Monday, October 13, 2014

The Great Pumpkin Cake

This time of year when everyone else is enjoying the cooler weather and watching the changing of the leaves and all the other joys that come with Fall, here in the deep south we have to pretend it's Fall, at least for now.  So after seeing so many blogs and magazine covers of anything made with pumpkin, i just had to make something too.

I found the cutest pumpkin cake pan from Williams & Sonoma that was already $10 or $11 off and right now you can get another 20% off.  So the grand total was $23.19 plus tax to make it $25.16.  That't not too bad considering the pan was $39.95 before it was on sale, and also considering Kohl's has one similar for $61.99 (ouch) I could never pay that much for one, but it is a bit more decorative too.  Plus there is no reason why you couldn't make this in a regular bundt pan but you would need to make two.  The one from Williams & Sonoma has the cute little stem built right in there too. And it's called "The Great Pumpkin Pan" and that's also engraved on the back of the pan that will surely bring a smile to your face. also if you get one, be careful if you slide it around because mine got scratched a bit on the bottom :( so just place it on the oven racks carefully.

the pumpkin spice cake was really good, it was moist and it was mixed with pumpkin puree, and also some buttermilk. The scent of cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, and ginger made the whole house smell like Fall.  Here is the cake recipe I used:

I kept adding things to the table because it was so much fun to photograph my pumpkin masterpiece. well it was a masterpiece to me, I know it looks like of messy compared to the Williams & Sonoma professional photo (at the bottom of this post) but next time I will remember not to add so much filling in the middle and work a little bit more with the glaze I poured on.

was it good? oh gosh was it ever!  I normally don't eat anything sweet and rich like this, but sometimes you just have to taste something forbidden lol

the caramel glaze tasted just like a soft praline candy that you would buy in downtown Charleston or Savannah and all it needed was the pecans. and i was surprised how easy it was to make.  I used this recipe:

Caramel Glaze
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
1/4 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
Put the butter, cream, and sugar into a small saucepan,.
Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth.

(I don't remember where I found that recipe, but after it was melted and smooth I boiled it for an additional ten minutes stirring almost constantly so it wouldn't burn. This thickened it up to the consistency that I wanted.)

the goodness i made for in between the cakes was a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting and it had bits of orange zest and orange juice that really made it delicious. The recipe I used is here:

So many flavors all at once, what's a girl to do?  walk a lot that's what, after eating a slice of this.  I didn't feel that bad because I have been dessert deprived.

I hope you are having a wonderful Fall! 



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lunch under the laundry

I've had this vintage chenille bedspread for so long, I don't even remember where I got it from, 
but I'm guessing from my Mom or my Aunt. 

I recently got a new clothesline built and I am so excited to get up everyday and do my laundry now
just so i can hang stuff up outside, i know it sounds silly, but it brings back so many pleasant memories.
plus it smells so fresh and clean.  

when i looked at it in between the lines it brought back all those times when we were young and we 
used to make tents and we had our friends over and just played make believe 

the more i got to thinking about it, i thought i would make a quick lunch to share with my sisters
over the phone and text them this photo. they loved it and remembered when we used to do that, 
and of course it had to be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and there are cookies and apples and iced tea too. 

it's such a beautiful day, would you care to join me? 
i have plenty of peanut butter and jelly lol 

we are never too old to act like children again 

{all photos were taken with my camera phone which really didn't do too bad of a job}

huggs, sandy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Easy Fall Fireplace

I saw Courtney's blog yesterday where she used dried hydrangea's in blue jars and little white pumpkins 
on her fireplace mantle and i just loved it and knew i wanted to do something very similar. 
while i was at the grocery store later in the day, i walked by the flowers and not expecting to see any
white hydrangea's this time of year, there they were staring me in the face. 
and they also had little white pumpkins, and i already had lots of blue jars, 
so i knew i would be in luck :) 

I'm thinking it still needs something, maybe some more pumpkins and some type of 
leaves scattered throughout.  so what do you think of non-traditional Fall colors? 
anything goes, or do you need to stick with the luscious oranges, reds and browns? 


Behind The Gate

don't forget to ring the bell......

Hello there, I thought you might enjoy some photos' I took Sunday of my wonderful walk along all the beautiful homes and 
gardens of Charleston.  And yes, I have been gone a long time and I guess some people don't understand that I passworded my blog while i was away, because that is the only way it seems i could close it down.  why i chose to do that, i don't know, i guess i thought i was done with blogging, when really i was very sick and had to take care of my health for many months. So please don't think I had my blog passworded to keep anyone out because i certainly wouldn't do that. My illness was something to be taken very seriously, but I do apologize if anyone thought badly of me.  And yes, recently i have been playing cat and mouse with this silly blog, as i really wanted to change the blog name and start something new since i was gone so long, and i wanted a fresh start.  i even went as far as to do that and led some of you on a wild blog chase and then back again.  believe me, it was hard on me too, and it's not easy to change your blog and then think differently about it and then come back again. it's hard work!  Oh well, i'm not going to be too hard on myself, and i hope you won't be either. it's not that serious, is it??  And I'm not perfect. Anyway, I decided to keep this blog, and this name forever because I don't want to lose any of my followers and I didn't even think about that when I moved to the new blog.   How would all of you lovely people ever find me?  lol  so anyway, that's that.  I hope to see and hear from you!  I've truly missed blogging and I'm back!  Please don't make me feel any worse than i feel already ok?  Maybe I will go and hide for a few days..... love you all xoxo


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Using Dressers for Outdoor Planters

Lately I've been seeing a lot of old dressers being turned into planters and I just love them.

I started checking Craig's List for an older beat-up one that was reasonably priced if I was going to use it outside.. and after a couple of months, I finally found one.
The veneer was coming off a bit on the corners of the drawers
and other places, but thankfully it didn't look like the top had veneer.
Some of the mirror framing was wood puttied, which I did sand down.

The really good part was that it was already stripped of the original finish,
plus she has little wheels on her legs too. I was almost starting to feel guilty for what 
I was going to use her for. 

But nonetheless, here she is.  I painted her Annie Sloan's Greek Blue.
I knew I couldn't use the wax for outdoor use, and it about killed me to put anything else on her,
but I had to put something on it to protect her even though it is a covered porch.
I put on a water based Polycrylic. I hated using that stuff, but I put three coats on the top
and two coats on the drawers and sides, and sanded each coat as recommended.
And actually, the polycrylic really isn't that bad at all. It left a nice finish on it.
I almost sanded her again, as she was picking up kind of a 'beachy' look each time it was sanded.
I didn't distress it, as I was liking her just the way she was.

I repainted my shutters too as they were burgundy before and didn't go with my dresser.
I mixed a bunch of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paints together and this is the color it came out to be.
I wanted them to come out a bit more gray, but this is all I had to work with.  

I took the mirror out because I thought that would look really bad

It looks really pretty at night with the light on too.
And when I turn the light off,
 the lid on the blue mason jar lights up really pretty as it is solar powered.

I have the plants protected from any water in the drawers and have them placed in plastic covers.
Some girls are putting plastic liners down and adding dirt and then the plants,
I honestly didn't have the heart to do that to the poor thing.

But I really do love it :) 
And still, I keep thinking how good she would look in different rooms of my home
with the mirror in it, and then an even older one for the front porch.

p.s. my follower's list has disappeared, does anyone know how to get it back?
I tried to add it again with the gadget list, but I couldn't find it :O)

UPDATE: I only had the dresser out for a few days and had to bring her inside :)
and I have since painted the shutters black that i am loving :)

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16 week Fall DIY Challenge

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


so many dragonflies in my yard this year!
I think they like me because they come up to greet me when I go out in the yard
(I know, don't laugh, but it seems as though they do)
I just love them.

I hope you are all enjoying your Summer ♥

Monday, July 29, 2013

Winner of Place Settings ~Mikasa Give-Away~

Deb #55 has won :) 

I will email you soon Deb and get your information
and forward it to the Lifetime Brands/Mikasa wonderful people!
{Or you can always email me too}  
Again, Congratulations!
May you have fun with the Antique Countryside Fig Place Settings and 
enjoy them for many years to come!  

Thank you all that have entered this wonderful Give-Away!
I wish you all could have won!  Your comments really touched my heart ♥