Wednesday, November 24, 2010

There Must be a lot of Us Not Baking Much Anymore

because in the last two hours I have had 8 people come to my blog while searching for "how to get lumps out of brown sugar". They were from:
  1. Topsham, Maine
  2. Saginaw, MI
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Sdewickley, PA
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Clementon, NJ
  8. Berkeley Heights, NJ
I had to chuckle a bit because, I, too, bake way less than I used to and I often have lumpy brown sugar.  It's good to know so many others have similar problems.  Good luck to all of you trying to save your brown sugar in the last hours before your Thanksgiving feast. I wonder, are you making sweet potatoes with brown sugar or pumpkin pie? For those of you in distress who find this post when you search, I have posted my  method of dealing with lumpy brown sugar  here .

Right after work today, I threw a load of laundry in and went out to cut down some greens for my holiday decorating.  It is supposed to snow/sleet/rain for the next few days and I wanted to get the greens before all the branches are weighed down.

I headed right to the big pile of branches left from the recent tree that fell down. I snipped a lot of  nice little branches of different greenery.
 Then I clipped some of the shrubs near the house that I grow just for this purpose.  I ended up with two nice pails full of assorted greenery.

Sometimes procrastination pays off.  Since I have never cut down all of my dead flowers, I have tons of interesting seed heads, like these black-eyed Susans:

I snipped a few of these, some Sedum Autumn Joy and some .......oh, my.............

what is that white feathery stuff......I just hate when I forget the name of a happens every fall/winter. .. as soon as I am done gardening, my mind moves to other just came to me.........astilbe!

At the moment I have no idea what I will do with all of this.  I am posting it now so that I will be forced to do something with it.  That is one of the great things about a blog. In order to have something to post, I must actually turn all of these branches into some sort of decoration now that I have said I will.  I am hoping to create a few beautiful arrangements soon.  Right now I have to go check on the laundry.


  1. Your link for the brown sugar just took me right back to this post. I think nowadays you can pop a cup of it in the microwave. I've pounded it too.
    I hope you have fun with your greens. Will they stay fresh for a while? Do you use oasis?
    No I never had an e-reader, I wanted for a while and Bri subbed the Libre for the Kindle. I didn't like it.

  2. Zoey, I wish I had greens to cut, but I do have lumpy brown sugar. Unless I am using it for cooking with a liquid, I throw it out - I know that's bad! I will try your trick next time.


  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Those greens look lovely...Balisha

  4. My brown sugar isn't lumpy..does that mean I bake too much?? smiling:)
    Have fun working with those greens..I need some too..would the neighbor notice if I happen to wander over to his yard:)

  5. What fun to know how folks find your blog! I get a lot of folks checking to see if ornamental sweet potatoes are edible.

    I must have thrown my lumpy brown sugar away, because I couldn't find any last time I wanted to bake something. I bought a new bag, but don't think I've used it yet, after all. Maybe I'll end up back here, checking to see how to get the lumps out of it.

    So, did you get the drizzle and such? It's been mildish here, but very windy.


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