Monday, November 25, 2013

A Thanksgiving Treat-

In memory of my dear mother, one of her famous quick, easy and delicious desserts!  She passed away on Christmas Eve, 2012 but baking something delicious from her recipe collection, "Real Grandmas Don't Serve Spinach," is one of the ways I honor her and keep her memory alive.

Pumpkin Pie Dessert has become one of our favorite recipes and is often requested by friends and family.  We serve it all year round, although we usually make traditional  pumpkin and pecan pies for Thanksgiving.  This year we will leave the rolling pin behind and waiver from tradition a bit without sacrificing the aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie.  By popular demand, Pumpkin Pie Dessert will be the star attraction on our Thanksgiving dessert table.  For those pecan pie lovers, I'll be mixing toasted pecans into the crumb topping.  It's so easy and quick, children can help but it's guaranteed to rate right up there with gourmet desserts that take hours to make.  With it's sweet crumbly crust, rich filling and perfect topping, I know it will win the hearts of your guests this Thanksgiving or anytime throughout the year.  So without further ado, I give you:


PUMPKIN PIE DESSERT 

-from, "Real Grandma's Don't Serve Spinach" by Jeanne S. Braden

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
CRUST:
1 package of yellow cake mix (reserve one cup for topping)
1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
-Mix and press in the bottom of a 9" by 11" pan.

FILLING:
1 large can (29 oz.) or 2 small cans (15 oz.) pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2/3 cups of milk
-Mix filling and spread over crust.

TOPPING:
1 cup of cake mix
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup ground, toasted pecans, optional
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine, cold
-Stir together the 1 cup reserved cake mix, sugar, cinnamon and pecans, if desired.  Cut in margarine and crumble over filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  _________________________________

Share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes in the comments section.  Also, don't forget to check out the Black Friday savings at SilverTrove on Etsy.  Everything is 20% off for one full week, even previously discounted items!  Sale starts 11/29/2013, Black Friday.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inspiration Through Nature

Today I want to apologize to my subscribers and readers.  I have been so busy making and shipping jewelry over the past months that my blog has been woefully neglected.  I've got a million things I would love to write about, and hopefully I will get to do that soon, but today I found something so awe-inspiring I just had to share it with you.  If you are an artist or crafter you know how important inspiration is.  Even if you don't think of yourself as an artist, coordinating a wardrobe, decorating a living space or cooking a meal are all forms of artistic expression, and nature can provide the best ideas for combining color, texture, patterns and proportion.  So, no matter who you are, I think you will find this as amazing and uplifting as I did.

 

1. Volcanic lightning aka “dirty thunderstorms.”

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2. Frozen air bubbles in Abraham Lake.

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3. Underground natural springs in Mexico.

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4. Giant crystal cave in Nacia, Mexico.

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5. Shimmering shores of Vaadhoo, Maldives.

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6. Reflective salt flats in Bolivia.

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7. Light pillars over Moscow.

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8. Natural salt water fountain off the coast of Oregon.

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9. Beautiful sandstone formations in Arizona.

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10. Rainbow Eucalyptus trees in Kailua, Hawaii.

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11. The Blood Falls in Antartica.

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12. Spiderweb cocooned trees in Pakistan.

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13. Giant clouds over Beijing.

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14.  The underwater forest of Lake Kaindy.

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15. Lake Hillier, Australia

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Many thanks to my daughter, Malory, who unintentionally left me these delicious visual treats and to nature-pictures.info for curating this wonderful collection  of photographs.  Their policy on photo and article credits:

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SILVERTROVE'S SPRING SALE - 25% OFF ALL IN-STOCK ITEMS!

SPRING SALE- GET 25% OFF EVERY IN-STOCK ITEM IN MY ETSY SHOP!  USE COUPON CODE SPRING25 IN THE ETSY SHOPPING CART.  This coupon is only good toward in stock items.  Each eligible item will have the words 'IN STOCK' in the title.  You can easily find all my in-stock items by searching the words, 'IN STOCK', from within my Etsy store.  Only items that bear the words 'IN STOCK' in the title are eligible.
SHOP NOW AT: http://silvertrove.etsy.com  At these prices, jewelry will be flying out the door, so hurry!

DISCLAIMER:  If this coupon code is used to purchase a custom order item(s), I will contact you and give you the option to pay full price or cancel the order.  If you buy a custom order item(s) along with an in-stock item(s), you may still use the coupon code but it will only be valid toward the in-stock item(s).  I will send you an invoice for any discount given on the custom order item(s) but you will retain the savings on the in-stock item(s).