Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Color of September

Last month I posted that the color of August was yellow....September was similar however it is a little more brilliant and warmer, mostly a golden yellow and gold!

The color gold is the color of extravagance, wealth, riches, and excess, and shares several of the same attributes of the color yellow.



The beach has closed...


...the boats are going into storage...


...the "No Hunting" signs are posted...


...school is back in session...


...and the pumpkins are being picked...


...the sun shadows are warming up...


...the decorating has brought out some warm golden colors...


...and the autumn glow shines in each sunset!


Happy Golden September!


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What will our little pumpkin be....boy or girl?

My oldest daughter is expecting...


...and the gender reveal celebration was Saturday night...


....about 35 friends and family gathered to watch "big brother" toss the baseball to Mom and Dad


...and WHAM...


It's a BOY!

Coming in January!


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Friday, September 15, 2017

MEN....

My husband's style of decorating...


...and my style...


...he won this round!


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Pumpkin Patch Opens in Cicero, Signs of Autumn arriving....


A few miles down the road is the Pumkin Patch - the owner named it so because children never pronounce the missing "p"!


We used to take our daughters there every year, when they were young, to pick out their pumpkins...


...and it has been fun to see how it has grown through the years with hayrides and treats ...


...it a visit there has developed into a seasonal event for the community...


...My "Traveling Tote" enjoyed a visit with the owners...


...and there were many "Photo Ops" that I couldn't resist...


...and Miss Kenzie couldn't pass up the chance to flirt with the scarecrows...


...she is the perfect size to fill with pumpkins, apples and sunflowers in the fall...


and checks looks so stunning in the pumpkin piles!


Right down the road from there is a new little vineyard...

...and a little sunflower field!

All of these are signs that autumn is arriving in Central NY!

UPDATE:  The Pumkin Patch was just listed as one of the best Pumpkin Patches in Upstate NY!


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Apple Bread...





Today I pulled out all the ingredients to make my Apple Bread, however I didn't have enough apples...


...So I used 3 cups of apples and a cup of zucchini! - Why not?  

I have made carrot cake with canned green peas.

YUP, I did!

It was a final exam for Food Science class in college and someone ate the carrots - so I substituted green peas!

And I got an "A"!  Just saying...


Have you tried this vanilla?  It's the best around!  You can buy it online if you don't live near me.


Here's the recipe....I have used it for many years and love it.  And now I know that I can substitute a little zucchini!


When a recipe make 2 loaves, I always make 3 minis and one large - then I freeze the minis! 


The sugar makes a nice crispy top!  A perfect afternoon treat for me!


Just look at those little specs of green - no one would even know if I hadn't mentioned it!!


Excuse me while I sit down and enjoy a slice - OR 2!!


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cheesy-Garlic Spaghetti Squash...


I LOVE squash.

All kinds of squash.

I think it's one of the best things about fall!


Spaghetti squash couldn't be any easier to prepare: 

I cut it in half, salt and pepper it and place it cut-side down in a baking dish that has enough water to coat the bottom of the pan and microwave it.  After 15 minutes I flip it over, shred with a fork and it's ready to eat!


BUT
 Why have plain ol' squash when you can give it more flavor?

I crushed a clove of garlic thru a garlic press, added 2 T butter, a few red pepper flakes and some Roasted Garlic Pepper (found at Hey Rose) and microwaved it for 90 seconds and let it sit for 5 min.


I removed the squash from the shell and mixed the butter into the squash, tossing and tossing...


...and placed it back into the shell...


...and topped it with some grated cheddar... 


....and fresh chives...


...and baked it for 10 min at 425'...


...and enjoyed every little bit!


How do you prepare your spaghetti squash?


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