Early mornings


I like to start some days with a beautiful, early morning walk.  There’s a nice walk within a few miles from where I live that goes across a dam.  I love the view of the mountain in the distance.


I love to see the early morning dew and the early sun trying to burn it off the ground.


Country roads in the Fall are just beautiful.


I love the above hoodie.  It’s fun to go for a walk early in the morning with a warm hoodie.


I like the above sweatshirt, also.  It’s warm and cozy.


I like the above poncho type jacket when it’s extra chilly.


A nice steamy thermos of coffee to enjoy along the way.


I love the creative ideas that people have.


A nice breakfast to have after a morning walk is apple cinnamon oatmeal with a little maple syrup over it.  I make it the easy way by just slicing an apple over a half cup of old fashion oatmeal and a cup of water.  Then I sprinkle cinnamon over the apples and put it in the microwave for 3.50 minutes.  Then just put a little maple syrup over it or not.


I found a new smoothie that I really like.  It’s called a Razzle-dazzle Raspberry-Cherry smoothie.  I used almond milk, yogurt and frozen raspberries and sweet black cherries.

And that’s my musings for this morning.




Le Creuset


I love to cook and I know that the pans that you use make a difference in how recipes turn out.  I love Le Creuset.  They are wicked expensive, but worth every penny.  The above is the start of my collection.  I got it because it’s oval shaped and can be used for a lot of recipes plus the lid can be used as a grill pan.


Then I got the matching utencils.  I love them.


The above is what I want next.  I love all the different ways the pot and the fry-pan lid can be used.


I also want the trivet from Le Creuset.


The French coffee press and total coffee deluxe is my next goal to add to my collection of Le Creuset.


Then the ultimate to add to my collection would be the above.  I absolutely love everything about that pot.


And, because I can’t help myself, I want the above Quatrefoil dutch oven from Le Creuset.


I’m attracted to the Soleil and the Marseille.


Sur la Table has an online course from Jacques Pepin for only $29.00.  That is definitely on my goals list.  I want that course.  It’s awesome because you can take your time with it and study it any time you want.  If you go to one of the Sur la Table cooking classes that they have, a class like that it would cost 5 times or more that price.  Plus it’s about 100 miles from me where any of their cooking classes are available.

I like French cooking.  They know how to get flavor in food.

And that’s my musings for today.




I love Pumpkin Patches.  So colorful.


Pumpkins are just a sign of Autumn.


People are so creative with their displays of pumpkins.


And nature is beautiful in her display of color with a pumpkin patch.  I love how the pumpkins are on the ground and all the vines are connecting them.


I love the above photo.  It’s so natural looking.


I love how people put pumpkins on a fence.


I love a Blue Moon pumpkin.


It’s amazing how they grow huge pumpkins sometimes.


My son had a big pumpkin that he put out for the squirrels at the end of the season last year and two squirrels got so fat that they could barely climb up the trees.


It’s just a beautiful time of year and pumpkins just add to it.

Monday – Sept 26, 2016


I love the color of the above kitchen and the carved granite farmers sink.  That would be beautiful to have in a cottage near a lake.


Kind of a neat book is the Simon Pearce Design for Living.  I love how they make the beautiful wine glasses and hurricane lamps.

6818A small hurricane lamp like the one above costs $100.00.  It is a second and a regular blown glass lamp would cost even more.  But they are beautiful.


I like butterflies and the above cameo necklace that is made from the conch shell is just gorgeous in my opinion.  It’s on HSN home shopping.



They even have the earrings to match.


I love the neat ways to wear a Fall scarf.


I like some of the inspirational things that I come across.  I print them out and put them in my organizer sometimes for inspiration.


A neat salad for Fall that has apples, walnuts, kale, cranberries, blue cheese and a Goddess dressing.


I love Fall tablescape ideas.


The French can make a meal out of a baguette, cheese, wine and a Figs.  I could go for that. 🙂


I like the maple leaf with the monogram initial idea for a door.  Looks like they just glued the twine to the leaf.


I love the above photo looking out from inside a covered bridge.


I just love Fall and the mountains.


I love Farmhouse porches.


And I love old wheel barrels.


I also like how the fallen leaves look in the water.  So colorful.


I like the above spice blend chart.  I printed it out and put it in my favorite recipes cookbook.


I love country roads in the Fall.  The crisp air and the beautiful color.

And that’s my Monday musings.


Fall Decor


There are such cute ideas out there to carve pumpkins.


You can really have fun with it.


Lots of creative ideas.


I like the Ernie and Burt pumpkins.


The mason jar candle Fall candle holders with gluing leaves on the outside and the raffia bow is neat.


I like the candle holder idea for a centerpiece on the table.  The yellow and orange candles with the mini white pumpkins and then the berries around the base of the candle is so cute.


I like the above pillow that someone made on Etsy.


I like white string lights and the above is a nice Fall use of the lights idea.


Someone made the nice Fall sign on Etsy.  It looks really nice next to a barn and then the basket of leaves and a pumpkin.


I think that pumpkins look neat with candles in them and the berries around the base of the candles with a Fall leaf here and there.


Another cute Fall pillow that someone made on Etsy.



I love Le Creuset pots and the little Pumpkin cocotte is so adorable to have for Fall.


A creative idea for using wine glasses.


I like the little mason jar scare crow idea.


I like the above porch with the mums, pumpkins and Fall door wreath.


I like the table centerpiece idea  with the round mirror under it that reflects the light of the candles.


I like the creative ideas that people have.


Pumpkin topiarys are really a cute idea.


I like the idea of a monagram or house number on a pumpkin.


Love the above idea with the lantern, pumpkins, Mums and the ivy with the brick steps.


Gotta love the Gourd-eous guys.


I like the simplicity of the above little beauties.  Great on a table center or mantle.


Can’t believe that Christmas is only 90 days away.  I love the decor for that.

And that’s my musings for today……


Saturday Sept 24, 2016


I was looking up some nice Fall recipes and I came across Butternut Squash Ravioli.  I pinned the recipe on my Pasta board on my Pinterest.


Then on one of the Cooks Country shows, they showed how to make Apple Pie with Cheddar crust.  They used two kinds of apples that they cooked first in a dutch with the brown sugar and spices and all.  Then they cooled the apples.  They made the crust in a food processor using half butter and half chopped cheddar.  I pinned the recipe on my Fall recipes board on my Pinterest.


I found a Vegetarian Lasagna that sounded really good and pinned the recipe on my pasta board on my Pinterest.


Then King Arthur Flour had a recipe for Old Fashioned Apple cake with brown sugar frosting.  Sounded good to have with a cup of coffee.


Then King Arthur Flour has online classes that sound awesome.


Bread making classes are really expensive at their Norwich classes.  Big savings on the on line class.


All kinds of classes to choose from.  I love it.


I always liked Elizabeth Taylor’s style.  I have a book that I bought on sale at a Borders book store years ago that showed all her jewelry.  Beautiful book with all kinds of colored photos.  I paid next to nothing for it and I treasure it.  I saw the same book on QVC  recently like in the last year that they were asking like hundreds of dollars for the very same book.  It’s a collectors item.


I love jewelry.  The above style ring is gorgeous in my opinion.  I love the cushion cut center stone and then the baguettes around it.  If it were real diamonds, it would cost thousands of dollars.  But it’s on QVC made by the designer Victoria Wieck for only $149.00.  She designs real rings like that and uses the same designs for replicas in stones that look real.  I just think it’s a beautiful style.


The above photo came up on my facebook from memories of a photo I took about 4 years ago.  I remember it was taken in Chester, VT when I was at a craft fair that they have every year in the Fall.  The carriage was on the lawn of one of the Country Inns along the main street of Chester.


Today the temperatures were chilly and I made a Lentil soup for lunch.  It was perfect for my Rachel Ray “Little Hoot” dishes.


I just love the colors of Fall.

And that’s my musings for today…..


Favorite Things Friday


One of my favorite things is McDonalds ice coffee.  A lot of times when I go shopping, I get one of those ice coffees to enjoy along the way.  So refreshing.  I turn on my favorite radio station and take a country road along the river where I don’t have to speed and can just enjoy the trip.


I like Kringle candles.  They have a store in Massachusetts just over the Vermont border.  It’s a beautiful store and all the candles are white.  One of my favorite candles.


I like Poland Spring Sparkling water with lemon.  I always buy a six pack and put the water in a tall glass with ice and a lemon slice to enjoy.  At a convenience store, one small bottle costs $1.49.  This week at the Market Basket, a 6-pack is $1.50.  Pretty nice savings.


I like Cameos.  I had one similar to the above, only it had a diamond on the necklace.


I adore the above bracelet.  It’s on my bucket list to be able to get one.


I love plants.  Martha Stewart had a neat idea on her website to grow more plants from your own succulents.  Those plants are expensive and to grow all those from a few plants is an awesome idea.


I don’t do sweets.  But anything in moderation.  My favorite is soft batch chocolate chip cookies.


I like the Temp-tations Fall products.  The pumpkin pie dish is cute to have for Fall.  I wouldn’t buy it though because I have had baking dishes that I bought from that line and they crack after using in the oven.


But I like Temp-tations dinnerware.  The above pattern is adorable to have for Fall.  I love the mugs and the little pumpkin salad plates.  Then the bowls are a good size.  Their dinnerware is really nice.  I have 3 different patterns of their dinnerware and I love it.

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I like inspirational sayings.  Sometimes I print them out and put them in my organizer.


I like the Mason bowls that King Arthur Flour has.  They remind me of the bowls that my Mom and Gram used to use all the time.


I also like King Arthur Flour air tight containers for the pantry.


I like covered bridges.  If you make a wish when you are driving through the bridge, it’s supposed to come true.


I like some of the Fall fashions that I see on my favorite fashion bloggers web pages and how to wear gray this Fall.

And that’s some of my favorite things for this Friday.