Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween from Teddy

Teddy and I want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

 This is a little witch on the run.  Have you ever seen a witch running away from her hat before?

She thinks she has outrun it here but she's not sure.  Witch hats can be very scary things. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting

We haven't had much Fall weather here so far and it looks like the beginning of November is going to be warm too.  This hasn't stopped me from making Fall food though and these rolls are everyone's favorites.
You can find the recipe here:

After the dough has risen,  you plop it out on a floured counter.

Split it in half.

Make the filling.

Roll each half out into a 24 X 12 inch rectangle.

Spread each half with the filling.

Roll each half into a long log.

Cut it into 8 equal pieces.

Place them in greased and paper lined pans.  I put 7 in each pan so they were not squeezed in and baked the extras in small oven proof bowls.  Bake them at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
While they are baking, make the icing.

Remove them from the oven when they are starting to turn golden.

Drizzle with the icing while they are still warm.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Around My House

Color in my garden.     How can anyone not love this time of year?  Everything looks like a beautiful painting.              
 Teddy is constantly covered in leaves.  I have as many inside my house as I have outside.

 Flowers not yet killed by the frost.

 I picked another tiny pumpkin that was hidden under the leaves.

 Good thing the pool is closed.

 The locust has lost all of it's leaves.

 Teddy loves to drink from the cold ponds several times a day.

 My JOL is politically incorrect this year.  He is dressed in black face.

 Just when I thought I might see a light at the end of the house redo tunnel, they found more rotten wood.

 And they broke this new window in two places.  Back to the drawing board.

On a happier note, I finished making the Halloween treat bags.  What a job.  I made about 170 of them.
 My spider web window guard is painted.

My vintage owl nightlights are ready for Halloween.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Golumpki: Polish Stuffed Cabbage

 Maybe you have to be Polish to get excited about a cabbage because I got very excited when I spotted this one at a local farm market last weekend.  I instantly thought of making golumpki.

 Mix 2 pounds of ground beef (you can use beef and pork if you want), 3 eggs, 1 medium white onion grated, 4 minced garlic cloves, 2 cups of cooked rice and salt and pepper to taste.  I also cooked 6 strips of bacon, diced them and added them to the mix.  Cook a small piece to taste for seasoning and adjust it if necessary.

 For the sauce, cook 1 diced onion and 4 diced cloves of garlic in 4 tablespoons of butter.  Add one 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes, 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, 1 cube of beef bouillon and salt and pepper to taste. You might add more vinegar or sugar depending on the taste you want.

Mix the meat mixture thoroughly.

I like to cook my stuffed cabbage on a bed of sauerkraut but you can skip this if you want.                                                       
 I cover the sauerkraut with a layer of the sauce.

 Peel the outer leaves off of the head of cabbage and dunk them in boiling water until they start to wilt.  Cut out the thick spine. Place a scoop of meat on the cabbage.

Roll the meat in the leaf tucking the cabbage in as you go.                                              
 Lay the rolls seam side down on the sauerkraut.

 This recipe makes 16 large rolls.

 Cover them with the remaining sauce.

Cover the pot and cook them in a 350 degree oven for about 2-1/2 hours.  I am feeding them to my workers today with mashed potatoes and corn.  In my neck of the woods these are also called 'pigs in a blanket'.

Monday, October 26, 2015

It's Halloween Week

How can it be here already?  Summer drags and drags and then bingo, it's Halloween.  I've made hundreds of treat bags and I am as ready as can be.  I'm just not ready for it to be over.
 Fall has arrived in my gardens.

 This is why I planted so many trees.  I can't get enough of the colors.

 It's time to get ready for Thanksgiving and I am having the biggest one I've had in years.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall in the Country

 Just before sunset, we headed out to the mountains.

We passed one of my favorite farms.  Look at this setting. Click for a closer look.

 If this ever goes up for sale, I am there. I would turn this barn into my house.

 Peak for this area was last weekend but the colors were still very pretty.

 Look at this cute log house.

Lots of the fields have been cut.  I think they look beautiful like this, ready for winter.

We stopped at a farm that was holding a pumpkin festival.  There were excited children making memories as they picked out their special pumpkins.
 This little guy seemed very excited by all the activity. He is perched on the car mirror.

It was a wonderful Fall day.