Saturday, November 30, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
There's a comfort in holiday rituals.
As we gather around the table, doesn't
matter if there are two people or twenty.
We recognize our blessings. We feel inside
our family's time spent together. Memories
are happening. I watched my husband
show our son how to slice the turkey
and I understood being grateful...
I am so blessed....
Monday, November 25, 2013
What an ideal time to gather nature's bounty and bring into our home. Mother Nature provides
us with a wonderful selection of earthly delights, rich with color and texture. From pumpkins, squashes, gourds and Indian corn, to the branches of gorgeous leaf colors and bittersweet vines,
to seeds and pods of acorns, black walnuts, and pinecones, to the fruits of cranberries, oranges,
apples and figs; we can easily transform our homes into a cozy warmth in which to celebrate
this time of Thanksgiving. We combine these treasures of nature with colorful candles, baskets
or wooden bowls, clear vases of different sizes, our favorite tablecloths and napkins, and we
make it our own. Then by adding and here's the best part, the scents of the season: the aromas
of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sage, citrus..........well,that simply brings it all together.
We personalize, we say come inside, you are welcome into my home!!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Remember all those fun Thanksgiving crafts and projects kids do in
schools? I loved that stuff, my children's school holiday concerts,
they were so special. I wanted to share the one where you come up
with a word for each letter of Thanksgiving.
Turkey, with all the trimmings
Home and family
Autumn thyme, bounty and harvest
Nutmeg, cinnamon, all the spicy smells
Kitchen, where we all hang out
Stuffing, cornbread, sage, oyster
Indians and pilgrims
Very tasty treats
Invite one and all
November thyme, holidays begin
God' s great blessings
That was fun..now to that menu and shopping list!
Aren't these great looking turkeys! Went to a turkey farm and bought an 8.6 lb
turkey breast. Decided this year not to cook the whole bird. Plus we will all
want leftover white meat for sandwiches. Our menu is basic, includes every-
ones favorite dishes..... Creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes
with marshmallows, green beans with ham and onions, Ben's favorite broccoli
carrots with cheese sauce and yeast rolls, salad for Shakira always, cornbread
stuffing, corn casserole for Mark, and well Ron...he loves it all! I might just
make the all time favorite jello pretzel salad. That's kinda my favorite. For
dessert this year making pumpkin cheesecake bars. I will be certain to add
a receipe to Earthly Delights, so look for that soon. We usually eat around 2.
It's so nice to have family around plus there will be Sam the Pug to join us.
We'll take a walk, football will be on TV, and most importantly we will give
thanks for what we have..our Lord has given us much to be thankful for!!
So friends...enjoy your day, smile, it's the season of gratitude...most of all,
Gobble Till You Wobble!!!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
It has been a great weekend for me. Sat. such wind
but outside we went to start with our Xmas decorating.
I worked on the porch and Ron finished up his lights.
On Sun. out we went into a beautiful sunny afternoon.
We mowed and raked out back, and I worked in
my herb garden and cleaned it up. Put mulched
leaves around the hydranges, cut the chives back,
and trimmed up the lavender. We will enjoy
this weather while we can. I heard snow showers
Monday, November 11, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
left over green tomatoes and wanted to ripen them. So read
up on the ways to do this and there are many. All has to do
with ethylene gas and the hardness and how green the tomato
is. So use a mature tomato that has a tinge of color (see box)
and feels softer. I took a small box, lined it with newspaper
put the tomatoes in (they can't be touching) then covered
the tomatoes with some crumbled up newspaper. Put them
in the garage and checked on them daily, rotating them as
I saw a change. It worked, took about 8 days. Tried one,
it was very tasty...not like fresh from the vine, but not
a store bought taste either. Ate the rest over a few days.
See the results in the second photo. Sooo exciting!!
to prepare the garden and yard before winter. What you do now will
help make your spring a whole lot easier and better. I hope these
tips will help just a little in your transition to our next season.
** Plant bulbs
In the ground before freezing please. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils
are a few good suggestions. See your garden center for the right
information on how to plant etc.
** Store tender bulbs
Also before ground freezing, dig up and store your non-hardy
bulbs like gladiolus, cannas, and dahlias.
** Pot maintenance
Empty terra cotta and other ceramic pots, wipe out, and store in
the shed or other covered area to avoid moisture and prevent
** Rake, rake, and did I say rake!
Keep those leaves raked up from your garden and lawn. Composting
is a great way to get rid of the leaves. Mulching with the mower
helps with just small amounts of leaves but avoid thatching. And,
raking is Healthy!
** Tool care
Give your garden tools a good cleaning and store them in the shed
or garage for the winter. Removing any dirt and chemicals will
help prevent rust and corrosion .
** Give your trees and shrubs a drink
Once the ground freezes solid, your trees and shrubs won't be able to
get any extra water till thaw. So if your area has been light on the
rainfall, give them a big drink now. Mulching after a freeze will help
keep the soil moist.
** Think spring green
If your yard has bare spots, this is the time to overseed. Make sure the seedis at soil level for proper germination. Also do a final fall fertilization before
ground freeze and when grass stops growing. No more mowing. Use a
slow release nitrogen. fertilizer.
Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. The soil is warmer now than in
spring, and there's still time for roots to get established before the hard freeze.
Hope my tips help you in winding up your fall garden chores.....so harvest that bounty,
boost that lawn, winter is on the way! Oh and you can fuel up at the Thanksgiving