Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 17, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, September 17, 2022 


by Deanne Davis 

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“How do you mend a broken jack-o-lantern? With a pumpkin patch, of course!”
“What did the pumpkin say to the pumpkin carver? Cut it out!”
“A pumpkin ghost story: And after they hollow you out, they stick a fire inside you!!” 

I just couldn’t wait any longer, friends and neighbors! It’s the middle of September, 
the Creative Arts Group is talking about the 11th Annual Scarecrow Festival and reminding 
you to register your scarecrow by September 27th, and I have to start talking 
about PUMPKINS! Today’s picture! PUMPKINS! So happy to start thinking about 
making pumpkin stuff. We’ve had our first Pumpkin Spice Latte and now I want some 
Pumpkin Coffee Cake. If you didn’t realize you needed some before, you will when 
you finish reading this recipe: 


Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray. For the coffee 
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup granulated sugar2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt1 TB pumpkin pie spice1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
¼ cup vegetable oil1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup milk (nonfat works fine) 

For the Streusel topping:
¼ cup butter, melted
¼ cup all-purpose flour1 cup brown sugar1 TB cinnamon 
Pinch salt 

Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Stir in next 4 ingredients until mixed. Pour into greased 
pan. Set aside. Mix streusel ingredients and spread on top of cake. Bake 30-35 minutes. This is so good you’ll make it 
again tomorrow. 

“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to 
struggle for a better future.” Queen Elizabeth in her 2008 Christmas broadcast 

The front page of the Mountain Views News last week showed the most charming picture of Queen Elizabeth and 
recounted some of the details of her visit to Sierra Madre in 1983 to visit the British Home. Although the article doesn’t 
say who the people, in addition to Dr. White, were chosen to meet Her Majesty, if my memory serves me well...and 
it frequently doesn’t… I do believe that my dear friend, Fay Angus, Sierra Madre resident and prolific author, who 
changed her residence from the lovely house on Canon Drive to heaven in 2016, was one of those there at the British 
Home that February day. Queen Elizabeth was a woman of courage, wit, great strength and endurance, and so was 
Fay Angus. If you haven’t read any of her books, they are available on Amazon. She was another of the Treasures of 
Sierra Madre. I met Fay when John and I moved to Sierra Madre in 1967, right after we were married. We lived in 
the house up the driveway from Fay and her husband, John, and she was my strength, help and guiding light all the 
years we lived there on Canon Drive. Fay was born in Brisbane, grew up in China and, during WWII, at 10 years of 
age, she and her mother were interned at Yangchow Concentration Camp. Fay revered and admired Queen Elizabeth 
tremendously. Fay, John and her mother, Amy, moved to Sierra Madre in 1959 and she frequently visited the British 
Home and supported their activities. 

“It doesn’t get easier, your wings just get stronger.” 
“We are all like butterflies, transforming in our own time.” 
“Just as the gorgeous Monarch butterfly emerges from a chrysalis, 
so will hopeful spirits emerge.” 

For all the Monarch butterfly fans who have been following the continuing adventures of Leah and her milkweed 
Monarch hatchery, there’s good news and bad news. Two of her hatchlings, Lulu and Lorenzo, did indeed emerge 
from the chrysalis stage but their wings were crumpled and never did become the strong wings they needed to fly off 
to Mexico. Eventually, as Leah put it, they “became part of the circle of life.” The last two, Loretta and Lizzie, are not 
ready to do much of anything yet. Next week we’ll all know how Days of Our Butterflies ends. 

Last Sunday was the 21st anniversary of 9/11. Another day of infamy. I quote from Edward Grinnan of Guideposts 

“I watched the towers collapsing over and over until I went for a walk through the deserted streets of my adopted 
hometown (New York), wondering if the city would ever be the same. The country has been through a lot in the 21 
years since that day. We have seen war and disease and economic hardship. Again and again, I have heard, “We live in 
uncertain times.” Humans have always lived in uncertain times. What could have been more uncertain than the time 
when a Savior was born in a region of the world that was in turmoil and revolt? Yet it was the birth of that Savior, at that 
time, that gave us the greatest certainty of all – the certainty of eternal life and of a peace that passes all understanding.” 

“Sunrises & Sunflowers Speak Hope” 
Supplies a little hope on every page. 
Look for it on my book page: Deanne Davis 
Lots of other wonderful works by me on there, too!! 

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