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A Snow Blanket

I will probably share many more photos soon, but I just had to post a few…

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We woke up to a snow blanket covering our part of the world.

How beautiful!

Can’t wait to run outside (with my many layers of clothing on) and take many pictures!!

Until then,
Stay warm.

Daisy

Snowy Day

I’m in Ohio, and it has been snowing on & off since yesterday…

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I ran outside with my cell phone and took pictures of the beautiful setting…

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I left my favorite one for last:

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Enjoy the weather,
And have a wonderful weekend!
–Daisy

County Fair

I went to a cute little County Fair this past weekend.

My favorite part is always the animals…

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I have to tell you, though, I was very disappointed to learn that the chickens and roosters were not scheduled to arrive for another 3 days! That is always my favorite section!
Oh well, maybe next time…Sigh…

They also had an old building filled with different kinds of historical displays…

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I was so excited when I saw some quilters demonstrating the art of hand quilting. It was fun talking to them.

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There was also different sewing machines from the early 1900s

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Outside, there was a large display of different kinds of machinery and other “vehicles”

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It was a fun time, just walking around, enjoying the different areas. It was a small fair but there was something for everyone… Rides, food, contests,…

There were several groups performing at various stations and I enjoyed listening to them.

I’ll leave you with a picture of these two sweeties…

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Happy Fall/Autumn,
Daisy

Progress?

I went to the hardware store to get something we needed for the house. When I returned I found that my husband had been busy…

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I walked in… and was pretty much speechless…he was smiling so big, happy because he knew I (eventually) wanted to work on the kitchen…
I hugged him, thanked him, and then we both sat down and said, “Now what?!”

And so, the fun begins. I’ll show you (soon) some pictures of what we’ve been up to and how things are coming.

Eagerly counting the days until the kitchen is once again in working order,

Daisy

Cornbread

I have been missing out all these years…

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A cast iron skillet makes cornbread (among other things) so much better!

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I know, I know, …where have I been?!
Everybody, EVERYBODY has a cast iron skillet.
Except me.

But now, (thanks to my daughter, who helped me see the benefits) I will be getting one.
Very soon.
Maybe even before I unpack all those boxes from our move? . . .

Happy cooking,
Daisy

Moving

For the past days we have been working on the house we will be moving to…

Definitely a fixer-upper, but with lots of potential.

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it also has a big backyard so I’ll be able to grow some veggies and herbs, and roses, and wild flowers, and maybe even some fruit trees?!

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There are some challenges, like the bathroom and kitchen which have not been updated in decades.

 

If you have any ideas or suggestions…

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Especially for the bathroom,

let me know.

i have some ideas but would love to hear what you all think.

 

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There’s a lot of work to be done and we will probably do it a little at a time.

I can’t wait to show you some AFTER photos!

keeping you in suspense until then,

Daisy :)

 

Apple Sauce

I love apple season.

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I buy the bags of apples marked .99 lb

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I stick my nose in the bag and smell that
wonderful scent of apples…

I must look funny, but I don’t care.

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I feel inspired to bake…
apple pie, turnovers, bread, and . . .

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Apple Sauce.

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This is my first year making apple sauce.
My friend just happened to mention that she
was making apple sauce, and because she’s such a wonderful cook,
I asked her how she made it.

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I always thought it would be a complicated process,
too difficult for someone like me who usually does
the quick & easy recipes.

But I couldn’t believe how easy and simple
the entire process was.

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I just washed, cored, and cut the apples into big chunks.
Yes, that’s right… you don’t have to peel them!!!
That alone is what inspired me to try this recipe.

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I combined a half cup of brown sugar,
a sprinkling of ground cinnamon (about 1 tsp)
and tossed the apples with this mixture
along with 10 Red Hot candies.

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I then added 2 cinnamon sticks,
one tablespoon of vanilla,
and 2-3 star anise
to the big pot (with the one inch of water).

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Just before the water began to boil,
I poured in the apples,
and covered the pot.

I waited til the water boiled,
then I turned the temperature down to a very low simmer
and left it on the burner for about 2 hours,
stirring once in a while.

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The whole house smelled of cinnamon and apples!

 

When the apples were of apple sauce consistency
…you might like yours more chunky or less chunky…
I turned the stove off and let them sit until
they weren’t hot any more… just warm.

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I had never had warm applesauce…
but I just couldn’t wait to try it!

… so …  I did

and it was delicious!!

I was surprised how good it tasted.
I guess I really didn’t expect it to be better
than the store-boought.
But it was!!

 

This weekend I went back and bought another 2 bags of apples.

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Guess what I’m doing today?  :)

 

I froze most of the apple sauce I made
so it will stay fresh longer,
and I plan on making some to put in pretty jars
to give away.

Fun to make, good to eat, and great gift idea!

If you like apples,
now is a good time to take advantage of the sales!

Have a blessed week!

Daisy

 

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