be aware of) what is going on out there in the food and agriculture industries.  

Our Garden Lettuce
Our Garden Lettuce

     You really ought to watch the trailer for the new movie called Food, Inc.   After watching that I felt so good going out into our garden and picking some homegrown, organic lettuce for my lunch salad.  It was delicious with a drizzle of homemade balsamic vinaigrette over the top.  Oh so yummo.  I heartily encourage you to consider what is going into your families’ mouths.  Don’t ignore what is going on.  If we as consumers are conscious of what we’re buying, maybe sales of packaged, processed, nutritionally empty foods would drop.  Therefore the industries would realize that the ‘cheap’ food they are creating isn’t in demand.  “We are voting with our money,” Blogger kimiharris says ( thenourishinggourmet ).   I personally would rather pay a few extra dollars for something that I know is going to help further the local, organic farmer than give all my business to the monopolizing corporations that care little about the quality of their products.  Seriously…chew on it, What are you eating?

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Birthdays…

     Having a cup of tea.  I love tea.

Morning cup of tea

     Today is my Mamas’ birthday.  She is such a wonderful person.  I love her so very much.  She is always there when I need her.  She has taught me so much.  If everyone had a mother like mine, the World would be a better place.  I hope someday I can be the kind of mama she is.

     Yesterday afternoon, My sisters and I had a simple little dinner for her.  I was so happy when both of mamas’ brothers and their families came.  It was a jolly evening with everyone here and mama had a wonderful time.  I wish I would have remembered to take some pictures, I was in the kitchen most of the day though.

     Happy Birthday to you, Mama dear.  Thank you for home and what it means to me.  Thank you simply for being my Mama. I love You.

Where we LOVE is home.  HOME that our feet may leave but not out HEARTS.

                                                   ♥ Oliver Wendell Holmes

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