Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beautiful Fall

Isn't October glorious? It has so much to offer. The weather is refreshingly crisp and cool, and the colors are gorgeous. Drink them in! Don't think of it as a sad time as I hear some people say. Enjoy it! When winter comes, turn your heart toward home. Dress and organize your nest, and most of all, practice hospitality. What a blessed gift it is. One is very fortunate to have a friend who extends an invitation, and one shall be rewarded if they are a giver of hospitality. Be a cheerful giver.










Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Flowers the color of sunshine!

Mums are prolific in fall and can be found everywhere. It's a nice and welcoming touch to place flowers by the front door. A simple way to add texture is to lay a grapevine wreath on the top of a planter before placing a pot of flowers in the planter. Last year I used these urns, a grapevine wreath , and topped it with pumpkin rather than flowers. Dressing one's nest is so much fun!


Apple Cake


This is an easy cake to make. It taste great, is moist and delicious, and makes the house smell great too! My daughter was visiting when I made this cake. She stated she didn't like apples or butterscotch, therefore she would not like this cake. Well, of course I insisted she try a bite. She was surprised to find she actually liked it a lot, especially since she is not a big sweets fan, unlike her mother. Whipped topping is a nice finishing touch when serving this cake. Bake away!

2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup oil
1 stick butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 cups chopped apples
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla


Mix all above ingredients together and pour into a 9 X 13 baking dish. The batter will be thick.Sprinkle with a half bag if butterscotch morsels. Bake at 325 for 55 minutes. Enjoy!



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bittersweet

I had been looking for a fall wreath for the entry door and found this gorgeous Bittersweet wreath in Blowing Rock. I'm sorry, but I just don't like wreaths made with artificial flowers, leaves, and berries. I so love this wreath that I thought I'd research Bittersweet to see if it would be possibile to grow my own. Much to my dismay I learned American Bittersweet is becoming so rare in some areas that it is now a protected species. Oriental Bittersweet is so invasive and destructive that it will quickly engulf and kill other vegetation, including trees. It has been said to have slain many a giant. It seems if I wish to have Bittersweet I'll just have to make a trip to the mountains and buy some.
That's okay with me too!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall has arrived!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I just wish it lasted longer. I love the cooler temperatures and beautiful colors. It is fun to decorate the house for fall with natural elements, such as the gorgeous gourds below. The are only two for a dollar at the local pumpkin stand. Pumpkins are beautiful. I enjoy finding pumpkins of unusual shapes and sizes, warts and all!