Making Memories

Is it Friday, already?

I’m not finished with stuff I had to do this week!

Oh well 馃槈

I hope you’ve had at least a few days of the glorious autumn weather that we’ve been experiencing here on the east coast.

Our leaves are more colorful by the hour, and the fresh air, azure skies, and moderate temperatures have us in a very celebratory mood!

During this time of year, it’s a New England tradition to make a day of going to an orchard to pick apples, select pumpkins and stock up on delicious cider!

Recently, Clenna and her grandchildren did just that! Thank you Clenna for sharing the pictures with us!

How fortunate Clenna is to have such sweet grandkids!

And how lucky are those kids? Their grandmother is helping them to create special memories…. memories they’ll carry in their hearts for the rest of their lives. 馃檪

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

May it be fun, yet relaxing . . .

with a little excitement, but with time to dream!

Let’s all meet back here on Monday to report on our adventures, ok? 馃槈



For the Love of Pumpkin . . .

harvestscene1I鈥檝e never met a pumpkin I didn鈥檛 like! Seeing them everywhere lately has my mouth watering for all things pumpkin – like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies! When writing my grocery list earlier, I made sure to include the ingredients I鈥檒l need to bake a couple of loaves of pumpkin bread later in the week . . .

For today though, I want to share a pumpkin recipe that I鈥檝e just discovered. It not only sounds delicious, but has a prep time of just 10 minutes. Ya gotta love that!

This recipe is from the Better Homes and Gardens website, but I鈥檒l include it here for your convenience.

Ok, ttyl. I鈥檓 off to add cream cheese to the shopping list. 馃槈

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread


路 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
路 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
路 1/4 cup sugar
路 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
路 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Makes 1-1/2 cups (24, 1-tablespoon servings).

Serving suggestions:
Spread on bagels, gingersnaps, english muffins, graham cracker sticks, etc.


Deck the Hall . . . with Fall!

autumnLately, I’ve been receiving some great suggestions for future blog topics and I’d like to thank all of you for your input!

Today’s topic comes from Cindi, who says:

“I love the upcoming holiday season from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas. I would enjoy ‘decorating for the holiday’ posts.”

Thanks, Cindi! You’ve really got me thinking.

How about if we start with autumn in general, and then work our way through all of the holidays as the weeks go by?

My usual “go to” spot for all things beautiful is etsy, so I took on the role of “personal shopper” and discovered some wonderful items for your perusal! They’re perfect for welcoming the season. 馃榾

7 Beautiful Fall Leaves

Just look at the gorgeous colors on these autumn leaves! Made from beautiful fall colored fabrics and lined with natural quilt batting, their veins are machine stitched with a brown thread. Imagine all the pretty things you can do with them! Use one to decorate each place setting on your table, or arrange them in a crock for a centerpiece, or scatter them on a table top for a look that’s both casual and elegant at the same time!
Size: About 5″ wide to about 6″ tall.
From homespunannie

Fall Harvest Tote

This gorgeous Tote Bag features fabric with pumpkins, autumn leaves, & tossed acorns! There are two lined pockets on the inside of the bag, and a tab style closure with a cute green leaf button for the perfect finishing touch!
SIZE: 14鈥漌 x 9鈥滺 x 4鈥滵. From southernstitches4855

Reversible Table Runner
Autumn Leaves / Winter Red Poinsettias

Now this is a great idea! Perfect to spruce up your table from September until January! The fall side has leaves, nuts and berries that have gold accents. The winter side has darker red poinsettias, also with gold accents. Size: 11 陆鈥 x 41鈥. From ksewingbasket

Flower-Filled Pumpkin Pin

Time to break out that Fall blazer! And what’s the perfect touch to wear on your lapel? Why it’s a gorgeous pin created by the extraordinarily talented Beedeebabee, of course!!!

This 100% wool felt pin measures 2 1/2? across. It鈥檚 made completely by hand! Onto a solid black background, Paulette has added an adorable layered pumpkin that鈥檚 embellished with tiny flowers and leaves. Everything is embroidered and some pretty beads were added for a bit of sparkle.

If you purchase this pin from Beedeebabee, be prepared for everyone to want it! You probably shouldn’t let it out of your sight for any length of time. Just sayin鈥 馃槈