Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Autumn in the Country...



Autumn in the country...



Autumn... seems like I do more posts in the Fall than any other time of the year...  maybe it's because it's my very favorite Season...  and Autumn in Centerville is so beautiful!... the air is crisp and cool and the gentle Autumn breeze just seems to lure me outside... today was the perfect Autumn day you dream about...  so, I donned my favorite boots and hat and headed to the little farm stand down the lane... arriving back home with the car laden with mums and pumpkins...  and set about arranging them on the porch...  but first, I set them out on a blanket on the lawn to admire them...  I always choose the "perfectly imperfect" pumpkins...  the ones with marks and scratches that always get passed over...  but not by me...   they all looked so sweet, I just had to show you...






Tessy says don't forget to take time to smell the Autumn flowers!... since I have done soo many posts lately, I'm going to take a little break for a few days from posting...but I will still be visiting  all of you...  Happy Autumn!... xoxo 
 




Autumn's Jewels...








I am loving pumpkins...  every size, shape and color...  I just found these gorgeous silver ones at Michaels for half off...  the large one was only $3.50 and the two little ones were just $1.50 each...  the silver acorns were on closeout at Kohls for $1.00 a bag...  not sure where I am going to use them yet...  but they wanted to do a photo op for you!...  pumpkin love!... catch it!... it's contagious!...  xoxo ...


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gratitude...


 Today, I found this pretty little "gratitude" journal at a new little  shop I went to...  just a little book to jot down things I am grateful for each day...  it also has inspiring quotes throughout on being grateful...  I especially love the quote at the beginning of the journal... "the small act of recording what you're grateful for has the power to truly transform you... it will focus your energy on the positive in your life, leaving less energy for the negatives"... I immediately began to jot down the things I am grateful for today... and before I knew it, I had filled an entire page... with positive thoughts... no negatives allowed...  it made me feel really good...  it lifted my spirits to see all of the "positives" in my life... and made me quickly forget some of the "negatives" that have had me a bit down lately... I am going to tuck it inside my purse... so even if I am out somewhere... stuck in traffic perhaps...  I will remember to focus on the "positives"...  jot them down...  and keep that feel~good feeling going... several posts back, I wrote about the serenity I have been seeking more and more lately... now,  seeing all my "positives" there... in my little book...  in black and white...  I see how truly blessed I am...  gratitude...I know it's a step in the right direction to finding serenity in this often too hectic world...   xoxo...  (I so loved these little books, I got my sister and all the girls one too)...



Velvet Pumpkin Fever...


 

 Gosh, almost every hit I have had on my blog this past week is from Google searches for "velvet pumpkins"...  so, I decided to re~post one of the pics from  my "creamy velvet pumpkin pie" I posted about last week...  there you go!...  lovin' those velvet pumpkins!... xoxo...





Sunday, September 23, 2012

Old~fashioned Harvest Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins...(Almost really good enough to eat!)...


 Several posts ago, I showed you how to make creamy velvet pumpkin pie...  today, I will share with you how to make yummy old~fashioned Harvest whole~wheat pumpkin muffins...


 First, take a vintage muffin tin... the older,  more "seasoned" the better...


Then, line the muffin cups with pretty colored Autumn leaves... next  add one baby pumpkin to each muffin cup... toss in one sparkly coppery~colored acorn... (may substitute regular acorn if you are out of sparkle... but why on earth would anyone be out of sparkle?...  isn't it a staple in every pantry?)...

Carefully top with freshly harvested and dried whole wheat...  garnish wheat with a pretty little freshly~gathered from the trail baby pinecone... (may substitute baby pinecone with baby chestnut, seedpod, dried flowers, or any one of Nature's treasures... best if they have been gently gathered from the trail, of course)...


Next, have a sip of coffee and admire your creation...


Place gently on table...  relax... and enjoy!...  Fall baking is sooo much fun!... I had such a good time making this up and love how it turned out... you ladies are all so crafty, and I mean that in the nicest way...  you are always coming up with fun things to create out of vintage treasures... and today, I did!... this is a Julie Marie original!... xoxo... Linking up with What's It Wednesdays with Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants, and Vintage Inspiration Fridays, Fabulous Fall Fun with Debra at Common Ground...

 



Friday, September 21, 2012

Creamy Velvet Pumpkin Pie...

The first day of Autumn, the perfect time to make a creamy velvet pumpkin pie...  first, place three creamy vanilla pumpkins in a vintage pie tin...add some freeze dried roses...and a handful of acorns to taste...garnish with some pretty Autumn leaves...  and enjoy!...(sorry for my spacing on this, I cannot figure out this  new blogger interface!)Wishing you all a blissful first day of Autumn...  xoxo...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Velvet Pumpkins...


Love my collection of velvet pumpkins!... can three be a collection?... I suppose it can... as these are the only ones I own...

Anyway, I am in love with these soft, velvety little beauties... I bought them three or four years ago at the shop up off the Mountain Road that I posted about awhile back, Secret Haven at The Rock Loft... they were quite expensive, even back then... so I only bought these three itty bitty ones...

But I am planning on adding a new one (or maybe two???)... if I can find some this year... I especially love their real pumpkin stems... all dried and twisty and enchanting... they remind me of a plump pumpkin Cinderella's Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand over and turned into a golden carriage...

Wishing you a delightfully enchanting Autumn day... xoxo...




Sunday, September 16, 2012

Seeking Serenity... Where Do We Find It?...


Lately, I have read several posts by blogger friends who are seeking peace and quiet in their lives... that elusive serenity we all crave and hope to find... but where do we look for it?... I know my life has seemed out of sorts lately and I desire that serenity now more than ever... some days this world seems turned upside down and not always friendly towards us... then our days become stressful and overwhelming... I try to be as healthy as I can... by eating healthy and walking two to three miles every day... stress can take an immense toll on our health if we don't do something to ease it some... I recently read a quote I really liked...

"Nature, time and patience
are the three great physicians" ~ Unknown


Nature plays a huge part in my life... it always has and it always will... serenity for me can be found in my soft pink roses that are still blooming their little hearts out even though Autumn is in the air... serenity is a beautiful feather found on the trail... a precious gift... placed there by my feathered friends... just for me...

Serenity is in our morning sunrise... brilliantly promising a new day... a better day... a quiet and peaceful day...

Serenity is found in all of God's precious little creatures... they are so much wiser than most people give them credit for... perhaps we need to listen more closely to what they are saying...

And serenity is found with those we love...

Sometimes a gentle word or a tender kiss is all we need... keep your eyes open to all of the places serenity may be waiting for you... and you will no doubt find it... that is my wish for you all this day... take a Nature walk... take your time... be patient... serenity will come...xoxo...



Friday, September 14, 2012

If I Could Save Time In a Bottle...



"If I could save time in a bottle
the first thing that I'd like to do
Is save every day till eternity passes away
just to spend them with you" ~ Jim Croce

Where did the Summer go?... as much as I love Autumn, my favorite Season of all, I am already missing my garden... lazy days sitting on my porch soaking up the sun... watching the hummingbirds sip nectar from my feeders... soon, they will begin their long journey south for the winter... I hate telling them goodbye... so I will just say a little prayer for a safe journey for them... and anxiously await their arrival next Spring... I do love living in a beautiful place where the countryside changes with each passing Season... (although I am not a winter person, our countryside covered in new~fallen snow is breathtaking, but awfully cold!)... the mornings are chilly now... a sweater is needed on our walks... and as we walk, I notice all of the changes in the air... much of my garden has already started it's long sleep for the winter... and Spring seems so very far away... so for now, I will say farewell to Summer... bottle up all of her beauty in soft pink roses from my garden... and embrace the new beauty of Autumn... with a wish that it will last well into Indian Summer before our cold winter settles in... goodbye for now sweet Summer... welcome glorious Autumn!... xoxo...



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How Squirrels Celebrate Autumn...


First... I noticed my vintage picnic basket missing from where I had placed it close to our front door... had I moved it somewhere else and not remembered?... you've heard about Spring Fever... well, I have had "Autumn Fever" quite bad lately... perhaps I DID move it and don't remember... would not surprise me... but then I noticed my beautiful little violet teaset my sister Jill gave me was gone from my curio... hmmm?... what's going on here?... next... I found alot of my Autumn candy mix was missing from my Fall candy dish on the counter... Jack?... Tessy?... surely neither one of them had taken it, had they?... Tessy only gets doggie treats, not candy and Jack... well... he loves our Autumn candy mix too... but so much?... and yes, I know I do eat alot of it too, but the bowl was empty!... I glanced over and saw a trail of half~nibbled Indian Corn candy leading outside... so... curiously I followed it... the trail lead me to my garden...

Ah ha!... there were the culprits!... looking like the proverbial cat that swallowed the canary...

Just look at the two of them!... taking tea in the garden amongst the Black~eyed Susans and Purple Coneflowers... and having a picnic munching away on Indian Corn, mellow Pumpkins and Autumn chocolate kisses...

How could I scold them?... I couldn't... it's such a beautiful Fall day... the sun is shining... the sky is blue... the air is crisp...

What was I to do?... surely I could not blame them... so, instead I joined them in the garden for tea and their impromptu picnic... what better way to celebrate Autumn... our most favorite time of year!... xoxo...




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11th...



No words needed...

Just a prayer... xoxo...



Saturday, September 8, 2012

Harvest Basket...



I wanted a pretty new centerpiece for our table in our breakfast nook... I was going to take my old tool caddy that had belonged to my daddy apart that I fixed up for Autumn last year and re~do it, but decided to keep it the way it is and use it somewhere else in our house... I wanted something new in soft, muted Autumn colors this time...


We have a new store close by called "Gordmans"... I had never heard of it before, not sure if any of you have one?... anyway, I haven't looked around the whole store, but they have a great selection of silk flowers, baskets, garlands, etc for creating arrangements... and their prices are low, low... I chose silk eucalyptus with mixed Autumn grasses and pretty cream~colored Spider Mums... this turned out to be quite a large arrangement, and the total cost was about $20, including the "Harvest" basket... I love it!... what do you think?... does it say "welcome Autumn" to you... it does me!... xoxo...


Preserving Summer's Bounty...



You know it's Autumn at our house when the smell of homemade salsa fills our kitchen and entices us to grab some tortilla chips and dip into it...

Generous neighbors and friends are happy to share their abundant harvest with us... nothing, I mean nothing, is better than a ripe, juicy homegrown tomato!... unless it is my homemade salsa made out of these red jewels of Summer... I love to can, preserve, bottle, freeze and dry Summer's bounty... some things I grow myself, some I buy at local farmers markets... and some are given to me like these yummy tomatoes from our friends down the lane... so far, I have made salsa, peach jam, red raspberry jam, black raspberry jam, as well as freezing fresh corn from a local farm and frozen lots of tomatoes to use come winter in stews, soups, sauces and chili... I still want to make my bread~and~butter pickles, chutney, and dry apples for a special snack to pack away in pretty glass jars...

To some it seems like alot of work, but to me it is a labor of love... my family and friends love it when I surprise them with a jar of jam or salsa... and what a delight on a cold winters day to pull out a jar of salsa and savor it while daydreaming about the beautiful Autumn days when tomatoes were ripe and neighbors were generous... and the house smelled so good as the salsa simmered in my old vintage enamel pot on the stove... pure bliss... xoxo...