How are you? I am busy as a bee trying to get my holiday decorating finished. It is a rainy day here in SC and I had planned to finish up the front porch décor. So instead, I will share some photos of a simple Christmas card tree that I have in my living room.
I just added some holiday cards to the willow branches with tiny, tiny, clips and attached the cards to the branches. Hopefully will share the front porch very soon!
Thanks for visiting! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
I am starting my holiday baking and wanted to start with these easy pumpkin coffee cakes. They are easy to make and I am making them ahead of time and freezing them. Of course I had to try some myself. It was very moist since I added a little extra pumpkin and sour cream to the mixture.
I actually tried a piece when it was warm with the glaze drizzled on top and it was so delicious!
For the streusel:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown
sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon Pinch of kosher salt 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) cold unsalted
butter, cut into small chunks 1 cup chopped pecans, lightly
toasted (see note below)
For the batter:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground ginger 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted
butter 1 cup firmly packed light brown
sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup sour cream
For the glaze: 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 tsp. whole milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan or a
9-inch cake pan with 3-inch sides.
To make the streusel, in a bowl,
combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Toss in the butter and, using
2 table knives or a pastry cutter, cut it into the dry ingredients until the
mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Alternatively, whir the ingredients in a food
processor. Stir in the pecans. Set aside.
To make the batter, in a bowl,
sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg
and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat
together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until well combined.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a
rubber spatula. Add the pumpkin puree and sour cream and mix with the spatula.
Stir in the flour mixture. The batter will be quite thick.
Spread half of
the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle half of the streusel over the batter.
Dollop the remaining batter over the streusel and spread the thick batter as
best you can. Top with the remaining streusel. Bake until a toothpick inserted
into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Transfer the pan
to a wire rack and let cool for about 15 minutes. Remove the sides from the pan
and slide the cake onto the rack.
To make the glaze, in a small bowl,
whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Drizzle over the top
of the cake. Cut into thick wedges and serve. Makes one 9-inch coffee
To toast pecans, preheat an oven to 325°F.
Spread the nuts out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring often, until
fragrant and lightly toasted, about 10 minutes.
Note: I actually baked them in individual disposable loaf tins.
I hope you will tryit! It would be perfect to serve for the holidays!
While at the craft store last week, I found some clear glass ornaments for my tree. I have been seeing some cute clear ornaments filled with some fun things. So guess what? I tried them!
I bought a book of scrap paper filled with holiday designs.
I also bought a stamp that cut out tiny Christmas trees! Aren't they adorable?
I really liked the idea on filling them with scrap paper. All you do is cut out strips of paper and roll them up in your hand. It is that easy!
Here are some that are already finished. I also took some twine and added to the glass globe.
Above is the one with the Christmas tree cutouts! I think they are so cute but a little hard to insert into the top of ornament. I guess I should have bought the larger size glass globe but I liked this one much better! Oh and don't forget to add a pretty ribbon to the top of ornament to place on your tree......I used a mixture of twine and red satin ribbons.
Well that is my little craft for glass ornaments that I wanted to share with you. Now I better get busy in making some more before I get my tree up hopefully this weekend.
Did you make any homemade ornaments for your tree this year?
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Well can you believe it is December 1st? I wanted to share an advent calendar that my mother made for me several years ago. Oh how I love homemade gifts, something that you can always cherish!
Today I went out to the garage to pull some of my Christmas bins and came up with my advent calendar so far to begin decorating my home.
I decided to hang it in my kitchen on the door that leads to my laundry room.
The calendar is made from a quilted material with a kitchen theme design so it was perfect for my kitchen.
Inside the bowl on the calendar, there is a pocket where there are several cutouts that are to be placed in each numbered pocket of the calendar.
My mother is so talented and such a crafty person. She can quilt, crochet, and knit. I will have to share some of her beautiful quilts that she has made with you someday.
Well I guess I better get busy with pulling some more of my Christmas décor out soon! I think I am going light on decorating my home again this year!
Do you have an Advent calendar?
Thanks for your visit!
Well I did it! I finally finished up my table setting for Thanksgiving. I wanted to have a very simple setting this year using autumn colors along with some natural elements.
By choosing this table runner with greens, rust, browns, golds was the perfect decorating element for the table. Then by adding the green apple gourd, mini pumpkins, feathers and some Hypercium Berry was the look that I wanted accomplish.
Did you see my little turkey salt and pepper shakers, aren't they so cute?
My mercury container holding the feathers was a recent purchase at Paris Market in Savannah.
Pine cone turkeys were made by me with pine ones that I gathered, added feathers and pipe cleaner for the neck.
Close up of linen coaster. I bought these at Jolie Home and Events in Beaufort.
Close up of pine cone turkey
So have you completed your table setting yet or have an idea on what you are doing?
Now for my menu:
Appetizer : Sausage Balls
Homemade Stuffing Cups
Mashed Potatoes Cranberry Salad
Braised Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta
Dessert: Homemade Pumpkin Praline Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream