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…)


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…)


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.



Fall is definitely my season.  I look forward to it all year.  I love the colors, the temperatures and the tastes that fall brings.  For me, it is a more relaxing season…fewer garden maintenance things on my list, cooler temperatures, the bounty of garden goodies that inspire me to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  I am always excited about the produce at the farmer’s market here in town when fresh vegetables start to appear in the summer.  But there is nothing more glorious and inviting than the stands in the fall. (more…)

Cozy Campfire

These photos are from my daughter’s Blog, They capture sights and activities of early fall at the cabin. The jacket Kerry is wearing is one I made for her almost 20 years ago from an antique cotton camp blanket and a Simplicity pattern. If my memory serves me correctly, I am sure it was a Beacon Blanket from the 40’s. It hangs at the cabin for anyone to grab on chilly nights, summer or fall. It is truly a classic…and don’t you just love the colors!


With the fire pit put away for the fall and winter seasons, we thought we would take the opportunity to have a good old fashioned campfire (more…)

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