Friday, September 10, 2010
Now that we're getting some 'really cooler' weather here in the mountains, like 60 degrees first thing in the morning, we decided to put in a flower bed in the front yard. We have a good sized boulder and would like to come out about 6-feet in a semi-circle in front of it, making the bed about 18 to 24 inches high. And our idea was to make a short wall in that shape, then fill the flower bed with top soil. We found a spot about 30 miles from our home where we can pick up all the rocks we want, rocks that ranged from big to little, so we can easily fill all the little niches as we progress with our wall. So far I believe we have made four loads with our SUV and think about two more loads should complete the task.
It will be fun to have it filled with petunias, pansies, geraniums, lavender and in the back perhaps a couple of blooming shrubs, such as sage or something. I would like to think of a flower that would flow gracefully over the edge of the wall we have created to give it a cheerful, friendly look all summer long.
Hauling rocks is not only fun, it's a great exercise!!
Monday, September 06, 2010
Nothing makes the kitchen smell any better than homemade apple pie! Sunday I was out checking the apples on our trees at our summer home and one tree especially had HUGE apples on it. Turning slightly red I figured they must be about ready to eat. I picked three of them and had them sitting next to the sink when I started to think about a pie.
First of all, we didn't have a pieplate at the summer home!
Secondly we didn't have a rolling pin up there either (piecrust, you know) and NO, I didn't have any of the ready-made crusts. You have to understand Yarnell is a VERY small town and even if the grocery store HAD been open, I doubt if their inventory would have run to pie crusts. So....... I had to improvise.
I found a cute little soup shaped dish (with a lid) that was about 5 inches across and much deeper than I needed, but decided to make do. There was only two of us so how big of a pie did we need? I had Crisco and flour, and for a rolling pin I made do with a bottle of wine (I did not drink it first -- filled gave it more heft).
In no time I had my pie crust in place and was cutting up nice small pieces of apples -- I don't like the big chunks you get in frozen pies. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, a tad bit of artificial sweetener (so as to not go overboard) lol -- and a very small sprinkling of flour. As an extra flourish I chopped up a few pecans and added those also. Adjusted the top crust, gave it a dusting of cinnamon/sugar and into the oven it went. While it was baking we went for a walk with the dog. Smelled good when we got home, but not done yet -- finally it was ready. It was a big hit with the BF and I liked it too. Wish I had vanilla ice cream to top if off, but better for me that it wasn't available.
Anyone want a few apples -- we've got bag after bag of them. I'm going to try making apple butter tomorrow.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Today was the first day in my fiance's home -- and while it didn't go as I had planned, at least I was here! The movers decided they couldn't do it all in one day and they still brought things over today. They broke my stone dining table, and they damaged one of my nightstands. The table will have to be replaced, and I'm not sure if I can get the nightstand repaired or not. It is from Italy with a very high gloss finish, but I might be able to find someone really talented who could do it. That particular line of furniture is no longer available so I can't just go buy another one (and of course it matches the set).
That part of the bad news I already knew last night, so rather than be mad or in a bad mood all evening -- I drank a bottle of wine! Yep! It did the trick, I was in a terrific mood and..... I was asleep by 9 o'clock. lol
Woke up at 3:00 a.m.and did some ironing, put a few things away, but most of the furniture I needed to really be able to put stuff away was still missing, but after an hour or two I had tired myself out sufficiently to go back to bed and get some more sleep. Woke up before 7:00 and decided to go over and get my new HDTV my daughter had just bought me -- I didn't want to take a chance on them damaging THAT!
They were gone by 3:00 taking my ruined table with them to put in some dump somewhere. And I went shopping, you know the feeling when you get full of all that energy -- and at the 4th store I went to I hit paydirt! I found a table I liked at a price I liked, and also saw a really cute little end table that I couldn't resist so that was my treat for doing all the hard work of the move! It's good to indulge yourself when you have the chance.
Tonight all my cookbooks are nicely stored away in the bookcase again, the china hutch is filled with all my beautiful stuff, the baker's rack in almost done, and even the pictures in the bed and bath are hung. A little bit more accessorizing and art to be hung, and it will be "our" home. It's getting more of my personality all the time, so of course I'm more comfortable with it. And my dog has finally decided the new (smaller) doggy door is OK, and she's using it regularly! Maybe in a few days I can head back up to the mountains for a cool rest -- I need it!!!
Thanks for all the support and advice while going through this hectic week -- so happy to have it over and done with!
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