Friday, October 30, 2009

Yummy Fix It and Forget It Turkey Vegetable Soup

Happy Halloween. My treat for you is this great 'fix it' and 'forget it' soup. It's perfect to make ahead on Halloween Day, and then sit back and enjoy the goblins in the evening. When my kids were little, it was always so stressful to try and think about dinner at the same time that I was trying to get them into costumes and hand out treats at the same time!
We're a big soup family. In fact, our daughter asked for a soup pot and some soup recipes for Christmas so she could carry on the tradition. Here's my latest turkey and vegatable soup (with a twist-it's all in the peppers!).  This soup would also be great for some of that extra turkey after Thankgiving.  Enjoy!

1 onion
2 cups cooked turkey breast
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 Anaheim pepper
3 carrots
4 cloves of garlic
2 zucchini
satue above in olive oil until al dente'
1 box Chicken Broth
2 cups tomato juice
2 cups water
(1 can garbanzo or black beans, opional)
1 cup frozen or fresh corn
2 tablespoons dill
pinch of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons of chopped basil
salt and pepper
You could throw in a handful of pasta, but you don't really need it.
Simmer in a large pot, and serve with a tablespoon of Romano Cheese, and a piece of crusty Rye French Bread and enjoy!

Scenes from the mantle

I love the look of potato plants this time of year!

This is a scene from a local pumpkin farm.  They always decorate this wagon with a different seasonal theme

A view to savor

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I love Halloween. It's not the same as when my now college-aged kids were little (OK, Bryan's graduated, but he's still living and working in La Grande, so it just seems like he's still in school).  Lots of fun memories of  sewing costumes and photographing the students in their finery at Sunset Elementary School when the kids were little. It's still fun to put out the decorations, fire up the cider, and make some homemade gingerbread. Yum! Here's some scenes from the house this Halloween:

This reminds me of the harvest offerings left at the altar of many churches in Scotland, when I was there in the fall many years ago. It was especially moving to look up at the ceiling and see the tattered flags from the Crusades.

I love putting up lights and placing small gourds and pumpkin in the planters for a festive look.

It's been fun making Halloween jewelry and sending it to Etsy customers, as far away as Australia this year!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Finding the Pretty

My friend Leigh Anne Wilkes has been featuring Pretty Things in her Blog: Homebased Mom.  She is featuring  moms who make things through their homebased businesses. This week, I'm honored that she has chosen to feature my Etsy shops.   I'm doing a jewelry giveaway of this sweet vintage inpired necklace.  To be in the drawing, all you have to do is log into above link, and leave a comment about which is your favorite jewelry piece.  That's it!  The winner will be choosen by midnight Saturday, October 23rd!  The necklace will  come in a gift package, perfect for you or for a gift.

You'll love Leigh Anne's site.  It's my go-to place for recipies, decorating ideas, and great stories. It's chock full of ideas on anything from clothing choices for family photos, to home organization.  Leigh Anne and I have been friends and business partners in Direct Sales for many years!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Farmer's Market

In Oregon we're often in denial about fall because the weather is usually so great through September and much of October. However, this week, it's like someone pulled a switch and we have rain everyday for the foreseeable future. I thought I'd take one last look of the summer farmers market in Lake Oswego, since it's one of my favorite pastimes on Saturday morning. Mom and I, when possible, would trek out early to take in the sights, sounds, flowers and produce.

Sweet favorite, although I find them impossible to grow. If anyone has any tips for next year, please let me know! Soaking them in wet paper towels the night before didn't help!

I know this is totally cheating when there's so many yummy treats in the market itself, but a stop at St. Honore' for a Latte' and 'goodie' to plan our our stops is always looked eagerly anticipated.

Au revoir till next year!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

St. Francis of Assisi

Today was the celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, and the annual Pet Blessing Day at St. Michael and all Angel's. We've had this tradition for several years, and it's just one more thing that brings people (and animals), together in our church community.

A happy dog

Ann and Chad with their blue eyed sheep dog.

Several brave cats

Lulu and Molly being blessed by Rev. Chris Craun

Yes, these was a goose and rabbit also...

Some people really got into the spirit of the occasion
The animals all got treats, and St Francis metal. A good time was had by all!