Posts Tagged ‘fall’

HELLO, NOVEMBER

Friday, November 4th, 2016

hello-november

November has descended.  It is so, SO wet in Seattle already.  The dark mornings are about to shift into very early nights.  Totally cozy sweater and soup weather.  Long, brisk walks and loud, warm celebrations help break up the bleakness.   {Lucky for me, I am kicking off November with trip to paradise!}

Stay warm and enjoy the indoors.

A few fall ideas://

1. Place setting

2.  Succulents in pumpkins

3.  A delicious fall soup

All other images via Pinterest.  Check out my fall board for more inspiration!

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

happy thanksgiving

Tomorrow we feast!  I don’t particularly love all foods associated with Thanksgiving, but give me an entire bowl of stuffing and I am a happy girl!  My little family is taking a day trip tomorrow, cheering on our U of W Huskies on Friday at Husky Stadium, and ramping up the holiday spirit!  Maybe a little ice skating or a tree lighting, or skiing?  Or perhaps I put my husband on the roof to put our lights up while it is predicted to be sunny and dry?

I will be staying away from Black Friday madness {although Little Man is totally enthralled with Black Friday and the sales} and instead cuddling up the with boys and drinking a cup of cheer!  Whatever your holiday weekend holds…. I hope it is safe, fun, and exactly what you want!

See you back here on Monday.

xoxo-denise

 

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HELLO, NOVEMBER

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Hello November |Where is June?

We just arrived home from Argentina yesterday.  It is spring time in South America.  Warm and sunny.  Quite a contrast to the November we have in the Northwest.  Regardless, of the weather, it is time to embrace deep autumn and prepare for the upcoming holiday season.  Here a just a few fall themed ideas to get you in spirit!

Hello, November.

Monochromatic tablescape with pumpkins and antlers.

An outdoor dinner. {Risky but gorgeous!}

The ultimate fall cheese plate.

Place cards for dinner.

 

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HELLO NOVEMBER

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

hello november roundup

And just like that it is November.  The time of year in the Northwest when life is spent mostly indoors.  While it seems the retail world has skipped Thanksgiving all together, I wouldn’t want to miss it.  I love the colors, the scents and the calm before the storm.  Looking for ways to reuse those pumpkins that never got carved?  Setting a Thanksgiving table?

Here are few ideas {clockwise from top left}:

Pumpkins with succulents

Gold tip feather garland

A gorgeous tablescape

Buffet signs

Thanksgiving placemats

Also, in case you missed it, Where is June? was featured in a Good Housekeeping roundup on gray manicures. Unbelievable, right?  The post that just keeps on giving.

 

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CROCK POT APPLE SAUCE

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Crock Pot Apple Sauce

My grandmother made the best apple sauce of all time.  My favorite was a version that she made with Red Hot candies.  Until I can find a recipe that replicates that delicious pink applesauce, I will be making this apple sauce.  Using Danielle Walker’s recipe, I used farmer’s market apples and cooked the apples in the crock pot all day on a Sunday.  It did take some time to peel, core, and slice the apples-but after that I just threw in the apples and a bit of water and let them cook for six hours.

In the evening, I mixed in the simple whole, ingredients {honey, vanilla, and cinnamon} and single-handedly ate the entire batch over the course of a week!  I am headed to the market again this Sunday to buy more farm, fresh apples.  Delicious!

Need another quick and easy fall treat?   These Quick Pear Crips are perfect on a crisp autumn evening!

 

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GIVING THANKS

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

giving thanks

In just a few hours our home will be filled with laughter, family and love.   My heart is full of abundant gratitude for you. Your encouragement, kind words, and thoughtful comments mean more than you could possibly know!  I am so grateful for my little creative space here in the world wide web.

I CANNOT wait to eat stuffing and pie!  Love to you all.

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HELLO, NOVEMBER

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

hello november

Oh, hello November.  The days quickly grow colder and shorter as we enter good ole’ November.  That means plenty of time indoors with family and friends.  Warm meals, roaring fires, and an extra cup of coffee in the afternoon are in order.  How about a little inspiration for the eleventh month of year?

From top {clockwise}:

Decorating with pumpkins. 

Chalk paint pumpkins.

Apple Hand Pies.

Seasonal place cards.

Gold pumpkins.

Need more inspiration?  Follow my fall into fall board on Pinterest.

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A TRADITION REINVENTED

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

pumpkin decisions

Early this month I shared that our pumpkin patch tradition was ending.  Our most loved farm was closed for business.  I left it up to the boys if they wanted to visit a new farm this year.  I am pleased as punch that they decided it was a must-do for our family.  The day was crisp, the pumpkins were plentiful, and Jubilee Farm was charming.  The hay maze and warm apple cider were great, but the high point was launching a pumpkin from a {home-built} medieval trebuchet!  What boy doesn’t love being part of smashing a pumpkin to smithereens?

New memories created.  Life doesn’t get much better.

big W

Little Man

 

big W and Little Man

Pictures like this one make a trip to the pumpkin patch essential – in this mom’s honest opinion!

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HALLOWEEN SUGAR COOKIES

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

halloween is a treat

I’ll be honest.  Halloween is not my favorite.  Lucky me, my kids think it is the greatest holiday ever, aside from Christmas.  An easy way for me to show some spirit is to break out the cookie cutters.  Using the all-time best sugar cookie recipe, I make the dough while they are at school.  Once we are ready, I roll and they do the cutting.  But, of course,  decorating is where the fun is at.  I stick to an extremely simple frosting -just powdered sugar and milk {recipe is included with recipe}.  I love AmeriColor food coloring for their vibrant colors-including black.  I give the boys five or six cookies to frost.  We store them separately and those are theirs to eat.  {This way, I don’t have to worry about them licking the knives and believe me they do!} New this year are these darling candy eyes.  The boys loved them and they are a super easy way to add that little something extra!

Baking and frosting cookies is a pretty great way to spend an afternoon with my crazies.  Plus, the cookies are damn good!

The Basic Sugar Cookie (with a few tips)- from Everyday Food | Holiday ’06

2 cups flour

½ tsp. Baking powder

¼ tsp. Salt

1 stick butter  (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Whisk together flower, baking powder and salt.  In mixer, beat butter and sugar.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  With mixer on low, add dry ingredients gradually. Beat until combined.  Divide dough in half; flatten into disks.  Wrap each disk in plastic. Freeze until firm-at least 20 minutes (or refrigerate overnight).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove dough and let stand for 10 minutes.  Roll dough and cut out shapes on floured surface.  (First tip is to roll dough thick.  This makes softer cookies.)  Bake for 10-18 minutes.  (Second tip is to pull cookies from oven when edges are JUST golden.  You don’t want to over bake your cookies.)

Easy icing:

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

3-4 Tbs. Milk.

Whisk together.  Add food coloring if you would like.  Frost cookies and let set, about 20 minutes.

 

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A TRADITION ENDS

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Fall City Farms

[October 2008]

Traditions.  They are touch points for me.  They keep me grounded and in the moment.  From a young age, traditions surrounding holidays and seasons, gave me great comfort and a sense of anticipation.  It is because of these strong memories, that I seek to create and embrace traditions for my boys.  As a mother, I see it as my gift to them.

One such tradition is finding the great pumpkin at a local farm in October.  Since the fall of 2005, we have been visiting the same farm.  It is where we go, what we do, and who we are.  Sadly, we cannot return this year.  Fall City Farms did not grow pumpkins and the farm is now closed to the public.  It is the end of our tradition.  Big W and I took time this weekend and went through all of our photos taken at the farm over the last eight years.  A visual memory book of how far we’ve come and how big we have grown-with the back drop remaining the same.

first years  Fall City Farms

later years  Fall City Farms

It might seem like something so simple, but I always thought we would outgrow the farm.  Grouchy and moody teens, too cool to go to the pumpkin patch with mom, would be the reason we stopped going.  But that isn’t the case.  So we are faced with the decision, make a new tradition or just let it go.  I am ready to let the boys decide and excited to create new memories.  Because in the end it isn’t the farm or the place.  It is the time we spent together in the autumn sun loving and caring for each other.  I am lucky, lucky girl.

 

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