Monday, September 1, 2008

Carrot Cake and Fall Decorations

Happy Labor Day everyone!! I hope you day is happy and safe. Especially our friends in Gustav's way. I received a message from my friend who lives in New Orleans and she is safe in Dallas. I will call her later today.
I was visiting Penny the other day and she posted about the "best carrot cake you will ever eat" so of course I had to try it and now you do to. It is really really good. Penny made a layer cake but since I had to transport it, I used my 13X9 pan.
Now where is my fork?
I decided to get out my fall flowers for my patio and put the spring/summer ones away. I am sooo ready for fall. I love this time of year with the cooler days and nights. Our leaves aren't changing yet, in fact last weekend when we went on our drive the Aspen were still green. I will take another drive soon so you can see the beautiful Aspen. They are breathtaking. Of course all this means snow is coming too and I'm not quite ready for that. But we have time before I start complaining about that. I actually like the snow because it leaves everything so white and clean and fresh looking.
When I went to Joanne's yesterday I picked up some new flowers to add to my water can. I decided my old ones needed some sprucing up.
I had a summer garland in the hanging plant holder and enjoyed it so I decided to put in some autumn leaves. Looks pretty don't you think? It is in a corner of my patio so live plants don't do too well with no sun.
One of my blogging friends was posting about candy corn a couple of weeks ago and I finally found some. I'll be making something later to show you.
I love my rubber spatulas!! I have spring, fall and winter designs that I get from Sur La Table. I put my spring spatulas away and got out my fall and Halloween designs. I'll have to show you my Halloween designs later. Too cute!!
A couple of blogs were posting about these cute pumpkins from Dollar Tree and when I was driving by one the other day I had to run in and see if they had some waiting for me. ....and guess what? They did. I think they are so cute. I have them sitting on my bookcase now until I decide how I'm going to decorate the house for fall. I have a fall wreath that I put on my fireplace I need to go find. Maybe later this week.
I am making bread this morning that I'll post about later in the week. We are having grilled shrimp and Panzanella salad later today. Some of the bread is for the croutons. A new recipe so I hope it turns out OK. If not, well you'll never hear about my bread!! And then again, you just might. A new recipe for the Panzanella too!!


Cherdecor said...

Happy Labor Day to you!

Your carrot cake looks yummy! I, also, like your fall decorations. They look so good there on your patio.

I have never seen seasonal spatulas. Those are cool!


Hi Judy,
I love visiting your blog and must come over for carrot cake, yummy :)
I must run to the dollar store and find those darling pumpkins..I hope I can find some and great idea to fill the hanging basket with fake fall flowers. I'm going to try that too. Thanks for sharing such good ideas.
Deb :)

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

That carrot cake looks delicious!! Love your fall decorations too! Those spatulas are just neat!

Thanks for dropping by my give away! Do drop in and visit again soon!

Penny said...

My mouth is watering looking at your photos of the cake Judy!! Your little spatulas are so cute!

Heidi said...

It has been ages since I made carrot cake and I love it. Yours looks so yummy! Can I have a cup of tea with that please? :)

Happy September to you Judy! I love this month. It brings me my favorite season and that makes me very cheerful!

Hugs ~

LaundryBasketCase said...

That carrot cake looks delicious!
I love your spatulas, they are so sweet. I have one with litle red hearts in... aah, the little joys! ;)

Pat said...

Mmmmm...both the carrot cake and the cookies below look scrumptious! I have to wait till I have a place to visit and bring them along as I'd eat them all! LOL!!

Isn't it hard to believe it's already September?

Hugs, Pat in NY

Thimbleanna said...

You should post a warning not to read on if you're hungry LOL! That carrot cake and those cookies look fabulous!

The Vintage Kitten said...

The spatulas are oh so cute. I love all the autumn colours in your post. Our English summer has been a wash out and it is starting to feel really cold in the UK, but I love this time of year as the nights get darker and we can light the fire. The carrot cake looks YUMMY! You have inspired me to go make one

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Hello sweet Judy,
I had a look at your new post yesterday... but never got around to leave you a comment!
I have been busy busy busy sorting out the school uniforms and clean the house from top to bottom... Now that the little ones are back at school, the house needs a good clean!
You have done another pretty post!
I love E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g!
But the carrot cake... Yumm Yumm!
Its my favorite cake!
I like all your lovely fall decorations also!
Debbie & Alan Moss


Marie Antionette said...

Hello Judy I could eat that cake right about now.It looks so good.I want to thank you for your well wishes.We made it though the storm,with only miner damage.It is a mess here,we had a tree on part of my roof and three on my back fence.But we are Ok.Will visit you better when things clam down.Hugs Marie Antionette

Sally's Chateau said...

Hi, very pretty blog indeed, adore carrot cake but its very difficult to find the ingredients over here :(

CONNIE said...

Judy, I've never seen seasonal spatulas until today. And the carrot cake looks yummy.

I always love the beginning of each season. Wow, your fall decor is coming on strong in your home. I will hang my fall wreath today as soon as I get home.

Have a wonderful day!

Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

Hi Judy! This is my first visit to your blog (I came via thebrendablog). Your carrot cake made my hungry, it looks delish! I'm getting inspired seeing your fall decorations, especially the candy corn. I'll be back to visit again later, just wanted to say "hi".

Barb said...

Hi Judy,

That carrot cake looks fab! I don't think I would have had any left to take a pic. That is one of my favorites.

You have some nice decorations. I am going to try the candy corn container. The problem is, I will end up eating it all. I love sweets.

Can't wait to see the pictures of the Aspen's changing.


Kim's Treasures said...

I think I need to live by you so I can stop by often to eat! Glad you found some pumpkins! Hope your day is great!

Melissa said...


I am so glad your friend is safe from Gustuv.

The cake looks great.


Lydia said...

Hello Judy, I have to say my favorite sweet dessert other than keylime pie has got to be carrot cake! Yours looks delicious! I don't make it on purpose, cause I know I'll be eating it if it's sitting there.
Your Autumn cecorations are very nice too.
Wishing you a great afternoon,

MaryPoppins said...

What a lovely blog you have, delightful and i look forward to coming back. you may like to know that the lovely debbie and alan who I only introduced myself to a day ago have very kindly offered to design my blog, I am sure you more than anyone can share my happiness that soon my blog shall be looking delightful, it is a special gift from them in memory of someone special to me, I am so lucky arn't I, especially now as I have seen yours and it looks beautiful
Mary X

Brenda Kula said...

Yes, even in Texas where fall is late, I am nesting and looking forward to hopefully cooler temps. Today was cool and rainy, thankfully so! I love fall. The colors, the feeling in the air. The anticipation of the season. I would love to come to Colorado someday and see the aspens! (Never been there!)

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a sweet post! That carrot cake looks so GOOD!!!! That is one of my favorite kinds of cake.

I love your spatulas, those are darling!


Bebe said...

Hi Judy!
Thanks for stopping by my place! It is so nice to meet you and I have completely enjoyed your blog (that header with the hummingbird is so sweet!!). I know we'll be great friends!!

Smiles, Bebe :)

P.S. I'm coming over to your house for some of that cake!!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Judy!
Your Plum Crisp looks so good on your past post!! I've GOT to try that!
I love carrot cake too... and the peanut butter chunk cookies... ok I love ALL desserts, I confess.
Have a great weekend coming up!
Hugs, Sherry

Melissa said...


Thank you so much for your good thoughts. They really help to heal.

Melissa said...

Carrot cake is so good this time of year. It always makes me think of autumn.