Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Last night at 10 I finished the farm cloth and very soon we'll be off to deliver it.  Meanwhile here's the persimmon pudding recipe for Elizabeth.  This was given to me by my auntie nearly 40 years ago...the book,( Cooking for Company, by the editors of the Farm Journal, 1968) is falling apart and the pages, particularly this one, are all stained and crumbly, but the recipe seems to get better and better.  It's called Hoosier Persimmon Pudding (Hoosier=Indiana)

2 cups osterized persimmon pulp,  3 eggs,  1 and 3/4  cup milk.  Mix together.

Sift together 2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 and 1/2 cup sugar and 1teaspoon CORIANDER.

Pour persimmon misture into dry mixture.  ADD 3 TABLESPOONS MELTED BUTTER.  Stir briefly.

Pour into greased pan and bake in 325 degree oven about one hour.  Serve warm or cold with or without whipped cream.  Makes 12 servings.

Don't forget the butter or the coriander.  I have done that several times, so I put them in caps.

Lastly here is one last bit of this beautiful color.  I can't bear to sweep up the leaves yet.  I'm so grateful to all of you who make blogland such an inviting place.  Happy Thanksgiving, however you celebrate it!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Yesterday's rainbow, squirrel and International Bird Fest

There was a short rainbow at the dog park yesterday:

I made some persimmon pudding for book club:

 Finished the Cheeky Squirrel cloth:

Here is an experiment.  It's my dove Molly responding to a recording of a Wattle Bird, that Kaite has on her blog!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Heat Wave

It's been warm, verging on Hot, here.  It does not feel like November.  But with the new light, waking up early comes more readily.  Yesterday I awoke feeling I was being watched.  There was a shape on the studio roof:

The passage of time revealed that the owner of the shape was...Buddy!

Buddy is a special visitor because, believe it or not, he once saved Edgar's life.  That is a story for another time.  Edgar doesn't feel especially grateful and spends a lot of time in his dish, especially during the heat wave:

So, while all this has been going on, I've been stitching away on the farm it has a backing and just needs a little more quilting.  Here is the bottom left corner:
It needs to be done by far, so good...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Snowing down south

That was the code phrase for telling someone their slip was showing...back in junior high when we wore slips and petticoats and they weren't supposed to show.  Well, here is Mt. Tamalpais kind of "snowing down south"!

I've been busy on the farm cloth but it's not ready to make an appearance, so instead...Here's the progress on the naughty squirrel cloth:

  The naughty squirrel and family, along with the raccoons and other critters, are presently working on the persimmons, but so am I!...This is the pulp, after it's been osterized and made the gurgle, plop sound:

And here's the jam. Easy to make...4 cups pulp plus 4 cups sugar, simmer (not boil) for 20 minutes.  It's excellent with yogurt and millions of other things.

And here, as I realize I've digressed from the original subject of this posting, is the last redbud leaf on friend Pat's tree: