Autumn · beloved · Orange day

Sadie and Noel take a nap


At one point this dog, Sadie was my sister’s. When she moved Sadie went to live with my brother and his fiancé. It was supposed to be a temporary move but my sister’s cancer returned for the second time and Sadie ended up staying with my brother. Over the weekend Sadie and my niece, Noel, were reunited. My sister’s cancer has returned for the third time now and she has been staying at my mum’s while she goes through radiation treatments in Boston. So, Noel came to visit over the weekend and Larry stopped by with Sadie.

It was sweet to see them taking a little nap together on the sofa.


Little things Thursday

Autumn · home · red day

Turning toward home


Our house has been going through renovations since July and they have finally finished for the season!

We have new windows, new siding and a beautiful paint job. We will be getting a new front door before Thanksgiving and it will be a brick red colour. In the spring they will be replacing the railings as well.

I happened to glance up while walking home from the market and noticed how pretty everything looked.


Twinkly Tuesday

Our world Tuesday

Autumn · home · kitchen rhymes · mermaid cafe · purple day

Simple moments of grace


Friday evening there was to be stuffed acorn squash…I put the squash in a baking pan with a little water and sat down to wait for it…The low light of an early November evening called to me however…So I ended up adding some sweet sausage to the pan and we had a simple and delicious dinner. I had forgotten how delicious acorn squash is as it stands alone without all the brown sugar, cinnamon and whatever else ends up in it.

Saturday afternoon I lunched upon the leftovers with a cup of tea.

We have but one window in the living room of our wee cozy apartment and the windowed back door just opposite it. Through that window shines the most beautiful light~ morning, afternoon, and evening. I’m forever pausing as I pass by because it looks so pretty.

I think it is the simple things that make a house a home. It’s not always granite countertops or whatever the shabby chic/farmhouse/coastal living trend of the day is. Sometimes it’s just a ray of light shining on the eucalyptus.

Monday: veggie soup, fresh bread, salad

Tuesday: zucchini tacos

Wednesday: one pot fettuccini, mushroom and artichokes

Thursday: crockpot Salisbury steak, green beans, egg noodles

Friday: Autumn harvest salad with pomegranate, roast pork


Home and garden Thursday

Make it pretty monday

A wise woman builds her home

Menu plan Monday

Modest Monday

Autumn · beloved · purple day

Purple


The random

Today my sister will finish her last of 5 radiation treatments at Brigham and Woman’s hospital in Boston. She has stage 4 colon cancer and it is in her sacrum and her iliac joint.

The good

Aunt Mamie’s pumpkin bread recipe. Yum!

The fun

I found this picture of my mum and my Aunts and some of my cousins. It looks to be the early 80s sometime. I think we were all at my Aunt Carol’s house for a celebration of something or other.


The good, the random, the fun

Autumn · home · kitchen rhymes

Aunt Mamie’s Pumpkin bread


My mum had two sisters. My mother has the best sense of humor, and my Aunt Carol is the best home-maker. My Aunt Mamie had the best heart though…and though I would like to be as funny as my mother or as good a baker as my Aunt Carol, I identify most with my Mamie and that makes me very happy.

I should say that this isn’t really my aunt Mamie’s recipe. I used my Aunt Carol’s recipe for years until I found this one. And it tastes better. So…I call it my aunt Mamie’s pumpkin bread and give her the one up for once in her life.

I wish I could go back and really talk with her again. She was so filled with love.

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Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×5 loaf pan.

Cream the butter and sugar then beat in the eggs, pumpkin, and water, till smooth.

Sift the flour, soda, powder, spices and salt. Beat the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture.

Stir the walnuts and raisins into the batter.

Place in greased bread pan and bake for approximately one hour at 350 degrees.

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 1/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin or squash (canned)

1/4 cup water

1 2/3 cup flour

1/4 tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Baking soda

3/4 tsp. Nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Cloves

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Autumn · beloved · home

Green Day


I know I am in the minority…but I love changing the clocks back. I love the early evenings. This is our first year in our new apartment and I am looking forward to the Christmas season here.

One morning over the weekend I woke to the most glorious sunrise! I ran up to the deck to get a picture.

I have been reading The Life Giving Home. It is set up in months and I’ve been reading each chapter, once a month since we moved back in July. I have truly enjoyed it and plan on continuing to re-read in 2020.

One day last week I picked up a huge bouquet of eucalyptus at the market. I just placed it into a giant glass jar that was already half way filled with seashells. When I’m sitting reading in the living room it smells wonderful.

On Tuesday I drove my sister and my mum into Boston for the first of my sister’s 5 radiation treatments at Brigham and Woman’s hospital. It certainly wasn’t on my top 5 favourite things for the week. It’s terribly awkward to talk about a loved one having cancer…there are no words. Thankfully God hears our moans when we are so burdened that we cannot form words, or even thoughts. I am thankful that we were all able to be together for her first treatment and I am thankful for God’s presence in my life.


Friday fave fives

Autumn · home · mermaid cafe

A diary of home


I love when night falls early.

Low light and shadows in the late afternoon

Early evening -warm fires burning and dinner in the oven

Table set, candles lit, loved ones gathered in

Monday is purple day and jasmine in the diffuser.

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Tuesday: homemade pizza

Wednesday: acorn squash with sausage and apple stuffing

Thursday: pork loin with apples in the crockpot

Friday: taco stuffed zucchini


Make it pretty Monday

Home and garden thursday

A wise woman builds her home

Menu plan Monday