Here are some pictures of the new shelf that my son Sam made for me. It was definitely a family project. After Sam sanded it, it was my turn! First, I painted the shelf with olde ivory paint. After it was dry, I rubbed it with beeswax anywhere I wanted it to show wear, especially the edges. Next, I painted it black all over and let it dry again. Now for the fun part! I used a heat gun to melt the wax and quickly rubbed it off with a lint free rag. (Not the scrapbooking kind of heat gun, that would take too long!) It takes a while to do but it is so much easier and less messy than sanding!
Mr. M added the hooks and hung the shelf! I loved the shelf I had here before but it just wasn't functioning well for the space. This new shelf gives me more room for decorating on top and a place to hang coats in the winter. Not that I'm talking the old shelf down.....It could hold a lot of keys!
Don't feel bad for the old girl, she has a place reserved out in the cabin.
Also known as pumpkin squares. I love pumpkin in most any incarnation but always found pumpkin squares lacking in flavor. This recipe has more of a pumpkin pie flavor and is pretty quick and easy to make! I hope you enjoy the recipe!
15 oz can of pumpkin
1/2 C. canola or Veg. oil
1/2 C. apple sauce
4 eggs beaten
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tps. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
(Set aside 1 stick of butter and an 8oz. block of cream cheese to soften. This is for the frosting!)
Beat pumpkin, sugar and oil. Add eggs, mix well.
Mix together the dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture. Mix until well blended. Pour into greased 10x15 sheet pan and bake for 25-35 min at 350° Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick of butter
8oz cream cheese
1 1/2 tsps. vanilla
2 1/4 C. powdered sugar
1 - 4 tsp. milk
Beat softened cream cheese and butter until well mixed. Mix in vanilla. Add powdered sugar. Add milk to desired consistency.
The little jack O'lantern's are marzipan. If you want to make them, just buy a package of marzipan dough, some orange paste food coloring and a little tube of black frosting.
Color part of the marzipan with the paste food color. Roll into small balls and add details using a toothpick. I also used the toothpick to get the black frosting into the facial features. I used a little plain marzipan to add a stem to the top.
I went out on the porch this morning and what did I find? The crows had gotten loose from their cage! I soon found them hanging out in other spots on the porch! I figured that they were happier that way, so I left them to their own devices. If you want a pet crow of your own check out the Great interpretations page on my website!
I know the title sounds a little corny but..... I Found this amazing, HUGE cage in the barn and thought it would be a great decoration filled with my crows for Halloween! Unfortunately my cabin loft was just an inch or so too short to accommodate it. I decided to take a picture anyway. I think it would also be perfect in a cavernous hall as a light fixture!