Autumn Leaf Jewelry Dish

 

 

Autumn Leaf Jewelry Dish

My road trip last week left me in a euphoric daze of beautiful fall leaves.  Ashland Oregon was especially beautiful.  Every Autumn I try at least one craft involving leaves.  I have been wanting to do something with clay, and gold paint, so I thought Id make a jewelry dish that looks like a leaf!  The gold paint makes it very autumn themed, and I love how it turned out!

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Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Autumn Flavored Quinoa

 

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Autumn Flavored Quinoa

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic fall season.  Eating lots of squash and apple cider and sweet potatoes I hope?!  I just returned from a lovely fall road trip/vacation that was so much fun! It really hit the spot when it comes to everything I crave in the fall.  My lovely grandmother and I took our time driving through the beautiful Oregon Willamette Valley, from Northern California to Portland. We enjoyed beautiful fall colors wherever we went.  Reds and golds that were a photographers delight! We visited some farms that were stocked up on pumpkins, and corn mazes, and hayrides galore!  We ate like queens, and loved every bite. Best of all, I was able to spend time with my wonderful family!

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Roasted Rosemary Potatoes with Onions

 

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes with Onions

I’m so happy to be able to use my oven again.  I mean, I’m so glad to be able to use my oven again without counteracting the effects of the air conditioning that I have been paying a boatload of money for this summer.  It has finally cooled down a bit here in Cali, which is good because I’m ready for sweaters and baking cookies every day of the  week, and warm comfort foods.  Potatoes are a comfort food for me for sure.

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Apple and Pear Pie

 

Pear and Apple Pie

 

There is nothing like the smell of apples and cinnamon wafting through your house on a cool morning as you bake your first fall pie.  One of many to come I am sure.  I had fully intended to make a regular apple pie, but didn’t have quit enough apples.  When I stopped to pick up some more apples. these beautiful red pears caught my eye and I decided that apple and pear together sounded even better!

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Halloween Potions

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I like to dress up for Halloween if there is a fun party going on.  The town I live in also has a huge bar scene, which really goes all out for this holiday, so it can be pretty fun.  At home I’m not so much into decorating though.  A few pumpkins on my porch is it for me.  When my mother told me she was having a Halloween get together and needed some decor, I decided to make some potions and spells themed decor with whatever I had in my hoarding/crafting stash.  It ended up being really fun and easy, and turned out pretty cool so I thought I would share!

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Rocket Pizza

Rocket Pizza

My honey makes me the best pizza in the whole world. There is nothing sexier than your love in the kitchen, covered in flour, and making you your own homemade individual pizza topped with all your favorite toppings.  Meanwhile, you admire his hard work from the couch while you catch up with your besties, Zoey Deschanel and Mindy Kaling.  Well, at least to me there is nothing sexier. I guess I should say, he used to make me the best pizza in the whole world.  Then, 6 months ago, he decided to go into the pizza business professionally.  You would think that means I would be eating pizza more than ever right?

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Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Well, I finally did it.  I broke the pumpkin seal!  I hosted a baby shower for my sister last week and I made mini pumpkin pies.  Once I had one, I new the pumpkin fever was here to stay.  I was trying to wait as long as possible, as it doesn’t even seem like fall yet here in Northern Cali.  But today, after a very long drought, and not many days below 90 degrees in the last 4 months, it is finally raining!

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Cucumber and Dill Salad

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So many cucumbers, so little time…..

Summer always seems to go by so fast. It’s not just me either, I hear this phrase spoken often. This may just be in our heads though.  It may be just be a paradigm that we have taught ourselves from an early age. After years of summers being our “freedom” from school.  We taught ourselves to look forward to it, became accustomed to that that euphoric feeling when it finally arrived, and wished so hard it would never end.  As an adult, I feel the same way about summer, though I feel like all the seasons go by fast.  Except for winter, winter sometimes feels painfully slow.  Maybe this is just a sign of getting older. Nah! That’s definitely not it!

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