Sunday, September 12, 2010

Carrot Cake Cookies, Powdery Mildew, Silver Artemesia and BOO!

As I like to do on Sunday mornings, I was cooking before 8 a.m. today. The crisp cool air of the past week inspired a nice Cheeseburger Chowder with carrots and potatoes. That is for later in the week. For tonight I have a meatloaf with caramelized onions ready to go in the oven. I think I will also make mashed potatoes and gravy. The veggie will be a shredded carrot and celery patty breaded with Panko crumbs and fried in butter. I just made that up, so we shall see if it actually tastes good!

When that was done, I still had a bunch of carrots that I wanted to use up, so I surfed the net for a carrot cookie recipe.

I found a recipe that sounded good on my first click and within an hour, I had these cookies made.
Just like most carrot cake recipes, this cookie recipe called for crushed pineapple.

I omitted the raisins & walnuts because DH is not fond of either. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, which sounded like way too much, so I used just less than one tablespoon. The recipe also called for a baking time of 20 minutes. I found that 18 was all that was needed in my oven. I frosted them with some leftover cream cheese frosting I had in the freezer. I think these cookies really do need the frosting.

We both enjoyed them. The recipe only made 12 cookies because I made them fairly large. A dozen is just perfect for two people.
If carrot cake in the form of a cookie sounds good to you, click for the recipe

Besides cooking we moved all the furniture from the dining room and living room to the family room and basement. I am expecting the contractor to start tomorrow. With contractors, one never knows...he was supposed to call me last Thursday to let me know, but, of course, I have not heard from him. Good thing I am not in a hurry to get everything done.

My poor plants are ready to be cut down. Yesterday I cut down this Silver King Artemesia that was beginning to seed.
I did not want the seeds sprouting all over. It's a challenge as it is to keep this plant in check from the underground runners. I love the color and it's great for bouquet fillers, so I put up with the extra work.

Most of my potted dahlias have powdery mildew.

Ugly! I don't remember having this problem with dahlias before.

I did get my Christmas tree skirt sewn together this morning...yeah, it's a different shape for a tree skirt. Everybody has a round or square tree skirt... how many people do you know with an octagonal tree skirt? LOL. I still have a lot of work to do before this is ready for the spot of honor under my 7.5 foot tree.
I also finished this little project that I started a few weeks ago.

Any idea what this could be? The colors probably give you a hint that it's for Halloween.

It's a Boo banner!
It was quite easy. Most people would have it finished in a day, but I set it aside and did not feel like working on it.

Finally I decided I needed to get it done so I could clear off the ironing board.

I will embellish it a bit more and you may see it again next month.......although at the moment I have no idea what I will use it for.
I do crazy things like that all the time....most people would not make something unless they had a plan for it...not me..........I just start sewing and figure out later what to do with the items I make. Weird, I know.

I hope you all had a nice weekend!


  1. You've been a busy bee! I hope the work in the house gets completed quickly. I didn't even know you had a family room too!
    Your cookies look good. I am so happy to check out the internet for recipes myself. I did make an apple upside down cake from a 1949 cake pamphlet which was good.
    I have some funny Halloween decorations-a big broom and a sign about the wicked witch of the west and since I live on the west end of our road, that is appropriate-lol

  2. you are a busy girl Zoey...I'm still hanging on to summer here in

  3. You 'covered' a lot today Zoey! Do you ever just sit and do nothing? :) Somehow I think not.
    Those veggie patties sound did they turn out? And those cookies..oh my they look so delicious! Maybe just looking at them will satisfy this sweet tooth..nah, I didn't think so:)


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