miscellaneous monday…NEW stuff i gotta share

Happy Monday!

Isn’t this a fun tablescape? My friend hosted an event at her house recently and I had to post about this NEW (to me), incredibly yummy Pumpkin Crunch recipe. See the little cupcake holders under the Ferrero Rocher chocolates? Instead of cupcakes, she put in some Pumpkin Crunch dessert. Then, when it was time for dessert, she just passed around a can of spray whip cream for people to put on top of the crunch. How easy and perfect is that?!?

Here’s the recipe, but obviously she didn’t frost it with the cream cheese frosting: https://www.holoholokauaiboattours.com/blog/hawaiian-style-pumpkin-crunch/

Another food-related thing is my NEW proofing box. Many of you may know Leanne Cole’s blog. Well, I’m a huge fan of having the right tools for the job, and I’ve been wanting to learn to make and bake with sourdough for a long time. After reading her post, I purchased a proofing box, and I’ve been baking bread and other items with sourdough!

One of these days, I’ll get a really pretty loaf and actually photograph it, rather than just a snapshot! :o)

Here’s the proofing box I bought. As Leanne mentioned, it’s a bit expensive…for a box! But it is a great tool.

Since this miscellany monday seems to be all about food, I’ll share this last NEW hack I learned recently. So, I’ve been wanting (but putting off getting) these cookie sheet stacker-divider thingamajiggers:

BUT…someone hacked a (maybe) better solution – definitely a cheaper solution! They simply laid two flat pieces of wood over the cookie sheet. Probably like a long paint-stirring stick. I’m gonna try it. I’ll let you know whether I still want the fancy ones or not.

That’s it for today’s miscellany. Have a great week and do or learn something NEW!

a NEW artistic attempt


Happy Friday! (AND Happy Fall, Ya’ll!)

Alright, all you artists out there….don’t judge.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I’m such a wanna-be artist.  But really, I should’ve started years ago!  I need a whole lot of practice! I figured taking an art class might kick me in the pants enough to practice – at least a little bit consistently.  I don’t know what got into me…what I was thinking…but I signed up for an online beginner watercolor course, a beginning fiction writing course, and as I mentioned earlier, I’m obsessed with art journals.  OK…I should really tackle one thing at a time. I know! (I really don’t know where I’m going to find the time to do all this either!)

However, I did find the time to fulfill one of the watercolor assignments.  It was to sketch a drawing and watercolor it…then NOT sketch but paint the same picture.  The pumpkin above was for that assignment – then, after I uploaded it, I couldn’t resist putting some text and texture on it, just for fun.

I can see all my goofy-unprofessional mistakes glaring at me, but I’m trying not to care. One of the online teachers said:  “Don’t let the spirit of comparison kill your spirit of creativity” (or something like that).  I figure I can only improve – I can only get better, right? I want to learn something NEW, so I’m gonna do it!

Have a great day! Now, YOU go do or learn something NEW!



a NEW taste Tuesday


Ah, it’s been a while since I’ve had time to spend in the kitchen; but I tried a NEW taste this last week:  Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.  It sounded like a delicious, and…fall-ish new twist on my favorite type of cookie.  They were VERY yummy!

Here’s where I found the recipe: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Have a great Tuesday!  Learn or Do, or Bake something NEW!