Archive | November, 2009

Why, yes, I will have S’more

30 Nov

Something you should know about Kat: the girl LOVES S’mores! It’s a good thing we don’t go camping very often, ’cause she’d probably weigh 300 pounds. So when I found this recipe back in August, I knew I had to make it her birthday cake. Ladies and Gentlemen, the S’mores Cake:

You're lucky to even get this picture!

You're lucky to even get this picture!


Of course I forgot to take a picture before we ate it. Trust me, it was gorgeous! The cake itself uses graham cracker crumbs instead of flour, there’s a layer of marshmallow fluff between the layers, and the whole thing is covered in a milk chocolate glaze. Yeah, it’s pretty much exactly as delicious as it sounds.
Happy 30th Kat!

Happy 30th Kat!


And speaking of Kat’s birthday, that’s a picture of 30 birthday cards, all sent by Kat’s sister Audrey. They’ve been trickling in for the last month. Aud, you’re awesome! 🙂

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Pumpkin, how I love thee…

16 Nov

So one of my favorite parts of the Fall season is that everything pumpkin (cakes, cookies, lattes, etc.) comes back for another year. I LOVE pumpkin.

pumpkins

So many beautiful pumpkins

Us at Maris Farms

Us at Maris Farms

Corn Maze

Muddy, but fun, Corn Maze

To get our pumpkin for carving this year we went with our friends Em and Michael to Maris Farms in Puyallup, WA where we wandered around, watched pig races, ate way to much kettlecorn and got kinda lost in a corn maze. It was a pretty nice afternoon and we had a lot of fun choosing our pumpkins. Jimmy and I didn’t spend too much time picking one – I’m not that picky and I guess Jimmy isn’t either.

Michael and a pumpkin pal

Michael and a pumpkin pal

Michael and Em, on the other hand were very thorough, carrying large pumpkins from place to place as they changed their minds.

Skeleton pumpkin

Skeleton pumpkin

We didn’t get a chance to carve the pumpkin until Halloween evening just before Em, Michael and Hannah arrived to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 with us. Jimmy went with a kinda skeleton look as I was busy trying to make cupcakes look like bats and spiders (only the later really worked). We were amazed at the amount of kids we had come trick-or-treating as we only had a handful over the past couple years living in the duplex.

Spiders and Bats

Spiders, Bats and Pumpkin cookies

I gave the jack-o-lantern two days before I sliced him up and threw him in the crockpot – I decided to give making my own pumpkin puree a try this year. Luckily Em and Michael have a Cuisinart food processor, so it wasn’t too hard. Our pumpkin made 15 cups of pumpkin puree! Now I just have to decide what to make with it all – the possibilities are endless 🙂 So far I have just stirred it into vanilla yogurt (which is quite tasty with a little cinnamon and sugar – could use some nuts though) – but I hope to try my hand at making a pumpkin pie from scratch with it, though the consistency is a bit runnier, so I’ll have to figure out what to do about that…

It’s About Time…

13 Nov

This post has been a long time coming, but when you’re discussing something this epic, you have to take your time.

Long, long ago, in the dark ages of the 1980s, a team of master craftsmen and artisans, using only the finest materials of the highest quality, produced a device of unparalleled precision and beauty. I speak, of course, of The Clock.

That's right...THE Clock!

That's right...THE Clock!

Such dynamic brushstrokes! A lost Matisse?

Such dynamic brushstrokes! A lost Matisse?

This gorgeous slab of lacquered hardwood has been passed from family to family within the Elton Clan for decades, ever since my Aunt Janet won it in a bowling tournament. Significant events — birthdays, anniversaries, weddings — have been marked by the passing of The Clock. There, on the gift table, would be a box of ridiculously inconvenient dimensions. Usually somewhere near the bottom so the other paltry offerings wouldn’t be crushed by its weight and majesty.

Oh yeah, those are REAL rhinestones!

Oh yeah, those are REAL rhinestones!

And now the blessing of The Clock has been passed once again — from my Grandma, to me — in celebration of our new home. The first of the grandchildren to receive The Clock! As befitting such a work of art, we have hung it in a position of honor, where all can admire its beauty: above the dryer in the laundry room. Fortunately it matches our decor perfectly, as our laundry room features a fake gemstone and tole-painting motif. There it shall remain, keeping semi-accurate time, until another event occurs, auspicious enough to be deserving of the Gift of Time.

So thank you Grandma for this great honor. And to Mike, Steve, and Tami, I say, “Ha ha, I got it first!” 🙂