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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November Days



WHOOOOO!
Among you are enjoying the change in the season?

Just A Warning!
This is a very long post, 
you might want a "cuppa" to get through it :)


I was walking around the yard
noticing all the changes that our
Autumn season brings.

Everything is going to seed and 
getting ready for a long winter's sleep.


These were beautiful green leafy vines
last summer . . .
but there is a beauty in each season,
don't you think so?





I was truly surprised when I spied this
lonely little dandelion blooming next to the house.

I love the strength and determination of 
the dandelion.  
They are not noted among the loveliness of flowers
and yet if you look very close,
they are amazing.
You just have to take the time to look
closely into the depths of their bloom.
     


Do you remember my huge pumpkin?

I did not plant it, but was gifted it
by either the birds or the compost pile.


Jack Frost turned it soft,
so I dug into it and scraped out the seeds.

  



I'm hoping to dry them well and 
have seed to plant next Spring.
 Watch my blog ...
I'll have more than I can use.
If you have garden space and would like 
some, I'll have some packs to give a way
next Spring :)



Do you remember my Daisy Chain Quilt?





I'm working in the house now, not the Art Barn . . .
to be closer to my sweet Steve.
 

So, to create more working space I
moved our little dining table into the kitchen.


And because when Steve built our kitchen island,
he put it on wheels, 
it was easy to roll it into 
the dinning end of the living room.


It made a very good place for sandwiching
the back, batting and quilt top.


After getting it all basted together . . .


I was ready to start quilting :)




So that is where I'm at with it . . .
sitting here watching 
"You Tube" cooking programs
and quilting my heart out.

If you stayed with me this long 
thank you.
I know it was a long post.
The longest I have ever made.

God bless you all.
&
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)





Monday, November 4, 2019

Making Donuts



Why is it that every year at this time  . . .
when the air outside gets chilly . . .
I want to bake and eat :)


Good-Bye summer salads and vegetables
(unless they are in soup)
Hello pies, cakes, bread, and donuts.


Heat up the oven and get out the deep fryer,

⭐ And hide the bathroom scales, LOL


Don't forget that for every donut
there is a hole.
I think the holes should count as 
zero calories.
What do you think?


I sat these down to take a photo
and when I came back with my phone . . .
half of one of the donuts was gone. 

That's a sign that my sweetie likes them :)

Here's a link to a simple recipe for
Basic Cake Donuts.
It's the one I used:
 
Do you do more baking this time of the year?
 
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister, 
Connie :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Gathering Walnuts



The other day Steve was feeling up for a drive.
So we headed out to a friend's house,
that had told us to come by for walnuts :)



We spied this tree on the drive;
isn't it beautiful?

It felt so good to get out of the house,
going somewhere besides
chemo or grocery shopping:)


This is one of his walnut trees.



Steve sat in the sunshine 
and watched Butchy running and playing 
in the yard
and I gathered nuts for winter.


Then when we got home . . .


 I just had to bake a batch of brownies :) 

I baked them in an iron skillet . . .
and they were so moist that 
I think this is how I'll be 
baking them from now on.



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Speaking of baking . . .


Our sweet friend Bonnie
came over with these little 
dinner roll pumpkins. 
"have you ever seen anything so cute?"
 She is so creative and they were 
Soooooooooooooo Yummy, too!


Other than this we have been enjoying
some pretty crisp Autumn weather. 


Our Mums are looking so pretty this year. 


And I had some time to get the 
grape vines cut back


and the garden cleaned out before winter.
That's a good thing :) 

Well, that's my post for today . . .
I hope you enjoyed your visit.


Now I'm off to enjoy a brownie
with butter pecan ice cream . . .
wish you were here!

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)