Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Cupcakes

I made some cupcakes for my neighbor and my little friends yesterday.   Little kids are so excited for Halloween right now.  So am I.

I used eggs which had popped out of the chicken 2 days ago.  Look at the wonderful color in the batter.

These are the ones that went to the neighbor. She ate them for dinner.

The recipe:

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Fill muffin tins which have been  lined with cupcake cups. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.  Let them cool on a rack.
The frosting:  1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat the butter until whipped and gradually add the sugar, milk and vanilla.  Beat until you have a smooth consistency.

Have you seen these candles yet?  They are battery operated and can be set to turn on and turn off at set times.  I can't get over how realistic they look.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Fair in the Woods

 On a cold and rainy Autumn day, we went to a fair in the woods at a really wonderful farm.

 We went to one here in June.  They hold two each year and I doubt that I will miss any of them.

 The tents are set up under the trees.


 Fabric pumpkins.

 For several years I have been looking for something and I found it at this booth. 

 You could take a carriage ride through the fields.

 A honey booth.

 What a cute name.

 George and Floyd's hot sauce.  It's really good!

 This woman had some really nice things.  The set of yellow ware bowls (6 of them) was 100.00 and she said she would negotiate. I passed but I bet someone scooped them up.

 The pond.


 The farm was beautifully decorated.

 Bittersweet for sale.

 The side entrance to the farmhouse.

 A place to warmup.

 The driveway.

Their vintage truck.
I bought these two greenware planters which match my green bowl collection.  They are in perfect condition and were 8.00.
The Blog Tech bought this pristine microphone from the 50's.  It appears to have never been used.
This was my big find.  I have been looking for faceted prisms at a good price for the last few years.   These are old lead crystal and they sure do shine.  I got about 350 of them for 100.00.  A very good deal.  In a few weeks, I'll show you how I am going to use them.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Historic Roscoe Village

 We visited Roscoe Village on Saturday to attend another festival.

 Click to enlarge if you are interested in the underground railroad.

 People still live in this historic village.

 This wagon, loaded with all things Fall, greeted us as we entered the village.

 Heavenly aromas filled the air.

 We are connoisseurs of Lake Erie perch sandwiches and these were the second best of all the ones we have tried.

You can watch a blacksmith at work in this shop.

This gentleman was building a fire under the cauldron to make apple butter.

Mother nature did a great job decorating.

Heirloom seeds for sale.

The Spoonmaker.

Lots of beeswax candles.

You could also buy his honey.

A trapper.

And his pelts.

Cement fairy houses.

Fairy gardens.


I have no idea!  But he was creating these luminaries from cans.  Maybe he learned how to do this in the slammer.

Re-purposed glass made into flowers.

More to come!  I have hundreds of photos to sort through from our recent journeys.