“Trees”, from “Creation: A Musical Tapestry”, for Forte Friday

"Trees", from "Creation: A Musical Tapestry" . . . The music post for this Forte Friday is "Trees", from "Creation: A Musical Tapestry". It was a project to depict the story of creation as recorded in Genesis 1 through song--piano and orchestra. The song begins with Genesis 1:11: 11 "Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day." Genesis 1:11-13 (NIV) The whole concept for this … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cookies with Grand Marnier Glaze!

Pumpkin Cookies with a twist! Candace sent me a Facebook video of some pumpkin sugar cookies from Lauren's Latest blog. The cookies made such a nice presentation . . . really pretty with the glaze in the center. She was wanting to find a new cookie for her shop that was different from the traditional chocolate chip and oatmeal. So, when I went to Mama's last week, I told her we would make them.  Fortunately, Mama wanted to help me make them. She likes cookies and muffins a lot because she can freeze them easily for herself and for company . . . like me! Making the Pumpkin Cookies with Grand Marnier Glaze . . . We decided that we would make the cookies by the recipe, but add some Grand Marnier liqueur to the glaze and garnish the … [Read more...]

Candace’s Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Muffins!

Another pumpkin treat! Candace invited us over for dinner Sunday evening. She made Chicken Gumbo, Mama's Jalapeño Cornbread, and these pumpkin muffins--Candace's Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Muffins. All the food was wonderful, especially these pumpkin muffins! She had me bring a Chocolate Pie (which I will blog later) for dessert. I said, "OK, as long as you let me blog your muffins!" DEAL!!! Last week I made Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Muffins and took to her house. This week she treated us to hers! While both are perfect muffins for fall, mine didn't have a topping or glaze, while Candace's had BOTH a topping AND a glaze! Making Candace's Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Muffins . . It surprised me that Candace made pumpkin muffins because generally … [Read more...]

Mama’s Glazed Pumpkin Cookies, a perfect fall cookie!

Mama's Glazed Pumpkin Cookies . . . A couple of weeks ago, Mama told me that she wanted me to help her make some Glazed Pumpkin Cookies the next time I went to visit her. I was totally IN! #1--I love to make cookies! And, #2--I love pumpkin!I had never made Mama's Glazed Pumpkin Cookies before. She had saved the recipe from somewhere several years ago. But, she was just in the mood to bake cookies, which at her age, doesn't happen very often now. Because I had made the Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Muffins the day before, I had some pumpkin puree in a container, which I took to her house. She wanted to make the cookies so she would have some to eat as well as some to freeze for company. Making Mama's Glazed Pumpkin Cookies . . . Mama is a … [Read more...]

Apple Pear Waldorf Salad for Fall!

Waldorf Salad . . . with a twist! We have all heard of, and probably eaten, a Waldorf Salad at some time in our lives. It is the salad that is usually made with fresh apples, celery, grapes and walnuts with a mayonnaise dressing, and is quite popular in the fall. Recently I have made two or three different Waldorf Salads, the most recent one is this Apple Pear Waldorf Salad. I decided to add pears and dried cranberries (instead of grapes) to my classic Waldorf Salad after I  bought a bag of beautiful pears at our local Kroger store. Generally I am not a fan of pears, but these seemed to say, "Buy me! I'm delicious!" . . . so I did!!! Obviously, the Apple Pear Waldorf Salad was on the menu that night:) Making the Apple Pear Waldorf … [Read more...]