Sunday, October 24, 2010
Simple Woman's Daybook, the Last Week of October
I am hearing... nothing but the tapping of my fingers. The children, whom I sent to bed a half hour ago, got to stay up a little late watching a movie and promised me to "go to bed with no shenanigans," and blessed be if (so far, at least) I truly haven't heard a peep out of them. Will miracles never cease?
Outside my window.... it's pitch black, except for the occasional headlights of a car going by in the distance. The darkness, though, points out the gold and orange autumn leaf "clings" we have stuck all over our big, picture windows.
I am wearing... a light blue long-sleeved tee and an ankle length crazy quilt granny skirt. I wore this skirt with a black sweater to the grocery store the other day, and I got some funny looks. I guess I might have looked a little like a hippy witch or something... But, why be normal, right?
I am reading... just found an old copy of Fulton J. Sheen's Lift Up Your Heart. I'm needing my heart lifted, so I'm digging into it as soon as I'm finished here.
We are creating... fun things with our faces. (Mlah!) In art class last week, partly in recognition of getting our school pictures, partly to learn about symmetry and the form of the human face, and partly because it was just fun -- the children did this:
These are easy to make and freeze to pull out at a moment's notice. And Yummy! Here's our recipe for 3 dozen:
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
Grease three 12 cup muffin pans, or line with paper muffin liners. Soak raisins in hot water for ten minutes to plump, then drain.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cloves.
In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin, and applesauce, until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to make a smooth batter. Stir the raisins and walnuts into the batter. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.