Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas Past or Christmas Presents?

vintage christmas card graphic, kids and fireplace with stockings
How do you think people will be celebrating the holidays this year?

Will they spend far too much money on gifts, greeting cards, lavish entertainment and food, or will the trend be toward more frugal ways to celebrate and classic gifts?

Vote and voice your opinion at Have a Classic Christmas.

Me, I'm going retro for Christmas, making cards and gift tags with vintage clip art.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Turkey Trot Time

wild turkey henLast spring we had turkeys visiting our garden to snack on bugs without any fear of humans or cats on patrol.

Not so in November. Although I haven't seen any of the flock since the weather turned colder, I've heard them talking in the trees out back where they roost after dark. Lately during the day I'm also hearing gunshots, so the hunters are out in the back woods looking for turkey and deer.

I get my turkey at the market - not to worry birdie. See ya next spring!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Yo Gabba Gabba Pumpkins


Yo Gabba Gabba Pumpkins
Originally uploaded by pairadocs
My grandson loves Yo Gabba Gabba - if he still does next year, I think I know what I can do for his Halloween pumpkins ...

Monday, November 03, 2008

Fall Flea Market Fun

thrift shop chair as garden planter with flags
I love to collect old stuff. Some might call it junk. I call my oldies but goodies collectibles. I decorate my home, garden and studio with my funky flea market finds. It's the most basic form of recycling - reusing something old instead of throwing it in the trash. Better still: picking the trash to find new funky junky treasures.

I spotted this purple chair working a second hand life as a planter and garden decoration in a Vermont garden over the summer. It was July 4th weekend, so the gardener spiffed up the chair planter with American flags to add a seasonal decorating touch. Just the type of thing I like to do - I'm the Thrift Shop Maven.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Fresh Apple Cake

macintosh apples for fresh apple cake recipe
Autumn in the Apple Orchard

It's Apple Picking Time, and that means I'll be baking my favorite cake: Whole Wheat Apple Supreme Cake.

This cake is so good it needs no icing or embellishments, but if you really need to make it special, dollop on bit of sweet whipped cream or vanilla yogurt.

All you need are the basics for any cake: flour, oil, eggs, sugar, baking soda plus a few good apples, some spices and some walnuts to add crunch.

Hungry now? Here's the Recipe for Fresh Apple Cake.