Our sweet Peachy (left) passed away very suddenly last night after fighting a brain tumor for about a year and a half. She was only with us for a short time – she was an older dog when we adopted her – but she was a truly a part of our family and we loved her. Sweet Peach, a.k.a. Peachy The Moose, was affectionate, gentle, and full of joy. She loved her new “sisters”, loved to play and snuggle, and especially loved to go for walks. Whenever we would get leashes out, she would do the Peachy-dance: race to the door, spin in circles, run to the other side of the room, spin in circles some more, repeating with a great big smile on her face until we had all three dogs harnessed and were out on our walk. We are happy to have had her in our lives and shall miss her.
Pumpkin Snack Cake
2 c. all-purpose flour (stir before measuring)
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking power
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground mace
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
15 oz. (425 gm.) canned pumpkin
3/4 c. granulated white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. canola oil
1/3 c. buttermilk
1 lg. egg
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. dried currants
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×9″ pan with baking spray or with butter and flour.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace and nutmeg. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, stir together pumpkin, sugars, canola oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla until smooth and well-blended.
4. Stir pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients until smooth and no dry spots appear. Then fold in currants and walnuts. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Level top with the back of a spoon.
5. Bake for 38 – 48 minutes or until firm on top and a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool on a cooling rack.
6. While cake is cooling, prepare cream cheese frosting. Once cake is cooled, invert onto a cooling rack, then re-invert onto a cutting board. Frost top of cake, then cut into squares. Enjoy!
Cream Cheese Frosting
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. + 1 T. confectioner’s sugar
1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1 T. + 1 t. milk
1/2 t. vanilla extract
Beat ingredients together until perfectly smooth.
This has been a wonderful year for autumn foliage in Manhattan, Kansas. The wind was gusting this morning, so I decided that I had better get some pictures before all the leaves come down. Here is a photo that I took looking up into one of the maple trees in our neighborhood. The colors looked especially vivid against the grey fall sky. Have a lovely day!
With cold weather upon us – it was only in the 30’s F. at lunchtime today – I am not sure for how much longer the garden will be in bloom. So, of course, I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can before winter hits. Here are some photos from this morning. My fingers were numb taking them, but it was still a great pleasure to be out with the flowers.
I am not sure that I can explain it, but I find there to be something romantic about an autumn garden – perhaps it has something to do with its beauty and quietude and all of the memories that it contains.
Several of the roses – Mr. Lincoln and Secret – are especially fragrant now. I wish that I could share their scent with you.
Have a lovely day!