Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Finds

I have to show you my new apron I found along with some beautiful
organic Granny Smith apples, just perfect for making apple desserts. 

I have always had a soft spot for aprons.  And I have quite a few in my collection. 
they bring back sweet memories of my grandmothers and my mom wearing them. 
At the time you saw them wearing them, you really didn't think much of it, 
you just knew it was part of their attire and left it at that. 
But as the years roll on, you can still picture them in your mind, 
cooking something from scratch and thinking how beautiful they looked. 
how earthy and loving too.
I've even seen my grandmothers gather eggs in their aprons and also wood for the wood stove 
they used to cook on in those days gone by.

I miss my grandmothers so much and I'd give anything to have their old, well worn aprons now,
they would be as precious as gold to me. 

granny smith apples, some of the best cooking apples.

Also, I just have to show you this old fashioned broom that looks like something my grandmothers would have owned too. 
I guess I am feeling nostalgic today in regards for days gone by with my grandmothers.
This is a great one for sweeping our problems away, right? 

I found the broom in and around the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN area.
We were able to go on a vacation to the Smokies back around Labor Day for 10 days and just loved it. 
This is a picture of our rental cabin too, way up in the Heavens. 
I just love the broom .....
"The tobacco stick handles are made from the authentic hardwood sticks that were used to hang tobacco in the barns to dry. 
These handles are squarish and have a unique texture from the primitive methods used to cut the sticks to size..  
No two handles are alike"..... and no two brooms were alike, this is the one I picked out. 

I also found some plush pumpkins on sale and the sweet farmhouse burlap canvas print that i fell in love with. 
there's something so simple about it, that i just couldn't leave it behind. 

I hope you enjoyed my Fall Finds.  I know everyone is thinking about Christmas
and it seems like Fall gets the short end of the {broom} stick, {oh i couldn't resist, since showing you my broom) . 
people are pushing Fall aside and decorating for Christmas
earlier and earlier. I know I am guilty of the same thing some years. But I still think Thanksgiving is a Fall holiday
even though I think the table looks good both ways, either set for Fall or Christmas.

Which do you prefer for your Thanksgiving table setting? 
Fall or Christmassy decor???

I thought I might do my first link up to Kim's Friday Finds
And since this is the first one I have ever done, 
I am going all out to catch up. (probably posting more that i should) 
but it's sounds like fun and a lot like Show and Tell.
I also realize Friday Finds is more than material things,
and I appreciate that. but just for today this will have to do :)
thank you for looking :)
and I hope you have a blessed & wonderful week-end! 

Kim Klassen dot com


Also linking to: Flaunt it Friday, Show & Tell Friday 

The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives,
 but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was,
and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
~Enya

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Hydrangea's in the Fall


While I was away from blogging healing my life and my soul, I still took many photos, as it's in my blood, and it's rare if I leave the house without my camera. When I do forget to take it along, that's usually the time I see something that would be perfect for photographing.  You just never know what you might find,  Maybe a unicorn running through the fields? Possibly Dorothea Benton Frank {the author} at the library and the Church down the road?  Well, I really knew she would be at the Church giving a speech, and later signing autographs at the Library, but still.

And even though it's Fall, that doesn't stop me from loving hydrangeas, and still finding them in the stores, which is a real treat. And believe it or not, a few days ago, I found two small hydrangea blooms on one of my plants and couldn't believe it.  The hydrangeas in the above photo were taken this last Summer during a book signing with Dorothea Benton Frank at the quaintest, little historical Library you ever saw.....where we were packed in like sardines and then i looked up and there they were, the beautiful hydrangeas sitting high up on a shelf and I couldn't resist taking their photo. Someone had to have had a ladder to get them up there.  But it was so worth it to go and see Dorothea up close and personal and get her latest book "The Hurricane Sisters" autographed by her.  I still haven't read the book, but I will.

I purchased three books, one for me, and one for each Sister
and I had them all signed.  How could I go and not get a book for my Sister's with this title?
Plus it was real close to both of their birthdays.  They loved their gifts too :) 

Ms Frank was also a sweetheart and gave me one of her umbrellas too. 
I know it's just a simple thing, but it meant a lot to me. 

I am linking to: 


Kim Klassen dot com


It's so good to be back doing Texture Tuesday again with all the lovely people! And if you're not with Texture Tuesday, well it's so nice to be simply blogging again :) So I hope you will leave a comment and say hello.

For the hydrangea's, I used Kim's MagicMap Texture @63% Linear Dodge and I am really loving the effect I get with this Texture. It also looked great on other blends too.  Thank you Kim for all that you do!  Thank you for looking :)  Are you reading anything right now??  I'm always on the look out for good books :)

huggggs,
sandy


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beautiful Pears

It's Pear Season :) 
Simple and beautiful organic pears.
it seems so rare to find them...

Pears are symbols of affection and immortality,
and bring a natural warmth indoors....

Have you ever noticed that fall fruits and vegetables are about the same color as the fall leaves?? 
think about it and then take a look around. i think they resemble each other a lot.

If I gather up enough energy, after doing some outdoor chores today,
 i would love to make a simple Pear Crisp or 
even a Pear Bread with my pears before I eat them all,
otherwise, i am just going to have to enjoy them the way they are
the way i usually have them....

and just know that anything the apple can do, 
the pear can do better! well maybe not better, 
but equal as well :)  why not mix the two? 

i love pears...



A Simple Pear Crisp

4 Pears, peeled and sliced thinly (Bartlett works great)
1/6 cup water
Juice from 2/3 of a lemon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamon
1/4 cup butter, melted


Place sliced pears in pan ( a 9 x 9 inch square pan works well ) with water and lemon juice.  
In a bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon for topping.  
Pour in melted butter, mixing well.  
Spread topping evenly over pears and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. 
Serve with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream :) 

Kim Klassen dot com

I am linking my first photo to Kim's Texture Tuesday
I used Return @ 57% on darken
Magic0916 @ 46% color dodge
also Magic Map @ 100% screen


my original

xo

thank you for looking :) 
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Wearing Red Shoes

we went to Sullivan's Island beach yesterday and it was a picture perfect day
and beautifully warm. i may have been slightly over dressed.
it's days like these, when it's cooler in the mornings and evenings,
you never know what to wear.
so the best thing we can do is dress in layers,
so light jackets can come off in the warm afternoons.

I found some cute red tennis shoes *really cheap reasonable* 
i love wearing red shoes :)  how can you not be happy? 

I hope you all had a beautiful weeek-end and tell me what you did!
And I hope you all have a wonderful and beautiful week!
I need to finish up the guest bedroom that we are redoing.
I hope to be showing it to you soon!

xo

Winter is an etching
spring a watercolor
 summer an oil painting and
 autumn a mosaic of them all. 
~ Stanley Horowitz 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall has come................

I would say Fall has come a little at a time now.  
Cool at night and in the morning, but beautiful and warm in the afternoons. 
It was 45 degrees this morning as I left at 7:30 am to go to an appointment. 

...one morning as I was out walking, I surprisingly came across some geese and I'm sure they 
were just as much startled as I was to see them,
they seemed to be frozen and didn't move at all.
i was beginning to
wonder if they were real or not...

I hope you all have a beautiful week-end :)
I am hoping to return to Kim's Texture Tuesdays and maybe even the Friday Finds real soon! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Great Pumpkin Cake


This time of year when everyone else is enjoying the cooler weather and watching the changing of the leaves and all the other joys that come with Fall, here in the deep south we have to pretend it's Fall, at least for now.  So after seeing so many blogs and magazine covers of anything made with pumpkin, i just had to make something too. i know, it's a sorry looking cake and would never get elected for a magazine cover lol

I found the cutest pumpkin cake pan from Williams & Sonoma that was already $10 or $11 off and right now you can get another 20% off.  So the grand total was $23.19 plus tax to make it $25.16.  That't not too bad considering the pan was $39.95 before it was on sale, and also considering Kohl's has one similar for $61.99 (ouch) I could never pay that much for one, but it is a bit more decorative too.  Plus there is no reason why you couldn't make this in a regular bundt pan but you would need to make two.  The one from Williams & Sonoma has the cute little stem built right in there too. And it's called "The Great Pumpkin Pan" and that's also engraved on the back of the pan that will surely bring a smile to your face. also if you get one, be careful if you slide it around because mine got scratched a bit on the bottom :( so just place it on the oven racks carefully.


the pumpkin spice cake was really good, it was moist and it was mixed with pumpkin puree, and also some buttermilk. The scent of cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, and ginger made the whole house smell like Fall.  Here is the cake recipe I used:  http://www.countryliving.com/print-this/pumpkin-spice-cake-3559?page=all

I kept adding things to the table because it was so much fun to photograph my pumpkin masterpiece. well it was a masterpiece to me, I know it looks like of messy compared to the Williams & Sonoma professional photo (at the bottom of this post) but next time I will remember not to add so much filling in the middle and work a little bit more with the glaze I poured on.

was it good? oh gosh was it ever!  I normally don't eat anything sweet and rich like this, but sometimes you just have to taste something forbidden lol

the caramel glaze tasted just like a soft praline candy that you would buy in downtown Charleston or Savannah and all it needed was the pecans. and i was surprised how easy it was to make.  I used this recipe:

Caramel Glaze
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
1/4 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
Put the butter, cream, and sugar into a small saucepan,.
Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth.

(I don't remember where I found that recipe, but after it was melted and smooth I boiled it for an additional ten minutes stirring almost constantly so it wouldn't burn. This thickened it up to the consistency that I wanted.)


the goodness {filling} i made in between the cakes was a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting and it had bits of orange zest and orange juice that really made it delicious. The recipe I used is here: http://www.countryliving.com/print-this/pumpkin-cream-cheese-frosting-4014?page=all

So many flavors all at once, what's a girl to do?  walk a lot that's what, after eating a slice of this.  I didn't feel that bad because I have been dessert deprived.


I hope you are having a wonderful Fall! 

huggs 

xo 
sandy 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lunch under the laundry

I've had this vintage chenille bedspread for so long, I don't even remember where I got it from, 
but I'm guessing from my Mom or my Aunt. 

I recently got a new clothesline built and I am so excited to get up everyday and do my laundry now
just so i can hang stuff up outside, i know it sounds silly, but it brings back so many pleasant memories.
plus it smells so fresh and clean.  

when i looked at it in between the lines it brought back all those times when we were young and we 
used to make tents and we had our friends over and just played make believe 

the more i got to thinking about it, i thought i would make a quick lunch to share with my sisters
over the phone and text them this photo. they loved it and remembered when we used to do that, 
and of course it had to be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and there are cookies and apples and iced tea too. 

it's such a beautiful day, would you care to join me? 
i have plenty of peanut butter and jelly lol 

we are never too old to act like children again 

{all photos were taken with my camera phone which really didn't do too bad of a job}
the tent is a little short and needs to be all the way to the ground to guard our precious secrets :)

huggs, sandy
xo