Monday, October 29, 2018

Fall scents

Today the shadows are playing. They are playing hide and seek and saying the days are getting shorter.

The smells and scents of the season. Even the night air has a refreshing incense.

"The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools."- Henry Beston, Northern Farm

Friday, October 26, 2018

Welcome to the Weekend

“I shall pass through 
this world but once. 
Any good therefore that 
I can do or any kindness 
that I can show to 
any human being, 
let me do it now. 
Let me not defer 
or neglect it, 
for I shall not pass 
this way again.” 
      Stephen Grellet

Monday, October 22, 2018


I love this time of year. It's the time of year when I sit out on my porch, enjoying the breeze and savoring a cup of tea and a favorite book or magazine.
 An easy and delicious dessert that is a staple for our table is Pineapple Cake. I think I've shared the recipe before, but I will add it to the end of the post.

Every day is a delight.
Pineapple Cake
In a large mixing bowl beat 2 eggs until light and fluffy. 

Add 20 oz  crushed (in juice) pineapple (undrained), 
2 cups all purpose flour, 
1 cup granulated sugar, 
1 cup brown sugar 
2 teaspoons baking soda.

Mix well by hand. Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts and spread in an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2" baking pan. 

Bake @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting
3 oz cream cheese (soft)
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together with beater, gradually adding 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and spreadable.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Yummy Apple Dip

Apples! It's that time of year. So lets make the perfect Apple Dip.

(1) 8 oz package Cream Cheese (soften at room temp)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup 10x Powdered Sugar
(2) Tablespoons Vanilla
1/3 cup crushed Salted Peanuts

Blend first 4 ingredients together until smooth.  Add peanuts. Serve with sliced apples.

Simple recipe.

Simply delicious!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A touch of Fall

Although we don't live where the colors of seasons drape our landscape, I love to see the rich warm colors fall brings. This was taken on a trip to Ohio, where fall blooms this time of year.

Living in the Sunshine state, we have experienced threats from Michael as it curved it's way through the Panhandle. Thankfully our area only experienced heavy rains and not much wind. Praying for those who will be cleaning up after the effects of Hurricane Michael.

Friday Photo Journal

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Happy Fall Ya'll

Shorter days and cooler evenings lend themselves to warming up the table with color.

 The Leaf plates are a pretty way to serve salads.

My late Mother in law painted this platter for me.

The Fall napkins are April Cornelle.  They have just a touch of pink.

A pot of hot tea or cocoa hits the spot.

Warm and inviting.....  

Monday, October 8, 2018

Reason to Breathe


 Sometimes being helpful can lead to more complications. In Reason to Breathe, a new novel by Deborah Raney, relationships can become more than complicated. Phylicia Chandler has put her life on hold for so long, she feels stuck. Phylicia and her sisters Britt, and Joanna have cared for their mother, all along thinking they were helping their father. When their mother dies, their father leaves them to deal with their grief alone.

Quinn Mitchell, has been Mr. Chandlers right hand man and is now being put into a very unlikely situation. Help the sisters any way he can. When Quinn suggests the sisters pool their resources and buy three seaside cottages, he might have dug himself in deeper. But Quinn has long ago held his heart in check for Phylicia, despite being twelve years older. How can he woo this lovely, talented young woman, who thinks of him only as her Dad's protege?

This was a delightful story with a different twist. How people move on and deal with grief and family secrets, yet draw strength from one another.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Autumn in Florida

As sure as autumn graces the US, Florida holds onto the warm days of paradise.

Welcome to my world!