Adventures at Backwoods Academy and Collyott Farms

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vinegar Barrel

We have just added this Antique Vinegar Barrel to our shop & website. Is this not a cool piece or what??!!!! I think it is such FUN to decorate and a real conversation piece. Wood barrel with metal rings in a rustic red. Check it out at in our Antique section.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

YUMMY Pear Muffins

Do you have a Pear Tree?? Here is a YUMMY recipe to use up some of the surplus - use ripe pears. I tried this recipe yesterday to make use of our many pears - very yummy the kids enjoyed them for breakfast this morning. It makes almost 2 dozen - part of the reason for a smaller yield could be that I found the batter VERY YUMMY!!!! I did use 1/2 wheat flour in place of all-purpose and next time I might play with applesauce in place of the oil to make it a bit healthier - but yummy all the same!!

Pecan Pear Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups chopped peeled ripe pears (about 6 medium pears)

1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl combine the eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the pears and pecans. Fill paper muffin cups 2/3rds full.

Bake at 350 degres for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FALL - - Everything is on SALE!!!

Check out our website all of our FALL DECOR is on sale thru October 8, 2010!! Don't miss out!! Shown here is Mulled Cider Sign, Pumpkin Mat and Candy Corn Fixins - much more online !!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall = Pumpkin which = Yummy Pumpkin Dip!!!

Enter Fall my very favorite season. There is something about the crisp fall air that makes me want to cook. I love fall flavors and one of my favorite is pumpkin - pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie I love them all!!! Here we share with you a Yummy Pumpkin Flavored Dip. Perfect for Fall get togethers or later in the season take to family holiday gatherings.

Pumpkin Dip

2 - 8 oz packages of cream cheese

4 cups of Powdered Sugar

1/2 cup of Brown Sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cinnamon and ginger to taste - I prefer lots of cinnamon and remember it will be a lot stronger once the spices cure/sit when you are chilling in the fridge so don't over do it.

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin

Cream Powdered Sugar, Brown Sugar and Cream Cheese together. Add vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and pumpkin. Beat well. Chill 30 minutes. Then serve with gingersnaps, graham crackers, apple or my favorite - eat it by the SPOONFULS!!!!