Friday, November 22, 2013

Pumpkin and Cheesecake Topped Mini Loaves

Some days a girl just needs a little some 'um some 'um with a fresh brewed cup of coffee for a well deserved afternoon break. 
I make a couple of versions of the Pumpkin and Cheesecake Topped Mini Loaves.  Pumpkin, Gingerbread, Banana and Carrot Cake versions make the cut for  the dessert table at the holidays.  These mini loaves make a delicious little take away gift for guests at Thanksgiving and the Holidays.
Pumpkin and Cheesecake Topped Mini Loaves
makes 3 mini loaves
Pumpkin Batter:
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
15 ounces pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves

pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, butter three mini loaf pans.
For the pumpkin batter, whisk together the brown sugar and eggs until light.  Then stir in remaining ingredients.  Do not over mix.  Divide batter into three mini loaf pans.
of course I have four loaf pans not three

Cheesecake Topping Batter:
8 ounce brick of cream cheese warmed to room temperature
1 lightly beaten egg
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and creamy.  Pour on top of pumpkin batter in mini loaf pans. Bake 35-40 minutes until done.

 Allow to cool before removing from pans.
The star of my afternoon break....

Friday, November 15, 2013

Plaster of Paris Fall Leaves Nature Wreath

Today is a beautiful, unexpected gift of sunshine kind of day here in New York and has inspired me to create my Plaster of Paris Leaves Nature Wreath.    
Plaster of Paris leaves start with silk leaves and Plaster of Paris mixed to a loose pudding consistency. I did a 2 to 1 ratio with a smidge more than one on the water.
Dip the leaf and set it to dry on a sheet of wax paper.  You may need to repeat the dipping process to coat evenly.  Allow to completely dry.  Mine set up for 48 hours.
Next I glued the Plaster of Paris leaves and some small pine cones to a rustic vine wreath.

Added some dried baby's breath and cattails.
My Plaster of Paris Fall Leaves Nature Wreath is ready to greet.

Happy Fall.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Nod to Fall

Fall is my favorite color : )
Raking leaves today is futile with the huff and puff blow your leaves and house away winds gusting 60-65 mph today...