Wednesday, October 28, 2009

An Autumn Evening

An Autumn Evening

Dark hills against a hollow crocus sky
Scarfed with its crimson pennons, and below
The dome of sunset long, hushed valleys lie
Cradling the twilight, where the lone winds blow
And wake among the harps of leafless trees
Fantastic runes and mournful melodies.

The chilly purple air is threaded through
With silver from the rising moon afar,
And from a gulf of clear, unfathomed blue
In the southwest glimmers a great gold star
Above the darkening druid glens of fir
Where beckoning boughs and elfin voices stir.

And so I wander through the shadows still,
And look and listen with a rapt delight,
Pausing again and yet again at will
To drink the elusive beauty of the night,
Until my soul is filled, as some deep cup,
That with divine enchantment is brimmed up.
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of my all time favorite authors. As a child I loved her stories about Anne's adventures. Later, as a teen, I enjoyed the series on television. Then, as a young adult I began to collect the series to watch at will. Now, as a mother, I am enjoying it all over again with my own daughters.

I am excited to report to anyone else who loves this series that they will be equally as happy to find that the story continues with another sequel! Anne of Green Gables, A New Beginning is the latest edition to this heartwarming collection. I truly do love these movies and cannot wait to put this under our tree this coming christmas, as a special daughter gift for the year. If you are interested, here is the website that will inform you of anything to do with Anne of Green Gables...enjoy.

Have any of you been able to visit Avonlea in real life? I haven't yet, but it is on my bucket list. I hope to one day be a visitor here......

I was so happy to hear how many of you wanted to see some more of the Autumn at my farmhouse and thank you all for your comments! I really do enjoy reading them and discovering who has been here to visit me!

Now, I know how long I wait between my posts lately and with all good intentions, over the course of a few weeks, I continue to gather ideas and photos for a post. Oh! But it takes so long to get ready!

Once I am finally ready to do so I have so much to put into a single post that I hope I don't bore you all with the length of it!

I have a few more pictures to share with you all of my
Autumn Farmhouse that took a little transformation for the halloween holiday and will do so one more time for Thanksgiving....

Front Parlor Fireplace Mantel....

Complete with two Jack-O-Lanterns all ready for their big night!

My Autumn Dining Room- we already have a farmers market theme going on in there,

so the harvest decor goes along with it.

My kitchen hutch all decked out.

What Autumn Kitchen would be complete without carmel apples ready to go?

Our entryway has taken transformation for the frills of Halloween, if only for a short while.

A Halloween Tea pot all ready for my Witches Brew He, He, He!

I will have a Halloween Teaparty with my daughters the afternoon before trick or treating! Getting all ready for our big night! LOL

We love the fun theatrics of Halloween and we so love our tea parties!

And to go along with our teaparty I will be making this delish Paula Deen Recipe (I just love her!),

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Soooo, easy and soooo good!


The link to the recipe if you care to try it....
One last thing.....I have entered my porch at the recomendation of a few of my friends into the following harvest porch contest. If any of you would like to vote, please click on the link below and leave a comment! Of course I would love to win but check out the whole website if you have a porch addiction as I do, I loved all the pictures!
I hope you all have some wonderful activities planned for
the rest of the autumn season,
enjoy all the fun that October has to offer!
Don't forget to check my Farmhouse Mercantile (link above, top left)I have listed some new autumn signs and will be putting some Christmas goodies on there soon as well! Let me know what ya'll think!
I will be posting some scarier pictures the next time we meet, my middle daughter is having a halloween party and I would love to creep you out with our farmhouse makeover!
(If you are not too scared that is!)
Take Care,

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Harvest at the farmhouse part 2

Well, hello my blogger friends,
it has been a little while!
Part two of my autumn tour has taken me some time but
I have been able to finally get a few more of my pictures on this here computer!

The farmhouse has been bustling with autumn decorating and activities. The leaves have begun to change and I have been gathering the the bittersweet vines the grow up and down my property to add to my ever changing indoor and outdoor displays. I love adding natural elements.

My children and I put together a farmer scarecrow to watch over our pumpkin harvest to greet our visitors. The porch is piled high with pumpkins!

Corn pulled from a cornstalk for the critters to nibble on....we can't forget our lil friends!

The monstrosity of a pumpkin you see her is a genuine fake! He, He!
I love it though, and I can use it year after year, so they are well worth the investment.

You can find me sitting here on a rocker in the early autumn evenings sipping some spice tea or a warm mug of cider. I love to heat up a small batch, put a little bit of cider in a saucepan, add a little brown sugar, a few red hots, and a cinnamon stick to your mug, keeps your hands toasty warm on those chilly evenings.

Another easy Autumn treat I like to make is carmel dip.....mmmm,
WARNING: This stuff is soooo good!
I am a busy momma and I like easy and quick recipes with as few ingredients as possible.
I think this one came from a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, but I can't recall which one.
1 Bag of caramels unwrapped, one stick of butter chopped into pcs.
and 1 can sweetened condensed milk, put all ingredients into a microwave safe bowl.

Now are you ready for the hard part? Put the bowl into the microwave for 1 min. the first time, take out and stir, then back into microwave for 30 more seconds and repeat in 15 second intervals until warm and creamy! Whoo, that was rough!
Uhh, yeah it is this easy!

Serve it with cut up apples, we use Golden Delcious, pears, spicy wafers or ginersnaps. This is a nice treat on an autumns evening while watching a movie with the family or put in a small warming crock pot or fondue set when you have company.....I haven't met a soul who doesn't love this!
Gotta love those Gooseberry Patch Books!

I have been busy painting signs, trying to catch up on autumn and getting ready for the christmas season, things have been hectic here and tables, and counters have been covered in drying signs for a couple of weeks! I hope to post some of them in the Mercantile soon, but after my last absence you probably don't believe me, LOL! I really, really will this time though! So if you see a sign you like in my blog posts by all means shoot me an email and I can answer your questions regarding orders.

I have begun to put up the halloween decor and should be posting some more photos soon, my daughter is having a halloween party in October so I would like to have it all up by the end of next week.....I will share some more photos if you aren't sick of seeing them by then! Here's a peek of what I have already put up.

My happy lil Jack O Lantern greets you as you come in.
When he is lit up in the evening you can just imagine him giggling!

Another sign I have been working on and my friendly Witch Hilda sits on my bench seat in my front parlor all ready for her big night out!

Thanks for stopping by again,
I hope that you enjoyed your visit,
don't forget to leave a comment to let me know you were here,
I really do enjoy reading all of your sweet remarks!
Hmmm...should we do a 3rd part too, there really is more to show you?
Take Care,

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