An early-morning picture taken of the backyard from the mudroom window.
I'm always disappointed in pictures because the perspective is so off.
That mountain is way bigger and closer than it looks here.
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
4 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients well. Store covered in the refrigerator. Keeps well for a couple of weeks. Great for dipping apple slices, but I've also had it on toast and Wheat Thins. YUM!
I worked yesterday and also did some housework.
I also made some bread that turned out great.
This is before baking.
It's really fabulous!
Cheese & Onion Bread
1 1/2 cups hot water (110 degrees F)
1 pkg of yeast
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp sugar, divided
4 cups bread flour
3 Tbsp powdered milk
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp dried onion flakes
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
Melted butter (about 2-3 tsp)
Combine yeast and 1 tsp of sugar in the hot water, stir and let sit 5 minutes until it starts to get foamy. Meanwhile, combine 2 cups of the bread flour, 1 Tbsp sugar, 3 Tbsp powdered milk, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 Tbsp onion flakes in a large bowl. Stir with a plastic or wooden spoon for 2 minutes until well-combined. Add all of the cheese. Add the rest of the flour a little at a time until it all holds together well and is not too sticky. Oil your hands and knead the bread for a couple of minutes. Let the dough sit in an oiled bowl covered with a towel until it has doubled in size, 1-2 hours. Punch the dough down and place into a greased loaf pan. Let rise again until doubled. Brush with melted butter and bake in a preheated 350-degree (F) oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let it sit in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
I also relaxed and had some of my favorite tea with honey and lots of lemon.
I've made these two squares, but neither of them really floats my boat. The popcorn one is really pretty, but it took me forever and a day to make. I don't see me making a whole bunch of them for a blanket. I just don't have it in me right now. I'm not nearly as OCD as I used to be with my crochet where I can sit for hours on end crocheting until my hands are crippled for weeks. Or maybe I just got smarter. I'm not sure which.
Victorian Lattice Square Pattern: HERE
Popcorn Square: HERE
Look what I found at a yard sale...
It's not a tablecloth. It's a blanket.
I just spread it out here so you could see it.
Today is the first sunny day in a few days and I'm thinking the F-16s might make a flyover or two later today. Maybe this is the day I'll get them on video.
Does anybody else remember when hair conditioner was called "cream rinse" instead of conditioner? When I was a kid, that's all we ever called it. Some time in the '70s that changed and it's only called conditioner now. Hmm. I have really deep thoughts, don't I?
I got a letter yesterday from my insurance company saying my premiums were going up $60 per month in 2016 AND my deductible is being raised by $500. That's like a 14 percent raise in price plus more out-of-pocket! That's crazy! I've only had it since October 1st. WTF?
I was invited to a Pampered Chef party. Maybe that's not a big deal to most people, but we just moved here and I have ZERO friends, so I want to go meet people. Of course, I'm reluctant to go because that's just the way I am. I have social phobia. I'm scared. I'm nervous. Plus, I don't want to answer the inevitable questions that come with meeting new people: "Where is your family?" "Do you have kids?" "Do you have grandkids?" And I have to lie with some of my answers if they press for more information because it's embarrassing to tell the truth and just uncomfortable for everyone. Yes, I have a family AND kids AND grandkids, but we don't communicate and I can't answer anymore questions about them because THEY ALL SUCK and so do I. But I will force myself to go and just lie my ass off, I guess. I could tell them I have no kids. Or I could just tell them my whole family is dead, because that's how I think of them just so I can survive in my head and heart. I don't know what else to do other than just not go and be a hermit forever and never have any friends. That's what I've always done though, and I refuse to be that way anymore. I really, really, really hate liars, but I'm about to become one. Oh, I don't know what I'll do. I'm just thinking out loud.
Okay, I've exhausted myself now. I need a nap.