Thursday, December 6, 2012

Drumroll, please....Flavors of the Umpqua Note Cards

My project for the past several months has been designing a line of note cards based on photographs and recipes from my blog, as well as setting up a website for online sales.  This has been an incredible learning experience!  I have had this idea in my head for three years, but it took a great deal of prodding and encouragement from my family and friends to follow through.  I am now officially ready to launch  Ta da!!!

I have four different designs so far.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Caramel Pecan Brownies with the recipe printed inside!

 That's me on the back with my Kenner EasyBake oven 
when I was five.  I've been baking ever since!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Buying Apples in the Big Apple

We took a trip to New York City a couple weeks ago to visit our daughter, Laura. (We arrived four days after Superstorm Sandy hit!)  Of course, I had to find a farmers market in Manhattan. Lots of varieties of apples that we don't get out west.  We tried the Winesaps and Macouns and warm apple cider--delicious!

I'd never seen carrots in so many colors!  I love visiting the markets wherever I am in the world, but it's frustrating because I want to buy everything and go home and cook.

Can't "Beet" This Gift Idea

My clever husband made this "beet doll" to send me off on a shopping spree for my birthday.  His grandmother used to make "potato dolls" decorated with felt and pipe cleaners when she gave him and his siblings money for Christmas.  He's adding his own twist to the tradition.  They're great fun to receive and it makes for a more substantial package to open, rather than just an envelope.  Just don't make them too far ahead of time; the potatoes might sprout!