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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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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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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…)

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Gardening in Minnesota

Asiatic Lilies from my courtyard garden.
Asiatic Lilies from my courtyard garden.

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…)

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