Friday, October 31, 2008

Be sure to join us for our TDIPT Mercantile's Christmas Open House celebration during the month of November!
We've got wonderful door prizes created by some of our very own TDIPT artists, as well as a $50.00 gift certificate up for grabs. To be entered into the drawing, all you will need to do is sign up for our TDIPT Newsletter. It's a 2 step process, so be sure to follow through and get confirmation. Anyone who purchases an item from the Mercantile will have an extra chance, w/ every purchase made.
We're celebrating this special event with our second annual
"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" theme.

Each artisan will feature beautiful creations in shades of white,cream and beige. Bet there will be a little glass glitter in there too! Please join us on November 1st and again on the 15th for our updates.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ABC Bread

Now that it's finally getting cooler here in North Texas, I'm spending a little more time in the kitchen making soups and baking. This bread is a favorite around here. It's easy, and the ingredients are usually in my pantry. Now don't freak out when you see how much oil or sugar is on the ingredient list. It's yummy, not guilt free. But it's gotta be nutritionally superior to a Twinkie, right? Oh, and the ABC is apple, banana, carrot, not like the ABC gum you were thinking of.

ABC Bread

1 cup oil

1 3/4 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 t. salt

1 1/2 t. baking powder

1 1/2t. baking soda

1/2 t. ground cloves

1/2 t. nutmeg

1 T. cinnamon

1 T. vanilla

3 cups flour

1 cup applesauce

1 cup grated carrots

1 cup mashed banana

Combine ingredients in order listed. Bake in two greased loaf pans at 350 for 45-50 minutes.

You can cut back on the oil and add more applesauce if you like, or use part brown sugar and heaping measurments of spices. Sometimes I sprinkle a cinnamon/sugar mixture on top before baking. I'm gonna go have a slice now with some hot Earl Grey.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

First Post...

I've had this blog set up for some time now, but have been too chicken to write my first post. The idea of my ramblings in print on the internet is scary. You know, proof of the insanity. I read somewhere though, that the first entry gets very few readers, so I should just get over myself and get on with it. I've been inspired by so many wonderful blogs, it's time I stop lurking and join in. So this is it, the first post. Whew! I'll leave you with a photo of one of my favorite vignettes in the house. I know, my photography stinks.