Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Perfect Apple Pie for the First Day of October

Happy October 1st!  Is it just me or is this the fastest month of the year?  Before we know it, Halloween will be here, then Thanksgiving, Christmas and it is all over until next year.  It goes by way too fast for me.
 Though the caramel apple pies I posted a few days ago are good, I still think this recipe makes the best apple pie.

 You can find the recipe here:

 I have a new recipe I will be trying soon.  It claims that it is the perfect apple pie.  We shall see.

 Make sure you let your caramel sauce cool off a bit before adding it to your pies.

 You can make one large pie but I really like making individual servings.

 Also, make sure to line your cookies sheet.

 I guarantee you will have overflow.

 Want to have some fun with your kids.

Buy them a bag of Halloween bones!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Pumpkin Festival

 We have had endless hot, sunny, dry days for well over a month.  Everything is shriveling up and no amount of hand watering makes a difference.  However, the nights arrive earlier and as do the  mornings, so, we have had quite a bit of fog.  When we left early on Saturday, it was very foggy.

 But it quickly cleared up.

 We traveled to Barnesville, Ohio for their annual pumpkin festival.  As much as we enjoy the festivals, we really enjoy exploring these small American towns.  I am an architecture junkie and I sure get my fix on these trips.

 Victorian houses just scream Fall don't they?

 Too bad someone butchered this home.  I am sure it was really grand when it was built.  Look at the top of the turret.  A turret widows walk.

 These towns take Fall decorating very seriously.

 I love this old farm table.  I wonder what plans they have for it.

 A few pumpkins and cornstalks are needed here.

 Victorians do require a lot of maintenance.  I know this first hand.

 Interesting double window above the front porch.  It must be the master bedroom.

 This is my favorite house.  The bike parked out front is just perfect?

 Welcome to the pumpkin festival on main street.

 Every parking lot in town had booths set up.

 What an interesting church.  I believe the cornerstone said 1903.

 Pumpkins from all over the country were entered.  Click for a closer look.  The middle pumpkin weighs over 1500 lbs..

 Rides for the kids.

A very typical small town.  More photos tomorrow!

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Witch and a Pirate

 At this time of year, most kids are pretty excited for Halloween. They dream about their costumes and the candy they will collect going door to door trick or treating.  I remember those days so well.  My great niece and nephew are no exception. I was so excited to hear that my great niece wanted to be a witch.  A dream come true!  So, of course, she needed a proper witch hat and a proper broom as well.  I dug out the ingredients and went to work.  Much glue and sewing and lots of magic and soon the hat was ready.  Click for a closer look.

 A big black spider and a raven in a nest sit amongst the glittery leaves.

 The edge is trimmed with lace and feathers.  An orange bow and a giant orange spider brighten the design.

 Glittery tulle cascades down the hat and turns into a trailing veil.  It is tied at the top with a satin bow and a skull.  Very scary stuff here!

 A spider dangles from a rhinestone web on the side of the hat.

 The broom is touched with orange glitter in all the right places.  It has a secret silver locket dangling from the side which holds special spells. The locket is inlaid with an amethyst which protects the owner from evil.

A vintage jewelry box is adorned with flowers, turquoise stones (for good luck) and a grasshopper. 

It holds special witch socks and a witch wig.

And some special bling in case the witch decides to glam it up.

It can hold secret treasures when Halloween is over.

Everyone should have a treasure box I think!

And pirates need a cage to hold their tarantulas.

A vintage cage covered in moss and skulls holds the tarantulas until needed.

And what holds the pirates loot?

A treasure chest of course.  Treasure chests are always shackled with chains, aren't they?

Skulls, bones and creepy animals stand guard over the jewels and money.

Spiders, skeletons and skulls try to scare anyone away that might try to steal the treasures.

A little imagination is always better than store bought.

I wouldn't mind having a treasure box of my own.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Fall Day in the Country

 One of the things we most enjoy about our excursions to the country is that we never know what we will stumble across.  Click for a closer look.  Signs like these are one of my main goals.  I can stock up on fresh eggs and vegetables that will last me all week.

 The decorating doesn't hurt either.

 All decked out for Fall.

 Amish furniture for sale and a John Deere.

And look what this place did with some rolls of hay!.
 One little piggy fell down.

 These just cracked me up.  The first one is in a sling shot.  Look at the expressions on their faces.

Minnie and Mickey.  I am still sorting through hundreds of photos so I will have more soon.