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…
Friday, October 16, 2015
It was so great to see good friends again. Marilyn and John could not have been more hospitable. Going to their cabin in Entiat was fantastic. It was such a treat to spend some time at their beautiful cabin right on the Colombia River. Waking up from a cozy sleep and seeing the mountains reflecting on the river was nothing short of incredible. Spending our days wine tasting at several of the gorgeous nearby wineries, then returning to the cabin…cooking , more wine tasting, good food, and great company, including M and J's good friend Allyson, couldn't have been better. I got to watch Marilyn and John transfer her wine to the barrel… another treat… can't wait to taste that. The Apple Orchards were stunning and heavy with fruit… soooo beautiful. Driving back to the house from the cabin we got to take in all of the gorgeous colors of Fall… a quick stop in charming Leavenworth for lunch, then on with the scenic drive. A visit to Molbaks Garden and Home is always a must, but so difficult to leave without buying any plants. Brought Marilyn some new Fire starters that I had made… We shared cooking and crafting ideas… inspired by all of the pretty Pumpkins, I showed Marilyn how to make a succulent topped pumpkin and made a green one when I got home. Spending the day with Angie was so great, reminiscing, and wishing that Priscilla was there with us, while Marilyn and I prepared dinner and made Apple Pies. Gina and Tony joined us for dinner… it was a great evening. The weather was nice and cool, sunny and cloudy, with a nice rain shower at the cabin one night …just perfect.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Morning and evening, my favorite times in the garden… The way the sun shines in the morning , especially in the Fall , so soft and pretty. But that evening sun, casting beautiful shadows, is so special too. I will miss this garden so much… especially relaxing in the evening or getting ready for dinner with family and friends…I am off to Seattle today, looking forward to feeling some cool weather and seeing those lovely Fall colors…