Thursday, September 18, 2014

starting to smells like fall ... .. .

apple butter time

smells like fall

Apple Butter
4-5 pounds apples
5 cups apple cider {or juice}
2 cups sugar {optional}
1 table spoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and clove .. and I like a little cardamon

Wash and slice apples. Quarter and core add to pot .. no need to peel.
Add cider and boil about 10 minutes or until apples are soft.
Simmer for about an hour to thicken and soften apples, stirring occasionally.  
Turn off heat and mash apples .. they should be soft enough to mash with a potato masher.

Stir in sugar and spices and continue cooking slowly 3 hours ~ stirring frequently.  
Pour into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.  Seal.    
Makes 3-5 pints.

is not this a true autumn day?
just the still melancholy that I love
that makes life and nature harmonize
the birds are consulting about their migrations
the trees are putting on the hectic or pallid hues of decay
and begin to strew to the ground
that one's very footsteps may not disturb 
the repose of earth and air
while they give us a scent 
that is a perfect anodyne 
to the restless spirit

delicious autumn!!
my very soul is wedded to it
and if I were a bird I would fly
about the earth seeking the successive autumns

[Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]
George Eliot

Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer's End

shadows lengthen
color deepens
night sky is crisp
afternoon sun is warm
geese fly overhead

summer is waning

¸.•  Summer's End Keepsake Bag   ¸.•¨¯`• ஐ 

by all these lovely tokens 
September days are here
with summer’s best of weather 
and autumn’s best of cheer 
•• Helen Hunt Jackson. 

¸ ஐ  A bit Bohemian Gypsy       
                            and a tad Cowgirl Western 

.. Absolutely Fabulous Fun!! ஐ ¸

Saturday, September 13, 2014

cheeky radish

radish booty ... um.. er bounty

however may years she lived
Mary always felt that she should never forget
that first morning when her garden began to grow
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

back to school ........



.. school ..

it's back

Natural Beauty Zipper Pouch

Back to School Pencil Cases

Groovin Artist Zip Pouch

wisdom is not a product of
 schooling but of the lifelong
 attempt to acquire it
♦.. Albert Einstein

School Daze Zipper Pouch

instruction does much
but encouragement everything
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

River's Edge Mini Zip

the difference between school & life?
in school ...
you're taught a lesson and then given a test
in life ...
you're given a test that teaches you a lesson
Tom Bodett

Miss Melanie Art Zip

the best teachers 
are those who show you 
where to look 
but don't tell you what to see
Alexandra K Trenfor

Miss Elizabeth Mini Clutch

and remember ...

don't let schooling
interfere with your
Mark Twain 

Wild Wander's Zip Pouch

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

seasons end . . .

summer season is coming to a close
school busses were on the road at 6:30 am
leaves are tinged with red & orange
my primroses have returned with the cool in the air

Boston Harbor
north of Olympia 5 miles
South Puget Sound

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Autumn is the mellower season
and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits

Samuel Butler

we would sing and dance around
because we know we can't be found
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade

he found himself wondering at times
especially in the autumn
 about the wild lands
and strange visions of mountains 
that he had never seen 
came into his dreams

J.R.R. Tolkien

Fall has always been my favorite season
the time when everything bursts with its last beauty
as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale
Lauren DeStefano

Autumn...the year's last loveliest smile.

William Cullen Bryant