Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Special Treat

I wasn't sure that I would have time to post again before Thanksgiving but I do have a few minutes. 
Thought I would share with you a great recipe for something a little different - would be a great treat for everyone after their scrumptous Turkey dinner.  This is one of my sister Viv's great recipes and everyone at Chatter Time loves it - so if you want to make one more great treat here you go -

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

1 1/3 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter

2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Cake Batter
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs,
2 cups sour cream
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
3 t. baking powder,
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon,
1/2 t. salt

Line 9 X 13 pan with foil. In saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter. Bring to boil, pour into pan and spread to edges. Sprinkle with cranberries and pecans. Cream together 1 cup butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix just until moist. Pour batter over cranberry mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove foil. Serve warm.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving this Thursday - can time go any faster? 

We had the opportunity to go downstate this past Friday to Battle Creek to watch the Charlevoix Girls Volleyball team participate in their first ever state semi-finals.  It was good to see the many Charlevoix supporters and the girls did great!  They did not win their match however they tried hard and their attitude was great!  Way to go Lady Rayders!

After watching those games, we then headed over to Ann Arbor and showed our granddaughter, Maddie, Michigan Stadium. What a sight - even in the dark!  Then we stayed near Flint where Maddie and I shopped on Saturday while Papaw Mike went to the  Michigan/Nebraska game.  Go Blue! 

While driving home Saturday evening, we couldn't help but notice all of the Christmas decorations already in place and lighting up neighborhoods. It won't be long before Santa is loading up his sleigh!

At the shop we are getting ready for Demo Daze - December 1, 2, and 3.  We will have lots of great demos plus great quick and easy gift ideas - some to make - some already made for you!  Always something to do - do you think that has anything to do with time moving so quickly?  And talking about so much to do and get ready for guess we better get to the shop - have a great week, a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall and more

When we were getting ready for our 4th Anniversary at the shop, we put some pumpkins on the shop porch and at the classroom door.  They looked really good so we just kept them there.  This past Monday morning when we got to the shop, the squirels were having a pumpkin feast and pumpkin seeds were everywhere.  But they - the squirels - small red ones and the larger gray ones - were so entertaining we kept the pumpkins there for another day.  They are going to be fat little squirels!

One of our customers brought these cute little ornaments that she made in to the shop. They are really cute and she is going to do a class for us - yea!


Have a great day and happy quilting!