Sunday, September 23, 2007

Waffles and Pancakes= Autumn

As the weather cools off a bit, it seems like I'm not the only one craving certain comfort foods. If you've spent any time in the Etc forum on Etsy this past week, you've gained a few e-pounds with the rest of us. Maple syrup, pumpkin pie pancakes, waffles, crisps and crunches, Fat Daddy's Cupcakes, Rosy's brownies and on and on and on.....
So, of course I added maple syrup to my grocery list. It's a staple in this house from Sept until Spring. And I made several batches of waffles since that purchase. After all, today is the first day of Autumn.
This is one of the simplest waffle/pancake recipes that I have. It's completely foolproof. I use unbleached flour, whole wheat or a mix of both. I add fruit and/or nuts when the mood strikes. So, head to the store, pull out the waffle iron or iron skillet and get ready for Fall.

1 1/2 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted butter or oil

mix the dry ingredients together. mix the wet ingredients together. blend them together. bake. enjoy.
~sorry there's no picture. I ate the waffles before I decided to blog about them.
Until next time.....

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Saying Goodbye to a Generation

Today I said goodbye to a friend. And that is never a good thing. She lived across the road from me, with her sister, on a farm that they grew up on in the early 1900's.
I never got tired of listening to her stories that she repeatedly told me about her childhood. She painted such a wonderful picture of the past with her words.
I love old country folks. In the 30 years that I've lived in Tennessee, I've met and loved and lost a lot of them. But this one hurt so much more than the rest. She was the last of that generation.
Every time I look out my window, across the road to the farm and see a rainbow over your home place, I will think of you.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Autumn's Calling.....

This morning when I went outside, it smelled like Autumn! We had a sprinkling of rain and everything smelled sooooo good! Not enough rain to water anything. The ground is still rock hard and cracked open, but the temperatures are not in triple digits anymore and the high for one day next week is going to be 78. This summer was a hot one and a long one. Bye Summer~ Autumn's calling...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Morning Glories

The morning glories growing in my gardens haven't heard that we are having a severe drought. If you just look at the collage of them, you'd never know that the rest of my property looks like carp. We've had the hottest, driest summer in a long time and it's taken it's toll on the landscaping and gardens. It will be interesting to see what survives and comes back next year.
Thank goodness for my morning glories! They have always been one of my favorite flowers. Their colors are amazing. They make wonderful living screens. One plant can block out an unsightly area or nosey neighbor. And they grow everywhere and anywhere and don't ask for anything.

One of my favorite varieties didn't come up this year. It's the Blue Star Morning Glory. They have white backgrounds with a blue star and a yellow center. Truly a thing of beauty. I did, however, make earrings with vintage enameled flowers and chain that are fashioned after them. I've sold several pairs so far and made one for myself. I will continue to make these until I run out of materials. You can find them in my shop under the 'Cottage Garden' section.
Thank you ,morning glories, for getting me through this gardening season. You bring light and color to an otherwise brown landscape.
Until next time.....


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