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Autumn colored leaves

For many years I have had a fascination with pressed leaves and ferns.  When autumn rolls around I begin to snag colored leaves to press.  Reds, oranges and yellows are all attractive and if done right can last for many years to come.  Here is the technique that I use to press my leaves. How to Press Autumn Leaves: Gather your favorite fall leaves while they are still bright andRead More →

Enjoy a slice of Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Now that October is here it is time for one of my favorite treats….Pumpkin Bread.  I like it with my morning coffee or with a cup of Pumpkin Spice Tea in the afternoon.  It has all those flavors of fall that we look forward too.  My go to recipe is called Pumpkin Cranberry Bread and I have baked it for my family for years.  This recipe makes a wonderful giftRead More →

Autumn Leaves

Do you enjoy the change of seasons? Each season has it’s own feel to it.  I love the ebb and flow of the year and how you can count on the changes that are to come.  Maybe it’s a lifetime of being a student or a teacher but for me the Autumn Season always seems like the beginning.  So as we move into this season with crisp cold nights andRead More →

The weather in the Northwest has suddenly turned cool.  Thoughts of sweaters, blankets and fires are suddenly filling my mind.  I truly love the autumn season and look forward to the crispness in the air and the brightly colored leaves.  As we anticipate this new season we have much to look forward to.  However, before you plop down in front of that fire there are some annual chores that needRead More →

Vintage Coffee Bar

At my daughter’s wedding I was responsible for the Coffee Bar.  Since it was a camping wedding, we served breakfast to one and all on the morning after.  I only had a few days prior to the wedding to get it all together, so I used what I had.  I am an avid collector of vintage thermoses and milk bottles.  So I created a Vintage Styled Coffee Bar. I wasRead More →

Minestrone Soup

When the “Celebration” is over, the party guests have gone home and exhaustion finally sets in….what’s a person to do?  Why make soup of course.  The wedding venue is cleaned up and friends and visitors have said their goodbyes.  The bride and groom are on an 8 month world wide adventure. Most of us experience a little bit of a let-down when the festivities are over.  We have spent aRead More →

Campfire and coffee on beach

What do bouquets, corn bags, sleeping bags and coffee all have in common?  Did you guess a wedding?  My daughter is getting married this Friday and I have spent the summer doing my share.  It’s a camping wedding, so of course camping gear is in order.  The wedding site will become the campsite after the wedding and all sorts of activities are being planned…corn hole, horseshoes, movie night and aRead More →

Herb Bouquet

I love flowers.  I often think that I should have been a florist.  You don’t have to be a “professional” however to enjoy and display the flowers and natural elements growing in your yard and garden.  Not only do I grow flowers for bouquets, I also use my herbs in those displays as well.  Oftentimes, I make an all herb bouquet to enjoy. I want to show you how easyRead More →

Market Tray

As the temperatures are heating up so is the abundance of produce from the garden.  How do we deal with the overflow of cucumbers, tomatoes and the never-ending zucchini?  I want to share a few suggestions with you for dealing with this feast of bounty that you are growing. As frustrating as it can seem I would say first and foremost… “Be Grateful”.  What a wonderful blessing your bounty is. Read More →

Hydrangeas in the garden

We are in the middle of summer.  The heat is on and the garden is growing.  We are finally starting to get zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and green beans.  However we are still waiting for the tomatoes.  This time of year is a little bittersweet to me.  I love the summer and the growing months.  I so enjoy working in my garden.  As we move into August though, I realize thatRead More →