Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Pause in Blogging

I won't be blogging for awhile. My father died yesterday.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Classic Gingerbread

Yesterday I was going through my lastest issue of AllYou magazine. I make sure I don't miss any coupons or good articles.
I came across this recipe. The recipe calls for it to be baked in a Bundt pan but I used 2 -8 inch pans and popped one in the freezer for later use. My small family cannot eat a whole Bundt cake. Plus we will have one for later if company comes.
I like to serve my gingerbread with whipped cream!
Classic Gingerbread
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 ground cloves
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white
1/2 cup dark molasses
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp confectioner's sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 12 cup Bundt pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. In a separate bowl, mix applesauce with baking soda. In a third, large bowl, whisk eggs, egg white, molasses, brown sugar and oil until smooth. (HINT: Spray the measuring cup with PAM or whatever before you add the molasses. It will slide right out.) Add to dry ingredients and gently stir to form a smooth batter. Fold in applesauce mixture.
3. Pour batter into Bundt pan. Bake in center of oven until a toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pan on wire rack, then unmold to cool completely. Dust with confectioner's sugar and serve.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sewing a Christmas Dress

When Little P was born, my friend Michele, gave me some patterns. So I decided to use one to make a Christmas dress for Little P.

We decided to make the first one but add a gathered flounce to the bottom of the dress. I have the jacket almost done and I realized I messed up just below the collar. I have to rip it out and resew it. I am almost done with the dress.

She chose these fabrics. A green shimmery fabric with glitter for the dress. A red background with penguins and a saying "Jump For Joy". They are nice fabrics!

Some People

Today when little P and I were doing her Literature schoolwork we read this poem by Rachel Field.

Some People

Isn't it strange some people make
You feel so tired inside,
Your thoughts begin to shrivel up
Like leaves all brown and dried!
But when you're with some other ones,
It's strange still to find
Your thoughts as thick as fireflies
All shiny in your mind!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Fun For Kids

I saw this really cute craft on Family Fun.

Create a flock of these bright votive holders: they're a great project for kids and, filled with battery-operated tea lights, a luminous addition to your table.

Hot glue
Glue gun
1 1/4-inch wooden doll head (available at craft stores)
Small glass bubble votive holder (ours is 4 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches high)
Mod Podge
Tissue paper
Tacky glue
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
1. Apply a dab of hot glue from a glue gun to the wooden doll head. Then adhere the head to the votive holder.

2. Brush Mod Podge over the head and body, then cover them with overlapping tissue paper scraps. Apply another Mod Podge layer and let it dry for at least 45 minutes.

3. To make the tail feathers, cut 9- by 2-inch strips of tissue paper, bend each in half without creasing it, then twist the ends together. Use a dollop of tacky glue to attach each feather to the body.

4. Cut a beak from a double layer of yellow tissue and affix it with tacky glue. Add two beads for eyes. Cut a long oval of red tissue, twist one end, and affix it as a wattle. Allow the turkey to dry.