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October 2006

Mushroom Song

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Mushroom Song

OH little mushrooms with brown faces underneath
And bare white heads,
You think of summer and you think of song . . .
Why don't you think of me
In my little white bed
In the night?
You think only of your singsong and your dances,
Following your leader round and round,
You think only of the grass
And the green apples and leaves
Dropping out of the blue . . .
Why don't you think of me asleep
In my little white bed?
The wind thinks of me,
Brown-white dancers!
You forget,
But the wind remembers

By Hilda Conkling


Corner Of My Home

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Well it all started out that I got the idea that those fabric samples they sell would make wonderful napkins (I still plan down the road to use them for napkins). Then when I got home I starting thinking I would like some kind of slip-cover for the chairs. But I wanted it to be simple and cheap. I came up with idea of sewing ribbon ties on each corner and tie them together and slip the squares over the top of the chairs. Even though they are all different fabrics they seem to go together and go with my runners.  They also pick up the quilt theme of my china cabinet. I am very happy with these simple toppers and when I get board, then I can turn them into napkins. The wreath above is on my front door. I use this wreath every fall. I usually do something different but I am so in-love with this wreath (and colors) I have never got sick of it.

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Things I Love

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Aunt Dimity books

I love cozy mysteries and Aunt Dimity is one of my favorites. I do want to say not to be put off by the fact that there is a ghost in these stories. I actually would not call it is ghost. Aunt Dimity is dead and speaks to Lori through a diary. But it is small part of the book and a way for the characters to communicate together. My mother who is very sensitive about this type of thing, loves these books. So please give them a look before you decide what you think.

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"Lori thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a family bedtime story until a law firm summoned her to a reading of her relative's last will and testament. Lori will inherit a sizeable estate--if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters tucked away at Dimity's English country cottage."

Stramondo Organic Marzipan from Sicily

Now I know this marzipan is really expensive but it is really worth it. And it is hard to find. But if you are lucky enough to be able to get some and love marzipan, you need to try this. It is amazing. A fresh almond taste, a creamy texture and much softer to work with.

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"From the ancient town of Salemi in western Sicily comes this organic marzipan of unsurpassed quality. The fine texture and clean, simple flavor makes cakes, candies and cookies more delicious than ever. Try it by itself as a candy. Contains only organic Palma Girgenti and Mandorla Cuore almonds, organic cane sugar, and organic vanilla. No milk powder, flour, or lecithin. This marzipan is also used in Italy to make a superb almond drink (latte di mandorla). Place 1 quart of water and 2/3 of package contents in a blender. Blend until all the marzipan has dissolved."

Photos (above) by Lacke Heemstra

House

If you love Victoria magazine you will LOVE Victorianne


Menu Of The Week

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I had a family member come to visit us that we have never meet. I always like to check with visitors if they are allergic to any food or anything they really hate. This lady hated any veggies. She was a plain meat and potatoes gal. Not really my forte but I tried to make a meal that she would love but also my veggie loving MIL would enjoy. I have to say the meal was a hit. I know the pie was a big hit!!

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Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin

Make a rosemary rub* and spread that over the meat. If you have time do this earlier in the day do so, so the meat can absorb the flavors. Lay thick slices of 1 onion on a flat pan, like a jelly roll pan. If you are lucky to have rosemary bush cut a nice long piece and lay that over the onions. Set meat over the rosemary and bake at 350˚F till internal temp is 160. Probably about an hour. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

*Rosemary Rub

Mix together in a bowl

4 generous TBL. of finely chopped fresh rosemary

4 garlic cloves finely chopped or smashed

1 TBL salt, I tsp pepper

1 TBL olive oil

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Whole wheat rolls

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Cheesy potatoes

Pre-heat oven 350˚F.

Grate 6 large potatoes, half an onion, and 3 cup cheese (I like sharp cheddar) in a food processor. Mix in a bowl with 2 eggs, salt, pepper, granulated garlic and paprika to your taste. Butter a large gratin dish. Pour in potatoes and bake one hour.

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Steamed green beans tossed in a bit of butter, lemon zest and lemon juice from half the lemon

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Green salad with sliced pears, crumbed blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

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Apple Sour Cream Crumb Pie

Filling

1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt or combo
1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 TBL vanilla
2 egg
4 cups (or till pie filled) peeled, sliced apples ( like to use a combo of at lest 4 different kinds of apples. You can also use pears)

*topping

1 9" unbaked pie shell, frozen or chilled in the freezer for at least 30 minutes

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Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together sour cream, honey, maple, salt, vanilla and egg in a bowl. Add apples. Pour filling into a pie shell, add crumble topping on top. Bake 40-50 minutes till crust cooked

*Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (I used Rapadura)
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

Mix all ingredients together in a mixer with a paddle until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


Wood relief by Geraldine Waddington


Generous Friends

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Ladies, I have had a weekend of mail blessings. First dear Jill at Bittesweet  blessed me for no reason (no swap) except to just be a sweetie. Ohh my gosh what blessing too. Yummy hand made soap, these sweet postets notes and an amazing old children’s book. The girls and I actually screamed when I opened the package. I love the book and gifts Jill. Thank you for blessing us (I shared the postets with the girls !!)

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Second I had commissioned Debbie at Homespun to make a bag to carry round my knitting and embroidery. Well before I even unwrapped the bag, I was soo excited. Just look at that wrapping and the paper flower she made. I am thinking of something fun to do with it.

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Thank you Debbie for my bag I am thrilled with it. It is roomy, I can carry all my needles and floss in the different pockets and the flowers are charming. I love that you made them pins, so I can move them around.

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My long time good friend Aurora cleaned out her closet and sent me tablecloth, fabrics, Ralph Lauren angora sweater and a beautiful clock for my library.

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I want to thank you ladies for your kindness and generous heart. But mostly I want to thank you for showing my girls what a small kind act can have a big impact on ones heart. I can see my girls more and more looking for ways to bless those around them. So from this mama and friend thank you xoxoxoxox


Questions, questions

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Hello,

I survived the weekend and made the best Apple Cream Crumb pie. I will post recipes later. Also I received yummy mail that I will post. The lovely thing about guests (besides being with wonderful people) is enjoying a nice clean home. There is nothing like guest to get me to clean my house.

Well you ladies have a lot of questions lately so I am here to answer them xoxox

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Mrs Staggs asked

“I am wondering are they marked with the name of the pattern? “ The cherry sugar bowl and creamer.

Well sadly there is no name if the print on it. This is all it says Rosen thale Bavaria and the number 56.

Little Jenny Wren asked if I would share some of my books. Well I have a lot but I will share a them now and then . Here are a few favorites.

"More Really-So Stories" by Elizabeth Gordon. I LOVE any book by Elizabeth Gordon. If I can get my hands on a copy of a book by her I will. This book is short stories about different bits of history with the most amazing illustrations. It is not on-line but here is "Four Footed Folk"

"Flowers and Their friends" by Marget W Morley. Now I have lots of nature books in story form and even though the title sounds like this would be one of them it is a bit more factual. But I still love this book. Here is "Wasps and Their Ways"

"Among The Pond People" by Clara D Pierson. This does sound like it is a bit of a sci-fi movie {- ). It is actully a very charming book about nature (told in story form, ofcourse). Plus you are lucky it is on-line

There is also "Among the Forest People""Among the Night People" , "Among the Medow People"

Dianatha asked what we are having for Thanksgiving.

Well I am still planning. Dear hubby will deep-fry the turkey. Mostly because then I do not have to deal with the turkey (I hate turkey but everyone else loves it). This is what I am thinking of at this point (but it could change any minute, with my whims). Rye bread stuffing with maple sausage, toasted pecans and dries apricots (the tangy kind of apricots), cranberries cooked in port, Chloe wants mashed potatoes and gravy. Okay here some honesty, I can not make good gravy and Central Market make good gravy (not great but good) so I load up on their gravy !! Pumpkin cheesecake and Aubern'e wants to make pecan pie. Basically my mom and sis do the veggies. Although I have to have fresh chestnuts at Thanksgiving, so I am trying to work them in. Maybe green beans with chestnuts. But I am still contemplating it. What are you make Dianatha ???

Gill asked how I put up the paper background in my china cabinet.

All I did was tape the paper together and tape it to the back of the cabinet. You can read about it here

Jody asked about the paint color in the library.

Well I can not find it so far. I know it is Bemjerman Moore. I think it is HC-41 but as soon as I find it I will post it.


Corner Of My Home

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I have not shown you yet the fall look I have given my living-room. Usually I do a black/red color theme. But this year I went for eggplant and burgundy. What I am most excited about is my new background in my cabinet. I wanted to do something that looked like a quilt (now Kathy, this is the kind of quilting I can do !!) I had such fun at the scrapbook store playing with paper till I got the right look. I really wanted one to see all the different papers I used, so I took out the top shelf and wow what a difference. I had never done this before, but you would be surprised how just a small thing as removing a shelf can change the whole look. Now I am looking at my shelves in a new way.

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I also gave my lamp a new look too. Sadly you can not see in the picture how wonderful this rose is. It is all different shades of purple to almost black. So just a bit of velvet ribbon and a flower and tah-dah ! I will show more next week. My mother-in-love is coming to visit, so I will be busy this weekend cooking and entertaining. But I will be back on Monday.


My Crisp Trick

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   Even thought I really love to cook, cooking 3 times a day 7 days a week can get to me (I do not get to go out to eat much). I am always looking for ways make my job easier without sacrificing the quality. I use my freezer a lot. It is just as easy to make a double batch, as a single batch. Also I am on a tight food budget, so again I am looking for ways to cook good, healthy food within my budget. We eat a lot of cobblers and crisps for dessert and breakfast. I like to buy fruit, especially berries in the summer when they are cheap, I freeze them to use through the year. I have been making double batch of this crisp topping. I use half and then put half in freezer baggies. If you think you will use the topping in a week you can keep the crisp in the fridge, otherwise freezer. You can crumble it frozen over fruit and bake off frozen. You do not need to wait until it is defrosted. One more thing, there is lots of versions of crisp toppings. I like mine because my recipe uses a small amount of flour and more oats. You can also add toasted nuts. 


Crisp Topping

makes 2 batches


4 cups rolled oats, use can use gluten free oats

½ cup flour (whole wheat or GF flour)

1 cup butter, soften

1 ½ cup sugar (I use coconut sugar)

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg

2 tsp salt

½  cup toasted nuts, roughly chopped


In a mixer bowl add all ingredients and mix on low speed, until it all comes together. About a minute. Put half in one plastic freezer baggie and then the other half in another baggie. Store them in a freezer up to 6 months.

 

To make a crisp

Pre-heat oven 350◦F

In a baking dish add fruit, fresh or frozen. I never measure but fill my pan about two-thirds full but you can use less or more fruit. If you feel your fruit is not very sweet add ½ or so of a sweetener. Crumble frozen topping over fruit and bake 45 minutes, until juices from the fruit bubbles and the topping looks golden.  

Painting by Andrew Braitman


Autumn Corner 4

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Well I hope you do not mind indulging me. But one of the reasons for starting this blog was to share my English library. It is the first time I have completely striped a room and started over and this room is my favorite of the house. So I hope you do not mind me showing you every corner. Plus it is definitely the fall corner of my house. There is nothing like sitting on a rainy day with a book in my library. I hope it encourges you to create a library, even if it is just a corner of a room.

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This room was the master bedroom. It had white carpet (which was gray in 4 years, yuck) and had bad 80's floral wallpaper. We pulled up the rug, luckily there was hardwood floor underneath. I painted over the wallpaper in this yummy shade that reminded me of maple cream. Even though I spent more on this room then I ever have I still tried to do it as cheap as I could. This map of London is actually wrapping paper.

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This green hutch is a bit too early American for the room but it hold a lot of books. I may paint it black, we will see. The paisley quilt was my grandmothers. It is down filled and ready to fall apart any minute. But I love it, so I draped to it could be seen but not touched.

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We have taken down the doors, hoping to strip them down to the wood. So for now I have wool suiting fabric with a men’s tie for a door to my cedar-lined closet.

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I know in blog-land it is easy to create a rosy picture but not honest. So to be honest here is my crazy, messy closest I share with my daughter. This is the true me. I am a slob at heart and have to work really hard to keep my house clean . It is not in my nature to pick up after myself.

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This was a free frame I was given and handkerchief I have been saving. I have another matching frame and want to put a mirror in it and hang it underneath.

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This chandler was the big splurge. I thought it was better to just use what I had for accessories and instead put my money into paint and the light fixture. I like that it is oversized for the room and does not totally go with the room. I saw lots of light fixture that looked very library but I wanted something a bit unexpected. I like to have a few pieces in a room that does not go with the room. No total matchy-matchy for me.

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This is a table with folding down sides table so I can open it up if I need to (I like to do puzzels in the winter here). The pillow is something I glued (literally) together and I love the New York Map tablecloth. I hope to get an England map tablecloth to replace it one day.

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To add more storage, I took this self that was in an old trunk to hold more books. Ohh and look at all that dust.

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My hubby is a hunter and was over the moon that I wanted to hang one of this deer racks.

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This is my port bar (I see you smiling Tina) that hubby made me. You can see our big ugly (free) TV. Hubby made a wooden shelf that rest on the TV and has room for the DVD player. This turned out perfect.

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Also this is a free poster that I hadfrom a unit about George Washington. I wanted to show it because I have not had the money to frame both the posters so I just taped the to the wall, till I can frame them right. So do the best you can, when decorating and think out of the box. The only vision I had when I started was a very English looking libary. I took it one step at a time. I knew I wanted lots of black, dark wood, deep tan walls and a small bit of deep red. And it grew from there. now I am working on my bedroom, one day you will see it !!!


Living Nature Books

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I have a huge weakness for old children’s books (and have a large collection), especial old nature stories. As I have already confessed when I was younger I thought science and nature was boring (shock). But I think it is because I am not a fact girland a lot of science books are just facts. When I found through Charlotte Mason about living literature and books about nature set in story-form, I was quite excited. We have found this is a much more engaging way to learn about the world around us and then that sparked an interest in science. With that interest sparked we have then turned to learning more. I am big lover of "Instructor Literature" series booklets and was very excited to find these online. These are small booklets, so easy to print up. They are PDF files. I think it is pretty special to be able to have these booklets. They are hard to find and then pretty expensive. These are geared to younger childern but I enjoy them.

Little Plant People by Anne Chase

Little Plant People At Home

Little Plant People Of The Waterway

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Menu Of The Week

Orange -Mustard Pretzel Crusted Pork-Chops  

Another big hit in my house. My girls loved the pretzel coating and the orange added a fresh zing to all those salty pretzels. I think sweet potatoes are a great foil to the orange. We served a green salad on the side. And well, what can I say about banana espresso pudding !!!!!!!!

 

Orange -Mustard Pretzel Crusted Pork-Chops

 

4 pork chops

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

zest from 1 orange

juice for 1/2 orange

2 cups crushed pretzels

Pre-heat oven 350°F. Mix Dijon, orange zest and orange juice. Coat both side of pork chop with mustard, then coat with crushed pretzel. Set chops on greased pan and bake in 350 oven for 40-50 minutes until the internal temp 160°F.

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Banana espresso bread pudding


Waxing Leaves

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One thing we love to do in the fall is pick pretty leaves and dip them in wax as a keepsake. They keep forever this way. I found one of my old beat up pans, that I keep as my wax pan. I just keep the pan in my basement and heat it up on low anytime I need it. Remember to heat low and slow. Then let the remaining wax harden again.   One trick I found, espcially if you are using larger leaves, is to press them a few days first. Not till they are completly dry, just somewhat. That helps them not roll up as the leaves dry. Here is more info about how to wax leaves. Also I found this company the sells actual small wax leavesfor floating in water. But I do not see why you can not do the same thing with these leaves.

Also Mary posted her recipe for her harvest apple muffins, yummm. Thank you Mary !!

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Charlotte Lyons

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I just love Charlotte Lyons. I have her book Mother's and Daughter's At Home. I love her out look on crafting and how she view it as a medium to bring people closer. I know when things can be strained between me and my girls. Crafting is a great way for us to hang out, without having to talk. They do their thing, I do mine but we are together. I know that comforts them, even if they do not say so.

I thought this cat was so cute and insparational.


Autumn Corner 3 part 2

 

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    Thank you Joanne for sharing these wonderful pictures of the autumn corners of your home. Just beautiful, as usual !! Apple night was fun. All though we could not see the moon, it was foggy. This year we sat around a big bon-fire and grilled sausages and read books till it got too dark. Another tradition is to read Apple Star story by Madge Bigham. There are several versions out there but I particularly love this one. Maybe because I love Ms. Bigham and collect her books. After you read the story you half to cut the apple into two, across the apple (not length wise) and see the star!

 

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The Story of How the Apples Got Stars Within
by Madge Bigham

    There was once a tiny seed sleeping in its blanket of earth all winter long until one early spring morning when Father Sun began to shine. The little seed awoke and began to stretch and yawn and stretch until its legs pushed deeper into the earth and its arms finally stretched up above the earth. Then, with one last stretch, the little seed poked its head up and looked around at the wide, wide world.

    After all those long winter months in its brown earth bed, the little sprout thought it had never seen anything so beautiful as grass and flowers, and it gazed in wide-eyed wonder at the world. All day the little sprout listened to the music of the birds and the breezes and was full of wonder. She watched the clouds sail by in the blue sky and then saw the sky turn golden as Father Sun sank into his bed. And then, as everything grew dark again, the little sprout saw a wonderful sight: up in the sky diamond-stars were twinkling! She wished so much to touch one that she stretched and stretched to reach the sky. But she couldn't touch the sparkling stars. And finally she began to cry.

    Suddenly, there appeared a fairy, wearing a crown a just those sparkling stars. "Why do you weep?" asked the fairy. "Because I so want such a star for my very own," answered the little sprout. "Ah, some day your wish shall be granted," said the fairy. "But first you have much work to do. You must grow strong and tall and full of love." And then the fairy vanished.

    The little sprout worked hard to grow tall and strong and after some time she became a young sapling. King Storm came with his winds and rains and beat her down almost to the earth. But each time she struggled to stand tall again, and grew stronger and stronger. And after some time she was no longer afraid of him for she knew he helped her to grow.

    After many visits from King Storm, one morning the little tree awoke to find her branches covered with pink blossoms. "Oh, how lovely!" she cried, and she took great care of them, day after day, until one day tiny seed babies appeared. Now the little tree was becoming a mother, and she was so busy caring for her tiny apple-children that she forgot all about her wish to the fairy. Summer came, and her children grew golden and green, and the little fairies came and kissed each little apple until it blushed bright red.

    The little apple tree was so proud of her children -- she felt she could not be happier. Then suddenly the fairy with the crown of stars appeared beside her. "I have come to grant your wish," she said, "to bring you a star from heaven for your very own." "Oh," said the little apple tree, "I no longer need a star. I am quite happy with my apple children." "Well then," said the fairy, "I shall give my basket of stars to your apple children. But I will hide them deep inside where only the Earth-Children can find them." And so she did. And that's where you will find a star waiting for you: inside each apple, guarding the little seed babies for you to plant in the earth again.

 

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We also carved out apples, put tea candles in them and made lanterns out of them. Lastly I made apple-sauce ice cream. This was soooooo good. All I did was warm up some of the apple sauce we had made that day, mix it with softened vanilla ice-cream and to gild the lily added some warm pear caramel sauce. If you do not have any caramel sauce would be yummy or cinnamon sauce. It was lovely day. Although I think we my all be a bit apple'd out now !


Autumn Corner 3 part 1

Apple_day

One of the reasons I started the blog was to do a post on our Apple Day. I am hoping to start a trend of everyone having an apple day (I need to make tee-shirts  ;- ) and I hope it will be as popular as Christmas and Thanksgiving. First I have to give you a little history. When Aubern'e was little Willow Brook Farm on Bainbridge Island opened. Now if Martha was to open a farm on the island it would be Willow Brook. It has beautiful garden. They grow heirloom varieties of apples and pumpkins and a very large herb garden. They have miniatures horses. Sadly they have closed and only have a B&B. But they were the only farm in Kitsap County to make fresh cider. They had well over 20 different types of apples. We would buy different varies and have a sampling night. From there Apple Night has grown. We will set out different apples all labeled. Several different hunks of cheese. There is always a piece of sage cheddar. Cider, bread and different sausages. We sit by the woodstove and read all our fall/harvest picture books. One rule of apple night no lights. So after I get all prep-work done, it is only candles the rest of the night. The one exception is I keep a crockpot of hot cider.

Now there really is not one way to do Apple Night. As the years have gone by I have more and more friends who do Apple Night and each family does it a different way. Here are some ideas go apple picking, make apple sauce, butter, cider, ect. Make apple prints, apple dolls, have an outdoor bonfire, make donuts. Here is a list of some of our favorite fall book.

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Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor

Cranberry Autumn By Wende and Harry Devlin

Apple Cake By Nienke Van Hichtum

Goody O'Grumpity By Carol Ryrie Brink

When I Was Young In The Mountains By Cynthia Rylant

Yonder By Tony Johnston

Harvest Song By Ron Hirschi

When Will The Snow Trees Grow By Ben shecter

Ox-Cart Man By Hall Cooney

Children Of The Forest By Elsa Beskow

Woody, Hazel and Little Pip By Elsa Beskow

Mr. Apple's Family By Jean Mc Devitt

 

Also thank you Cherry at Tales From Pixie Wood for sharing your photo at top. I hope you do not mind me using it for Apple day. I will have some pictures, story and recipe tomarrow.


Girl Time Goodies

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If your ever get a chance to check out Leavenworth in the Fall (well really any season) please do. It is charming. The first day we got the Leavenworth in the afternoon. Did some wine tasting, found a library book sale (I was practically running down the street), found acorn tops at the park (by the way I am looking for acorns and tops, espically larger ones) and rested at the Gingerbread House. We sat there remembering our girls being babies in snow suits munching on gingerbread girls, ahhhh.

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The next day we went to Lake Chelan. We ate at a fun restaurant Blueberry Hill. The view from the deck was amazing and the raspberry pie. MMMMMMM. Mary gave me for my birthday this beautiful embroidery cloth and some vintage cookbooks that belonged to her MIL. Thank you Mary xoxox I also went to my very first (ever) homecoming game. And I have to say it was pretty fun.

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Our last day we went to Apple Annies. It is this huge antique store 70,000 sq. It took me three hours to look around. I got this wonderful paper fan and metal plate. I am into things with little cottages on them. We hit all the knitting and quilt shops in the area. And I showed Mary how to make risotto. OHH an Mary had the yummiest apple muffin with orange butter. I am hoping she will post the recipes. She was so smart, she kept the orange butter all made in the frezzer. I am going to do this. I could have stayed a week. We need to start planning next year, hint, hint.

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Menu Of The Week

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Hello Ladies, I am a bit behind things this week. Thank you for the kind word's to Aubern'e. It made her smile !

I will post about my trip but for now here is the menu of the week. You know how we have all these small traditions that make up of life. Well one of them for me is Susan Branch Autumn and Christmas book. I always pick a perfect day were I can linger and be left alone. I make sure I have something yummy and a cup of tea in one of my pretty vintage tea cups (that goes with the season of course). It is like when you see an old friend you have not for a long time and you pick up right were you left off. This book are a treat to me and I make sure I enjoy every minute. Although the be real here, I have been stressed lately and picked a day this year that was not the best. But I was feeling I needed a little lift. If I was rich I would make sure everyone owned a copy. I am sure the world would be a much better place. If by some chance you have not seen Susan’s books please run to the library and check them out. Here is a yummy fall dinner of Apples, Sweet Potatoes Pork Chops, Zucchini Cornbread and Hot Chocolate for dessert. I like this cornbread because it is a great way to hide zucchini. If you have a picky family, peel the outside (green part) off and then they will never even know it is there. My girls love hot coco and drink a lot and I appreciate having homemade coca mix. I know it is fresher, healthier and cheaper !!

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Home Blessings

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Hello everyone,

well I had a wonderful time full of laughing, shopping, laughing, cooking, laughing !!! It is so nice to be with someone you can just be. I will sharing lots of pictures (I got some yummy things) but I am writing a braggy mommy post (I promise not to do that to much). Unfortunately I did not find these till I got back from my trip. My 15 yrd. daughter snuck this envelopes with a blessing for me for each day I was gone. What a joy to have such a kind and giving daughter. I feel truly blessed that Aubern'e thinks of me so.

I love you sweetie. Thank you for being you !!!!!