Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Frogponds and Gingerbread

I don't know about you, but I've been loving this autumn weather!   It gets downright brisk and those silly furry boots I found at the thrift store are looking mighty cozy right about now.  The other day I was finishing up a project and the littles came in asking if I could take them down to the "frog pond".  The frog pond is just a gross, muddy little bog that is in a greenbelt a couple of blocks away from our house where the kids occasionally will find a frog or two.  I told them that an autumn walk sounded like a fabulous idea and asked them to be patient little critters and I'd be out momentarily for our jaunt.

I made my way outside and a million kids were sitting on our front steps and I kid you not; in unison they yell, "Hello Mrs. Adams!"  They were prepared to go with bucket in hand to hold all those little slimy guys they were planning to catch.  They had even labeled it with electrical tape spelling out "frogs".  We live in a cul-de-sac and apparently not much is secret in our neighborhood, so my newly acquired 10 charges and myself marched down to the frog pond.

We ended up not catching any frogs, but we did spot a couple of tadpoles and a football.
The point of this story is:  nothing.  I don't have a point!  It's just one of those simple stories that I know I will forget about if I didn't write it down or snap a picture.  That is the beauty of photo-journaling.  I'll always look at this picture and remember the pure surprise I felt looking at all those expectant faces, excited to go to the frog pond.

On another note, last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next... no that is not what I meant to say!  Last Christmas, I gave my father-in-law a gift of a dessert a month.  I somehow got off track and need to catch up before the year is out.  This month I think will be dessert of the week and I'll be back on schedule.  Lucky devil!  So I got back in the groove with this Pumpkin Gingerbread.  The lovely walnuts came from a neighbor's tree.  No walnuts were poached in the making of this gingerbread.  They were very graciously donated. 

Here is a link to the Pumpkin Gingerbread recipe I used.  It was a very different recipe (almost fudgy rather than cakey) with a crust.  I prefer my gingerbread a little cakier, but this was still quite delish!
That is all for now.  I hope you're enjoying this beautiful season!

6 comments:

  1. So where is this recipe??? This looks divine! Love the pic of the kids too

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  2. What a lovely gift to give your father-in-law! Lucky, lucky man. This cake looks awesome.

    I so connected with the frog hunt. Every time my grand-daughter comes to visit we go looking for frogs, toads, snakes, bugs, butterflies, you name it. She was here for the weekend before Halloween and she caught a frog. We put it in a bucket with some water. When she went home I promised her I'd feed and water it. For three days I caught ladybugs and fed the frog. It was outside on our deck. On the fourth day I added a bit more water to the bucket. The temperature dropped overnight and the poor frog froze to death in the water! I told me daughter to tell my grand-daughter that I let it go in the woods. Which isn't a complete lie...I did let it go, just in a frozen circle in the woods :( Hope your kids don't read this blog...hope my 8-year old grand-daughter doesn't either!

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  3. I love your presentation, Liz! It looks SO GOOD!
    I also love your story:) You were like the Pied Piper, only with a happy destination/outcome:) Have a great weekend!

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  4. Super cute story and love seeing the little ones and having an arrow saying Mine Mine Mine is too cute!

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  5. I LOVE frogs!!! There never has to be a point, in order to tell a story! Love the photo! Totally sweet! - kg

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