Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving pics

I wanted to show you a glimpse of my Thanksgiving day. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pumpkin-Molasses Cake

2 1/2 cups all -purpose flour

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 ground ginger

3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk (another option tofutti sour cream)

1/2 cup shortening, magarine, or butter, softened

1/2 cup canned pumpkin or mashed sweet potato

1/4 cup light or medium molasses

1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

2 eggs Oven 350 degrees

In a bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Add molasses, and orange peel. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed till combined. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat 2 minutes more. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan.

Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 30 to 35 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Serves 12

As suggested by the cook book I made a lemon butter frosting to compliment the flavor.

Lemon Butter Frosting

1/3 cup butter or margarine

4 1/2 cups sifted powder sugar (I only used about 3 cups)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 cup lemon juice or orange juice

1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

In a bowl beat butter or margarine till fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the 1/4 cup lemon juice and vanilla.

Slowly beat in remaining sugar. Beat in additional juice, if needed to make spreading consistancy.

This cake is so good and moist. I hope you enjoy the cake as much as my family did!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Design

I have been a busy bee today working on a few new Christmas cards. The same design was used but one as a personalized card and the other can be used by anyone. The count down to Christmas begins!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Girl's room

Just adding a few key elements can add such character to a room. At least that is what I have tried to do to my daughter's room. Although my time is limited by having three kids, I managed to add a few spot illustrations to the room, along with painting grass all around the baseboards. Just adding a splash of color will bring flair to any room. That is my hope and desire as I live my life creatively!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tis the season

It is so hard to believe that Christmas is fast approaching. So that means it is time to start making gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends. I think including a handmade item adds special meaning to the gifts you give. I like creating ornaments along with some yummy chocolates or some other special treat. I also like designing personalized stationery as a special gift. Whatever I do end up making, I hope they know this is a heartfelt appreciation of what they mean to me in a small way. This is my hope and desire as I live my life creatively!