Oct 27, 2013

Christmas tree and cake

Hi everyone!  I've been freezing for a few days with our very cold temps, and I hope you have some warmth and sunshine this weekend.  I miss it!!!
We had to make another white knuckle (for me) trip and decided to stop at Meander Hill for a bit.  We didn't know it was their Christmas open house and it was packed.  It's a large shop in an old barn with DR Dimes' furniture and others, lots of accessories, and a ton of Christmas items.  I used to love crowds and hectic shopping but now, in my witchy older state, get the hell away from me.  I can't stand it!!  The flashes come on, I'm surrounded by warm bodies, I want to see an item and have to wait till someone moves.  It's not that people are rude, quite the opposite.  It's just that I don't want them in my way.  I'm a grab and go shopper and I can't do that if some putz is taking her time to look, answers her phone, takes a photo, asks the caller what she thinks, how about this price, do you think it will look nice in my home....  SHOP RAGE.  Get the hell out of my way!!!  I was a little disappointed with all the glitter this year, but they did have a few of my trees for sale.  They have many 3' and 4' that are not for sale and used for their wares every year and this is the first year in quite a while that I have seen an offer.  Here is their facebook page of photos, and if I remember correctly, they had a few 4' trees like this for $50, one that was lighted, and others that are frosted for a higher price.

 WeBeChristmas has these two and both are made with stiff branches for heavy ornaments.  They used to have the 7' also.
I believe this bottom one is the same as Meander has.
I had a few requests for the cake which is an old recipe from a beat up 1957 book that mom modified.  It's chiffon, not your usual moist and sweet cake, but we love it.  I leave out the lemon rind and I've added the chocolate chip instructions at the end.  Never tried the Maple Pecan version but may give it a try.  The Mahogany is my favorite.  Not overly chocolate, not too sweet.
Here's the pages with instructions if anyone wants to copy.
 
 
 Softasilk cake flour is still on the market along with another brand.  I purchase whipped cream icing from my grocery's bakery and one pound is plenty for this size.  This is the baking chocolate that I use.
 
 
 
 
 
The woodpeckers are having a party outside trying to get in, so my screaming jumping jacks are disturbing the neighbors.  Mark already put the water hoses away but with this wind, I would be spraying myself anyway.  They're so far up on the house that the water probably wouldn't reach them.
Haven't picked a paint color yet and I could probably open a little shop with all these color samples.  I just don't understand why I see PINK in everything!  Settle down Vickie!!
Enjoy your Sunday.
 
Thanks for visiting!
 
 
 

 
 

15 comments:

Shirlee said...

I love both those trees in the ad : ) Thanks for the cake recipe!

Primitive Stars said...

I second that, love them both, sweet trees......yummy recipe, loves me cake, Blessings Francine.

Unknown said...

My mom made the chocolate mahogany cake for me many years ago for my birthday and it is one of my favorites. No gooey frosting, just a sprinkling of confectioner's sugar. I think I may have that same cookbook stashed some where. Thanks for the memory and the laughs. I feel the same way about crowds when I want to shop. I choose to stay home rather than venture out on Black Friday. Have a blessed week.

Unknown said...

My mom made the chocolate mahogany cake for me many years ago for my birthday and it is one of my favorites. No gooey frosting, just a sprinkling of confectioner's sugar. I think I may have that same cookbook stashed some where. Thanks for the memory and the laughs. I feel the same way about crowds when I want to shop. I choose to stay home rather than venture out on Black Friday. Have a blessed week.

The Evening Stitcher said...

LOve those trees, Marly! That cake sounds to die for! I'm not much of a cake maker, or baker for that matter...but it doesn't stop me from enjoying baked goods from others!! I love to shop, but I don't care much for crowds anymore. I think I'm going to be staying home on Black Friday myself. Have a wonderful day!

cucki said...

Sweet trees..
Yummy recipe...big hugs x

Vickie said...

hahahaha! I just finished begging Brian to paint a bench for me. Wait for it........... YES, PINK! It is extremely pale pink, okay?! Barely pink. Really!!!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Hi Marly...It is 82 here today, sunny and windy. None the less I enjoy the Blustery stuff.
I bought one of those trees last year and I believe it is a 7 footer (haven't used it yet), Not sure. Since we are packing getting ready for our move the week of Thanksgiving... every thing is in boxes and I am beginning to feel like one of those hoarders.
I just hope we don't miss out and disappoint our Sandy with decorating for Christmas, our very favorite Holiday. I do enjoy baking and I am always looking for tried and true recipes. I will try the mahogany cake as my other daughter Pam, LOVES anything chocolate.
Thanks so much for sharing...
Your entertaining escapades keep me in stitches and I don't mean the 'X' kind.

Warm Regards with Peace and Blessings to all,
Barb

Pam in IL said...

I've been freezing too -- and we even had snow this week! Give me back the warm, sunny days cuz I'm sure missing them.

Thanks for the cake recipes too.

Lida said...

I would love to visit that barn, but it is just to far away! The glitter is not my thing either and altho we have sunshine at the moment, the storm is making a lot of noise and I love it!
Greetings
Lida

Three Sheep Studio said...

Love those old cake recipes !
I have one of those trees...
we call it our European Christmas Tree. Love how the ornaments take center stage when hung on the meager, yet very strong limbs !
Rose

Chris said...

I understand that shop rage thing. I really don't enjoy shopping at all any more :(
Thanks for sharing all the info! Think green!

Heritage Hall said...

The irony of it all...We just had our house trim painted and although
we picked a colonial buff, I see a pink tint in it...(same as last time)The mfgs. must be going through a pink phase. Thanks for sharing those delectable recipes. The hot flashes come in handy on a cold, blustery day...divine compensation...but I know what you mean by the waning willingness to plunge into a crowded, overstocked
shop of shoppers and hold onto ones patience. Rather be stitching?

Lorraine said...

I am so with you on the whole shopping thing! Recently went to a market I had been wanting to go to for ages.....but found myself being pushed from pillar to post from one end of the market to the other.....didn't see many of the traders....I will go with online shopping I think....

Maggee said...

Yeah, I'm not a Black Friday shopper either. There is NOTHING I want or need for anyone that I HAVE to get up early and fight for--NOTHING! I would pay a little extra to shop from the comfort of my home, for sure! Last year, I really liked the skinny trees, but couldn't find one. Now... not so much...I'd rather spend on stitching, tho I don't NEED anything right now! Is that any reason not to shop?? By the way, we painted our family room white, and it definitely had hues of pink in it. My husband definitely say it! Me, not so much...Hugs!

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