Sunday, October 27, 2013

OctoberFest or What do you do for Fall?

A while back, Rita/JewelSchoolFriends challenged us all to do something for Fall.  It could be pictures, jewelry, bead-making, recipes, whatever.  Then we were to post it on our blog.  I love fall, so I signed up to participate.  Growing up in the Ozarks of Missouri, I love fall.  I love the colors of fall, the changing of the leaves, the cool, crisp weather (although I'm always cold) because it gives me a chance to wear my sweaters.  However, living here in Texas for the last 37 years, there's not a lot of color change here.  I really miss all the reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves when they change colors.  However, we recently spent a week in New York and guess what?  The trees/leaves were changing.  I loved it.  I thought, what a great addition to my Octoberfest post.  So here's a few of my Fall/Octoberfest photos to delight with. 

I also love to bake cookies, muffins and such in the fall.  Here's a recipe I found that looks delicious. I'm getting ready to try these. They're called Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. They sound wonderful and look wonderful, too.  I love the smell of baking in the fall/winter and especially pumpkin.  So here's the recipe for anyone that wants to try them with me. (These may turn out a little dark, so try lowering the temp to 375)


    • 4 Eggland's Best Eggs
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
    • 1 to 1/2 cups canola oil
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
    1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
    2. Bake at 400° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: about 2 dozen muffins.

Plus, I was able to take a class on fold-forming and enameling recently and love the way these turned out. I call them my Fall Leaves.  I really like the orange/red color from heating with the torch to anneal and then enamel.  I've got a couple of ideas for them and just need to find the right beads and the time to try it.

Plus one last picture.  I love Fall/October for the Mums, too.  I recently saw this great pot of Mums and had to have them for my porch.  They'll go in the ground later, but for now, I'll keep them on my porch.

Hope you enjoy my Fall/Octoberfest post.  Here's a list of all the participants.  Hop by to see what they like about Fall/Octoberfest.
Caroline                                       http://
Andrea Glick-Zenith           
Dolores Raml                     
Karla Morgan                     
Susie Harris                       
Kay Thomerson                 
Jean Yates                        
Kelly Hosford Patterson     
Kathy Lindemer                 
Liz E                                  
Jasvanti Patel                    
Christie Murrow                 
Jodie Marshall                   
Andrea Trank                    
Dini Bruinsma                    
Elsie Deliz Fonseca           
Karla Morgan                    
Vera Lynn                         
Rana Wilson                     
Catherine King                 
Lily Vincent                       
Janice Hidey (Janimar)     
Cory Tompkins                 
Candida Castleberry        
Cynthia Kent Machata      
Alicia Marinache               
Linda Anderson                
Leah Curtis                       
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)    
Robin Reed                       
Tanty Sri Hartanti              
Lisa Lodge                        
Ingrid A.                            
Judy Turner                      
Gina Hockett                     
Nelly May                          
Tanya McGuire                 
Sonya Stille                       
Carol D.                            
Asri Wahyuningsih            
Ginger Bishop                   
Shaiha Williams                
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Pepita said...

What a nice post and I love your Fall Leaves, I'm sure you will create something beautiful with them.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Nifty fold formed leaves, Kay! Thanks for the recipe too.

Anonymous said...

Your leaves are awesome. I wish I could do that.

Shaiha said...

Your post just screams autumn. I know what you mean about missing the colors of the season. That's what I miss about Europe and living back east.

Charis Designs said...

Your leaf earrings are amazing! Wow! Thanks for sharing- Christie

Libellula Jewelry said...

I really enjoyed your beautiful photos of the changing leaves. I, too, miss that. There's not a lot of change in the FL panhandle.

Your recipe looks delicious and your enameled, fold-formed leaves are beautiful!

Nelly May said...

Beautiful piccies. I really miss the glorious colours of Autumn too - where I live at the moment it's green, green, green all year round. Great post. Xxx

Naviguesser said...

I know what you mean about missing autumn colour. Your leaves are fab, I'm sure you'll make something really lovely with them, fold forming is such a satisfying thing to do.

Ginger Bishop said...

Muffins, metal leaves and mums...i love them all. Happy Autumn Kay!

Jasvanti Patel said...

Thank you for the recipe. Your leaves turned out very nice

Designed by Vera said...

Another recipe yummy! I am collecting so many from this blog hop...I love baking in the fall, the smells just scream family to me. Great post. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. Your leaves are fantastic! May have to try the muffin recipe.
Ingrid A.

Ahowin said...

Thank for sharing your recipe, very nice pictures. And I really really like your "Fall Leaves"

Tanya McGuire said...

Great Post, We lived in Texas for a while about 23 years ago and I remember how it always seemed to go from hot to cold with nothing in between. I love the copper leaves. The wire spirals add so much interest.

Dini Bruinsma said...

I'm completely in ♥love♥ with the autumn leaves, they match so well with your beautiful pictures!

kmorgan said...

Those are some wonderful pictures! Such pretty scenery! We don't get enough cold weather to wear sweaters often so I don't have many anymore. Your leaves turned out so well. What will you do with them??? :)