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My Top 5 Most Successful Pinterest Attempts

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My Top 5 Most Successful Pinterest Attempts

My Top 5 Most

 

Pinterest is one of my favorite websites.  I go to it for inspiration, ideas for holiday decor and most often recipes.

Today I would like to share my top 5 most successful Pinterest attempts.

#1.  First on my list is this delicious Cannoli Cake from Olga’s Flavor Factory.  My daughter sent me the pin for this asking if I could please make this for her birthday.  I am always up for a challenge, so I agreed.  The cake turned out beautiful and totally scrumptious.  That was over a year ago and I have made it several times since.

Cannoli Cake

 

#2.  In second place are Creamy Deviled Eggs from Lady By The Bay.  My entire family enjoys deviled eggs not only during Easter dinner, but all year ’round summer barbeques included.  The cream cheese adds a rich creaminess that just makes these outstanding.

Creamy Deviled Eggs

 

#3.  Taking third place is this wonderful Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice.  Last month my daughter sent me this pin once again placing a request for her birthday.  I tried the recipe for the cake, but did not use the frosting recipe that is included.  We enjoyed the light and refreshing flavor this cake.

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake

 

#4.  At the number 4 spot is Lemon Cheesecake Mousse from Let’s Dish.  Along with my daughter’s request for the Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake, she asked if I could use this for the frosting.  I was concerned about the cream cheese in both the cake and mousse making the desert to heavy, but gave it a try.  Absolutely delicious.  I had some mousse left over after frosting the cake and we all fought over who got to lick the bowl.

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

#5.  Last but certainly not least is Nutella Stuffed Pancakes from Recipe Tin Eats.  My youngest daughter and I share an affinity for all things Nutella and a love of pancakes.  Usually on Sunday mornings we enjoy cooking up something special for breakfast.  These pancakes are rich and a totally guilty pleasure.

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes

 

With 62 boards and over 6,000 pins, I have a constant selection of recipes and projects to try.  You can find me on Pinterest at:  https://www.pinterest.com/DesignsByCnC/

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AUTUMN IS FOR APPLES

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DSCN8014Autumn has always been my most favorite time of year.  I enjoy the crisp, cool air and the many beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the bright colors of the hardy mums planted around the lamp post.  School is now back in session, and we are now settling into a comfortable routine.  When I think of autumn, one thing that always comes to mind first is the availability of the many different types of apples that are available in my area.

My favorite routine of the season is going to Kercher’s Apple Orchard and picking apples.  This past weekend, we attended the Harvest Festival at the orchard.  It was a chilly and crisp morning, as we walked among the trees pulling our little red wagon with our bushel baskets inside.  Stopping in several different sections, we picked Red and Yellow Delicious, Jonathan and Cortland.  By the time we were finished, we had a bushel of each variety.

You can’t visit Kercher’s without a visit to the pumpkin patch, so our next activity was climbing aboard the hayride to go pick our perfect pumpkin.  This usually takes us a while.  My husband and I suggest different pumpkins, but our youngest daughter always gets the final say.

After getting our pumpkin, we catch a ride over to the orchard market and gift shop.  Here you will find a wonderful selection of homemade treats, such as caramel apples, whoopie pies, cookies and apple cider.  This is where I kick off the start of autumn with my first caramel apple of the season!

DSCN8006The whole reason for our annual trip to pick apples, is so that my wonderful husband can make us some of his delicious applesauce.  We love apples anyway, but my daughter & I have a particular fondness for daddy’s applesauce.  He agreed to share his recipe.


Daddy’s Applesauce

4 bushels of apples            6 c water          4 tbsp cinnamon       8 c granulated sugar     43 canning jars

Peel and core the apples.  Cut into quarters.  Place in a large Dutch oven, add water and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil, stirring.  Cover and simmer about 30 minutes.  Remove from heat, mash and add the sugar.  Fill with applesauce, leaving a 1/2″ head space.  Seal with lids and place filled jars in a hot water bath for 12 minutes.

This made 43 quarts of applesauce “for our winter eating”, to quote my husband.  He really thinks it will last that long.  Apparently he forgot that last year we ate all before the first of the year!

Thoughts of Autumn

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As I say goodbye to the summer, my thoughts travel quickly to my most favorite time of year, autumn. I have already noticed a cooler, crisper change to the air and have been watching for the leaves to begin their glorious color change. Along with playing in the fallen leaves, one of things I have always loved about autumn is Halloween, especially when I was a small child. Things have changed so much over the years, when I was young, I can remember going out to trick or treat and getting the most amazing homemade goodies. My first stop was always at the house down the street that offered caramel apples, then there was the warm apple cider followed by the stop for popcorn balls. Of course, there was always a ton of candy too. My mother always made wonderful sugar cookies in the shape of pumpkins, cats and witches. I still have her set of cookie cutters and make these cookies for my family. My girls also request that I make caramel apples and popcorn balls. To me, autumn is a special time to share warm memories, traditions and a great time to get back into the kitchen and make some nice cozy comfort food.

This morning it is cool and rainy outside, so here I am getting cozy with my cup of hot chocolate working on Halloween designs. I have been busy making some new greeting card designs. This year is my daughter’s last year of grade school, so I am trying to make it really special for her. I was thinking ahead for something that I could do for her classroom Halloween party. So I came up with a totally new design, Halloween candy bar holders.

Featured are some of my newest designs for the upcoming Halloween season. Happy Haunting!