Sunday, February 18, 2007

Pumpkin Dump Cake

The local Farmers Market I sell at hires a caterer to come to the market and serve samples of dishes she's made with what's in season. She passes out the recipes along with the samples. Everyone enjoys when she is serving and tasting all the different things she fixes.

This is a great pumpkin recipe she served:

Pumpkin Dump Cake

16 oz. can pumpkin
4 eggs
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
Box of yellow or white cake mix
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup melted butter

Mix pumpkin, eggs, evaporated milk, and sugar. Put in greased 9 x 13 pan.
Spread evenly. Sprinkle evenly with cake mix. Add chopped nuts and drizzle
with melted butter. Bake 1 hour. May be served with Cool Whip.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Zucchini Baby!

Last Fall after a day of selling my Garden Goodies at the Farmers Market I found a Zucchini Baby in my truck when packing up to go home. Guess that's what happens when you don't lock your car doors!

One of the other Vendors had some fun painting the face, using corn silk for the hair, and dressing a big Zucchini in Baby clothes. It sure turned out cute.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Ladybug - Ladybug ...

Keep your daughters out of the garden if you think they're too young to marry! In central Europe, when a ladybird (ladybug in the U.S.) walks across the hand of a young maiden, it's believed that she'll marry within the year. Considered to stand for good luck, if a ladybug touches you, it means you may have a wish. But, if you kill a ladybug, it's said that you'll have bad luck. The lady beetle (as scientists prefer to call them) is one of the friends of your garden. It's favorite food is aphids. The ladybug hybernates all winter and then mates in the spring. They lay their eggs near an aphid colony - which to the ladybug is like moving across the street from McDonalds.

Coccinellidae is the scientific name for this family of beetles. I prefer "ladybugs". Easier to spell and to say.

If your garden is lacking in ladybugs, they can be purchased at most nurseries.

This design as well as other ladybug designs is available on t-shirts as well as items for the home and great as gifts at my shop!