Monday, October 27, 2014

A Beautiful Day For ~ Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Today is the most gorgeous Autumn day! The leaves outside my window are the most vibrant shades of yellow, golds, reds an oranges. We are supposed to have temps near 80 today, whew! That means fluffing the outside of the nest again--gardens in particular. But, this afternoon a batch of these lovelies will be baked up for the families dessert. They love these whoopie pies so much and I must say they are delicious, nothing like 'em! You must try them. I only make these from October thru November, Thanksgiving being the last day these are enjoyed, until the receipt is tucked away 'til the following year. So , check your pantry, don your apron and get baking on this most lovely Saturday! And do let me know how yours came out.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Yield : 3 dozen
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1.5 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp ginger
1/2 Tbsp ground cloves
1 stick butter softened
1 cup crisco
2 cups confectionary sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
Preheat oven to 350. Beat sugar and oil until well blended. Add pumpkin and eggs. In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients then add to wet mixture. Mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoons ( I use a small ice cream scoop) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 9-12 minutes. Cool completely then make a sandwich from 2 cookies filled with the following.
Whip the butter and crisco in mixer then add sugar, vanilla and fluff. Mix it all up good. Spread generously and enjoy! These should be refrigerated.
Buttered & Floured by ~Suzanne

*This is a repost from 2008. It was the same type of day out today and this welcome dessert is just the thing to make you fell all Autumny (is that a word?) inside!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bailey~Under the Prim Tree

I was working on my computer this eve in the dining room when I heard a light yet 
consistent snoring. Blame it on this usually rambuncsious corgi. He could fall asleep anywhere. 
Tonight, under my prim tree, next to an empty bottle of 80 year whiskey that collects
change from unchecked pockets snoozes Bailey. Content as ever.
Tasha Tudor would have liked this.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Harvest Storage~The Old Way

An array of "pumpkins" greet you at the Freeman Farm ( front bedroom) 
at Old Sturbridge Village. Need a pumpkin? Just check the 
bedroom floor. How convenient.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Just a Hint of Cardamon with my Favorite Tea Cup

A serendipitous share on Facebook, this Cardamon Crumb Coffee Cake 
is a winner. A moist cake with just the right amount of crumb topping. 
Moved to the top of the pile in the coffee cake section of 
my personal recipe file, I fear this will be made quite a bit for tea time
this winter. Paired with my favorite tea cup ~ I am feeling all cozy inside.
I do believe Tasha  Tudor would approve.
Recipe courtesy of Yankee Magazine . Find it HERE.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yarn Along.....

As the season shifts to crisp and cool air, I find myself with my knitting constantly
within reach. This autumn season seems to be quickly passing me by. Yesterday we
went to our local orchard to pick apples and they informed me their season for u-pick 
had ended last weekend. So, off we went with a few purchased bags of apples and cider, making
a mental note to be a bit quicker on the apple picking scene next year.

Back to my knitting endeavours.  I organized my  knitting bag and pulled
out three unfinished projects! However, after a moment of guilt passed, I 
proceeded to pick out yarn for a new project. You fiber addicts won't scold me 
will you? You know you have done it too:-)  Well then, currrently on the needles are
these cozy slipper boots for my daughter Jillian's Christmas gift. The free pattern can
be found HERE.  I am using a wool/acrylic blend on these so they can be tossed
in the wash.  The yarn is by Plymouth and I went with two strands of yarn.

I am still enjoying Adventures in Yarn Farming and a Grace Livingston Hill
novel called Blue Ruin. I pick up old copies of her novels at the second hand
book shop a town over. They are, I guess, romance novels. However, the stories 
always have a Christian moral and center heavily on old-fashioned homemaking.

What's on your needles and nightstand today?

Joining in with Ginny today for her weekly Yarn Along.