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A Glorious Fall

A Picture Essay

Part 2 ~ Fall Flowers

 

Definitely Part 2 of A Glorious Fall is second best at best. These pictures definitely deserve the left-over moniker, even the term ‘junior varsity,’ or JV.

However, all nature is beautiful to me. So hopefully you will find a few pictures you like here today.

This year for some reason I cannot articulate I noticed fall flowers. Well, weeds mostly. However, many of them were delightfully charming.

Unlike spring flowers, which are bright cheery harbingers of warmth to come, fall flowers, despite their beauty, have a bit of sadness in them. They have a dignified solemnness as if they know what winter will bring.

 

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Then there are the plants that are pure fall. Plain and almost dead but with a singular beauty that gives me hope that winter will not last forever.

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And I can’t leave out or forget the beauty of  formal garden flowers and fall colors.

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More trees.

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Now I wait and dream of spring and longer days and warmer temperatures. *Sigh* It seems so far away.

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Featured Recipe    Pumpkin Crunch Cake and a Halloween Decoration

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This is a perfect cake for any fall get together. It is quick and easy too.

This is what you will need:

1 – 15 ounce can 100% pumpkin

1 – 12 ounce can evaporated milk *

3 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

A dash of nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

1 package yellow cake mix

1 cup butter melted (2 sticks)

1 cup chopped pecans **

Pam

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* Not condensed milk. Condensed milk will make the cake too moist.

** Or walnuts or your favorite nut.

Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter and let it cool a bit.

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Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

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Place the pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.

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Gently and slowly stir the mixture until well combined and the mixture is smooth.

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Pour this mixture into the greased 13×9 baking dish.

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Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. I pour the mix into a big bowl. It is easier for me to sprinkle that way.

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Spoon the melted butter over top of the cake mix. Be sure to cover as much of the cake mix as possible.

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Sprinkle the pecans on top.

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Bake for 50- 60 minutes or until golden brown. Oven temps vary so watch the last 10 minutes or so.

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Let the cake cool and settle before slicing. The longer you let the cake cool the easier it is to slice.

NOTE: I forgot to take a picture when I took the cake from the oven. I did not remember to take a picture until I had already cut the piece of cake.

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Halloween Decoration Idea

This is one of the cleverest ideas I have seen in a long time. It is a quick and easy and inexpensive way to decorate your house for the holiday. It is also a great activity for children.

I don’t have to say/write anything. The pictures say it all. Have fun!

Aren’t these lights just too cute?

From guff.com by Vidura Barrios:

 

Halloween Lights

Bon appétit!!!
Cost

1 – 15 ounce can pumpkin                  $1.89

1 – 12 oz can evaporate milk              $1.39

3 large eggs                                      $0.42

1 cup sugar                                       $0.98

1 tablespoon cinnamon                       $0.75

A dash of nutmeg                              $0.06

½ teaspoon salt                                $0.02

1 package yellow cake mix                 $1.25

1 cup butter melted                            $1.33

1 cup chopped pecans                         $2.36

Pam                                                  $0.10

Total cost = $10.55
Cost per square (12) = $0.88
Quote of the Day
The witches fly across the sky, The owls go, “Who? Who? Who?” The black cats yowl And green ghosts howl, “Scary Halloween to you!”
Nina Willis Walter

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8 comments to A Glorious Fall

  • So much to talk about! The fall photos make me homesick and the cups are adorable! Loved that you said not to put a candle in there. Imagine!!

    Your pumpkin crunch cake makes me swoon.

    • Roberta

      In a way I am both glad and sorry I made you home sick for fall, Maureen. This cake is worth swooning for. 🙂

  • I have got to make this cake. It too looks glorious! I miss fall and I miss the Midwest. Fall has always been my favorite time of year.

    • Roberta

      It is a wonderful cake. I love fall too, but is tinged with a bit of sadness as I know winter follows. Although I love the weather, the colors, and the aromas. You can come visit me some fall if you like, Julia. I’ll take you tree looking. 🙂

  • Cindy

    These pics are NOT JV.. they are first rate.. love the Sunflowers. And yes fall flowers are sad & windswept..spooky :-). Cake looks delicipus too!

    • Roberta

      Thanks for nice complements, Cindy and for your encouragement. 🙂 You are a good friend. Cake is delish, yes!

  • Roberta

    Yum, the cake looks delightful and I’ll give it a try. I remember having the same emotions when fall came even though it is a lovely time of year it is a harbinger of more difficult times to come! Time passes so quickly anymore though that spring will be here before you know it!

    • Roberta

      You are SO right, Roberta. Time passes too quickly. Seems to go faster the longer I live. At my age I want to slow time down. 🙂