Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Magic of Autumn

Someone sent this to me a few years ago. I just love reading this and had to add it here as Autumn/Mabon is only a few days away. Not sure who the author is but thank you for your beautiful words.

The Magic of Autumn

Come with me to laugh and play while leaves of all colors dance and the wind sings of Autumn and magic."

Do you feel it, that crisp feeling in the air as the autumn winds reach out and lightly touch our senses? There's magic in the air as Mother Nature paints beautiful scenes of colors all around us.I would like to share just a few things about Autumn that I love so well.

Nights are cooler, so I pull out the blankets, hanging them out on the clothesline to freshen them in the cool breeze before placing them on each bed.
Pumpkins appear at farmers markets while baskets of apples are sold to merchants wanting to make apple butter and pies. Oh and don't forget caramel and candied apples and other treats too! Children of all ages get excited about Samhain.Halloween and All Saint's Day. so we can all pretend to be something magical and let our hearts guide us. having fun on a hay wagon, singing old tunes, laughing and telling ghostly stories. Smiling and snuggling closer to keep warm as my nose gets cold from the autumn night. Enjoying homemade popcorn balls, cookies and apple cider, mmmmmmm.
Vegetable soup and chili simmer on the stove top and the wood stove lit for the first time. I love the smell of seasoned wood burning and watching the flames dance and sparkle. it always takes me far away to another time and place where magic is afoot.
The last of the hummingbirds come and go to the feeder seemingly saying goodbye for another season. They will return in the spring when it's warmer, to bless us with their beauty and energy. The afternoon sun shines in my south window onto my crystals causing them to shine all around the room making little rainbows and dancing colors. The wind chimes sing in harmony.
I wash my favorite sweater, the one that makes me feel so comfortable, cozy and warm on the cool afternoons and chilly nights, even if it is old and worn. I sit up against a huge old oak tree and watch the leaves swirl and dance down to the ground as acorns drop on rooftops.
I can sense winters on its way, but just for now, I sit and stop everything to enjoy this moment. Soon there will be frost on the windows and you'll be able to see your breath as you walk through the trees and autumn pathways.
The mountains scream out with so many colors I feel my eyes will burst staring at them with their beauty. My breath is taken away once more. Sipping hot chocolate is sooo good in the morning, with cream on top, of course. while I watch the birds play and the deer slowly leave the garden area as they look for leftover morsels.
The crows gather there too looking like they're having a big morning meeting, discussing the days' events. Scarecrows oversee the pumpkin patch with vines going in all directions leading us to magical places. I love the feel of autumn magic and I'm happy to be reminded of the miracles of life as I watch the Seasons come and go.
I close my eyes and feel the cool air on my face and smell that special scent of Autumn and thank Spirit for sharing the magic of autumn with me once more. Whether it's Autumn or Spring in your area of the world, take time today to enjoy nature and the beauty that surrounds us. be thankful and never take anything for granted and remember we're all magical and the magic lives within us all year round.

Finished another knitting project

After we had settled into the new vacation cottage last week I was able to spend some time finishing up a fun fur scarf knitting project. Now I'm hoping to move onto something else on my quest to continue to learn to knit. What should be next? Mmmm, maybe a hat. I'd love to start some socks but not sure I'm at that stage just yet. Think I'll get over to AC Moore this weekend.

Our Cottage in the Woods

Life has been somewhat busy lately. Learning new things at my job since I moved over to the art department and the moving in of our new trailer on the property in Pa. It's hard to believe a week has past already since our vacation home was installed.

Moving day was rather interesting. After spending the previous night in the old trailer which was getting worse by the minute, (even the microwave gave a final pop and died when we tried to heat up dinner) we had hoped the new unit would have been delivered as promised by 9am, but they showed up four hours late - UGH!!!! We still hadn't showered (hot water tank busted in the old rig) and couldn't wait to move in. Well, the installation took all day. They told us to leave and get something to eat because they wouldn't be done until 5:00. So off to Perkins restaurant for some yummy burgers and K-Mart for essentials we needed for the new place. We got back around 4:30 and they were almost finished. They still hadn't hooked up the air conditioning yet and needed to come back this week to do that. They found a problem in our ground plumbing line and said we shouldn't use the water. What? No way! There is a small problem that will need to be addressed but we had been using the bathroom all morning in the old rig while waiting for them to arrive and I was not going to bed without a hot shower. So they left and Brian hooked up the plumbing himself, it works fine and yes we finally had a hot shower.

The new place is beautiful. The outside landscaping needs lots of TLC so we will try and take care of a bit of it before the cold weather sets in up there, then continue in the Spring.

As for cooking in the new place last weekend we had some basic meals but there is nothing as good as eggs and sausage on a cool late summer morning looking out at wild turkeys and ground critters skampering about.

Spending this weekend back home in NY but headed back up next weekend with Matt and his girlfriend. Highlight photos are posted on my facebook page.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Thirty Four years and still going strong...

Today is our 34th wedding anniversary. Every year a happy one, full of love and fun. I couldn't be happier in my life.
The weather was perfect and the day was perfect. I made peach pancakes for breakfast. Brian surprised me with a funny card and a game for my DS - The new Prof. Layton and the Diabolical Box. Didn't think we were planning any gifts this year as we had just bought the new trailer home. I'll post more about the trailer next week. I didn't get him a gift but Brian did get a new hard drive for his computer earlier this week so he has lots of storage space for his games. I just want his computer to run perfect so he can be a happy camper and enjoy his games and stuff.

We went out mid afternoon figured we were going to have a late lunch at the Olive Garden but they only had a dinner menu so we ended up with dinner instead. The food was yummy as usual. I love the Zuppa Tuscana!

We then headed over to Walmart needed some things for the new trailer. The store is torn apart and they are rearranging the entire store. We were not so happy about the layout there, looks like they are trying to immitate Target. We had to walk the entire store to find the few items we needed. Didn't mind the walk after a large meal but just wanted to find what we needed. From there we took a peek in Game Stop and then Best Bargain Books, then on to home.

Think we will have a nice quiet evening at home. We have a nice get away planned to Pennsylvania next week when the trailer gets delivered and set on the property. Even the dogs are staying home next week. :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Night Fish Fry

A beautiful summer evening, just Brian and I are home and to kick off the Labor Day Weekend we decided to do a homemade fried catfish sandwich with fries and cole slaw. I recently purchased a small home deep fryer for making the occasional fried dishes we enjoy from time to time. I've never owned a basket fryer before so this was exciting for us. We usually avoid fried or deep fried dishes for the obvious reasons but every so often that little voice whispers in our ears to do the "bad thing".

Brian made the cole slaw while I was at work so it was fresh and crispy and not limp and soggy like from the store. I hate store made salads these days. Then when it was time to make dinner we started to make the magick happen in the kitchen. Setting up the deep fryer, coating the catfish with a nice mix of seasonned cornmeal and flour and taking the plunge. First the fish, each piece came out perfectly golden, then we followed with the fries that were crispy and perfect.

Building the sandwiches was next. A dressing of Wasabi Mayo, fish, slice of Swiss and topped with the homemade slaw all on an artisan roll. Side of fries and presto an amazing meal was born!

Here are the recipes...

Easy Cole Slaw Recipe
10 min 10 min prep

1 (16 ounce) bag coleslaw mix
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1.Combine all ingredients except cole slaw mix in a large bowl and combine well.

2.Add the cole slaw mix and toss to coat. 3.Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.

Classic Fried Catfish

¾ cup yellow cornmeal

¼ cup flour

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or Old Bay Seasonning (to taste)

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

4 catfish fillets or whole catfish

vegetable oil
Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Coat catfish with mixture, shaking off excess. Fill deep pot or 12 in. skillet half full with vegetable oil. Heat to 350°. Add catfish in single layer, and fry until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes, depending on size. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Dish Cloth

In my effort to complete projects and use up craft materials around the house, I finished a cotton dish cloth. Crocheted, very simple with some raised rows, not easy to make out in the photo though. Brian said he would rather use it as a hot mat than a dish cloth, doesn't have the heart to use it. Isn't he sweet.

Now onto some of the ideas I have for Christmas and Yule presents.