Monday, Sept 19, 2016


Kind of a rainy morning here today, but we need the rain.


The leaves are starting to turn Fall colors here and there.


I like the purple kale with Mums and pumpkins.  So colorful.


I like Pfalzgraff dish patterns and the Harvest pattern is perfect for Fall.


One thing about the Pioneer Woman’s dish line, she makes large dishes.  I like her gravy boat that would be perfect for turkey gravy on Thanksgiving.  The white color would fit in with any dish pattern.


The Pfalzgraff gravy boat that goes with the Harvest dishes looks like it would not hold very much gravy.


I like the above ideas for Fall fashion.  The only thing that I don’t like is the holes in the jeans.  I mean, I grew up in a large family and we didn’t have a lot of money to go around.  But to wear holes in your clothes really does not show much pride to me.  I mean I guess that when you have so much money that you can go around looking ragged and it’s a status symbol of how well off you are, it’s kind of pitiful looking to me.  But then they add a $400.00 purse and $300.00 shoes just to make sure you know the tears in the jeans are meant to be there.  Unreal.


I like cider donuts and cold cider in the Fall.




I think that the above farmhouse style house is just the ultimate.   That is my dream house with the farmhouse porch and then on the back there is a screened in porch, plus a balcony on the upstairs bedroom.   It somehow reminds me of my grandparents as well as my parents.

And that’s my musings for today.


Fall Inspirations and Decor ideas


I like the looks of a bushel basket of fall leaves and gourds with small white string lights.  Looks beautiful in the evening by a front entrance.


I love the above coffee mug idea for Fall.


Cute idea for a Fall decor outside.



Love the crate and bushel basket ideas.


I like Fall pillows and the basket of Fall squash and pumpkin idea.


I like Indian Corn.  It makes a nice door swag for Fall.


I like the above pumpkin decoration idea that was made from an old wood pallet.


Beef Stew is always good when the days start getting chilly.  And just putting all the ingredients in a crock pot in the morning and forgetting it and then having a nice supper all ready is always a fun idea.


Today on QVC they had a Juniors 5 lb pumpkin pie cheesecake that they were asking almost $70.00 for.  I think the above mini pumpkin cheesecakes would be much more frugal and just as good.  I don’t know why you couldn’t add a layer of pumpkin pie filling over the graham cracker crust to make it even more like Juniors.  And I like whipped cream better then the buttercream frosting that Juniors has on top.  That would make a nice Fall dessert.  I pinned the recipe for the mini pumpkin cheesecakes on my Fall recipes board on my Pinterest.  I have lots of Pinterest ideas that I have gathered and have over 700 followers, which is kind of neat.  You can go to my Pinterest by just hitting the pinterest button on this page.


I like the above idea use of corn stocks and Mums to make a mailbox all dressed up for the season.


I like the different color pumpkins like a totem pole idea.  Also the purple kale with the yellow Fall flowers looks neat.  Especially with the white mums and plaid blanket.


I saw a neat idea to make Mums last through the Fall season.  They took a plastic water bottle, cut out the bottom out and put it discreetly so it didn’t show in the middle of the plant with the top of the bottle pushed down into the soil so that when you poured water in, the water went to the roots where it perfectly watered the plant and that is what the plant likes.


I like ideas on decorating and love Martha Stewart’s bedroom idea that she has in her home in Maine.  It’s classic and will never go out of style.  Myself, I would add a little French flair to it and softness to make it comfortable.

And that’s my musings for today.



Mid September


I like the way Pumpkins and Mums look by using the pumpkin as a base for the flowers.  I think it looks especially nice on that type stone of stone wall.


I love Fall and the above idea caught my eye.  So cute.


There are a lot of apple pie recipes out there.  King Arthur Flour has a recipe on it’s website for Vermont Cheddar Apple Pie.  Sounds good to me.


Bourbon Pumpkin Pie sounds really good, also.  Just that little something that brings out the flavor of the pie.  I pinned that recipe somewhere on my Pinterest.  Either on the Fall recipes or Pie board.


I love the ideas that people have for colorful Fall displays.


Vermont mountains put on their own display with beautiful Fall colors.


I really like the above kitchen.  It’s one of Martha Stewart’s designs from her cabinets at the Home Depot.  I love the island, the farmers sink, the lighted cabinets, the 3 windows over the sink with the 3 herb pots, the open shelves on each side of the hood over the stove burners and I love the stainless steel refrigerator with double doors and an ice maker in the door.  The cabinet design is just beautiful.  I think it’s called Seal Harbor.  Martha has a house in Maine called Skylands which is Edsel Ford’s previous summer home and she also bought an adjoining property on the ocean called Seal Harbor and these cabinets are similar to what she has in that kitchen of that house.


I just love the style of the island and the finish on the side for making a table for bar stools.


This works for me for a bathroom.  Yes, please!  It’s not Martha’s taste, but it’s my dream of what I would have built for a bathroom.  I love the jacuzzi tub, the fireplace, the marble everywhere, the view and the rain shower with a glass door.


The GMC Arcadia Donali is what Martha chooses to travel to her house in Maine.  I like the sunroof and the 4-wheel drive.


The interior dashboard is super cool.  The map app tells you where you are when you are when traveling as well as giving you directions of where you program in on your destination.

Very impressive to me.


I follow Martha Stewart on twitter and the above is her latest cook book.  She has been doing book signings in Macy’s and several places recently.

I always liked Martha’s style.  The trouble that she got in for insider tips on trading stocks is so sad.  Hated to see that.


I like the idea of a breakfast nook in a bay window area next to an open concept kitchen.  So sunny and comfy.



I can’t afford the luxuries that a lot of people take for granted.  But I can still see all the beauty that is around us.


Nature is so beautiful and there for everyone to enjoy.



I like the colorful displays that you see in the area for Fall.  I like pumpkins, mums and hay bales together with a classic pickup truck.


A stone wall, pumpkins and a sugar maple tree with the Fall colors is so pretty.


I love the Northeast Kingdom part of Vermont.  So unspoiled and just beautiful in all seasons.


Antiques that have been restored are just so beautiful.


I love to visit Woodstock in the Fall.  It’s just a beautiful town.


I like country roads.  Especially for an early morning walk in all seasons.


A nice Fall salad is baby greens, walnuts, cranberries, blue cheese and apple or pear.  I like an apple cider vinaigrette with it.


My favorite fashion blogger had a perfect little black dress on her blog today.  Her dress was sleeveless.  I like the above little black dress that I found.  It’s classic and if you wear it, you can never be too dressed up or too dressed down.


I don’t do high heels, but the above shoes are what is in fashion for a little black dress.  I like the shoes that are with the little black dress that I also like.



I like the back clutch bag from Stitch Fix that fashion bloggers suggest.


The above Etoile Chandelier earrings from Stella & Dot are a neat idea from the Fashion bloggers to wear with a little black dress.


Also the Celine wrap bracelet.  So in style right now.


I saw a really neat idea on Pinterest.  They just put some twigs in water with floating candles.


I’ve always wanted to have a wine and cheese party.  Love the whole idea of it.  It’s like something that the Barefoot Contessa would have for a get together.


I also like picnics.


It’s also fun to tailgate in the Fall.  A nice thermos of soup with sandwiches.


I love the lakes in the Fall.


I like when the colorful leaves are like a mirror in the water.


Country roads are beautiful.


I just think that Fall is my favorite season.  The temperatures are perfect with a little crispness in the air.

And that’s my musings for today.








Libby’s Old fashioned Pumpkin pie is one of my favortes for Fall.  It’s so easy to make and just so traditional Fall.


The above photo is just so Vermont.  The rivers and mountains and wildflowers with a Birch tree or two here and there.


Soon, the leaves will start to turn colors.  The temperature this morning was 48 degrees.  When it gets cold enough at night to have a frost is when the leaves start getting pretty colors.


You used to see a lot of Holstein cows around the countryside.  Not so much anymore.  I used to work for Holstein Association at one time when the main office was in Brattleboro, VT.  My boss had a doctrine in genetics in animal breeding and the registered Holsteins are very carefully bred to be as perfect as possible.


My Grandparents had a beautiful farm and I loved the life that they had.  Beautiful vegetable gardens, chickens, horses, cows and a very healthy lifestyle.  Not many farms left in Vermont anymore.


It’s almost pumpkin season.


I like some of the rural towns that are still left.  So peaceful and pretty.  Whenever I go shopping, I take back roads that go along the river.  Reminds me of old times.


You don’t see too many round barns, but I think they are neat.


I worked at the Vermont Country Store at one time and their Hickory and Maple smoked cheddar was one of my favorites for cheese.


I like cascading waterfalls.  So pretty.


I found a recipe for applesauce that sounded good and I pinned the recipe on my Fall recipes board.

And that’s my musings for Thursday.


Fall Ideas


I love Chili in the Fall and Crockpot Turkey Chili sounds good to me.  I love it when you can put all the fixings on top of the chili like the cheddar, sour cream and chopped green onion.  Melissa D’Arabian has a live cooking demo at her own house kitchen on Tuesdays which she posts on facebook.  She made a turkey chili and also ground turkey Asian lettuce wraps yesterday.  When she browned the ground turkey, she put a little soy sauce in it to make it look like ground beef.  So neat.  She posts the recipes on her website.  The crockpot turkey chili recipe is a recipe that  I found on the net and saved it in my crock pot recipes on my Pinterest.


I like the above idea for a Fall table.


The above pumpkin patch little pumpkins from Temp-tations is really cute.  They say that the temptations are oven safe up to 500 degrees.  But they crack at 300 degrees.  So I definitely would not buy them to bake in.  But these are cute to put a side dish in, maybe squash soup or even as a cute candy dish for your desk at work.  I think they are cute for a Fall table.


I love the Pumpkin Gingerbread trifle idea.  A girl at work used to make this when we had a Thanksgiving pot luck at work.  Very impressive to look and and very delicious.  I pinned the recipe on my Fall recipes board on my Pinterest.


I came upon a recipe for Autumn Pork Roast surrounded by butternut squash and onions with a sauce that had applesauce, Dijon mustard, soy sauce and white wine in it.  I saved the recipe in my Fall recipe ideas on my Pinterest.  It sounds really good to me.


Then Down East Pumpkin bread, which is a recipe from Maine sounded really good.  I pinned that recipe on my Fall ideas on Pinterest, also.


Bath and Bodyworks has 3-wick candles that are on sale right now for $12.50 which is almost half price.   Their Autumn candle is beautiful.


Also, their “Sweater Weather” candle.  I love Bath and Bodyworks candles.   They have all kinds of candles to choose from.


I found a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte that is supposed to be a lot like Starbucks version.  It sounded really good and I pinned the recipe on my Fall ideas board on my Pinterest.


The Pioneer Woman’s pot roast is supposed to be really good.  I pinned the recipe on my Fall ideas board.


Ina Garten’s Mac and Cheese is supposed to be one of her best recipes.  I think that it would be fun to make this Fall.


I like cheesecake anyways, but Pumpkin Cheesecake with salted caramel sauce just sounds really scrumptious.  I pinned that recipe on my Fall recipe ideas on my Pinterest.


I love the idea of baked Pumpkin donuts.

Then a neat idea for a Favorite recipes cookbook was on the web.



I saw the neat idea where you can download dividers for a favorite recipes cookbook.  It costs $12.50 to download but it’s really cute to put in those plastic savers that go in a 3 ring binder.  It had the front and back pages for the 3 -ring binder You can print out the 8 1/2 X 11 pages on cardstock.

I like stuff like that because I have a ton of cookbooks and if I find a recipe I like, I can save it in a place easy to find.  Also, I print out all kinds of recipes from the net.

I start projects and just lose interest in them.  But one of these days I will finish a project.


I like the grey trenchcoat with the boots idea.  The cuff bracelet, also.


I like the above style of earrings, but the link where I found them says they are sold out of them.

And that is my ideas for today.




Yesterday I saw a 1950’s style Pickup truck that looked almost exactly like the one above.  Someone had restored it and the only difference from the one above is that they had put west coast mirrors on each side and wood inserts in the inside of the back.   So neat.  I love that style of the classic Chevvy pickup.


I went to my favorite local farm-stand today and got a package of lettuce that was picked from their garden this morning.  It was like 5 kinds of lettuce.  I also got an heirloom tomato there.  I made the best salad ever when I got home with my own dressing that is red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, Italian herbs and California extra virgin olive oil.  I have a favorite salad dish that I like to use for salads.

The weather here today was just beautiful.  Sunny with a light breeze.  I love this time of year.


I like the looks of the above stove.  It is like a dream stove for anyone that likes to cook and bake.  Wow, gas burners, a grill and 2 ovens.  I like the Le Creuset pots on the stove, too.


I’d love to go over to the coast of Maine sometime before the weather changes and have some seafood.  My brother lives right near the border of Maine in New Hampshire and they go to Maine a lot.  Besides that, they have a timeshare in Maine that is right on the ocean that they go to twice a year for a week at a time.  I just love that area.  They are near all kinds of malls, lakes and the ocean.


Over in Portsmouth, NH there is a place called Wentworth by the Sea.  I saw it on a program on TV on the NH public television on Sunday.  They were showing the best places to have breakfast in NH.  Looks pretty nice to me.


They showed eggs and lobster hash that they had for a breakfast at Wentworth by the Sea.  Then they said that the lobster was from Maine.  Wow, what a dream atmosphere and breakfast.

And that’s my Tuesday musings for the day. 🙂

Good Morning


It’s a beautiful morning…………..



Wishing you a nice day…………


I love this time of year when the nights are cooler and there is dew rising from the ground in the early morning.


I love the early morning sunrise.  Just something about the air in the early morning.

I’d like to start a routine of going for a morning walk and just enjoying the morning air.


My Mom’s favorite place used to be Shadow Lake which is in northern Vermont.  I wonder what she would think of the power windmills all over the place, now.  It’s still pretty there, though.


Love a hearty breakfast with a view.


Some fresh baked muffins are always nice.


An omelette and homefries.  Sounds good to me.

Have a nice day!




I love anything French and the Le Creuset gold knob Bon Appetit dutch oven really caught my eye.  I absolutely love it.  I can’t even imagine having that beautiful dutch oven.  It was on QVC on the shopping network and for today it was on easy pay.  It even is just the right size.  I don’t like those huge heavy dutch ovens.  This one is 4.5 quarts which is perfect.  I just love the looks of it.


Then the 3.75 quart Le Creuset pot that has a grill pan for the cover is awesome.  It’s just perfect to have.  That pan was on easy pay and free shipping just for today.  Love it. ❤



I got a really neat E-mail from King Arthur Flour today.  They sent a whole page on how to make inside-out-pumpkin-muffins.  They had a streusel topping and a cream cheese filling.  Sounds really good to me for Fall baking and I have the link to that page below.  I printed out the page.





Then I saw a recipe for General Tso’s cauliflower that said it beats Chinese takeout.  I pinned that recipe on my veggie board on my Pinterest.


I saw Ina Garten’s 11 best recipes of all times.  I pinned that article on my Pinterest board for Barefoot Contessa recipes.


I love sunflowers.  They just remind me of sunshine.


My favorite fashion blogger had a cashmere sweater something like the one above.  The one above is not cashmere and is about $100.00 less then the one she had, but I love the color and the style of the one above.  It’s also from Nordstrom, the same place as the cashmere version from my favorite fashion blogger.


I like the above boots that are on one of the home shopper networks.



I love the Stella and Dot necklace that looks like 3 necklaces.  It all comes together with one necklace purchase.


I like blue Hydrangeas, but the pink Hydrangeas look beautiful in the above wooden tool box.


I saw a really neat article where a very rich lady had an apartment in Paris around 1942.  She just up and left the apartment during the war and never went back.  But she kept the rent paid on the apartment all these years.  The above photo is a painting of that lady.  She died at age 93 just recently.  She must have been a prominent person because that painting sold for millions of dollars according to the article that I read.


The above is a photo of the apartment just as she left it in 1942.  Wow.  Amazing.


To me, Paris is the ultimate of all ultimates.  I think that I have every photo and video ever made of the place.  Plus I have read a ton of books on Paris.  I have a friend that went there recently and said that she didn’t think that it was so great.  My sister went there and my neice and neither one was impressed, either.  Well, I would be impressed beyond words.  It’s the city of romance and just beautiful.  Full of history and art.

And that’s my Sunday musings.



Fall Inspirations



I like to go to Alyson’s Orchards and get some apples when they are available.  So good when they are freshly picked from the trees.


It’s fun to pick your own apples at the orchard, also.


I love the bushel baskets of apples.  It doesn’t take long to fill them up.

Apple pie and ice cream………..yum!

So many things you can make with apples.


Apple Streusel muffins are one of my favorites.


For the past couple of years, the peaches have not grown well in Alyson’s orchards.  But she ships them in from other orchards in the area and the peaches they have available are just amazing. Nothing like a juicy, sweet peach.  Some different then what are usually in the grocery stores.


They have lots of plums at Alyson’s Orchards.


Ina Garten’s Plumb Crumble Tart recipe is easy to make and a nice treat with a cup of coffee on a foggy, rainy day.  I pinned that recipe on my Fall recipes in my Pinterest.


They say that a glass of wine is actually good for you.  They have wine that was made in Walpole at Alyson’s Orchards.  I think it would be very enjoyable with that view.


At the end of September they have an Oktoberfest at Burdick’s in Walpole. I always wanted to go to that.  It’s on my bucket list for sure.


The above shows the dishes that were on the menu for last year’s Oktoberfest at Burdick’s.


And the above were the desserts.  The Black Forest Cake looks good to me.

I can’t really afford the prices at Burdick’s. But I wouldn’t mind making up a fun Oktoberfest gathering right at home.


Do the hairstyle to get in the spirit of things.


Have some cute flower arrangements for outside tables.


Have some Bratwurst Sliders with beer cheese and beer braised onions.


Some good beer is a must.


I like the above cupcake idea.  I pinned that recipe on my Oktoberfest board on my Pinterest.

A nice cheese assortment board to go with beer is always nice.



Beer Bratwurst with Carmelized Sauerkraut.  Nice idea.


German Chocolate cake is always good.


Gotta have German Beer Cheese Spread for a tangy dip for pretzels and beer.


And of course Schnitzel.



This time of year, you see a lot of pumpkin recipes, also.  I like the pecan and raisin pumpkin bread recipe that I saw on a blog.  I pinned that recipe on my Fall recipes board on my Pinterest.


And then they went and put Creamery Pumpkin ice cream and whipped cream over the pumpkin bread.



I think that Fall is my favorite time of year.

And that’s my inspirations for today.