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Apples!

I took this picture of my in-laws apple tree. They have had a great crop so far this year, and have been so generous giving us bags and bags of apples. This week I’ll be posting lots of apple recipes. Check back for Stuffed Acorn Squash, Apple Chutney and a great Apple and Walnut Salad.

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Great Garage Sale Finds!

I went to a city-wide garage sale today and found lots of great deals, like this pillow for only $10!

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Tasty Shower Recipes

As promised here are the recipes from the shower. First up the very tasty (and very simple) Artichoke Feta Quiche:

2 eggs

1 jar artichokes, chopped

3 oz. feta, crumbled

2 packages phyllo dough cups (15 cups each)

Whisk together the eggs, artichokes and feta. Pour mixture into phyllo dough cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Peach Jam and Brie Tartlet:

1 loaf of white bread

1 container brie cheese

1 jar peach jam

Roll out white bread and press into small muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until the cups become dried out. Fill cups first with brie and then a spoonful of the jam. Bake for 3-5 minutes longer.

Both dishes were big hits at the shower. I loved the brie tarlets so much that I made myself a giant tarlet for dinner the next evening!

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Bridal Shower Fun

This past weekend I hosted a Bridal Shower at my house for a dear friend. Here are a few pictures I thought you might enjoy. All pictures taken by Emily Kerr. Thanks for sharing Emily!

Brie and Peach Jam Tartlettes

Artichoke and Feta Mini Quiches.

The lovely bride and her Mom

Recipes to follow!

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Last time I was in town visiting my parents I took a few pictures of my mom’s house to share with you. My love for beautiful things certainly comes from her and her commitment and enjoyment to having a well decorated home. I planned to share more, but some of my pictures just would do justice. So I’ll start with one today and add more when I visit again (once I’ve learned a few things from my photography class).

This is a picture from the master bedroom, this dresser sits next to her bed and doubles as a nightstand. Linde Browning re-did this piece that was in my bedroom as a teenager. You can find Linde here: http://lindebrowningdesign.com.

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This evening I am going to spend some time canning tomatoes. This is my first time to do this, and I’m hoping it goes well. I will upload more pictures/mistakes/instructions/recipes/messes soon!

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I finally did it. I have been talking about it for a while, but I decided to use a few of my extra birthday dollars and buy a sewing machine. I did some research and talked to a few friends and finally decided to buy the Singer Simple. Even though many people advise against buying low cost machines (around $100), I know a few people who own this machine and have been pleased by it. I cannot wait to get started!

On Saturday, my friend Niku gave me some really cute new handmade accessories to use on my sewing adventures. Thanks Niku!

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