I didn't do much specifically for Easter, but more for Spring (which will take the house to Summer). I need a clean palette in my home and very little clutter! I call it breathing room. Can you relate?
I did do a little color on the front porch and it calms me when I sit in my rocking chair and watch the world drive by!
And then, because the deck is so visible from the living room, I did the lantern on the table outside too...
I hope your SPRING is welcoming warmer weather and a wonderful change of the seasons.
Did you think I'd forgotten about my blog? I considered it, but then decided to just post when inspiration hit.
Sometimes the whole social media idea seems like a lot of bragging and I never intended my blog to reflect that. Someone asked me when I first started the blog what my reason for creating it was. I've pondered that questions for years. I realize my motive was to share ideas and inspiration so that a reader would feel empowered to create a comforting home for themselves.
Now, on to pictures...
I took down Valentine's hearts last week (you can see previous year's here and here) and I had to clear out my living room so new curtain panels could be hung, only to be told the rods I thought were readily available were on backorder for a two weeks! Argh!
I knew I wasn't going to leave the living room disrupted (because we actually use it daily) for two weeks and began putting things back, in slightly different places (cause that's what I always do), when I stumbled on this arrangement for the mantle. I stood back and looked and knew it was a comforting misplacement! Worth moving furniture and bric-a-brac!
The greenery makes me feel like Spring can't be far away!
Yes, that silver "candle holder" is a wine bottle holder!
Thanks for reading, especially after such a long absence...
If you follow what my book club reads, I just realized I did not updated the book tab at the beginning of this year! I was a little sick at the beginning of the year and lots of things got tossed to the side during that time. So, to make it up to you, I've added 2015's list and 2016's list! Double your pleasure. The list is available at the top of this page, just click on it and voila! Twelve years worth of reading lists. Just thought I'd let you know.
And this week, I got the paints out and did my annual Santa painting for the Hope Mennonite Church annual bazaar. It will be November 14 at 868 N. Maize Road, Wichita, Kansas. Every penny of profit goes to local charities! The bake sale alone is worth coming, but then add the vendors and the lunch served, and oh my....a little bit of heaven!
The original painting
Hmmm...I took this picture to show you the details BUT
I kind of like this view better....
Maybe I need to paint this version too!
I know we haven't even had Halloween yet, but for those planning Christmas, we do it all year long!
I like to cook, especially desserts, and last week I had a fun afternoon making this cake for a special group of friends that were coming to dinner...
It is a Pumpkin Crunch Cake. I would strongly encourage you to look at the original recipe HERE as the chef that developed this recipe deserves all of the credit. It is also on my "Cake" Pinterest board.
This is a 4-layer cake with a crunch layer baked onto each layer and then frosted with a wonderful cream cheese frosting. Here is a picture of the crunch layer before frosting is added...
The crunch layer is a wonderful concoction of pecans, crushed vanilla wafers, brown sugar and butter. The recipe makes more than enough of this layer and you might have enough left over for some delicious cupcakes too. Here is the final cake...
And, of course, what kind of hostess would I be if I didn't offer you a slice...
The frosting recipe yields a big bowl of frosting, but I did add a generous layer of it between the cake layers.
Here's the recipe (it's a long one, but ohhhh so worth it)...
PUMPKIN CRUNCH CAKE
cups pecans, finely chopped
cups vanilla wafers (small box)
cups brown sugar
oz softened butter
16 oz can solid pack pumpkin
cup Greek yogurt
tablespoon pure vanilla
tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon (2.5) Salt
Cream Cheese Frosting
oz cream cheese
oz softened butter
cups confectioners sugar
tablespoon pure vanilla
In a food processor,
pulse cookies to a fine crumb
Then pulse walnuts to a
Add brown sugar and
Add melted butter and
Divide mixture into 4
coated cake pans (One very full cup per pan) pressing into bottom and
spreading it evenly into the cake pans. Reserve about 2 cups of the
mixture that will be baked to use on the sides of the cake.
Set pans aside and begin
Preheat oven to 350
In a mixer beat sugar
and butter for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the
Add pumpkin and
the rest of the ingredients, except the eggs. Mix just until
Add in the eggs, one
at a time just until blended.
Divide batter equally
into your 4 prepared cake pans, smooth it out and make it as even as
possible in the pan.
Place remaining crunch
mixture in another cake pan or pie dish and allow to bake for the same
amount of time as the cakes.
Bake in a 350 degree oven
for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes
out clean. If you use 2 racks to bake on in the oven, at the halfway mark
rotate the pans.
Allow pans to cool about
10 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire racks and allow to completely
Break up the extra crunch
mix to very small bits to use to decorate the cake with.
Whip the cream cheese and butter till very smooth and creamy
Slowly add in the confectioners
sugar while mixer is on low setting
Add in vanilla and mix
well. Set aside till needed.
After your cake is
completely cooled (you can even refrigerate for a few hours) begin
frosting the layers and putting the cake together.
When you have assembled
all the layers with a generous amount of frosting between them, start to
spread the remaining frosting on the sides and top.
When finished frosting,
coat sides and top with the extra crunch mixture.
the cake for a couple of hours before serving.Serve small slices, as it is a rich cake.Enjoy.
Thanks for reading even though I am posting more irregularly than ever before! Leave a comment if you make the cake, as I'd love to hear from you. Til next time...