this week’s bake

It’s that time again when cool fall weather makes one want to turn on the oven and bake something that makes the whole house smell good. This week’s bake is “New England Apple Cider Cake” that I found on a wonderful blog, A Family Feast.  This may be called “New England Apple Cider Cake”, but I’m using Ohio made cider, so maybe I’ll change the … Continue reading this week’s bake

college football game day

Watching football has a long history for me.  While a kid, living at home, watching the Cleveland Browns every Sunday was what my Dad did.  And while I enjoyed the sound of football in the background, I secretly prayed I’d find a husband that wasn’t obsessed with it.  And I did marry a man who didn’t like football at all.  The ironic part is that … Continue reading college football game day

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet comes from the last flowers of my garden.  The echinacea are having their second bloom of the season and their last hurray. They started blooming in July and I think the heat and dry summer was just too much for them, as the flowers were pale and scraggly..  This second flush of flowers is much more vibrant and beautiful.  The deep jewel … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

fall outdoor decorating

Sometimes it takes me awhile to get in the mood to decorate for a new season.  Usually, it’s just a matter of being too busy.  But, this Sunday afternoon, I felt like playing and fiddling with the cement urns that sit on each side of my garage. The urns held Boston ferns all summer, so I pulled them out, put them in black plastic pots, … Continue reading fall outdoor decorating

this week’s bake

I had no intention of baking until later this fall when the flowers were done and I was finished with “this week’s bouquet”.  Plus, I’m just too busy right now to fit baking into my life.  But my sister told me there was a new season and episode of “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix.  I had no intention of watching it until I … Continue reading this week’s bake

this week’s bouquet

As the garden winds down, every week I think this will be my last bouquet.  We haven’t had a frost yet, and the trees are still unseasonably green, but the temps have turned noticeably colder, which seems to have intensified the color in these flowers. In truth, this bouquet looks more like spring than fall.  The roses look lovelier now than in the heat of … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

holding tight to summer

I did some dead heading in the zinnia garden last evening.  It is hard to watch the precious blooms losing color and going to seed. They are looking tired and worn, falling over from wind and rain.  The leaves have lost some color, looking very faded, and covered with a powdery mildew. Although smaller, they are still loaded with new buds, and dead heading will … Continue reading holding tight to summer