The Days of Our Lives (Or Apples Anyone?)

The Days of Our Lives (Or Apples Anyone?)

“As sands through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives…” Who remembers that?

Today the Parsnip did a clown gig for a nursing home where he met a woman celebrating 101 years young. Wow! That’s all, just wow! She could have been one of the first babies at New Summerfield church of Christ. = )

And now…apples.

Last week I gave the recipe for Apple Custard, today we’ll try Apple Butter. Slow cooker apple butter is super easy and delicious. It makes a great gift and you can’t beat it on a bisquit, or you would be hard pressed to do so.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Honey Crisp! I’m in love!

6 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and sliced (I don’t peel, but you should try it peeled first)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.
2. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
3. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.
4. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.

Paisley Notes: I use a mix of Honey Crisp, Granny Smith and Pink Lady, you pick your favorites. Let the apple butter cook down to your desired consistency. It will end up with a nice scrumptious browned color. You can leave the lid off for the last hour or two to get a thicker consistency. Fill your jars leaving a 1/4 inch head space. Wipe the rims clean, remove any air bubbles and place your lids. Process 10 minutes for pints, 15 minutes for quarts.

Apple Butter in Weck Jars…Beautiful! (Photo My Baking Addiction)

I love Weck jars for things like this, but I can rarely afford them. Sigh…maybe next year.

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Icing

Cake: (Southern Cooks recipe with a paisley twist)

Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh Apple Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups chopped apples, such as Rome Beauty(again I use Honey Crisp or Granny Smith, but I like a tart apple)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I usually omit or sub pecans)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside. Beat eggs; add sugar and oil and beat for 3 minutes. Gradually stir in sifted dry ingredients. Fold in apples, walnuts, and vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan and bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Brown Sugar Icing

apple cake with brown sugar icing

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Icing

2 cups brown sugar
6 tbsps butter
6 tbsps whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
In saucepan, add brown sugar, butter and whipping cream. Bring to a boil. Boil 1 Minute Add vanilla. Beat with mixer until cooled and whipped. Spread on cooled apple cake

 

 

October Garden, Fun for Everyone with The Haunted Garden

October Garden, Fun for Everyone with The Haunted Garden

The October garden? It’s what one would expect, carrots, parsnips, lettuce, cilantro, mache (corn salad), radishes, pumpkins, winter squash, and cabbage, because…why not? All of that is pretty much to be expected from a fall garden, right?

Haunted garden

Fall Garden…some things we expect…

Haunted garden

…others we don’t!

Well that’s just not very paisley, so this is what we’re doing in Patrick’s green garden. We’re calling it, “The Haunted Patch” or maybe just “The Haunted Garden” and decorating his garden for Halloween! Atop the tree stumps we’ll put his Jack O’ Lanterns, string fairy  lights along the length, and create a huge spider and web on his trellis, we’re leaving the Mexican Sour Gherkins in place as they are still producing. I’m going to use glow in the dark yarn for the web and We’ll put a foam spider painted with glow in the dark paint. We’re thinking of perhaps making a few headstones as well, but I may go for more whimsy than in your face scary. We’ll just have to see.

Haunted garden

Fun Halloween Garden!

I’m gathering supplies still, we want to install it the first week of October, which is coming up quick. This also means school will start again, yay. I love the beginning of the school year. For one thing, I can take a break again, and plus, I just love that my kids are excited to start again. This year is no exception, Jonathan is anxious to start French and Patrick is chomping at the bit to do math again.

Now I’m thinking I might do a Thanksgiving version and of course Christmas. This will be so fun! I promise to post pics as I get them, until then…have an excellent, paisley week!~KeriAnne

Coming and Going (on)

Coming and Going (on)

Wednesday is here and I barely know where Tuesday went. The weather is beautiful and has been perfect soup making company.

Potato soup is my all time favorite, but I really like soups of just about any kind. My mother in law waits until the first cold front of the year and makes Split Pea for the occasion. It’s a yummy way to take the chill off.

I’m down to the last of the curriculum choosing for this coming school year. Jonathan is starting 9th grade and Paddy will be in 2nd. I don’t know if I’ve said before but my favorite homeschool product is the Total Language Plus program. My older kids loved it and Meghan says it’s one of the reasons she did so well on her ACT’s. Patrick will get his first taste of it this year and Jonathan is pretty excited about the books he chose to study.

For the most part I decide the year’s activities, but I’m pretty flexible if there is a reasonable request made. Jonathan and I have a deal that allows him three Literature picks to my one. He reads and studies about 15 books each year which is a healthy serving of great books. Total Language Plus incorporates Vocabulary, Spelling, Grammar, Creative Writing and Comprehension in each study guide. It also has absolutely remarkable suggestions for activities that go along with the book making it a learning by immersion tool.

The Parsnip teases me because if I really love a curriculum I seem to think the author must be a member of the church. Of course most of the time I find out the person is in fact Mennonite. So when I kept saying, “I think Barbara Blakely (Total Language Plus) is a member of the church.” The Snip just smiled and nodded. Well ha! She is a member of the church! I had to be right eventually, right?

In other news, I continue to crochet and knit for the store and in fact, have an auction today at Tophatter. You can get a bargain on a cute rolled brim hat for a boy or a girl. 12 Central at Tophatter in the Handmade Bazaar. 

Have a great rest of the week!~KeriAnne

Two Favorites and a Like

Two Favorites and a Like

I’m giving you two of my favorites today, and then I’m throwing in a like, because…why not?

Two Favorites

Favorite 1…

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

favorite cake

I make a slightly different version of this but I’m giving you the recipe from Mama’s Gotta Bake. The only real difference is that I use my own pumpkin, or squash or related veg I have on hand, even eggplant so, now you see why I’m defaulting to a more traditional recipe. = ) Read the rest of this entry

“Mama, we’ve got every pew covered!”

“Mama, we’ve got every pew covered!”
Every Pew Covered

New Summerfield church of Christ

Yesterday we had the 100th anniversary of the New Summerfield church of Christ, where Curt preaches. Paddy leans over to me before the service and says, “Mama, we’ve got every pew covered!” And we had. It was delightful. The singing was awesome, the sermon was awesome, the love in that little building was heavenly.

 

I’m thanking people today. Thanks to Anne Corbin for keeping the momentum going in the right direction. Thanks to Anthony and Andy King for leading singing. It was the first time I had ever seen a song service “tag teamed”. Thanks to brother Lille for speaking. It was precious to hear the stories of services from 60+ years ago talked of with such fondness. Thanks to all of you that attended. We had every pew covered, how cool is that!

We moved up here to be closer to family, never dreaming we would be finding a new family in the process. His plans are so much better than ours. God bless you today.

Apple Picking Weather

Apple Picking Weather

It’s so exciting to have the changing of the seasons. This weather always reminds me of two things, the grape harvest and apple picking. Apple picking weather is divine and it has arrived in East Texas! The weather man has said it is likely we will not see any more days of 90+ this year. That’s cool (literally)

Apple Picking Weather, used to be grape harvest weather…

apple

The grape harvest

You can’t live in Napa and not think about the grape harvest. I used to make a fall dress for Meghan at this time of year that had grapes on it. Smocked grapes, painted grapes, embroidered grapes or grape material. I wonder if she’d wear a grape dress if I made one for her this month? I’m thinking at 20, probably not. I dunno though, I could make a big girl version, the chic grape dress…nah, still no.

 

 

apple

Apple Picking Fun!

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I’ve Been Bad

I’ve Been Bad

I repent! I’m sorry! I’m wholeheartedly contrite! I’ve been bad.

I could use illness, school break and general malaise as an excuse for my serious lapse of postings, but I won’t.

The truth is I’ve been crocheting like crazy and really enjoying that, so I’ve simply been a slacker with the posts. To my friends that look forward to hearing from me I say, I’m sorry and you will once again be hearing about my frenetic, chaotic, paisley musings. To my scoffing Parsnip, get off me! Let’s see your last post churchfun.com guy!

Enough, let’s hear about new things.

 

New Summerfield church of Christ

This Sunday we have a very special event happening at our little church in New Summerfield. We are commemorating the 100th year of the founding of the New Summerfield church of Christ. 100 years is a long time. It’s super fun to see the pictures of people at the church in wagons. It’s also rather strange. The area we live in is rich in history as it was one of the first places settled in Texas by homesteading families heading West. I can see why, it’s mild and scenic. Even the hottest days usually give way to cool evenings and things like to grow here, which is a nice thing. I’ve said it before but, it’s a good place to grow kids too.

What else? Oh, there’s a cool “green” site that I joined last week. It’s called Ozoshare and it seems to be a good place to meet with nature people. You should add me if you register, I like to hear from you. That link is here.

If any of you shop at Etsy, be sure to check out my new shop here. In conjunction with that, if you go to Tophatter, you might find some of my items at the auctions there as well. You can really get a good deal if you play your cards right. (…errr, your bidding paddles? your bids? Ummm….you know)

I've Been Bad

This sold last week. Yay! (I do have more of these though, if you are interested)

I've been bad

Makeup remover/scrubby These are great gifts!

I've been bad

This is up for auction at Tophatter on September 19 at 4PM CST. Don’t miss out, you’ll get a bargain!

Poppies! This hat is beautiful irl. I don’t know that the pictures convey it?

So you know I have not been idle. Here’s what I’ve been working on. Have a great, paisley weekend!

New and Exciting! The Paisley Carrot At Etsy!

New and Exciting! The Paisley Carrot At Etsy!

So, where have you been? Oh, wait that’s me! Where have I been?

The Paisley Carrot now open for business!

The Paisley Carrot Now Open For Business

The Paisley Carrot is now open for business on Etsy! This has been two years in the making and is so new and exciting, it has consumed me this past week. I hope you’ll take a moment to click on the link, check out the shop and tell your friends.

Specializing in organic, natural and eco-friendly products for your home, family and world! Here’s a few of the items listed now.

If you love baby alpaca, this will be for you…

Baby Alpaca at The Paisley Carrot

Baby Alpaca at The Paisley Carrot

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Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Today I have a recipe that defies the “gray area” of taste. In other words, people tend to either love it or hate it.  I happen to love it, and since I’m the cook, we eat it pretty often around here. It is super packed with vitamins A, D, even some C and and a few of the B’s. If made without the butter, it’s very low in fat and with sea salt, it’s not bad on sodium. It’s economical and easy to make. I’m talking about sweet potato soup.

Sweet Potato Soup can be made year round since sweet potatoes are found year round and can be grown in temperate areas year round, so that’s cool.

I’m giving you the “real” recipe first, the one that I first made and then my  “paisley” version, which is decidedly more spicy but is also more vitamin rich. I’d try it the first way then see if you’re wanting to branch out. I got the first recipe from The Homesick Texan. You could also add the extra veggies of the second recipe without adding the extra peppers. I hope you love it!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

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Sporadic August and Potato Bread

Sporadic August and Potato Bread

It is possible that this will be a sporadic posting place for August. I’m ear deep in curriculum and lesson plans at the moment as well as trying to hold down the normal day to day around here. So, it looks to be a quick post type of article or nothing right now. So today it’s a recipe for potato bread.

I think I’m going to try to post one recipe with a picture each day for a while. I can do that without undo strain I think. In the meantime. Enjoy the dog days of summer and do something paisley!

Potato bread

Potato Bread Au Natural. I usually do not put my bread in loaf pans. I prefer rustic loaves.

From the Tassajara Bread Book…

  • Potato Bread
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dry east (2 packets)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup dry milk
  • 3 cups bread flour

II

  • 4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup flour for kneading
  1. Dissolve yeast in water
  2. Stir in honey and dry milk
  3. Stir in 4 cups of the flour mix until incoporated about 100 strokes
  4. Let rise 45 minutes
  5. Fold in salt and oil, and potatoes
  6. Fold in 3 cups of flour until bread comes away from the side of the bowl
  7. Knead on a bread board for 8 to 10 minutes
  8. Let rise 50-60 minutes or until doubled
  9. Punch down
  10. Let rise 40 minutes or until doubled
  11. Preheat oven to 350°
  12. Shape and if putting in pans do that now
  13. Let rise 20-25 minutes
  14. Brush with egg wash or butter
  15. Bake at 350° for 1 hour
This does make a pretty loaf though, if you choose to loaf it.

Potato loaf bread

One final note. There is a great article about being pursued by Goodness and Mercy on A Holy Experience.  To my believing friends, it’s worth your while to check out. To my non believing friends, I’m praying for you, because even if you don’t believe in Him, He believes in you. Have a great day!~KeriAnne