I ran across this blog with the most creative relish tray that I've ever seen. Isn't this cool? I pinned it on my Pinterest to remind myself to get the ingredients next month for Thanksgiving and am sharing the link to the Princess Pinky Girl blog for the recipe with the list of ingredients. If this is too large for your family, there is a photo of a smaller one on there too. This would be fun to take to share if you're going to a larger family dinner also.
Our group on Facebook that I mentioned in my last post is doing well and 140 people have joined so far. I 've gotten two orders with more to follow(I hope) and have been busy making up more stitched pieces. This is the most recent card I finished just a day or two ago and I have another I've yet to take a photo of.
Most of us that are crafting in the group are seniors trying to earn a little $ for needed expenses and the holidays that are approaching so you are getting unique items and helping grandparents. So hope you will check out all the cool stuff and know that more is on the way. Huggins Haven... Nancy donates some of her proceeds to dog rescue also. She supports The Grizz Project which was set up by her daughter when she lived in New Mexico. There is a terrible problem with stray dogs on the reservation there and one woman is making a career for herself to help them. Here is the link to her donation site., The Grizz Project so if you purchase anything from Nancy, you're helping abandoned and neglected dogs also. So far this month, they've gotten $125 towards helping this fine organization.
Sorry I haven't posted much..just to busy! I'm now part of a group on Facebook and we're selling our handmade things and also crafting supplies. Lynn makes raggedy quilts and tote bags...
They are so pretty and much better than the picture. Just click on it for a better look at her craftmanship. Something really nice for someone for the holidays.
Nancy is listing many dog and cat beds. Also fabric and craft supplies.. she formerly worked for JoAnns.
and I'm listing alot of my stitchery, tags and greeting cards. I don't have the greeting cards listed on there yet but will soon. I have a ton of stitched Christmas cards which are such a unique way to celebrate the holiday.
Our weather has turned into fall like temperatures, in the 70s with cool nights. I love it! We have 4 seasons here, but they're far more subtle than other places in the country. The only season I dislike is our summers as they can be smokin' hot. The fall and winter are usually wonderful.
Yesterday I planted some zucchini squash in one of the raised beds. Its a gamble but thought I'd try it. If we have a wet winter, they'll probably be gonners but that's ok as we surely need rain. If we don't get rain, we'll have some nice squash in early December. So its a win either way it goes.
Yes, my son is doing fine with the motorized bike. I do hope he gets his car fixed soon though!
I belong to a group on Facebook, called You Know you're from Oceanside..and someone posted this wonderful old 105 year old film. The film was taken in San Fransico, Ca 4 days before the massive earthquake. It was sent on the train to be developed back east the same day so missed being destroyed. I find it amazing and wanted to share a glimpse into the past with you.
Imagine being on the street car, riding along in 1906. My grandparents were married in 1905. This film is a glimpse of a life they would have been familiar with and probably would have enjoyed traveling on the cable car. The bell tower you seen in the distance still exists.
The camera was mounted on the front of a cable car for the film.
Just think, at this time there was no income tax and you didn't have to even have a drivers license, which explains how everyone was driving at the time. Rather chaotic!
Here's our Jayden..all of 3 years old. He decided he wanted his photo taken (finally!). He's been having alot of fun playing video games, mostly Toy Story. He loves Woody and plays the train game on the disc the most. He still plays with the Octonaut set that his uncle gave him for his birthday too.
We're so glad its cooling down. We had a rough few weeks with triple digit heat. Now it gets around 80 during the warmest part of the days with cool nights in the 60s. The kids even wear jackets at night now as we're so used to warm weather, anything less than 70 feels cold. Silly, I know but that's life in the desert.
With the fall quickly coming, I got in the mood to make an apple pie.
The color isn't true on this photo. It was actually a very pretty golden brown. I decorated the top using leaf cooky cutters from a set that Alan got for me last year. We hope to get up to Oak Glen again during Apple Month to get a box or two of apples for lots of pies and applesauce for the winter.
Business has been slow and everyone here has had car problems. Mostly tires but our youngest son's car broke down completely. I've been taking and picking him up from work but today he decided to ride a motorized bike he built. I've have to learn not to worry (fat chance!) I pray the Lord will look after him and bring him home safely. Its hard with adult children and just let the Lord do His will in their lives. Doing alot of praying!
We started our fall decorating and I sure like this pumpkin I bought from Brenda at her Rusty Thimble etsy shop.
I poked a skewer in the bottom so it would sit up in the box that Alan attached to this washboard. I just love how it turned out. The crow I got from Michaels and I'm thinking of getting another one, They only sell these around Halloween.
I like easy crafts..I'm thinking of doing this one as it would only take a few minutes. The photos are self explanatory.
Alan's been posting old photos on Facebook. Here are two of them..the first is me looking out the train window in England back in the 80s when we visited my brother who was stationed there.
and the second is the one that got the most comments, even though its not in good focus. My brother and I sitting waiting for the underground to take us to London.
It was a wonderful trip and one we'll always remember. Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!
Our garden, sadly, didn't do well this year. I don't know if it was the heat or something else but that's the way it goes. Today I pulled out all the spent tomato plants (we got so few!) and getting the beds ready for future planting.
I discovered a wonderful way to prepare zucchini and we have a few plants started for the fall so hopefully will have some to use in this recipe. Zucchini was on sale at the grocery store so I bought several and have been enjoying these.
2 cups (or so) grated zucchini
1/2 c.grated carrot
2 T. chopped green onion
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 c.grated cheese, use whatever you have
1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
a pinch of salt
whatever seasoning you prefer. I like original Mrs. Dash
1/4 c. or so vegetable oil
Mix the zucchini, carrot and onion together, and blot on paper towels to get rid of the moisture. Stir zucchini mixture, eggs in a large bowl. Mix together the cheese, flour, baking powder, and seasonings and then add to the wet mixture. Stir until its moistened well. Don't over beat.
Heat oil in a large skillet until hot and add rounded spoonfuls of the batter. Fry until golden, and then drain on paper towels. It usually takes about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
Now I've seen corn added to this mixture so I'd suggest adding a handful if you have some left over from another meal. These pancakes are delicious and a good side dish for grilled meat or a great lunch by themselves with a green salad and some fruit.
You've probably heard of the drought we're having in California and our area is no exception. We try to limit our water use as much as possible. But we do water the raised beds by drip irrigation and water the lawn as the grandchildren love it so. What angers me is the city allowing more and more houses to be built. I'll believe the city and county are serious when they stop granting building permits. Right behind us is a huge housing tract with giant big box homes (over 3,000 sq. ft.) being built. Can you even imagine how much water will be needed? Plus they built a large sport park with landscaping. Sigh
I thought it was time to post a recipe and think this is a winner. I had some older bananas that needed to be used, and some chopped dates so came up with this. Its kinda of my own creation. I took a banana muffin recipe, tweeked it a bit and added a streusel topping. Low sugar too!
Banana Date Coffee Cake
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 c. sugar or splenda
1 1/2 c. (or so) mashed ripe bananas
1/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
1 cup or so chopped dates
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9" sq. pan by spraying it with cooking spray (I use Pam but any kind will do) In a large bowl, put in the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix together well. In another bowl, put the butter and sugar, mix until fluffy, then add the two eggs, beat well, then add the mashed bananas, vanilla and milk. I used a stick blender to mix the wet things really well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Stir until mixed well. Finally, stir in the chopped dates until mixed throughout. Spread in the prepared pan. Add the following streusel topping.
1/4 c. softened butter
1 t. cinnamon
2 T. flour
2 T. brown sugar.
Mix the 4 together and then drizzle it over the cake. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. It smells fantastic as it cooks. It was very tender and had lots of flavor. A nice thing for a weekend breakfast or a coffee break plus a good way to use up those bananas.