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When you set up a blog and work at getting readers, it becomes somewhat of a serious responsibility to blog on a regular basis.   I believe that I have failed!   😦  Thanks to everyone who waits patiently for me to blog……  I am for sure faithfully reading yours and living life and adventures through you!  Thanks!

The air has turned crisp, especially in the evenings and early mornings.  Pumpkins and apples (tastes and smells) are all around!  Colors are changing (not on the leaves yet) to orange, reds, browns as we leave the pastel colors of summer behind.

Some non- knitting nonsense to start with:    With the cooler weather  it seems right after Labor Day I just go into “pumpkin mode” and want to eat everything pumpkin.  Muffins, cookies, pies, scones and doughnuts! Look at this recipe – WARNING:  YOU WILL WANT TO EAT ALL OF THESE! 

Maple Glazed Baked Pumpkin doughnuts.   BAKED – how horrible could they be for me if they are baked??!!     Here is the recipe.

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

Yield: 6 large donuts

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 13-15 min.

Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup of butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Maple-Cinnamon Glaze:

1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp maple extract
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
2 tbsp milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a donut pan with cooking spray.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves together until well combined.

In another large bowl, cream together with a mixer, the brown sugar, butter, and pumpkin. Add in the milk, eggs, and vanilla then mix well. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Place the mixture into a large zip lock bag. Cut off the corner and pipe evenly into the donut pan.

Place into the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan from the oven, let rest for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile make the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar, maple extract, cinnamon, maple syrup (optional), and milk together until well combined.

Place some wax paper under the wire rack. Dip the top of the cooled donuts in the glaze then return to the wire rack to allow the glaze to set.

I am going to the store tonight with my 50% off coupon and buy the Wilton doughnut baking pan.

I’m bad, I know.  

Hi, my name is Kathy and I have an addiction to pumpkin!

Okay, moving on to knitting.

A friend of mine who makes her own soap and knits (among many other things) and I are teaming up on December 8th and do a small craft show at a local high school.  (advertized as Breakfast With Santa)  She knits entirely different items than I do (well, except for my kitchen dish cloths) so there should be no issues.   I already have two tubs filled with all my felted items (ribbon winners and non winners) so that alone will fill a big spot on our tables.   I then spent a week deciding what I could mass reproduce from now until December and here is my list:

scrubby and dishcloth set

pocketbook slippers

mittens (made with bulky weight yarn — they go really fast)

crochet pot holders  (already have about 6 sets of those made)

Combine those mass reproduced items and all my felted items I think I will have a good representation for this little craft show .      The person running the whole event generously let me have the booth/tables for free (other vendors are paying $25) so I couldn’t say no.    Over 15 years ago I use to bake pies and breads for the local farmer’s market…… so I have had a little experience with the tailgate type of selling/market.  I would appreciate and love any advice from any of you who might have done this in the past.

Off this weekend for a visit to my folks.  My Dad is having a hard time at the nursing home – his dementia is getting worse and so he is upset about having a roommate (someone who has been there for a year).   It is stressing my 85 year old Mother out and she needs a break. 

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Okay, so here is what I did to my choc. chip cookies to solve the flat issue.   I did the normal Toll House recipe and instead of the cup of butter, I did 1/2 butter and 1/2 butter flavored crisco.  

So far, so good!  The daughter sampled the raw cookie dough and approved.

Into the oven they went.

TA DA!

Better.  Getting there!  I think I will try this again and add more flour and see if that makes them perfect.   Suddenly I have gotten on a cookie baking craze, must be the coming of fall and the cooler weather?

I did everything on my to-do list.  I was exhausted.  Went to bed at 10pm – couldn’t even stay awake for GRIMM.    I did finish one of my mittens – I will post pictures tomorrow (left my camera at home).   I need to make adjustments – it is too small for my hand.   I will make the mate, and probably find someone to give the mittens too.    I think I am getting addicted to mittens now!!  They work up faster than socks!!!    I have such an  addictive compulsive  personality!  

And finally, here is my Misha.   She is the alpha of the pair and finds great pleasure in hoarding ALL of Raina’s toys in her tunnel.   I love the chemistry between them – Raina worships the ground Misha walks on!!!   Sisters are so catty!!!   🙂   Pun intended there!

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Layed in bed at 6am thinking about how I was going to figure out the thumb part of my mitten.  It is a day off for me and I NEVER am able to sleep in.  My brain starts to wake up around 5am and then there is no going back.

Decided to get up and hook into the internet to get the answer to my thumb dilema.  God bless the internet and the people who love to share their wealth of information!   Tada!  The thumb and gusset is created and I am flying on this project!

I just picked up some Vanna Lion Brand bulky acrylic for $1.99 at AC Moore to give this whole mitten thing a try.   I love the yarn and I am loving this pattern!   That would mean, if all works out, these mittens will cost about $4 a pair!  Sweet!

Feeling guilty sitting for too long working on my mitten, (I am cursed that way) and so I am working on my to-do list of things I want to accomplish in this day BEFORE I will allow myself knitting time.  (Yes, I am a mean task master to myself!)

So far on my list:

clean kitchen top to bottom(windows and floors and everything in between!)

laundry

vac. the dinningroom and steps that go upstairs

possibly do the curtains and windows in the livingroom…….

MAKE CHOC CHIP COOKIES!

Now, on that subject (choc. chip cookies) – I always make the traditional Toll House, but am always disappointed in the way they spread and get flat.  Someone tell me how YOU deal with that problem (unless it is not a problem for you).   I found a recipe that uses half butter and half butter flavored crisco.   I am thinking I am going to try that.

Have a great day everyone!

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