Tiffany over at Princess Knits is having a contest!! Yay! I love contests! This one is a little different. She wants contest entrants to list some of their favorite things about fall (quite specific really, the list is here on her blog).
And there's a prize!! The beautiful hand dyed (by her) yarn she has left over from her Sock-a-pal-2-za socks!! I dunno if I spelled that right but lots of you know what I'm talking about! If there's another round I'm thinking about joining... or maybe... maybe I'll wait until after the holidays. Or maybe Alison (the blue blog) is thinking she'll wait until after the holidays to do another round of sock pals (looks like SO much work to keep that thing organized!!). Anyway, who wouldn't love to win this beautiful yarn?!
So here's my list of favorites as specified by Tiffany:
1. Favorite fall book to read: This is the time of year to get out cookbooks! I love to read through my Susan Branch cookbooks like Vineyard Seasons and Christmas From the Heart of the Home. I'm hinting to my husband that I would like to have Autumn From the Heart of the Home for my birthday in November (remember my birthday please honey?).
2. Favorite fall soup to eat: At our church in Texas the ladies had an Autumn Thanksgiving luncheon in November every year for the ladies of our little community (the "We're Thankful for Our Friends" luncheon). About twenty of us would make a luncheon to feed somewhere around 250 (seems like there were more) and one of the things we did in the old days (before things changed and we started making everyone eat the same thing) was make soup, casseroles, appetizers and desserts. A favorite soup recipe of mine was from our former minister and his wife for cheese soup made with Velveeta. It was so yummy and easy and is what I always think of as a cold weather comfort food.
Pat and Rosemary's Cheese Soup
1 cup each of the following chopped: carrots, celery, onion, potatoes
1/2 cup butter
1 can chicken broth
1/2 cup flour
6 cups milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups Velveeta cheese, cubed
Saute carrots, onions, celery and potatoes in 1/2 cup butter until potatoes are almost cooked through. Mix the broth and soup together and add to vegetables. Mix flour and 1 cup of milk thoroughly. Add to vegetable mixture. Add remaining 5 cups of milk and Velveeta cheese. Stir constantly until heated through, cheese is melted and potatoes are cooked. DO NOT let this boil or the Velveeta will ruin!
3. Favorite fall stew to eat: Beef stew. Always beef stew with simple vegetables is my favorite (carrots, potatoes, celery, onions). There are millions of recipes to try and I love to try new ones. AllRecipes.com is an awesome place to go if you need a recipe for ANYTHING!! :)
4. Favorite healthy muffin recipe: A long time family favorite muffin recipe of ours is Refrigerator Bran Muffins. This makes a TON of muffin mix and it keeps in the refrigerator for six weeks! My last batch, however, only lasted about three weeks because I ate it up so fast! These make yummy muffins and the're good for you (this much bran can't be bad for you!). I don't know where my mother got this recipe but we've been using it for probably at least twenty-five years.
Refrigerator Bran Muffins
Combine 2 cups of Kellogg's Bran Buds (or something similar like All Bran) with 2 cups of boiling water; set aside. Cream together 1 cup shortening and 3 cups sugar. Add the following ingredients, mixing after each:
bran cereal and water mixture
1 quart buttermilk
4 cups Bran Buds (yes, more!)
1 tsp. salt
5 cups flour
5 tsp. baking soda
This recipe makes 4 quarts of muffin mix and keeps in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. Be sure to use a very big bowl! Bake muffins at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Makes great mini-loaves too!
5. Favorite fall tree: Maple. Growing up in Michigan, we had maples everywhere and wonderful maple syrup. I remember driving to my grandparents house in the winter time in Hastings, Michigan, and we always saw taps in the maple trees. Okay, that's about winter, but maple trees are part of life in Michigan. Including life in the fall with their beautiful color changes. A favorite poem of mine is Maple, by Robert Frost. I always found it fascinating and keep bugging my husband to name our new little girl Maple but he thinks it's just a little too unusual. The poem itself is about giving someone a meaningful name, which we are trying to do. He really should let me name her Maple.
6. Favorite fall knit: Right now my favorite fall knit is Tigger, by Britta Stolfus Rueschhoff, from the Fall 2004 Issue of Knitty (same issue as the famous Clapotis). I'm making Tigger for my daughter Emeline and it's nearly finished! After mentioning it in a post earlier today I decided to get it out and see how much there was to finish. I'm now seaming, will soon be making the collar, and should give her a bath tomorrow! I'm so excited to be finishing this sweet little sweater and can't wait to post pictures. It's such a perfect pattern for the very special yarn I'm using. I'll update on the yarn when I post FO pics. :)
SOOOOOOoooo.... after much typing and recipe hunting and reminiscing about my favorite fall things... whether I win the sock yarn or not, I enjoyed doing this post very much. Thanks for having this unique contest Tiffany - I'm glad I stopped by your blog at just the right time to learn about it. BUT, don't get me wrong..... I REALLY WANNA WIN THAT BEAUTIFUL YARN!!!!