Monday, October 29, 2012

Apple Picking

 There's an old abandoned apple orchard that not too many people know about in our local mountains. Every fall, for the past 20 some years, my sister Robbie and I along with our kids, plan a special day to go to this orchard and pick apples!
 The apple trees are over 100 years old, and still produce lots of delicious apples! There are many varieties, as well! Of course, all the best apples are always at the tops of the trees!
No problem, I just climb up and pick them! 
Our older kids are much too busy to go apple picking now. But, our two youngest Jaclyn and Holland still love this family tradition! They are great little apple pickers, too! 
I think the part they like best is knowing that we will be making lots of applesauce and pies! Here's a family favorite recipe I always make from the apples we've picked.

Apple Crisp

4 cups peeled and sliced apples

1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, cut-up
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 375. Butter 9 inch glass pie plate. Arrange apples in pie plate, heaping in center. Pour orange juice over apples. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apples. Bake 45 - 50 minutes.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Some Pinterest Inspiration!

With all the amazing inspiration on Pinterest, I thought I should try to make something, instead of just pin it! I've been admiring these adorable little ruffled totes for quite awhile now. Since it was my sister Jennifer's birthday, I decided to try making one for her! 
 Actually, the hardest part of this project was deciding which fabric to use!  After browsing around Joann's, I picked out some lime green polka dots and a floral print. I love polka dots and always seem to be drawn to anything with them in it!  This was a super fun project and I would love to make some more totes using other fabric combinations. Maybe just a plain muslin one would be nice, too! But, now... I'm thinking... I just might make one for me!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pretty Pink Depression Glass

I've always had a fondness for pink Depression Glass! 
Recently, I found a few pieces to add to my rather small, but growing collection. This little beauty caught my eye the other day while I was browsing through my favorite antique mall, "Granny's Attic" in Temecula, CA. It's the sweetest little creamer, but unfortunately the matching sugar bowl was missing. 
A few days before I found the creamer, I was out yard sale-ing and happened to find six Depression Glass dessert bowls. They weren't marked and when I asked how much they were, the lady said $5.00 for all of them. Well, I couldn't hand her the money fast enough! 
This pretty vintage Depression Glass cake plate belonged to my Grandma. I've had it for many years now and I treasure it very much! I've been using it in my bedroom to hold vintage perfumes.
This sweet Depression Glass plate was a yard sale find from several years ago and was only $1.00! 
I bought these Depression Glass goblets and dessert bowls a long time ago when they were brand new. They're from the 1980's and were made in France. Sadly, I only have two dessert bowls left. Well, that's all I have in my collection for now, but I'm hoping to add to it and will be keeping my eye open for some more pretty pink treasures!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

It's Halloween Time at Disneyland!

One of the perks of living in Southern California is Disneyland! It's been a blessing having Disney passes and being able to visit whenever we can. We usually go 2 to 3 times a month and have definitely gotten our money's worth. But, with gas prices reaching $5.00 a gallon (definitely not a perk), we probably won't be stopping in as much!
The last time we were there, Disneyland had all their fall and Halloween decorations up. 
I just love browsing by all their cute window displays! I had fun snapping photos of them, too!
Wouldn't it be fun to be a window display artist at Disneyland?
The bakery windows on Main Street are full of sweet treats.
It doesn't matter if the weather in Southern California is 106 degrees, fall comes to Disneyland right on time!
My daughter Jaclyn who is 7, has been wanting to "help" me on my blog and she said to say for this photo "Fall wagons make everything cute!" She also helped me "publish" instead of "preview" before I was ready!  So if you were wondering what happened!!!
Jaclyn calls him "Mr. Pumpkin Head" and says he's wishing everyone a happy harvest!


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