Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Harvest Feasting....Mmmmm.I love

I love this time of year and the delicious food it inspires. On one of the first really cold days, I put together a pot of chilli, and yes, I used a few of those left over garden tomatoes that were still clinging to the vine. It was so tasty with a side of homemade bread.

These beauties were on sale at the local grocery store and we ate apple crisp, apple sauce and just plain ole' apples. Yum.

Two apple crisps ready to go!

Top it all off with a cold October sky in all its loveliness, and you can see why I love fall.

This is a picture our preteen took from high atop the neighbor's pine tree. Made my heart skip a beat. Ahh well, not many years ago, I would have been up there myself. I almost went up with him but thought the better of it.

God blesses us daily, but often just in the ordinary days of life. He is there as we do the same old same old, day in, day out. But here in blog land, we tend to extract more out of the ordinary than we do in our own homes. Lets point these little joys and blessings out to our families too. We are truly in the palm of His hand!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Falling In Love With Fall

All our winter friends are returning. After a summer of no food in the feeders, the word is out! She's feeding us again guys!

I was in Goodwill again this week. I found this lovely candle holder. In case you can't read what it says, it is taken from Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and give you a future and a hope." Gotta love that....and a nice little reminder on my coffee table is a good visual aid!

I love this fall sunshine that permeates my kitchen while I'm making supper. I still need to distribute the gourds throughout the house, but for now, I'm enjoying them in the kitchen. And the apples...I don't peel 4 bushels with the apple peeler like I did when all seven kids lived at home, but I love the smell and who turns down a nice apple crisp?

My baubles. I have had these for several years. I 'borrowed' them from an old chandelier in a house we were leaving. They catch that gorgeous sun and fill the whole kitchen with light.

Hmmm....blogger tipped this on its side, but you still get the general idea. The sun was even brighter than in the other pic so I thought I'd include this one.

And bittersweet. At least I think it is. I wade into the swamp up to my thighs while my boys laugh by the roadside. But I always come back triumphant! This dries out lovely and then I put a miniscule dab of hot glue on each berry (yes, I'm a little weird) so they don't roll off, I have also tried modge-podging them. Any way, I love bringing in wild things from outside.
All in all, fall is my favorite season, walks on chilly days, leaves everywhere, animals hunkering down for winter, the food, the glorious colors. Makes me want to sing!

  1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
    Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
    Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
    With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
  2. Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
    With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
    And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
    And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!
  3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
    The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
    The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore;
    For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
I love this old hymn. We sang it in church every Thanksgiving when I was little. I'm enjoying Fall, and I am enjoying the wonderful blessings God continually gives us.