Gourd Gone Wrong or am I kinda like Magic Eye (Remember those?)
Some see me, some cant no matter how hard they try!
Visit Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center to see if crossing your eyes will work for you :) (This Garnished Gourd has been quite a conversation piece around my house. Some people walk right up and see it and others no matter how hard they try cannot. The Queen Bee is one who cannot. She was afraid to ask what it was but could not even tell the top from the bottom...so finally asked me, with hopes she would not hurt my feelings-haha!)
The Fancy Lady with Velcro, Light Blue Tennis Shoes! Congrats!
Thanks to everyone who participated. I giggled like a goofy goblin reading your entries! No good luck? Don't be a grumpy witch...Halloween decor is on sale and the savings are scary at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center. Get on your broom and fly on over to save 40 percent! Just in time for Halloween parties (items make a great hostess gift or party favor for your guests!) and trick or treaters.
I know...Christmas is still more than two months away, but the Busy Bee finally has her act somewhat together! As I mentioned earlier, mom (officially the Queen Bee...probably the main reason the Busy Bee has her act together) and I have been busy creating Garnished Gourds (like the new name?!?). I thought it was more appropriate. When I began calling them Goofy Gourds last year it was way before I decided to incorporate crosses in the designs. And crosses are way too serious to be called goofy...so hence the name change. (Thanks to my sis and cousin who helped brainstorm with the good ole' thesaurus one Friday night...I know, you want to come party with us!)
Garnished Gourds will not be available at Bee Angels until sometime after Halloween...but I wanted to let you guys see this year's collection ahead of time (hey, Bee Angels' Best Buddies deserve special treatment!) Speaking of which, if you see one you want (there is only one of each design), let me know, and I will make sure you get it...well, the first to let me know, gets it...ha, don't I just wish they were that popular :) So here is my plan. Almost everyday until Halloween I will post a Garnished Gourd or two. There are twenty in all this year. See the before picture below: Each comes with a certificate that says: This certifies that you are the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind Garnished Gourd. This Garnished Gourd was home planted, grown and watered by local gourd farmers. It was later harvested, sawed, sanded, wood burned, and stained with love. Cherish the imperfectness which accompanies this hand crafted gift. Merry Christmas 2009
And an optional addition: The Queen Bee designed and created the cutest keepsake/gift boxes this year. As you can see in the picture at the top of this post, each features a unique gourd button! Choose one to keep your Garnished Gourd all nice and secure after Christmas is over or use one to "gift wrap" any present!
One more bit of exciting Christmas news...If the natural, woodsy Garnished Gourd is not quite your look, Bee Angels is working on another one-of-a-kind gift for you...check back to get a preview shortly!
Garnished Gourds will soon be available at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center.
What? I decided to look up the word torte in the dictionary to get the definition. Torte: Literally, cake, esp. of a rich variety; specif., a sticky cake made of nuts, fruits, white of egg, often crumbs, and very little, if any, flour. Now I will share my pear recipe #2. After I did not find my pear cake recipe in my notebook, I decided to search on Kraftfoods.com. I did not find a recipe similar to the "lost" recipe, but decided to try this one instead.
Almond Pear Cream Cheese Torte
1/2 c. (one stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 c. sugar, divided
1 c. flour
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
4 fresh pears, peeled, sliced
1/4 c. sliced almonds
Heat oven to 425F. Beat butter and 1/3 c. sugar in a small bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Beat cream cheese and 1/3 c. of the remaining sugar in same bowl with mixer until well blended. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Spread onto bottom of crust. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon. Add to pears in large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange over cream cheese layer; top with nuts. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375F; bake 25 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen torte. Remove rim. Refrigerate torte for 3 hours.
I took this to share at our weekly family gathering at my Grandpa's house. Everyone seemed to like it, and my honey loved it! (that excites me since before this and the pear bread, he never touched a pear...before you know it, he may be climbing the tree to get him a fresh one!)
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Yum! I made this pear bread with pears from my uncle's tree last week. I was looking for a pear cake recipe I made a few years ago. I did not find it but came across this clipping I took from that insert in the newspaper called "American Profile." Recipes that include items that my family grows always catch my eye and when I get around to organizing my recipes again (one day!) I am going to have a section devoted entirely to this type...maybe I will title it "Overabundance" since that is normally the case :) Now after I finish eating this pear, I will type the recipe for you! Pear Bread by: Jane Wiles
3 cups all-purpose flour 1 t. baking soda 1/4 t. baking powder 1 t. salt (I just did a little sprinkle) 1-1/2 t. cinnamon 3/4 c. vegetable oil (I used canola oil) 3 eggs, slightly beaten (I used rotten...j/k) 2 c. sugar 2 c. peeled and chopped pears 2 t. vanilla extract 1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional) (I used pecans)
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease and flour two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2 inch loaf pans (I used two different sizes-not sure the measurement-but they both turned out great...with less cooking time.)
2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix eggs, oil, sugar, pears, and vanilla in a small bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Stir in nuts, if using.
3. Spoon into pans. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Mine passed the wooden pick test after 50 minutes.) Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans. Slice when cool. Makes 2 loaves.
Enjoy! My honey and I had one loaf for breakfasts last week, and I shared the other. Everyone loved it...might need to visit the pear tree again this weekend!