Fall Recipes and Crafts

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Amaya Myles
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Fall Recipes and Crafts

Many of us love Fall and the things associated with the fall season, Apple cider, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, Halloween, baked goods, Thanksgiving, etc But it would be nice if we could make fall-themed recipes and crafts and share them with our family and friends just to show them how much we really love fall. Luckily,  I was given the opportunity to speak with two of my family members about fall recipes and crafts. My grandmother loves making crafts. For as long as I can remember, she has adored crafts. She’s also a preschool teacher, which makes her knowledge of crafts ten times better. She prefers making crafts of all kinds. Since she likes making all types of crafts, a craft she recommended was beads of some sort. And to try to make bracelets and necklaces out of them. Since it’s fall, she recommended fall colors like orange, brown, and red. She said crafts are relaxing and soothing to do. She also recommended working with wood. To her, it “ Feels like a connection with the earth.” One thing I always wondered was, what influenced her to make or start crafts? When she was a little girl, her mother bought her a jewelry making kit. She was then allowed to embrace her artistic life. What, you might ask, does she love most about crafts? She likes making these crafts for friends, family or just outsiders she knows of. She also thinks making crafts are soothing to the body and mind. 

I was also given the opportunity to ask my Aunt Patricia questions about recipes and even a few questions about crafts. My Aunt Patricia is one of the few bakers in our family. She has made everything from zucchini bread to cream cheese pound cake. And although they don’t sound very appetizing, they indeed are very delicious. Her favorite fall recipe to make is sweet potato pie. She recommends for anyone trying to find a delicious fall recipe to make is to just start off small and easy, pound cake and cookies were her recommended recipes to make. As well as the well known sweet potato pie. When it comes to crafts, that’s a different story. During the fall and winter, my family never has to go scarf or gloves or mittens shopping. Why? Because my aunt makes them for us. She loves to crochet and has made scarfs, hats, mittens, gloves, e.t.c. of all colors. For a starter, she recommends crocheting or knitting. Although she has never knitted, she’s working on learning how to. She was inspired to start crafts when she was in high school. When she was in high school she took a job at a nursing home. Just like her older sister, my grandmother, She always thought she was going to be a nurse. But while she was there, the older women taught her how to crochet. Her favorite part of making crafts and baked goods is giving it away. She likes the feeling of giving things away and has given many things away to friends, family, pastors and to anyone else who might need a scarf or hat. She’s even let me see a recipe for one of her baked goods to share with you. 

Aunt Patricia’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake:

Bake and prep time: 2 hours and 20 minutes 

Makes 20 pieces 

Ingredients:

  • 6 Refrigerated eggs 
  • 3 Cups of all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 Cup of shortening
  • 3 Cups of sugar 
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla 
  • 1 Cup of butter 
  • 8 oz of Cream cheese  
  • Powdered sugar (Optional) 
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F(160 degrees C) grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy 
  3. Add 2 eggs at a time, beating well with each addition. Add the flour all at once and mix in. Add vanilla 
  4. Pour into the 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check for doneness at 1 hour. A toothpick inserted into the cake will come out clean
  5. Let cool for about 15-20 minutes 
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top(Optional) 
  7. Enjoy! 

 

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