Month: October 2015


IMG_1484We are about to wrap up one of the best fall seasons in memory here in Minnesota.  We have had eight straight weekends of sunshine, warm, daytime temperatures and cool evenings.  These are all the requirements for beautiful leaf color everywhere.  I try to visit the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this time of the year.  It’s a pretty spectacular place with great architecture and sprawling acreage of beautifully landscaped gardens and forests of every kind of tree possible that thrives in this climate.  Never underestimate the power of spending time in nature. (more…)

Apple Pie Bites

Here’s a quick and yummy recipe for individual apple pies of sorts. I found this recipe online and added a powdered sugar glaze for a little more sweetness. They were a big hit at a resent family gathering. (more…)

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Apple Crisp

This is one of those desserts you can always count on being a hit with the crowd you are serving. Making this apple crisp is the result of needing to make something from all the apples we picked from the tree at the cabin. (See earlier post Apple(s) of My Eye). Somehow, served warm seems best with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s a simple recipe with few ingredients and oh so good. (more…)

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IMG_1479For over 40 years, I have been celebrating birthdays with the same group of friends who have honestly, become “family” after all this time.  This all started when we had young children and would get together in each others homes to celebrate birthdays during the day, which also served as a play date for the kids.  This tradition continued through the grade school years, high school and college years of our children, and now we are exchanging pictures and stories about our grandchildren and having dinner – yummy dinners.  It’s a great time away from….well frankly, everything. (more…)

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Rustic Apple-Cinnamon Tart

When you don’t want to fuss with a pie, this free-form tart baked on a cookie sheet is the perfect solution. Use it to show off local apples or whatever fruit is in season; to create your own customized fruit tart, use the Recipe Maker. (more…)

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IMG_1476I think we’ve established, I love decorating for fall. Granted, I like all the colors involved and I like pumpkins.  But there’s something else that appeals to me… it’s the bounty of natural beauty that is so unique at this time of the year.  Landscapes of all kinds of greenery become a palette of oranges, reds, golds and browns almost overnight.  Our lakes and rivers become a dark blue that glistens in the sun.  And, because it’s getting cooler outside, it seems appropriate to make things feel warm and welcoming inside.  So wherever possible, I like to create a grouping of fall related items that will take my home decor all the way through Thanksgiving giving me a few months to enjoy.  Perhaps a few Jack-0-Lanterns will appear before Halloween and disappear the day after, but the pumpkins and everything else can stay until “turkey day”. Visit SEASONS for more photos of fall decorating ideas for your home.

IMG_1476The smallest amount of scrap wool can create wonderful decorative items. Bubble Woolie is a FREE download pattern. Enjoy creating your own Bubble Woolie pillow! You can find this pattern and 12 more fun scrap quilt projects in Thimbleberries Scrap Quilts by Lynette Jensen for Landauer Publishing.

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