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…)
Cassoulet is a typical French Country dish. This recipe is great because it can be made fairly quickly, it’s very delicious and quite impressive to serve! (more…)
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…)
Simple, healthy and delicious creamy oven baked risotto loaded with Parmesan and peas makes a perfect side dish for family and special occasions. (more…)
I 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.
The 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.
During the summer and fall, Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning our local market is overflowing with beautiful produce. The vendors work hard all season to bring in their best. The great thing is, everything is so beautiful and it really does encourage trying new recipes and eating some really healthy dishes. Here’s one of my favorite salsa recipes, I think you’ll like it too! (more…)
We had a large gathering of family at the lake late in the summer. Guests helped themselves to a handy buffet, that included Grill Packets, and we all enjoyed eating together at one very long table while the sun started to go down. (more…)
Gardening has always been a part of my life. My mother and grandmother were avid gardeners. For them, a necessity. They grew and preserved all the vegetables eaten during the winter months. They took great pride in their gardens and always shared the bounty with friends and family. My mother’s canned goods looked like they should be photographed and would certainly have been blue ribbon winners (more…)
After 26 years of designing quilt projects and fabrics for the quilt industry, I closed the Thimbleberries Design Studio and retired. The intent was to slow down and enjoy my life at a more leisurely pace. Well, that lasted for just a while. I then seemed to gradually creep back into the quilting world. (more…)
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