Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AUTUMN...my favorite time of year has arrived!




Happy Fall Y'all!!
I am so excited that autumn has arrived!! YAY!!! 
Interesting how the temperature dropped just as the season clicked into place. Right now I have a jacket and a robe on! I have been freezing all morning! LOL! I went from being to warm, to needing a jacket outdoors. 
I am super excited to wear all my sweaters...I was pulling them out earlier to look and see what I had. 
Some of my sweaters I brought out this morning to let them breathe...
Today we have rainy weather outside...it makes for a snuggly time indoors. I am thinking about starting up our fireplace later this evening. This morning my son went on an early morning jog, and we could smell that someone had a fire going in their fireplace. It was then it started to drizzle on us, but we didn't mind. It was just awesome to be outside in the cool weather.




I have been hard at work on my designs, and putting garments together. It is so time consuming and frustrating at times for sure. I have a shipment of fabric coming in tomorrow,  and once it does, I can finish getting together the rest of my selections. I have also picked the template for my online store. I like it a lot.
On Friday, everything gets put aside, so that my family can head to the mountains for some apple picking and an autumn picnic at a winery.  I can't wait!!! I need a break from everything for a day.

I hope everyone is having a nice start to their fall...Here are some images to get you in the mood! (from my "I Love Autumn" Pinterest Board)





My son when he was younger




Check out Sally's baking addiction for this yummy recipe!



Me a few years ago








Happy fall to all!!! Have a wonderful day!!
Until next post
Amy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Baked Powdered Sugar Pumpkin Doughnuts


Hello All!

This morning I decided to make my family a special treat. Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts. I had originally found the recipe for these on Pinterest, and I decided to make a couple of changes to suit my taste. 

My whole house smelled utterly amazing while I was baking these yummy little treats.  Here are some pictures of the whole process, plus my version of the recipe...
I had printed this recipe out from Pinterest (from Cooking Classy who also got the base recipe from King Arthur Flour) I added a few tweaks to the recipe (below)..

Blending the wet ingredients

Pre-mixing the dry to make sure they are nice and sifted

Adding dry to wet in my mixer

Into the oven they go!!


This recipe fills 3 donut pans, and I only have 2, so I used my pumpkin pan as the third pan.


Once the doughnuts come out of the oven, you let them cool a few minutes, and then you are supposed to shake them in a bag with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. If you want the sugar and cinnamon to actually stick, you are going to have to roll your warm doughnuts in melted butter first. I did not want to do this, so only the cinnamon really stuck to it. Which is why I decided to switch to the powdered sugar and cinnamon.

This is when Soren decided to sample one, with just the granulated sugar and cinnamon mixture first...

Here is when we added the powdered sugar/cinnamon mixture...

They look great with the powdered sugar

pumpkin goodness!!!!


yum

I enjoyed my doughnuts with some pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee. Normally during the week I drink tea, but today called for some good old all American coffee! :-)



Baked Powdered Sugar Pumpkin Doughnuts

Makes 18

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter doughnut pans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I like mine more spicy!)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • Coating
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp of cinnamon-depending on your taste
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter your pans.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and your spices until nicely sifted/blended. set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined (break up clumps of brown sugar with fingertips as necessary. You don't want any clumps). Add canola oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla & maple extracts and using an electric hand mixer, blend until mixture is well blended. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix with electric mixer until well combined. Spoon or pipe batter into doughnut wells, filling each about 3/4 full (for mine 2 heaping tablespoons worked)
  • Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 13 - 16 minutes. Cool doughnuts slightly. Meanwhile in a large resealable bag shake together the powdered sugar and cinnamon until well combined. Add one warm doughnut to bag at a time, seal and shake with sugar mixture to coat. Place on wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
NOTE***
You can make your own glazes or melted chocolate to coat these doughnuts. A maple glaze would be awesome! Also if you want a plain granulated sugar and cinnamon coating, please melt a stick of butter, and quickly dip your doughnuts into the melted butter, then shake in a bag of granulated sugar and cinnamon. This would also be tasty.




Enjoy the start of your autumn season with a yummy breakfast pumpkin treat!!!

Until next post,
Amy

Monday, September 8, 2014

Catching up, The owl, and storefront coming soon!

Good Morning...

I have been at work prepping things for production! I know that I will have two lines within my collection. You will learn more about this later once my storefront is open! Yes...FINALLY...soon my store will be open! I want to thank everyone who has asked about my garments, and purchasing them. Soon that will be a reality.

This week, my son starts his school. My time will be very scheduled, and my days will be very full. I am hoping all goes well, and I will be able to start hiring people to help with my business. It would take some pressure off for sure.

So this weekend was filled and non stop. We did a lot of cleaning of our house, and I ordered some fabrics, and did more research. I also was thrilled to finally spot one of the barred owls from my family room bay window!! Here are the pictures we took of that...
It blends so well with the tree bark!


Hello there!!!




I was literally jumping up and down with glee when I saw this bird. It was just so beautiful! I have been waiting for 3 months to see this!

Fall color is trickling in here around our home. This is what it looks like as of this weekend on our walks. Thankfully the weather has cooled down a bit. It was so hot the other day, that I could not even sit outside on the screened in porch...
Leaves are falling...



The wind was really blowing these from up the street!
 And I did some shopping this weekend to get my mom a birthday gift. While I was out, I picked up these...
I paid 99 cents for these! LOL! I wear socks all the time in my house, as we do not wear shoes in the house. So...I have a lot of socks.
Bought this new candle at the Yankee Candle flagship store. It smells amazing!!!
This morning I woke to pouring rain outside. THANK GOODNESS! It was starting to get a bit dry out there. My Japanese maple needs a big drink, and I am happy to say, it is getting it right now.
I love the rain!!
I will be posting up some new things I am working on soon...
Keep in touch! And remember to follow my blog for updates!
Until next post,
Amy