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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fall in the Foothills

We had a frosty morning on Monday that left most of the morning glories limp. I had taken this photo last month on a
balmy 80°F day.

The Grands and I made our annual pilgrimage to Kyle Carver Orchards in Cosby, Tenn.

  We had lunch in the restaurant then, as usual, we bought more apples than we should have.  ;)

This handy apple peeler-corer-slicer made quick work of the preparations for apple butter and fried apples.  It has a lever that draws the rubber pad on the bottom up so it will suction to a countertop or other solid surface and remain stationary during use.

Love my kitchen tools.

Before we traveled to Virginia for the wedding that I'd made the mints for, I made turtles to add some culinary interest to the 4-hour trip.

The recipe is here if you're interested in making them for the holidays or just because they are sooo delicious.

The recipe makes a lot of them so you can half it if you like.

These rose petals are from our Peach Drift Roses, and they smell divine.  I plan to use them in the next batch of soap I make.

Dyed sheep graze in pastures in Bathgate, Scotland for tourists to photograph and buzz about.
Hope you are having a lovely fall.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Slipping Into Fall Sideways

Hello from the hills!
We're still having temperatures in the 80s (Fahrenheit) most days, but the mornings are now crisp and delightfully cool.   This photo was in my camera and seemed fall-ish so here it is.

 It was a messy business as that's the way I roll, but I tried making marshmallows for the first time last week.  Think hot cocoa!

Being the infamous procrastinator that I am I waited until the last day possible to make them for a bridal shower.  They are fairly easy to make, though, so I was able to whip up three different kinds in one afternoon...plain, chocolate and coffee flavored.   Coffee flavored ones are the best in my caffeinated opinion.

The best how-to video I found on Youtube is this one, click here.

There was a coffee bar along with the food stations for shower attendees to enjoy.  The marshmallows were a hit as they are soooo much better than the ones in stores.  (Also, there is no high fructose corn syrup so they are not so harmful, just sweet tastiness.)  I didn't get a closeup of them, but they are on the tiered tray in the photo below.
 As always, we had lots of bird residents in spring and summer.

This Carolina Wren made use of my watering can for her nest.

Just right of center in the photo below is a hungry nestling, mouth open wide and waiting for a delicious morsel.

 For those who enjoyed the sheep pic in my last post here's another for you.
Have a lovely week!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fall in the Foothills, er not quite fall

Hello from the hills!
 Above is a purplish Rose of Sharon tree that came up as a volunteer in a good spot in the back yard so I left it where grew.  Below is the pink Double Rose of Sharon that I started from a cutting a few years ago.

I had to go to the big city a few weeks ago and stopped by to see one of my favorite sites there. The Westmoreland Water Wheel in Knoxville, Tenn. was built in 1923 to supply electricity to the few residents in the immediate area at the time.  It was built in the Tudor Revival Style.

This lovely structure is in the National Register of Historic Places and is still in working order but hasn't supplied electricity to the locals since city services were installed.

Sorry this clip is a bit shaky, but I love watching it to see the wheel going around.

 There's going to be a wedding next month in our extended family, and I was asked to make mints for the reception.  This mint dough tastes just like those marshmallow circus peanuts we ate as children (and adults.)

 The peachy colored roses turned out pretty well.  I made about 200 of them.

And lots of doves...  I just need to get the leaves made as well, Youngest will be making the leaves.  Yay!

 I picked our first mess of turnip greens this morning.  They were superb - bacon drippin's make most anything delectable, I say.

Yeah, not really, but I can appreciate this anyway.  Humor is good. 

In the 24 years we've lived here I'd never seen a Sweet Autumn Clematis on our property until this year.  It must be a good year for them though as we've seen them pop up allover near our house.  It's fragrance is lovely.

I was in need of a new doormat and couldn't resist when I saw this one at the store. Um, yes, I took the tag off when I got it home.  I hope you are having a lovely fall in your neck of the woods.