Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Why Fairies Do Not Like Rainy Days

Fairy houses are cleverly concealed in the woods and built in more sheltered areas. I have heard that fairies prefer to be hidden away from inquisitive human eyes plus they do not like to get wet. I certainly was lucky last week to discover a fairy cottage in the woods by the lake as I was taking fall pictures. With all the rain we have had lately that might explain why I have not even caught a glimpse of a fairy. But I know for a fact they are out and about because I am missing more socks. Actually I now have four pairs of mismatched socks. If you go back to the blog dated: September 6 Determination and Hard Work Pay Off I had written seeing a few sock fairies hurrying along the road carrying bulging leather bags. I suspected those bags held socks. Perhaps these fairies were in a hurry to reach a brick building at the top of a hill. Could this building be some type of sock bank? What do you think this building could be?
I would like to take the time to answer some reader requests. One person would like to know which wines from the first blog I wrote in September would work with some of my recipes.
I would choose a red wine for the Chili recipe (Blog Oct. 2)
Cline Ancient Vine Mourvedie (Italian)
Chianto Classico Riservia (Italian)
Old Vine Red Lot Number 49 (California)
I would choose a white light wine for the Mango-Peach Chicken recipe (Blog Set.16)
Nobilio Sauvigon Blanc 2008 (Australian)
Zeller Schwarze Katz 9 (German)
Pinot Grigio Vento Incanto (Italian)
Another reader was looking for a pumpkin bread recipe. Since today seemed like a good day to bake I experimented with several recipes and will include my final result. But you might be interested to note that I changed a few ingredients from some of the bread recipes I looked at to make it more healthy. Example: Decreased sugar from 3 cups to 2, 3 1/2 cups white flour changed to half white and half whole wheat and cut 1 cup oil back to 3/4 cup and added 3/4 cup chunky cinnamon applesauce. My family really liked the recipe so let me know what you think.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Bake at 350 45-50 minutes or when toothpick comes clean from center
Ingredients:
1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup chunky cinnamon applesauce
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup white flour
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice mix
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
2 cups raisins
grated carrots optional
Directions;
Grease and flour two loaf pans
Beat together puree, eggs, oil, applesauce, sugars, spices till well blended
In a separate bowl whisk flours, salt, baking soda
Stir dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture just till blended, stir in raisins and walnuts
ENJOY



2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it seems very delightful. I'll definitely try this at home.
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  2. I suspect that rabbits are also on the list of things fairies dislike. My garden is teeming with the long-eared blossom-eating hoppers. I am sure this is the reason I have never seen a fairy near my home. I am wondering if you have any experience with rabbits and fairies.

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