Wonderful Fall Weekend

I have been so excited and I admit more than a little nervous about this coming weekend.  I’d been wanting to host an open house forever so I finally bit the bullet. It was long over due.  Anyway, I got a few nudges from Facebook friends and I knew it was now or never.  I think everyone had a ball.  I know we certainly did. October 17, 2014 We started this weekend on friday night when we had some very special guests at our house for dinner.  You know how we live close by the Abbey of Regina Laudis, actually smack dab in the middle of it?  Well my husband is very good friends with a lot of the people there and ever since we moved into our home we have been trying to get together with them for a house blessing.  Well 2 years have passed but we finally…

Pumpkin Planter

As much as I enjoy the summer and used to spend a great deal of time working on my tan every year, I have to say that fall is my very favorite season. Everything about it speaks to me. The colors Textures Smells, tastes. I love it all. I especially love to decorate for fall using natural elements and warm rich colors.  One thing that I always look forward to changing up with the season is my outdoor planters. I like to mix it up a little each year so I added a pumpkin and ivy to the mums along with the ornamental cabbage. After filling my urn with fresh soil I hollowed out my pumpkin. One of the best investments I have ever made would have to be my pumpkin carving kit.  It makes short work of carving and cleaning and you can achieve all kinds of intricate cuts…

Gingersnaps with Pumpkin dip

One of my families favorite fall treats is gingersnaps.  The combination of cinnamon, cloves , molasses and ginger just screams Autumn.  These are not like the hard as a rock gingersnaps you might have had out of a box once or twice.  Instead these little gems are soft and chewy with a sprinkle of sugar on top.  Warm out of the oven they will knock your socks off, but if you pair them with my pumpkin dip, well that just takes them to a whole different level!! Gingersnaps 2/3 cup shortening 1 egg 2 cups flour 1 tsp. ginger 2 tsp. baking soda 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup molasses 1 tsp. cinnamon 3/4 tsp. cloves 1/4 tsp. salt Mix the shortening and the sugar; add egg and molasses.  Next add the sifted flour and dry ingredients.  Mix them all together and then chill your dough for about 1 hour.  Roll…