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Showing posts from September, 2013

Fall Flowers - Garden Update

My Morning Glories, though taking over our vegetable garden, are flourishing this time of year.   

My mom came over last weekend and we moved this little Spirea and it's doing so well!  It's so happy in its new home. 

And this little Sedum was just saved this past weekend.  My mom has been helping me learn what is what in my gardens (they used to be hers before we bought the house) and I'm so grateful because if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't even know what a Sedum was or what it's potential is.  My secret gardens are coming to light a little at a time and each time I discover something new, like this little Sedum it gives me motivation to keep pulling weeds and seeing what else is beneath them. 

And my tomatoes are still going! :) Can't wait to pick this one!

Animal Print & Changing Leaves

One of my favorite things in the fall is when this tree turns.  A lot of trees on our property turn for the fall, but this one is such a bright, beautiful red and it's right outside my front door.  It greets me every morning of autumn a little more red than the day before as if to count down the days until the snow falls.  If I'm lucky, a light snow will fall right before its grand finale creating the perfect portrait of red against the pure white of that first snow fall.  I have to be careful not to miss this as these snowfalls will often melt quickly or be covered with the last bit of falling leaves.  I'll do my best to keep my eye on it this year, because you don't want to miss it, she's a beauty.  

Not only are the leaves turning, but while my peaches have concluded their spectacular show, my apples are also having a heck of a year!  My tree is a Macintosh Apple Tree so they are perfect for apple pies.  And let me tell you, there is nothing like my mom's a…

Chicken, Bacon & Garlic Easy Recipe

Does it get any better than Chicken & Bacon?!  On top of being completely mouthwatering, this recipe is very easy and was actually created by Eric. :) Must give credit where credit is due! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and then all you need, is some chicken breast (we use the skinless, boneless, cutlets, but any chicken pieces will due.  Just adjust the cooking time and temp accordingly), 2 garlic cloves (sliced), feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and of course, some bacon.  First, he slices up the garlic cloves (about 2) and places them on top of the chicken like so. Next you need some Feta cheese crumbles. Sprinkle the Feta with some mozzarella cheese over top of the chicken.  He never really measures this, just put as much as you'd like on there. We like A LOT. :) Next you just need some bacon (can't forget the BACON!)
Eric cuts the bacon to size and places on top of the chicken, cheese and garlic.
Bake on 400 for 45min to an hour until chicken is white when you…

The Owl Trend

Top: Target Blazer: Banana Republic

For once I don't feel like I'm behind the times on this one!  I've loved owls for the longest time, mainly because we had white barn owl that used to hang around our house.  On a couple of late nights it would be in the trees looking down on us as we walked to our front door, as if to greet us.  It was so beautiful and almost magical looking and I was so proud that he (or she) liked to hang out by our house.  I haven't seen it in a while though, but I'd like to think she (or he) is doing well.
Since then, I've collected a few little owl decorations for my home and a few items for my closet including this top that I just love!

Fall Tease & Layering

Up here in New York there are times when the weather has an identity crisis and can't figure out what season it wants to be. Right now it's struggling with summer, winter, and fall. In the early mornings it could be mistaken for the beginnings of winter, by mid afternoon it tries to squeeze out the last bit of summer and in the evenings it finally gives in to the season to come by presenting us with a beautiful, crisp, Autumn breeze.

Meanwhile back on the ranch... while all of this is happening and the weather tries to figure out what season it would like to portray each day, I, like clockwork, will get a cold. The abrupt changes in temperature does not sit well with my sinuses and never has.  On another note I have to get creative with my wardrobe and anticipate a sudden summer sun showing up on the same day as a freezing cold morning. It's a challenge to say the least but over the years I've attempted to master this art of layering.

Mornings you'll see me walk …

White All Year!

Remember that old rule that you can't wear white after labor day? Well apparently that rule was made to be broken, and has been for some time now! Thank goodness too because I just got these white jeans this summer and I've have been dreading putting them away for the winter. But now I don't have to and thanks to J over at one of my favorite blogs, I now can attempt to Fall them up!
How'd I do? :)


I'm usually late to the party on all the trends and this is one of them that I can't believe it took me this long to embrace.. The "Boyfriend" trend! Boyfriend watches, Boyfriend jeans, Boyfriend T's, and the list goes on and on and is entirely made up of one thing, COMFORT!

Today I found myself waking up late (surprised?) and not feeling well again and I just wanted to be comfortable. I remembered that just the other day on one of my absolute favorite blogs, Sydney, was talking about boyfriend jeans. I thought, that's PERFECT! and I even own a pair, though not as cool as hers, I think they still might make the cut.
So I looked in my jean drawer through all of my 30-some-odd pairs (I know I have a problem, but I'm working on it) and they were no where to be found. Panicking I looked in the dirty clothes, still nothing. Then it hit me. They were in my donate pile! Would you believe I was so out of style that I almost donated these, barely warn, under a…

Putting All Those Tomatoes to Use

So as you probably remember from this I've had more tomatoes, among other things, than I knew what to do with.  So I Googled recipes and found this one from Southern Living and it was fantastic! 
First, I just grabbed a whole bunch of my heirloom tomatoes from my garden and sliced them up to my liking. Next, I added my Blue Cheese Vinaigrette (about 1/4 cup) and my fresh basil (about 6 tbsp).  I tasted it and added a little more basil, because I LOVE basil and some salt & pepper.
As my mix was sitting to let the flavors get to know one another I cooked the Texas Toast and Eric grilled a delicious steak.  I mean, I don't think you can get any easier than this.  After the Texas Toast was done, I just covered it with the tomato mixture as well as some fresh Blue Cheese Crumbles from my local deli and enjoyed!  And would you believe that I don't usually like Blue Cheese?!  But with the combination of the Texas Toast and Basil, it was the perfect blend of flavors and I absolut…

How to Make a Sweet Desert Fruit Salad

A few weeks ago (I know, I'm really behind) I went to an outdoor picnic/BBQ.  It was such a great day with wonderful weather, great food, and great company.  Not to mention the host is so crafty the decorations were just adorable!  We played boccie ball, and had a really cool set up of X-Box Kinect outside for games.  Before we went I asked the host what I could make.  She asked me to make fruit salad so I searched for a new recipe I'd never tried to before and had fun with it! I found this desert recipe and tweaked it a little by leaving out kiwi since one guest, I knew was allergic.  Anyway, isn't it just so pretty?! :)   It was really very simple.  Just cut about two cups of strawberries in half and add to the bowl. This bowl, is one of my favorites.  I think it is so beautiful and simple and it happens to be special to me since it was my grandmothers. Then grab about the same amount to blueberries and throw them in. It already starts to look beautiful with just these tw…