Monday, October 15, 2018

Two Years Ago

Wishing our dearest Charlotte and Jonathan a happy second anniversary. 

Remembering the beautiful wedding.
 The sweet coming together of two families.
A magical night and a beautiful marriage.
For a young couple they have been through so much in the last two years. Now we are celebrating that we'll be grandparents again.  Charlotte and Jon are expecting, TWINS!
Our family is growing, and so is the love we have for each other.

 Just as I've said before, the Honey Locusts drop their leaves within a few days.
 A few rainy days makes the leaves fall even faster.
 Our trees will be bare long before the other trees drop their leaves.
 One of my favorite Autumn occurrences. 

 The sky is bluer in Autumn.
Here are the trees just a few days later.
 The contrast of the bare limbs, the puffy clouds and blue sky is amazing.

 The beauty of a perfect Autumn leaf.
 The sunsets!
 The red sky always draws me outside. "Did you see that sky?"  My dearest just smiles.

 I'm sure I have a hundred sunsets photographed, and even more sunrises.  Can't help myself.
Everyone of them is different, fleeting, and touches my soul.

 Elizabeth brought me some gourds.  Here with the sunflower heads I'm drying.

 We had our first frost last week.  I brought in a few plants to over winter indoors.

 Glad I did because all the plants I left outside froze.

 Some Autumn touches here and there.

 Drying some herbs.

 The view from my sink.  It might be the most important view in the house.  The one I most take the time to admire.  No matter how many times a day I go to the sink, I look out.  I see the change of the seasons, the weather, the birds, squirrels and bunnies. 

 I am now imagining three grandchildren running through the sprinkler. Raking leaves, (just to throw) in the Fall. Snowballs at the windows and drinking hot chocolate on the deck in the cold. Picking all the tulips in the spring and pouring their bubble liquid in the fountain... Pretty amazing. 
We are blessed beyond measure.

 "Those that don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

Thanks for stopping by and for your kindness.
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny

Monday, October 8, 2018

Holding On

A foggy morning in October.  Summer is holding on. Grass is green and some flowers still in bloom.

 The zinnias and the marigolds love the cool nights and warm, sometimes hot days.

 Inside, make no mistake, it's Autumn.  Comfort food is on the menu.  Today it's old fashioned potato pancakes, and tomato basil soup.  I grate the potatoes in the food processor.  Them remove the grated spuds and replace the grating blade with the regular cutting blade and pulse just a few times to "grate" the potatoes to the perfect consistency.
 Two eggs, flour, salt and pepper.
 Mix well.
 Mom fried them in lard.  I use vegetable oil, and fry them up crisp.  Mom and Buscia used to peel and grate ten pounds of potatoes for our family, back in the day.  Buscia on the box grater.  She'd save me the little bits that were too small to grate without losing the skin on her knuckles.  I still have a fondness for raw potato.  Takes me back to those days long ago.
 At our house potato pancakes always were served with tomato soup.  Mine is a Rachel Ray doctored canned soup recipe, using V8 veggie drink, cheddar cheese soup, with the canned tomato soup and dried basil.  
Nothing is better on a wet and dreary Sunday. As my dearest said, "It hit the spot."
We were later joined for a quick visit from our baby grand.  It's such a pleasure to have them drop in.  They have a new car and new found freedom.  
Sure is sweet to see them more often.

 Earlier in the week I got to take a few photos of our honey locusts out front.  They are a fleeting thing.  One day yellow and then the leaves drop.
 I've been taking the same photos for years, but it delights me to see the the tiny leaves change...
 against a clear blue sky...
 and litter the ground with gold.
 The hosta are finished with their blooms.  Holding on for these last few perfect days of Autumn.

 I welcomed my Guild Sisters for a meeting, and treated myself to these perfect sunflowers.

Advice from a Sunflower:
Be Bright, sunny and positive.
Spread seeds of happiness
Rise , Shine,
and hold your
Head High.
-Author Unknown

Thanks for stopping by and for your kindness.
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny

Monday, October 1, 2018

Autumn Skies and Apple Pies

A new view of a big beautiful sky.
This is when you get up on a Sunday morning and the first thing you do is bake pies.  There is something comforting in making something you know will be enjoyed.  I like the process.  The wonderful smells coming from the oven, and then getting to eat the results.

 Since these are Dutch Apple pies with a crumb topping, I started by making the topping.
 The pastry cutter is very old but does the job.

 This little tool is awesome and saves plenty of time.  Mom used to peel each apple with a paring knife, then cut the apple into slices.  I never used a peeler until recently, always did it just like Mom.  
 I used granny smith, gala and smitten apples.  
 Colorful peelings.
 I put the slices into a bowl of cold water with a teaspoon or two of fruit fresh.  Then I drain the apples and put them into a dry bowl.
 Sugar, flour and a few pats of butter...don't forget the cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
 then the topping.
 Fifty minutes in a 400 degree oven...
 and deliciousness.
 Someone was very happy.

"There is something about very cold weather that gives one an enormous appetite.  Most of us find ourselves beginning to crave rich steaming stews and hot apple pies and all kinds of delicious warming dishes; and because we are all a great deal luckier than we realize, we usually get what we want-or near enough."  -Roald Dahl

Wishing you a bountiful October.
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny