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Fall Favorites


SweetPotatoBaconCake

People say that fall is their favorite time of year for a variety of reasons. Some like the colorful leaves and cooler temperatures. Some, like me, look forward to preparing seasonal favorites. I thought I would highlight some of our favorite fall dishes.

We love apples and have already enjoyed some of our favorite apple recipes such as Apple Dumplings, homemade applesauce, and Cranberry Apple Pie.

Sweet Potatoes, winter squash, and pumpkins are plentiful and we have enjoyed Corn and Squash Soup, Roasted Butternut Squash, Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake.

I tried a new recipe for a Sweet Potato Cake this fall for a church event. The recipe was intriguing because the cake was topped with toasted pecans and crumbled bacon! (It's pictured at the top of this post.) It is a nice moist cake and the brown sugar in the cream cheese icing is a good complement. I don't think I will add the bacon in the future though. 🙂 If you'd like to check out the recipe, it's called Betty Crocker Sweet Potato Sheet Cake with Bacon Cream Cheese Frosting.

I have made the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake in the past and I wanted to share a tip from my friend Linda. This recipe calls for mini-chocolate chips. They do seem to work better in cakes by staying suspended in the batter. The regular size chocolate chips can sink to the bottom. Linda told me that she used a nut chopper to chop up the larger chips and she even gave me this little nut chopper so I could try it out. I can attest that it works very well!

NutChopper
Just looking back through these recipes I found several others that I haven't made yet this year. So many good fall recipes; so little time!

Another favorite fall activity here in the area is going to Gerald's to stock up on Christmas baking supplies. I heard recently that they have moved to a new location. I called and found out that they are now located in the Center West shopping plaza in Berea at 1601 Cedar Lane Road. I'm looking forward to checking out their new store soon to stock up on pecans and to get a few chocolate covered raisins. 🙂

Do you have a favorite fall recipe or two that you look forward to each year?

Becka


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New Fall Decor


I've been working on a couple of new fall decorations recently. This first one was an idea I found on Pinterest. Do you pin? I wanted something new for on the mantel and this was quick and easy. I found all the supplies at Hobby Lobby and at the grocery store. All the items at Hobby Lobby were on sale for 50% off and I figure I can cook and eat the grocery items after a quick rinse when it's time to replace fall with Christmas. 🙂

picture of Dried Bean Vase

I started working on this table runner a couple of weeks ago. I found the pattern up at the Cherry Pit Quilt Shop in Seiverville, Tennessee the last time we were up in that area. It is an overwhelmingly beautiful shop. I bought this pattern thinking that it was time to replace the fall table runner that I have used for many, many years. When I dug through my stash I was able to find enough fabrics to make the runner without having to buy anything. This was the first time I have tried to do the buttonhole stitch applique on the sewing machine--I have always done it by hand on past projects. It was a lot of fun to do. Here's a picture of the applique portion:

picture of Gobble Table Runner AP

Here's a picture of my helper, Adelaide, while I was refilling a bobbin:

picture of Table Runner Help

I'll try to post a picture of the finished product soon--that will be a good incentive for me!

How about you--any new fall projects in the works?

Becka


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