I love this time of the year! Apples and pumpkins and colorful winter squash become standard parts of my decorations. Fall comes and I get the urge to decorate. I really do not care if anybody sees it, I do and that is what counts. I started digging my stuff out today while Brook was at school. I am missing a box somewhere... I will find it! I only have a half a dozen places to have placed it. I have wreathes and scarecrows, pumpkins and witches. Fall leaves and pinecones are something I have plenty of. My cookie cutters are out ready to get to work and my cookbooks are earmarked.
Friday I will probally go get my fruitcake stuff. I do not want to hear one word about YUCK! I use my Granny's recipe with a few modifications. She candied her own fruit and I use store bought kind.
There is a little story behind the fruitcake recipe. My Granny had a stroke when she was in her early 80's. She wrote down the recipe at that time. It had never been writen down before that. Unfortunately, she could not remember the measurements for the spices. I suppose for the most part she just looked at it and said that is right. I was looking in my mother's cookbooks and found the recipe tucked in it. This was about a year before she passed on. I decided that I would try and recreate my Granny's fruitcake. My mama loved fruitcake and so does my oldest sister that lives out in Vegas. I did a lot of searching of recipes to find a general idea on how to do the spices. I must have looked in a hundred recipes! I made the cake and it was a success! My Mama said that it was even better than my Granny's, more moist. I supposed it did not hurt that I used fresh black walnuts in it from my own trees..... and a lot of love goes into it every year now