Christmas Tea Party – Cooking, Sewing and Crafting

This year was our neighborhood group's turn to host the guild's Holiday party, and we have been working on it for months. We set the theme last spring and began looking for the materials we needed. Settle in for a long and picture heavy post, as I catch you up on all the prep and …

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Apple Upside Down Cake

I promised this recipe to you in September, then never got to it as Autumn Jubilee took over the blog for a month. Before the harvest season is over, I wanted to share it, although we can usually find apples year round. Living in an apple growing county, we think of this as a fall …

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Sunday Chat – Plants and Quilts

My Thanksgiving Cactus is blooming its head off. I have never seen this plant so happy. There are more red blooms than pink or yellow, but I do have some of all. It came into bloom a few days ago, and there are more buds forming, so I think it will be in bloom for …

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Cooking Up November

I haven't had a moment to share my original recipes that are perfect for this season. Links to the posts showing the steps are given, and most have pdf downloadable recipes. I'm doing this roundup a bit earlier in the month this year so you have time to gather ingredients and plan a wonderful meal …

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Cooking an Autumn Jubilee Sunday Brunch

Autumn on a cool Sunday brings an opportunity to make a wonderful dish for Sunday Brunch. Whether it is only for your family, or as a dish to celebrate a birthday or holiday, this dish is hearty and filling. Full of flavor, My Sweet Babboo has declared this one a keeper. So, today we make …

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Finishing Up and Getting Ready

Finishing up the Quilt of Valor this week was easy, as my machine behaved itself. Amazingly, I ran out of bobbin thread at the end of a pass each time, so no tying off in the middle of the quilt. That doesn't happen often! I used white Glide thread on top, and white Bottom Line …

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Gardening and Cooking

I am happy it is September, and I know fall is coming because my toad lily is preparing to bloom. These buds are growing larger, and cascade down the leaf fronds. I have three pots of toad lilies in a three tiered stand. There are going to be a lot of blooms this year. The …

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Visiting an Apple Orchard and Quilting

It's been a busy week, beginning last weekend with the Apple Festival. I went to an orchard on Saturday, hoping to get some more great shots for the Agriculture category for the fair. I did get a couple that might work for next year's competition. These are just a few of the varieties of apples …

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Piddling. Just piddling.

Oh, finally, it is September. First day of meteorological Fall. Tomorrow the Apple Festival begins, and I am looking forward to the unofficial start of the autumn season in our small town. On the veranda, I have one last dahlia that has bloomed. It was time to cook the weird squash, the only one that …

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Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Chicken

After I made the roast chicken and goat cheese dish that replicated a local Italian restaurant meal, I had some of the garlic and herb goat cheese left over. With some boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the freezer, it seemed a good time to pair them together for another meal. The boneless and skinless breast …

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