Playing at the NC Mountain State Fair

It has been a great time at the fair this year so far. I've been to the fair twice now, both times to find entries in the competitions, and to compete in two cooking contests. Those of you who are in my Friends of From My Carolina Home facebook group, and who follow me on …

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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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Fun in Blowing Rock

It has been a fun few days with our car club at a multi-day event called Appalachian Adventure, running around the higher mountains of Ashe county. Settle in for a long and picture heavy post today! We've been enjoying time with new friends on planned drives, having some great food at several dinners, a concours …

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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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Autumn Apples Tablescape

Are you ready to Welcome Fall? Get a fresh cup of coffee, or tea, or other wake-up you have in the mornings, and settle in for a long post with a fun blog hop. We are in September now, and it is time to turn our thoughts to enjoying cooler days in the northern hemisphere, …

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Book Reviews – Two Great Ones, Two OK Beach Reads.

For your Labor Day enjoyment, I have a few book reviews from the past few weeks worth of reading. Two books in a row were just OK, not the stellar reads I thought they might be based on other reviews. Then, two books that were so good, they made up for the mediocre ones. One …

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It’s Apple Festival Time

Finally, it is September and this Labor Day weekend is the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville. I am enjoying the weekend, and celebrating the beginning of the fall season. According to the weather guy, meteorological fall begins September 1, even if the true season based on the Autumnal equinox begins September 22. I have …

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Stashbusters September Check In

Time for Stashbusters check in! Have you had a good month of sewing in August? I did pretty good this month with my Quilted Jacket project and two small quilts. For Fabric In, I did well, only coming home with three fat quarters from a guild game. But I also donated three fat quarters to …

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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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Leaving Etsy

I have just been informed by Etsy that I must connect my bank account to their new third party manager called Plaid. When it asked for my bank login and password, I stopped and looked closer. In researching this entity, I was stunned to find it has been involved in lawsuits for selling consumer information, …

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