Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Things have been just a bit different around here... Although I feel very settled in this new place, I realize that I am still a bit out of sorts. Situating a "garden" of sorts has helped this place feel even more like home... but it's just different. I am definitely staying busy... a wedding, cooking for parties, and family dinners, but my creative juices have just not been flowing as usual... just a few Autumn touches so far, I will continue to work on that... Meanwhile, we are enjoying very colorful sunrises over the lake and sunsets. Very excited for my upcoming trip to Italy with Priscilla! Maybe Jim realized that I need a little something, and suggested that Priscilla and I take a trip. A very last minute plan makes it a little stressful, but I am happy to be going in Autumn... looking to be inspired and feel more like myself...
Friday, September 23, 2016
Time flies when you're having fun but this is crazy... September is close to being over and Fall is here. Loving the cooler mornings and evenings and the smell of Fall in the air. It smells different at this new place... more outdoorsy... Love that! As I do each year on the first day of Autumn, I made a pie... Pumpkin this time, classic, and with my usual embellishment of hand cut leaves. This pie is the first Fall dessert of the season with many more to come. We celebrated Jody's Birthday here, with the girls... lots of fun. I made lunch and the cake... Pumpkin Spice with Pecans.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
It is beginning to feel like Fall... no colored leaves yet, just that lovely breeze... a perfect time for gardening with some added Autumn touches in my new container garden...and of course for spending lots of time in the kitchen, using favorite seasonal ingredients in beautiful colors... love purple in the Fall and decided to use some in the kitchen... Gnocchi from purple potatoes. A first attempt at that turned out great, taste wise, but I wanted a vibrant purple color, in spite of the addition of fresh lemon to the potatoes after putting them through the food mill, they turned out lavender, not purple, still gorgeous. Next time I will try a different variety of purple potato in hopes of getting a deeper hue. I always give purple cauliflower a big squeeze of fresh lemon to return it to it's bright purple color after cooking it, and that keeps it beautiful. It's also time to make some cozy Fall crafts... It's much to early for Halloween, but some fall touches are a must.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
My trip to Seattle for Angie and Elliot's wedding was so great. The weather was warm (too warm), but on the Wedding day, it was perfect. Angie was stunning... what a gorgeous couple! The cake was to be, as requested by the Bride and Groom, simple, and just a touch nautical. They LOVED it, and that made me very happy. I was flattered to be included in the preparations, and to be asked to design the dessert table treats and floral arrangements, and put together the "tossing bouquet". It was a beautiful celebration, with lots of fun had by all. Topping off my fun week was a visit with Lynne from " 34th"... She is just adorable and sweet as can be...