Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall party time!

I told Cyndy to

Once again, Juli out did herself, or should I say the poodle! She made these with white chocolate!

See this bed of leaves in my front yard? This pretty much wraps up what my floors looked like after the party...oh wait a minute,..those are my floors!

Click on the picture to enlarge it, sorry I was to lazy to do each picture!)

This party only took me like a month to prepare for! About an hour or two before the party took place I was telling Dave, "this is the last year! This is way to much work!" But then as soon as the time arrives and our first guest start showing up, I'm thinking like, why would I ever resist a party? It was busy and crazy and fun! Dave's chili was awesome as always and his caramels were out of this world! He really makes the best caramel and chili! We had 64 people stop in for chili and fellowship. Dave made chili in my canning pot, it is huge, and it is all gone!

I made five batches of corn bread and it is all,... also gone!

Here is the two corn bread recipes I used and they were a great big hit!

Pumpkin Corn bread:

(These do not taste like pumpkin at all, moist and delicious and I will be making these again next year!)

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 Tbs baking powder

1 tsp salt

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup cornmeal

2 large eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or freshly cooked and processed)

2/3 cup brown sugar

¼ cup canola oil

1 Tbs molasses

1) Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 10-inch glass pie pan or 9-inch square baking pan.

2) Sift flours, baking powder, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in cornmeal.

3) In separate bowl, beat eggs lightly. Whisk in pumpkin, brown sugar, oil and molasses.

4) Make a well in the dry mixture. Add pumpkin mixture and blend batter with a few quick strokes (just until blended- don't over mix).

5) Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cornbread is browned and the surface has a slightly springy feel.

Servings: 8

The regular corn bread

Sweet corn bread:

1 1/2 C flour
2/3 C sugar
1/2 C Corn meal
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 C milk
2 large eggs
1/3 C vegetable oil
3 tbsp butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees

mix ingredients, don't over mix.

Pour into prepared 8 inch baking pan.
Bake 35 minutes or until wooden tooth pick comes out clean.

If you want muffins, spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes.

These are moist and delicious!

This is from "Our daily bread"

I heard the screams long before I could see him, but as I wheeled my grocery cart around to the next aisle of the store, there he was!

With angry tears streaming out of squinty eyes, the little boy was shouting, “Gimme it!” His mom glanced at me for a moment. I won’t debate the merits of her actions, but, embarrassed and worn down, she grabbed the cheap trinket and tossed it into her cart.

I think I recognized that kid. He looked a lot like me. Yes, I’ve often been the willful child. And sometimes I’ve even pleaded with God, “Why not? Why can’t I have it?” On occasion, God’s given me what I wanted, but not because I wore Him down. No, I think He wanted me to see what happens when I put myself in charge.

What we think is best is not necessarily the best that God desires for us. In Isaiah 55:8, the Lord said, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.”

In his book Days of Grace, tennis champion Arthur Ashe paraphrased James 1:5 when he wrote this advice to his young daughter: “Ask God for the wisdom to know what is right, what God wants done, and the will to do it.”

That’s just the kind of sincere prayer that God wants to hear from His children. — Cindy Hess Kasper

We can’t presume to know what’s best
When we begin to pray;
So we must ask, “What honors God?”
Then seek His will and way. —Sper

If God doesn’t give us what we ask for, we can be sure that He has something far better.


Jackie said...!! Hey, I can't believe we kept missing each other's phone calls today. Sounds like you had quite a party. You are one fine hostess for sure. BTW-I would like to hire Dave for our party next year. Sorry you can't come as planned. :( I totally understand though. I wish you could come at another time. But at least I got some stuff down around here that I had been putting off waaaaayyyyy too long. Hugs to all and Happy November! Jax

Christine Lynn said...

Jackie...I am sooooo sorry I bailed on you and I felt so bad when I learned you were busy getting ready for the visit too! First of all you don't need to do anything extra for me at all!!!! Family is family! I just couldn't miss voting,and I have so much paper work to do too! Then I also really thought about the 4-5 hours flight for one day, then back on the plane home the next...ugh yet I really wanted to see you and Carl and the kids too! I'll make it up to ya I promise...I'll call you back soon!!! lol at phone tag here too!!!! shhheeesssh!

Jackie said...

No worries - I promise! Also, FYI - Actual flight time is usually 3 hours if you have a tail wind and 3.5 if you have a head wind (you are probably figuring in the time change - silly girl!) And like I told Carl one time when I was feverishly cleaning before my parents came over (and he couldn't figure out what all the fuss was), "What? You want me to have no motivation whatsoever to clean? Hey, I'm using this to my advantage!" LOL! Still wish you were coming, but I still understand. HUGS, Jax

(Now Keaton and I are off to watch an Andy Griffith episode.)

Christine Lynn said...

You know what...I didn't think I was on the plane that long,...someone told me it was like 4-5 hour flight! You are right, I wonder if the time difference was taken into account. If Brenda forgives me for ditching her on this flight maybe we can come another time. Tell Carl I am sorry for wimping out on the trip!

P-Dot said...

Hey Chris, how about sending me the picture of Kathy, Ms Farkle and you?
I would love to add that to my rogue's gallery. When you have time, no rush.
Good to hear your voice last night.

P-Dot said...

Just looked at the pics again and was wondering if Cindi came as as.......
ya ready for this....ding-bat! Hah!

Christine Lynn said...

Oh Penni that is funny! She spells her name Cyndy...I know you thought it was a typo on my I'll send the pictures for you after church today.

P-Dot said...

I couldn't remember how she spelled her name and was too tired to look and see. I was just laughing about how it looked she had on the bat wings and being "blonde"...just my feeble attempt at sarcastic humor. That has never been my strong suit.
Don't mean to offend any *dingy* blonde's that might read this post.

Christine Lynn said...

lol I got your joke and thought it to be very funny!., I told Cyndy that her mom spelled her name wrong!

Darlene said...

Oh, it looks like you had a wonderful time at a wonderful party! Happy Fall!

Love your new profile picture! It is great!

Christine Lynn said...

Thank you Darlene! I wish you could of brought your family! Hugssss