Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall On The Porch

I was waiting for the weather to change before I started fall decorating.   Usually that is the first week of October around here.
But, yesterday the weather changed!  It is going to be in the high 60's to low 70's all this week.  So I started doing a little fall decorating on the front porch.

Simple decorating with a pumpkin or two, some mums, lanterns, a wreath for the door and a wool tartan throw.
I think it says, welcome Autumn, don't you?
One of my sisters and her husband will be visiting from Florida this week.  The weather will be a nice change of pace for them.  We are going to the apple orchard and maybe a fall fair or two.  Perfect fall fun.
Have you started your fall decorating yet?  The first day of Autumn is only 8 days away! 
My decorating is not geared toward Halloween, so everything I do will last through Thanksgiving.  This is my favorite time of the year.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Husbands

This isn't a chocolate cookie recipe post.  Nope.
This is a husband post and the whole men are from Mars and women are from Venus thing.
I did make chocolate chip cookies.
I know we all have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, so I won't share mine here.
Here is where the husband part comes in.....
Mr. Comforts offered to go picked up a few items we needed at the grocery store.  He had been wanting chocolate chip cookies, so I added "chocolate chips" to the list.
Now, we have been married for over 35 years and I bet I have made chocolate chip cookies thousands of times in those years.  I always, always use Nestles Toll House Chocolate Chips in the bright yellow (and oh so noticeable bag).
He came home with Hershey's Chocolate Chips in a dull brown bag.  Of course I should have just been happy that I have a husband sweet enough to go to the grocery store, and not say a thing.  But I just had to ask him, why he didn't buy Nestles?  His answer?
Mr. Comforts:  "You just wrote chocolate chips on the list.  You didn't say what kind."
Me:  "But I always have used Nestles in the yellow bag for our entire 35 year marriage."
Mr. Comforts:  " I never noticed, and what is the difference?"
Me:  How could you not notice a bright yellow bag of chips, sitting in the pantry, next to your "Peter Pan" peanut butter?"  And speaking of "Peter Pan", what would you do if I brought home "Jiff" peanut butter, telling you there was no difference?"
He now knows that there is a difference in chocolate chips.  Well, until the next time he goes to the store ;-).

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hydrangeas and Trays

I have just realized I have not blogged in almost a week!  We have had quite a bit of company lately and the company has been interspersed with house showings.
A few of you have asked how the house sale is going.  We have had 11 showings as of today.  We actually have another showing this afternoon.  Keep your fingers crossed!
On to the subject of this post.
When we had friends over Saturday night, one of them brought me a beautiful bouquet of hydrangeas from her garden.
Pretty, aren't they?
Notice the tray they are sitting on?  I bought that at the beginning of the summer.  I needed a tray to carry things to the outdoor table under the pergola, without making several trips.
I wanted something that looked pretty on it's own, because I didn't want to have to drag it out of the cupboard every time I needed it.  So, it sits on the lounge area table and usually has a vase of flowers on it.
The hydrangeas have a few brown petals on them.  As much as I am trying to hang on to summer, autumn is creeping in.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cold Weather Gardening?

At the end of summer, do you put your garden gloves away?  I try to keep my veggie garden going, as long as possible.
Here is what it looked like mid summer.
The zucchini and the tomatoes pretty much filled the raised bed, with a little bit of green beans and chard filling in the rest of the area.
Here is how it looks today.
I have planted some cold weather crops.  The chard will keep growing even into the winter here.  The new cold weather crops I planted are broccoli. 
lettuce and peas.
The broccoli and cauliflower will not be ready to pick until October.  The peas we might be able to pick a little sooner.
Right about October, I will be ready to make some warm broccoli cheese soup...:-).  Link to an older 2009 post of not so great, but the soup is delish!