Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Nice Pot of Persimmon Pudding

This is the persimmon pudding my husband likes. He wanted a second helping of the pudding that means it must be good.
Here is the recipe

Persimmon Pudding

2 c persimmons after running them through a colander
3 c sugar
4 c of flour
3 eggs
1/2t soda
1/2t salt
8 c of milk I use 2%
1/2 c butter
Mix together cook 3 hrs or longer
until it cooks down and is like mashed
Bake 375
Stir every 15 min in the last 1 1/2 hrs
Serve with cream or milk
Very easy to make I like for it to get that golden color makes the house smell good.

Again the trees are loaded with persimmons and if it frosts this weekend my yard will be a mess. We have 3 trees. Everyone is welcome to call to pick them up.

This is ready to eat
This is right before it went into the over

Persimmon Time

It is time to make the persimmon pudding the kind that looks like brown mashed potatoes not the cake. When I married Jim the harvest ritual was to have persimmon pudding I think he could eat it all the time. I have just froze this batch because we are working on a couple of pies that I bought at the orchard this weekend If anyone would some persimmons please email me and you can pick them up there is an abundance this year

Speaking about pies one of the pies were very good the other had firm peaches and and soft crust on the bottom. I know sometimes I have run across this before at a pitch-in when people are in a hurry to get there and they remove the pie to soon. Well instead of pitching the pie to the dumpster I decided I would give it a chance to be editable. I heated the oven to 350 and put the pie on a cast iron plate so it would help the bottom crust 20 minutes we had a new peach pie.

When I make the persimmon pudding I will take a picture .

Last but now least my daughter starts her Chemo today so please keep her in your prayers. Prayer chains are powerful I thank you for your prayers
Until another day take care

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Martinsville Candy Kitchen

Doesn't this look like some place you would like to visit. This is a store that has been on the same side of out town square since 1919. It has had a few different owners They made 25400 candy canes in 2009 If you would like you can watch them make candy

You can order candy canes by calling 765 342 6390 that is the store number. They are working on a website for you to see so check back. I will try and remember to let you know.
They were next to me at the Anderson Orchard show this last weekend and that are what the pictures are below.
Enjoy this beautiful weather we are having
Until tomorrow

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another Busy Day

It is going to be busy week. I am going to Ohio on Thursday and pick up some gourds. There is a show in Greenville, Ohio which is almost on the Indiana state line. Have been going there for the last 3 years to buy gourds they are really nice.

Then on Saturday and Sunday I have the Anderson Orchard Fall Festival on Greencastle Road just outside of Mooresville. There will be a big tent and lots of food to eat. Carolyn Anderson makes the Best Apple Cobbler I have ever eaten

Speaking of apples I am baking a apple pie We like the crumb topping apple pies.

Lana started it with her apple cake I could almost taste and it looked so good.

My son called about an hour ago and wanted me to go to town to get a 10 by 16 piece of plexiglas
I thought what does this have to do with picking corn. Well the glass in the inspection window blow out don't know why that was a first for us. Jim couldn't fill the tank but half full never would get the corn out at that rate
Knock on wood things are going good.

Until tomorrow or the next day
Take care

Friday, September 17, 2010

Something Different Gourd Tutorial

This is the unfinished gourd that I painted and put
greenery on the top like a carrot.

Start with a unfinished banana gourd about 7 inches long

Paint it Burnt Orange. Shown below

next make thin lines with Burnt Sienna and Burnt

Umber also use Straw. You can see the small lines

below. Then buff with a dry brush of Burnt Sienna

Make a hole in the top of your gourd with a large needle

or other instrument. I just bought a fern and took it apart

only use a small piece of the fern put glue on it and inserted into

the hole Let dry. Use your choice of varnish

Take care

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Hats??? Do all farmers have allot of hats?
This pile is on a table in the farmers office
there must be 50ty of them.
And he still puts the dirty ones to the laundry
Until another day

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hummingbirds and Butterflies

I read that there is a Chinese mantids that will attack and eat Hummingbirds. Some people think they are Praying Mantis but they are mean. They are allot larger. There is a picture of one on a hummingbird feeder in the This came from Dawn Hewitt the H-T columnist
She really knows her stuff when it comes to birds of all kind I read her articles every Sunday.

The bird and butterflies are really looking for food not much left in the way of flowers. I filled my bird feeders in case I have some visitors who are headed south. I feed all winter. They are outside my studio window gives me inspiration to paint them.
Take care until tomorrow

Monday, September 13, 2010

Indy Decorative Artist

Today was my Indy Decorative Artist meeting. I have belonged to this group of artist since 1985 we meet once a month. We are the ones that painted the quilt at the State Fair and give 50% of the proceeds to Riley Children's Hospital.

We also have to have food to eat it is the ritual of our get togethers we always have some snack food. The table always looks nice.

These boxes have been painted by the members. They are called Memory Boxes. We as a club purchase, paint and give to some of the local hospitals. We go through about 100 a year. The sad part is they are given to a woman who has lost her baby at birth. The child has to be some many weeks along and that is determined by the hospital. I am the present chairman of this committee and I appreciate all the ladies hard work.
The hospital will put things that belong to the baby in the box and give to the Mother

Take care until tomorrow.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Good Day at the Hook In

This is what greeted me as I drove into the Hook In I also have another picture of Wendy Millers rug I didn't think the other picture did it justice Wendy Miller at The RedSaltbox in Attica In

The other pictures are of four rugs that are 16 by 14. I committed to have a Hook In at the antique store on Nov 20 You may pick your choice of rug pattern. It will be a 6 hour class and you will have a finished rug I hope. Remember I am new at the rug hooking.

I bought a small kit today it is a sunflower on dark red background then I went by the library to get a couple of books maybe when I have some time I can get to hooking.
Take care and stay safe

Friday, September 10, 2010

My Grandmother's Spoons

This is a story about my Grandmother's Spoons. We would call her Sissy. She got that name because she always wore a sweater. She was born in 1887 and always lived with my Mother and Dad from the time they were married. She liked to travel in her early years and collected spoons. My sister and I split her spoon collection . I wanted to display them and ran across the spoon rack at a garage sale today and the only thing wrong with it a small board broke on the bottom. Got it for 2.00 brought it home sanded it and painted it brown. Below is the picture of the rack with my Grandmother's spoons I will find a place for it in my kitchen Always room for one more thing.

Tomorrow is the Rug Hookers Event in Camby Can't wait to see all they have to sell.
Maybe I will have some pictures for you
Take care

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rug Hooking Event

This rug in the above picture belongs to Wendy Miller The Red Saltbox Attica, In. website is She has a beautiful website Please visit her She will be at the Hook in on Sat. 9:30 to 4:00

Every Year when I am at the State Fair in the Pioneer Village I watch the ladies hooking rugs and tell myself I am going to find time to do that myself.

Well I have an opportunity to do just that. There is an open event of Rug Hookers who will be at the Camp Camby Conference and Retreat Center location Camby Rd (700S) intersection of State Rd 67 and Camby Rd Stop Light can't miss it. Going North on 67 turn left the center is on the right side of the road well marked. Lots of Brick Bldgs don't know the age of the center.

There will be Old and New Hookers (excuse the punt) There will be all the supplies that you will need to Hook a Rug and classes for learning their technique of the experts.
Contact Bev Stewart if you have any questions she is in charge email

I had better get the paint brushes moving allot of projects to do
Take care until another day

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ann's Musings Old Stuff

In the pictures I uploaded today are some of what I would call farm treasures. Only in an old farm shed or barn would you find these things. We have new sheds there aren't old tools like these and you have to be born before a certain time to know what they were used for.

Some 30thy years ago I would have liked to bring them in and hang they on my wall but then when you went into the barn there would be something missing. So I left them there and as you see they are still there today and will be there until the building comes down by The Farmer or an act of God. I guess we should enjoy what we have from yesteryear's.

We have started combining beans yesterday. I am sure we all will be going strong this week.
Hope for a safe and prosperous harvest for all our farmers

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Love to Bake

This is what I have been up to today. I have wanted to bake this cake for 2 days and finally today.

I will share with you the recipe. I have made up part of it and rest was given to me.
"Better Than Sex Cake"
1 pkg of Dark Choc Cake Mix
1 pkg 3 oz reg pudding mix
4 eggs
8 oz sour cream
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup veg oil
Mix together

1 4 oz Dark Choc Hershey bar
1 Dark Choc Milky Way
chop up in small pieces if they stick together just put on a little flour.
Spray Bundt Pan add half of cake mix into pan add the candy on top the add the rest of the cake mix
Bake 350 Degrees for 55 minutes
Let cool use icing of your choice. Enjoy!!

I didn't name the cake I just enjoy it. I also make this cake with yellow cake mix and vanilla pudding but I use the dark choc with it I do like dark choc.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

2008 and Now no Rain

Our weather is unpredictable. One year we get 14 inches in 24 hours and now we have had 1/4 inch in 2 months.
These pictures are of the Guys trying to save some of the cattle that were caught in the flood of 2008 we lost 11 head. This is another story.

This brings me to the Paragon Homecoming a little town down the road 4 miles which was also flooded almost every house. Most of the town has recovered rebuilt or remodeled FEMA bought out some and they are being torn down. This homecoming is like the 47th year. They always have a Parade Marshall so this year it is a neighbor who also is a retired Farmer. He has sold his home and farm. He will have a auction in about a week and move to smaller quarters. Have a great Labor Day weekend

Until we talk again.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ann Musing Peach Cobbler

I love to read recipes also like to bake. Won the Betty Crocker Baking Award in High School 50ty some years ago. Has it been that long?
Jen From Mess Hall to Bistro and Ott,A and going to use their canned goods and give us the recipes. How good is that!! I will have my glasses on.

Better go and get my animals feed or I will be in the Dog House

We have rain on the map. Hope it makes a stop at my house. Tried to pull some weeds and had to water them first. Pretty Bad!!!
Until next time

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Propane tanks

We have had to move our propane tanks closer to the dryer. Last year[ the year to dry down corn] came the problem of the tanks were to far from the dryer especially in the night when the temperature would drop. We built a larger holding bin for wet corn and it would dry all night but the gas would get to low to continue drying. You fix one thing and cause a problem in another area. We are moving the tanks closer to the dryer sure hopes this will solve our problem The left picture is the new location and the other is our Co-Alliance service truck working to get them moved. They did a good job.
I had better get back to my kitchen We have our Dinner at noon if the cook is in(:
Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans and Grilled Pork Tenderloins wrapped in Bacon
also have to have dessert Peanut Butter bars with Choc Chips . Better go know they will be coming in to eat.
Until tomorrow