Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gathering My Thanksgiving.........


I went out yesterday and bought my Thanksgiving fixings. I figure I saved $10-$15 dollars. The price of everything will go up the closer it gets to the holiday. The loaf of Pepperidge Farm Original White Bread was the only thing I could not find. But he assured me it would be there today. I have learned over the years, that cranberries, stuffing mix, etc all go up just before a holiday. I will get my turkey on Saturday as the store is having a two day sale on them. A real bargain, so will put it in my freezer.
Yes, I know I am early, but in the long run, it is economically sound. Happy shopping to all my readers; hope you can shop early, as I did.
Till next time......

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spicy Mustard Sauce.........

I've got just a quick spicy mustard sauce for you today. It goes together very quickly as it only has 5 ingredients. It is good with salami cubes or cheese cubes or just smeared on a sandwich.

Spicy Mustard Sauce
2/3 c Dijon Mustard
1/3 c cider vinegar
1/4 c packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp hot sauce (optional or to taste)
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Let stand for a few hours to let the flavors blend together.
Till next time.....

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lake.....

There's just something so relaxing about going to the lake, watching the fishermen/boaters and just being by the water. It is so soothing. It's fall and the leaves are starting to change color; which makes it even more beautiful.

This day there was a pontoon boat with a fisherman. I didn't see him catch anything, but I know he was enjoying himself just being on the water. His view of the leaves was spectacular. Notice that beautiful golden tree right in front of him. The beauty of nature reigns supreme.


It was so pretty at the lake; I really hated to come home. But sooner or later, I had to leave. There aren't a lot of red trees this year, but a few are scattered among the rest. In another week, they should be at their peak and I will be back.
Till next time......

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Apple Season..........

It's the season for wonderfully ripe apples. That wonderful time of year when your kitchen smells like apple pie and apple butter cooking. The best thing about fall is not Halloween, it's apples. Imagine all the goodies, caramel apples, taffy apples, apple pie, apple crisp, apple pudding and homemade apple butter that you've made and canned for the winter. YUM!

One of my favorites is apple crumb pie. Then add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it's the perfect dessert. A friend gave me a lot of apples so I have several bags of apples in my freezer for this winter. I definitely want to make some apple butter before the apple season is over. Nothing in this world smells as good as apples and spices cooking on your stove.
Till next time......

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tomato Preserves........

Every summer, I make tomato preserves. Every summer, I hold my breath to make sure it sets up properly. Well, I've waited several months to try it and tonight I had some on toast. It set up!!! So I am a very happy camper. I've also learned a new trick this summer about making it. So next summer it should not be a guessing and hope game. It seems it is best to drain the tomatoes first. My recipe is from an old cookbook and it never said anything about draining the juice. Perhaps that is just something I was supposed to know. I've been making it for almost 55years, the same way. So an old  gal can always learn a new trick. 
Till next time......

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Last of summer........

One of the last blooms of summer. It's hard to admit summer is over and fall is upon us. Where did the summer go?
 Dried seed pods, you know summer is over when you see these many seed pods all over.
A lonely little bloom among the dried grasses. It just doesn't want to give up and admit, summer is over.
Till next time......