Friday, November 27, 2015
As tradition goes… I did my part for our Thanksgiving Dinner at Anna and Nicola's. I made the Pies, Cranberry Sauce, and the Decor, and Table Setting… This year I decided to use my dried hydrangea and some dried seed heads from the garden, along with bunches of roses which I allow to dry in the shed and in the kitchen. Natural elements with a touch of gold … So thankful to be having another Thanksgiving with Mom and the rest of the family… It was a great meal, and we all had a wonderful time !
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I'm loving all the Chalkboard Design Cakes that are so popular right now, and thought I would try to make one for Isa. I didn't have a particular design in mind and ended up with this simple look. I found the technique to be easy and difficult all at the same time. Just like a real chalkboard, smears and irregularities are part of the look… I will be trying my hand at this again, but next time I will have a better plan.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Well, Fall has finally arrived, rain, a thunderstorm and some cooler temperatures… I thought it would never happen… It is lovely. Growing things this past summer, and now fall, has been different, more difficult because of the strange weather, I think . My Roses didn't seem to do as well as in the past. I believe that these are the last of the Roses for now. I am happy to have harvested three (only) pumpkins from the garden… one jack o lantern, and two Cinderella's… better than last year. I've planted some broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbages. I still have some tomatoes and lots of Herbs and Arugula around the Fountain, and I am making room in one of the raised beds for some more cool weather vegetables.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
It's hard to believe that another year has passed, and our little girl has turned 25! We celebrated with family and lots of Priscilla's friends. Some of the Halloween Decor transitioned easily into the "Pirate Theme" party decor. As usual, lots of food and good cheer, and in keeping with tradition, I made a Baked Alaska for her Birthday Cake, and forgot to take a good picture of it, or anything else for that matter, but, we had a great time…
Saturday, October 31, 2015
There will be Trick or Treaters, greeted by smiling Jack O Lantern faces, and a festive Halloween Dinner with friends. Food… none resembling brains or other creepy things, Wine, and a Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Tart, crawling with some not so creepy Sugar Spiders… And a festive cocktail of course!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Still so warm here… well into the evening, making for perfect alfresco dining. Autumn touches on the table made by me…because nature isn't really showing much Autumn in the garden around here… Pumpkins, my absolute favorite… I remember the excitement of rushing home from school on Halloween as a young girl, so excited to carve the pumpkins before going out Trick or Treating. I think that I have finally out grown my extreme love for Halloween, although I still enjoy it, my excitement now is more about fall, and decorating pumpkins in ways other than the typical jack o lantern style…of course there will always be at least one or two jack o lanterns on the porch on Halloween Night to welcome the trick or treaters…