Monday, November 28, 2016

This and That

 Hope all who celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday had a wonderful time, and for those of you who DID go Black Friday shopping  I hope all went well and you didn't overdue it:)

 Our turkey day was fairly low key-just 6 of us.

  My table was set with pretty much the usual - mostly vintage tableware, decor and tablecloths from family. And here's a peek at the desserts after dinner:

 There were 5 pies all together-for 6 people!! Clockwise from top-apple pie, funny cake,(both made by my Mom), pumpkin pie made by me ( the other was in the fridge), and a cherry crumb pie that Aunt Betty brought. I couldn't touch a piece of any so I saved mine for my coffee at breakfast the next morning.
 Oh, and since we're on desserts, I promised a few blogging friends I'd post my recipe for Pumpkin Rolls (photo here). You can find it at the end of this post :) Joining my peeps over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog for T Stands For Tuesday.

 For  the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is "Oh Christmas tree") I made this card:

 another view:

 I had seen a demo for making these folded trees on a tv show last year. Unfortunately I don't recall what show it was and have no links but perhaps these pics will help-it really is pretty easy:

 Use 2 sided card stock. This measures 5 1/4" along the bottom and just about 3" at the peak of the arc.
 The folding:

 I have this last journal page for Art Journal Journey, the theme this month being "collage with a twist". Thanks so much Susi for a fabulous theme! Looking forward to seeing next month's theme and host. Also linking to Paint Party Friday:

                                                     Nighttime Cityscape

 Those buildings look like they're leaning a bit don't they? Oh well...
 Now it's off to the next holiday preparations, upcoming getaway, wedding, etc. Busy time, but I'll see you soon!

     " Find a way to express what moves you."      Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

                                        Pumpkin Rolls (recipe makes 3)

Cake: 2 c liquid egg substitute(such as Egg Beaters)    2 Tbsp. canola oil
          2 c sugar    1 16oz. can pumpkin puree   2 Tbsp. lemon juice    2 1/4 c. flour
          1 Tbsp. baking soda   1 Tbsp. ginger       2 Tbsp. cinnamon    1 tsp salt

Filling: 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar    2  8oz. pkgs. low fat cream cheese
             1/4 c. butter      1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

To make the cakes: In lg bowl beat egg substitute 2 1/2 min. Add oil and sugar and mix well. Stir in pumpkin and lemon jc. til well blended. In separate bowl combine flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt. Add to pumpkin mix and blend well. Spread 1/3 batter into into each of 3 pans (15" x 10" x 1") that have been generously sprayed with cooking spray (such as Pam). Bake 12-15 min. in 375 F. oven. Cool in pan 5 min then turn cake onto dampened cotton tea towels. Fold edge of towel onto one cake edge then roll up along with the towel tightly. Let stand until cool.

To make the filling: beat all ingredients together until smooth.  

To finish the rolls: Unroll cake from towel and spread cake with 1/3 of the filling. Roll up cake around filling. Repeat for remaining two cakes. Wrap and refrigerate or freeze.



  1. Wow, you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, didn't you? It all looks so good. I've got diabetes from seeing all those pies (grin). Talk about a sugar high!

    I couldn't figure out your tree, but it looks lovely, anyway. And of course, your cityscape is really perfect. I know Susi will love it, as do I.

    I don't make my pumpkin rolls that way, but that could be because I don't use low fat anything. My arteries know it, too. Glad you shared yours, so people won't ask for my recipe. The first time I made it, I used real pumpkin I baked, then cut up and mashed. No one wants to go that route, I'm sure.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful art AND your lovely Thanksgiving fare with us for T this soon-to-be Tuesday.

  2. Just read your question about the saucer. According to various web site, the bread and butter plate is the one I have with the clock. However, several sites claim there is a "saucer" not the same as the one that comes with the cup, but all these sites have no image of it. I got tired of reading "no image available." I'm wondering if it's from Currier and Ives, another company that made similar pieces during that period. It has a definite indentation, but not a pronounced deep indentation like the one that actually comes with the set. Thanks for asking.

  3. The pies look delicious, and pie for breakfast is a sweet plan ;) I'm struck by your cityscape. Very stylish, and I can almost picture it as Memphis on the river (except our river isn't blue lol). Happy T Tuesday

  4. Your Thanksgiving food looks wonderful, and the table is so prettily decorated. And all those pies afterwards - yummy! I have copied your recipe, thanks for sharing. And thanks for another lovely collage for AJJ. Have a great T Day, hugs, Valerie

  5. Looks like you had a great thanksgiving - and a lower number of People can be better and less stressful, i think.
    love your cityscape Piece and also the Card with the folded tree (i think there is a pattern for folding at pinterest).
    happy t-day, linda!

  6. Lots of goodies on your Thanksgiving table and it all looks delicious.

    Love the card shape and the way you decorated it.

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Your Thanksgiving table looks very welcoming and so does the delicious desserts.
    Loved the journal page and the tree folding piece, will have to try that sometime.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

  8. Seems you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!It all looks so, so good.
    Your folded tree is super - great card idea! And of course, your cityscape is just awesome. I love it, thank you for sharing with AJJ dear Linda!Thanks for the recipe as well- never made this.. will try it !
    Happy T-Day!.

  9. What a beautifully set table! I love the plates. They look very European. And all those pies! After a huge turkey meal there won't be much room for pie. In England people have turkey dinners t Christmas, and the done thing is to have Christmas pudding for afters. Nobody eats it. Everyone is too full!
    Thank you for the recipe of the pumpkin roll. I would have to substitute several things that we can't buy here, and use pumpkin from scratch. But I will give it a try. The important thing I learnt from you is that you roll it up before you put the filling in. Interesting.
    I love your Xmas card. It looks very easy.Well done.
    Happy T-Day,

  10. Beautiful table service and such a pretty tablecloth on the yummy desserts table. The Christmas tree fold is very clever. Might have to give that a try.

  11. Your table and food looks so lovely and inviting Linda :)
    Goodness how do you eat all those yummy looking pies after your meal - I feel full just thinking about that.
    I love LOVE your Christmas card - For something that sounds quite simple to make it's so effective and beautiful! I think I might have to try this for next Christmas instead of stamping.
    Loved the collages you have been creating for AJJ this month - this is another cool one.
    Gill x

  12. Lovely table for your Thanksgiving...made me smile that you had so many pies! It's typical for us, everyone wants their favorite and we can't possibly eat it all! lol. Lovely Christmas tree clever, and beautiful collage! happy T day! ♥

  13. Looks like a wonderful feast ♥ We always have more pies than people LOL! Love the card.

  14. I love pie for breakfast! Especially when you have a choice like the day after Thanksgiving. Your table looks perfect to me, and I love the pie selection. Did you manage to go Black Friday shopping? Your city scape collage is beautiful. Hope all is well. Hugs-Erika

  15. Wow, it looks like you had the most wonderful Thankgiving with your family and all those baked goods - delicious! The Christmas Tree card is lovely, thanks for sharing the technique too :-) Your nighttime cityscape is fantastic, love the different fabrics you used and the stars in the sky. Thanks so much for sharing your pumpkin roll recipe, I can't wait to try it! It's so funny that I actually bought some pumpkins today from my local greengrocers, they had them on sale :-). Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  16. Love seeing what you've been up to.... Looks like you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!! Happy happy TDAY Hugs! deb

  17. Ooh! Love your page and the fabulous folded tree card! Thanksgiving looks as though you had plenty of food and to have a small gathering is a good idea - more chances to chat! Hugs, Chrisx

  18. I could so fancy those pies! The art as always is colourful and gorgeous!

  19. The tree card is awesome!!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

    Hugs, Zoey

  20. I really love your collages.... And that's a very pretty and special card. Looks like you had enough pies for your Thanksgiving ;-)

  21. Wonderful recipe! Love your collage and that adorable card. I may try one of those!! Looked like a wonderful Thanks Giving!! I was just saying that I like stretching out the season it is all too much food in a short time. It's more fun to have a few treats here and pie for yum!

    Hugs Giggles

  22. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  23. Folded tree card is wonderful. You made a great AJ page.
    Happy PPF ❤

  24. Wow! You are and have been busy. I really like all the card materials and instructions, fairly simple once yu figure out the folding part. Your Thanksgiving table is so inviting! Wonderful pies! One more and you each could have drawn straws to take one home after dinner! I love old china and silverware. i have a drawer full of old silverplate. Thanks for the recipe, too.

  25. Thank you for your bountiful post!!!! Your tree is just so clever, thanks for the how to!!!

  26. Lovely textured tree card and a nice piece for AJJ! Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving, had to laugh at the number of pies for 6 people.

  27. I love your cityscape, it's so interesting.

  28. Fabulous card. I am going to try to duplicate the look because it is so unusual. And you can't get enough pie, can you? Your collage is beautiful. Love all the colors.

  29. A very lovely table for TG. A pie for everyone with extra. LOL I really like your nightscape art.

  30. beautiful the folded tree...a great way to use up your papers and oh boy I love the look of your thanksgiving desserts...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  31. Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The card is very nicely collaged.

  32. Ha! I'm LOVING you pie to people ratios! That's right where you'd find me ;) AND I love your card, it's really different and really cool! xoxo

  33. Those pies look delicious! 5 pies for 6 people, that sounds just perfect! That Christmas tree card looks stunning! What a great idea!

  34. Enjoy your upcoming busy time :)

    Looks like you had a feast! My boys would like that pie to people ratio very much!!!!!

    Karen xxx

  35. I love seeing your Thanksgiving table. It is my favorite of all holidays, the gathering for family and friends with grateful hearts and a bountiful table. Thank you for sharing yours. you also had time to do some wonderful art as well.

  36. Lovely tablecloth! I like your collage scapes very much.

  37. Love your cityscape!and pumpkin rolls recipe


Thank you so much for your comments; it's a pleasure to connect with you!