Friday, November 16, 2012

Pumpkin Donuts

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

For the donuts:
1 c pumpkin puree
¼ cup olive oil
½ c maple syrup
2 eggs
2 t vanilla extract
¼ t vanilla stevia extract
¼ t apple cider vinegar
1 c quinoa flour
` cup AP flour
1 t guar gum
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
2 ½ t cinnamon
¼ t nutmeg
¼ t cloves
¼ t allspice
1/8 t salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease donut pans and set aside.
In a bowl combine pumpkin, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, egg, apple cider vinegar and stevia. Mix until smooth and fully combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients . Add to wet ingredients and mix until batter is nice and smooth.
Spoon batter into donut pans. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and remove the donuts from the pan and set on a cooling rack.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Spice

I just saw this recipe for pumpkin pie spice. 

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Makes 2 tablespoons

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Blend ingredients together and store in an airtight container

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Little Pilgrims

Someone asked me if I could design Pilgrim mice.   I thought about it, picked up my knitting needles and after much trial and error, these two were born.

Hope you like them!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hand Crafted Breakfast Sausage

I love breakfast sausage.  I'm one of those few who will take a link before considering bacon.  I know, it's weird.

Here is the recipe that I use.  Make 'em and freeze 'em.  Defrost overnight and in the morning, pop one in a pan.

Breakfast Sausage
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 t ground sage
  • 1/2 t ground thyme
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 t paprika
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh savory

  • 1 T olive oil

Friday, September 28, 2012

O What Lies Yonder North of Tweed

O what lies yonder north of Tweed?

Monsters and hillmen, hairy kneed
And music that wad wauk the deid!
To venture there were risky O!

The fearsome haggis haunts the snaw
The kelpy waits - your banes to gnaw
There's nocht to eat but oatmeal - raw


-Anonymous Scottish Poet

Found in Deborah Crombies:

Now May you weep

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lorelei and Ariel

Two mermaids from the deep blue sea.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cooperstown, NY visit

Although we didn't get to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, we did go to the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown.  The Art Museum had an art fair and the Farmer's Museum held a hops festival.  We also had dinner at the Brewery Ommergang.

Lake Otsego in the distance

Apple Molly at the Fly Creek Cider Mill

Bob, Carmen and Cathy at the Farmer's Museum

Through the pub's doorway looking out at the garden.

Temperance to Intemperance sign in the pub

Bicycles in the cafe.

A reproduction of a room at the inn at the Farmer's Museum.  Hand made wallpaper decorated the walls.  If you were a wealthy traveller you could pay to stay in the room.  If you couldn't afford the room rates you could pay a quarter and sleep on the floor in the hall!

Hops growing in the field.  During the mid 1800's, these three NY counties supplied all hops for all the brewers in the US.

Young girl making flax to make the linen.

Volunteers making flax.

Continued flax presentation

Flax spinning. That's how they made thread in the 1800's.

Cathy and Carmen on the Carousel.

Bob on his fish.

Cathy's house in Cooperstown

Just couldn't resist.

On the other end of the spectrum - the Cooperstown Opera House.

A tree on the lake.  Perhaps planted by James Fenimore Cooper.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rye Crackers

Nice recipe from Bob's Red Mill:


Mix together dry ingredients and seeds. Work in margarine until fine. Stir in milk. Form into ball and roll out to 1/8 - 1/16 inch between waxed paper. Cut into desired shapes, prick with fork and transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400°F for 5-6 minutes until lightly browned on edges. Cool on rack. Store in airtight container.

Makes about 24 crackers.

Honeyboat Delectica Squash

Here is the seed packet.  The squash do look like this.
This year I tried again to grow Honey Boat Squash.  Last year's didn't produce edible fruit.  This year I had three seedlings, but only one survived.  But this one is producing!  Tonight we're roasting the squash.  Here is the recipe from

"One of the sweetest squash varieties in existance. Oblong, Delicata shaped squash have tan skin with green stripes. Fantastic roasted on a cookie sheet in half moon slices. Halve the squash, scoop out the seeds, then slice into half moons and bake for 10 minutes on each side at 425 degrees."

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Goldfinch sighting

On my way to exercise I saw this bit of yellow among a field of flowers.  A lovely goldfinch (the state bird of my beloved NJ!)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Trip to Citi Field

My first trip to Shea Stadium, I mean Citi Field.  Great day even though our team lost :: (

Approach to Citi Field with today's game on the board.

Right Field entrance.  Lots of kids today

View from our seats - 1st row!

Zoom in to the Mets dugout.  Hi Terry Collins!

David Wright at bat - my favorite Met!

Home run!

Did you notice the Big Apple in the previous picture?  Thought not.  Here's a close-up.

A nod to the NY Skyline that used to be over Shea.

The Shea Bridge

Shea Bridge plaque

Championship Trophy

Another one

Mr Met!  Really his statue in the Met Museum

Shea Stadium wood seats.  Citi's are made of plastic but were comfy.

The Original Met's home field and Shea.

Ebbets Field seats.  Don't look too comfy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Buttermilk Whole Wheat Rolls in a Jar

Who would have thought that you could bake in mason jars?  I found this fine recipe and tried it (with a few modifications.)

Here it is:

In a mixing bowl add:
1 Tablespoon dried yeast
1 Tablespoon Agave syrup
3 Tablespoons warm water
Let stand 5 minutes.

In a separate bowl combine 2 1/2 cups  whole wheat flour, 1 cup ap flour, 1 teaspoon salt.  In a separate bowl mix 1 cup buttermilk and 1 jumbo egg.  Beat egg in buttermilk for a minute.

Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and beat for 2 minutes.  Mix in the 6 tablespoons butter, one at  a time.  Change to doughhook and beat for 5 minutes.  Remove dough and oil bowl with a teaspoon of olive oil.  Put dough back in and turn it over to make sure it is all oiled.  Cover with a towel and let rise for an hour.

Take a dozen glass mason jars and brush the inside with oil or melted butter. Sprinkle cornmeal or oatmeal on the bottom of the jars.  Punch dough down gently and cut into 12 pieces.  Roll them into a small ball and place in the jars.  Let rise for an hour. 

Brush with melted butter and sprinkle the top with a little olive oil.  Bake at 400 degrees F. for 22 minutes.  Remove and let cool.

Original recipe at:

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fourth of July at Hall Harbor, Stone Harbor, NJ

We spent the Fourth at our home at Hall Harbor in Stone Harbor, NJ this year.  We live on the top floor and   have a great view of the fireworks from our balcony.  We also love the view of the bays and the ocean as well as downtown Stone Harbor.  Here are a few pics and even a video - my first!  Hope you enjoy!
Watch the video!

Another Beauty!

Stone Harbor at night. Eastern view from our balcony.

Evening shot from our condo's southern, bayside view.

Some of these fireworks were amazing.

Two together

One of my favorites.

New front entrance sign

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Graduation Bunny

For my niece who is graduating this year.  I tried to make them in the school colors.