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October 2009

Rachel Badeau Christmas Ornaments

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Jack in the Box Ornament

Christmas is starting to arrive at The Patch!  I have been rather slow going about getting it online, as we've been busy trying to get it all open and out in the store!  We're working on it pretty steadily now, and I'll try to keep you all updated with some of the collections arriving, a bit more regularly.

A new item for us this year are some Christmas tree ornaments by artist Rachel Badeau.

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Monkey Drumming Snowman

Some info about the artist:

Rachel lives in Rhode Island where she creates hand colored, embossed and engraved intricate works of art inspired by her love of nature and animals. The detail in her work captures the deep feelings she has for wildlife, and the whimsy in her pieces reflects her humor and wit. Rachel’s signature style resembles precious scrimshaw and can be found in galleries across the country.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Rocking Horse Ornament

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Train Ornament
(I'm getting this one for Ben!)

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Teddy Bear Ornament


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Squirrel Building A Snowman

Enjoy! :)


Perfect Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars

When I was growing up, one of my favorite fall treats was Grandma's Pumpkin Bars. Interestingly enough, it was pretty much the only pumpkin I liked growing up... of course, that's changed now - Janene cooks some of the most delicious roasted pumpkins EVER. But for THIS post, here's the recipe that for me brings back memories and comfort of Fall seasons past, present, and future....

Ingredients:
Bars Icing
2 cups flour 3 oz pkg cream cheese
2 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup butter
2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/3 cup sugar 2 tbs hot water
2 cups pumpkin  
1 tsp baking soda  
1/2 tsp salt  
1 cup vegetable oil  
4 eggs  
Directions:

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a bowl and set it aside. Cream oil and sugar, then stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Frosting:
Mix room temperature cream cheese until it's smooth. Add warm butter and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar and hot water, and beat until consistency is a spreadable icing. Once cake is cooled, spread frosting on top, and enjoy!