Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Showy Piece

Tonight the moon was a showy piece. Its half moon shape gleamed porcelain white against the deep blue sky. It certainly was a lovely night to take a walk around the neighborhood. The crisp cool air was invigorating and I enjoyed looking at all my neighbors' autumn decorations. This time of year is one of my favorite times. I have had fun decorating inside and out plus adding a bit of entertaining to the month. I am posting a picture I took over the weekend. Through the lens I was able to capture a lake view as well as Halloween decorations on the table. Perhaps some of these recipes will put you in a festive mood as you approach the bewitching night. Later in the week I will post Tombstone Brownies just in time for Day of The Dead, November 1.
Carrot Cake
this recipe can also be baked as cupcakes
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 TB. cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple drained
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut
Directions:
  • Beat all ingredients till mixed well
  • Pour into a greased 9 x9 pan. I find a glass one works the best
  • Bake 350 for 30 minutes-check: make sure toothpick comes clean from the center
Frosting
  • 3-4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • start out with 1/4 cup of milk beat and keep adding milk till right consistency for spreading
  • use black sprinkles on top of white cream cheese frosting
Warning: Guard this dessert carefully since fairies have been known to leave their footprints behind in the frosting. It is one of their favorites!
Pecan Appetizer
Ingredients:
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cup grated swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 to 1 cup finely chopped pecans
Directions:
  • Beat all ingredients
  • Grease a glass pie pan with PAM
  • Spread mixture in glass pan
  • Sprinkle parsley flakes on top
  • Add chopped pecans
  • Bake uncovered at 350 about 15 minutes
  • Stir after 8 minutes
Serve warm with assorted crackers

Sombrero Spread
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 TB. chili powder
  • 1/2 can vegetarian refried beans
  • 1 jar chunky salsa mild or medium
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb. hamburger cooked and drained
Directions:
  • Brown meat with onion and drain
  • In a medium saucepan on low heat add all ingredients and cook till smooth and warm for 10 minutes (uncovered)
Serve in a bowl with chips



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