Saturday, November 12, 2011

It was another early morning here.  2:45AM!  I am thinking reaction to the Prednisone....but my arms and hands are well....
It was much warmer this morning, 50° but will be another windy day.  Deer season starts this morning so I will not be outside much...I could hear the neighbors shooting out yesterday afternoon.  That always scares me.

I wanted to report that I made the pumpkin cake from Denim's recipe.  I love recipes that make small cakes since it is just the two of us.  I was very surprised at how light and fluffy the cake was.  I thought because of the pumpkin it would be pretty dense but not so.  It is all gone but two pieces now.

I have added some really good new recipes from blogging friends which is just another plus from enjoying  reading the blogs.

A gardening friend recommended these new toys because of my hand issues.  I got them 'free' with points on my credit card which was a real plus!  I have just used them a few minutes to test and know I will love them.  The loppers cut through some smaller saplings like butter.  They are recommened by the Arthritis Foundation.
Bless Amazon's corporate heart, I found them there.  They haven't failed me yet!  Amazon that is.

Some time ago I mentioned that I made a 'new' DIY laundry soap recommended on my favorite cow blog.
I am still in the testing it mode, but washed a set of flannel sheets yesterday and they came out fluffy and soft and slightly fragrant.  We haven't been using a rinse with Tide and the towels have been pretty stiff.  DH washed a load with jeans last evening but they weren't really soiled and he liked how they came out.  I am tentatively thinking it will be the one we use.....more to come later when I test some really soiled clothes.
 I have now tried a liquid and a granular and we didn't like either.....this one may be a keeper recipe.  I haven't figured the costs yet but it has to be minimal compared to Tide at $14 a box!

A little fall color:

This is what I call the 'Grace' bed for the smoke tree that is the star.  It has two crepe myrtles on the right and a red barberry on the left with a very dark red mum in front.  Nothing is spectacular this year because of our hot and dry summer.


  1. Do you have any leftovers? That looks so good. I'm a lover of all things pumpkin!!! Yum!

  2. The pumpkin cake DOES look good. Have you tried melatonin? A friend recommended it to me (up at 2 and can't get back to sleep). I used it for 2 months every night. Best sleep I've had in a long time. I stopped it for now, and only have the occasional mid-night wakefullness.

  3. I'm so glad your hands and arms are doing better. I went to the link you provided and found the pumpkin cake recipe. I'll definitely be making it. There are just the two of us here and I like the smaller cakes.

  4. Granny, have you tried Ilene's (Rock Whisperer) hot milk sponge cake; it is another small cake we love and it doesn't even need icing.

    tami, I did take melatonin that first day you recommended it and I did sleep until 5 AM. I am keeping it on the vanity in case I have another episode. Thanks for reminding me about it.

    Rohrerbot, I have a recipe for a pumpkin sheet cake. I will make it soon and post; it is very good too.