Friday, October 24, 2014


 I think I will do this to some of my pumpkins next year.  If you look closely, you will see that the stem has been painted gold.

 Are you a fan of Fiestaware?  We drove to the Fiestaware outlet in Newell, WV yesterday to pick up some bowls. The factory is in an 'interesting' area.

There are mountains of broken Fiestaware piled outside.

This is the main room where you can buy firsts at a discounted price.

They were out of their witch plates but they had other Halloween patterns.

This is the seconds room.

The prices are displayed on samples sitting on the shelves on the wall.  Seconds are deeply discounted.

I bought some pumpkin colored bowls to match my pumpkin mugs.  The bowls were 3.00 each.
On the way out of town we passed this place.  I always wonder why really scary places, that I would never consider going into, write STAY OUT on the front of them.  I mean really?  They don't have to tell me that. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

If you look closely, you can see a crow sitting on a pumpkin.
I love pumpkin patches after the first frost.  The leaves die back and you can see all of the pumpkins in the field.

My garden is still growing.
We stumbled upon this farm market after the fair last weekend.  Look at the organized pepper display.
 I am going to miss these guys when the season is over.

 Baby Boos.

 Ghost pumpkins.

 Do you have your pumpkin yet?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Cupcakes

I made some cupcakes for my neighbor and my little friends yesterday.   Little kids are so excited for Halloween right now.  So am I.

I used eggs which had popped out of the chicken 2 days ago.  Look at the wonderful color in the batter.

These are the ones that went to the neighbor. She ate them for dinner.

The recipe:

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Fill muffin tins which have been  lined with cupcake cups. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.  Let them cool on a rack.
The frosting:  1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat the butter until whipped and gradually add the sugar, milk and vanilla.  Beat until you have a smooth consistency.

Have you seen these candles yet?  They are battery operated and can be set to turn on and turn off at set times.  I can't get over how realistic they look.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Fair in the Woods

 On a cold and rainy Autumn day, we went to a fair in the woods at a really wonderful farm.

 We went to one here in June.  They hold two each year and I doubt that I will miss any of them.

 The tents are set up under the trees.


 Fabric pumpkins.

 For several years I have been looking for something and I found it at this booth. 

 You could take a carriage ride through the fields.

 A honey booth.

 What a cute name.

 George and Floyd's hot sauce.  It's really good!

 This woman had some really nice things.  The set of yellow ware bowls (6 of them) was 100.00 and she said she would negotiate. I passed but I bet someone scooped them up.

 The pond.


 The farm was beautifully decorated.

 Bittersweet for sale.

 The side entrance to the farmhouse.

 A place to warmup.

 The driveway.

Their vintage truck.
I bought these two greenware planters which match my green bowl collection.  They are in perfect condition and were 8.00.
The Blog Tech bought this pristine microphone from the 50's.  It appears to have never been used.
This was my big find.  I have been looking for faceted prisms at a good price for the last few years.   These are old lead crystal and they sure do shine.  I got about 350 of them for 100.00.  A very good deal.  In a few weeks, I'll show you how I am going to use them.