Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bee Jolly...

Garnished Gourd No. 20
Santa, the guy with gifts plenty!
Visit Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center to purchase plenty of Garnished Gourds to give this Christmas!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bee Full of Gifts...

Garnished Gourd No. 19
Santa Claus is checking his list twice...
So how have you been? Naught or nice?
Garnished Gourds for the naughty and nice can be purchased at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bee Illusional...

Garnished Gourd No. 18
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!)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bee Heavenly...

Garnished Gourd No. 17
Reminder:
Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Spread love with Garnished Gourds from Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center this Christmas Season!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bee A Star...

Garnished Gourds Nos. 15 & 16
Garnished Gourds will make you a star
Give as a gift, definitely up to par!
Gift a handcrafted Garnished Gourd from Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center this Christmas!

Monday, October 26, 2009

And the Good Luck Goblin Is...

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.

Bee Decorated...

Garnished Gourd No. 14
Christmas Tree Branches Decorated Nice
Garnished Gourds so cool, you'll want to look twice :)
Purchase your very own, original Garnished Gourd at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center at the beginning of November!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bee Saved...

Garnished Gourd #13
God...strong, steady on which to lean
Garnished Gourds will be available at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center at the beginning of November!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bee Flowing with Gifts...

O' Christmas Tree is Garnished Gourd No. Twelve
Flowing with gifts and toys from Santa's elves

Garnished Gourds sold early November at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bee Blessed...

Garnished Gourds No. 10 & 11
Herald Angels sing in Heaven
Garnished Gourds will be making an appearance at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center at the beginning of November.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bee Tropical...

Garnished Gourd #9
Bright poinsettias by the check-out line.
(I just learned today that poinsettias are tropical plants...I never thought of them that way.)
Shop at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center this holiday season for your very own Garnished Gourd.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bee All Decked Out...

No. 7 & 8
All Decked Out and Looking Great!
Garnished Gourds will be available to purchase at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center at the beginning of October.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bee Painted...

Garnished Gourd #6
Two bold strokes of black paint...
Messy, simple, and quaint...

Garnished Gourds handcrafted locally and will be available at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center soon!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bee Full of Flower Power...

Perfect gift for your Groo-vy mom!
Garnished Gourd #5
Garnished Gourds will be available at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center soon!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bee Biblical...

Garnished Gourd #4
May God Bless and Keep you Forevermore.
Garnished Gourds due to arrive at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center early November!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bee Nice...Santa Claus is Coming to Town...

So the rugged cross pictured in the "Bee Gourdy" post, is Garnished Gourd #1 of 20. Here is #2 and #3 (left to right). Ho! Ho! Ho! Seventeen more to go!

Garnished Gourds will soon be available at Bee Angels in the Shops of River Square Center.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bee Gourdy...

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.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bee Sticky Rich...

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 egg
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!)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bee the Good Luck Goblin...

Win your very own set of jackolantern and crow votives!
It's easy, just post a comment and tell about your funniest, most unusual, creative, scary, or lamest Halloween costume. (As always, if you have trouble posting, shoot me an email at beeangelswaco@yahoo.com and I will post it for you!) Be sure you leave your info so I can contact you if you happen to bee the Good Luck Goblin!
Enter by October 26, 2009
Winner will be randomly drawn that day...just in time for trick or treaters and Halloween Bashes!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bee Tasty...

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!