Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's Coffee Day

Today is National Coffee Day!


I love coffee!  Or cawfee, when I am relaxed with my homeys and not concerned about my 'accent'.  ;-)  

I need at least 1 -2 cups to get me going in the a.m., and occasionally enjoy a break in the afternoon, sometimes at night I will enjoy a decaf.  I drink tea as well, and adore tea parties, but my first love is .........cawfee.

When I am out and about I enjoy stopping at Starbucks (I keep a gift card on me so it doesn't hurt the wallet too much) and Dunkin' Donuts.  I also like the coffee at Panera and 7-11.   

Coffee consumption is up 7% from last year, according to the National Coffee Distributors' Association.  Research found that coffee drinkers averaging several cups a day have the least risk of death.  Another study found evidence that coffee can reduce pain.

My favorite flavored coffee would have to be a pumpkin spice latte, followed by a gingerbread latte, both by Starbucks.  I recently tried Panera's pumpkin spice latte, with a caramel drizzle and it was very very good.

First thing I do each morning is put up the pot.  It is a routine I find hard to break.  Nor do I really try.   So enjoy a cup today, hot or cold, decaf or regular, it is good for you!  

Joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays


Friday, September 28, 2012

Gone to Find Green-er Acres

My friend Kathy's sister, Maureen, has always had a love for country,  a primitive country decorating style.  Maureen and her husband, David, lived in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, in a very cute 1950's Cape Cod home.

their old house on Long Island

They both shared the same dream ~ 

to leave the city behind and live in a real farmhouse.  

(thanks, Vee)

In fact, a photo of this home was their screen saver for about three years.

This past February, their dream became reality when they moved into this farm house in Wytheville, Virginia, built in 1860, nestled into a valley of thirty acres, with several out buildings.

Now they enjoy views like this.

Neighboring farm animals have no problem wandering over.

The chickens are new family members.   

Plenty of space for them to roam and scratch.

Talk about an oven stuffer!
A neighbor gave them a couple of turkeys, one unfortunately went missing, such is life in the country

Cock-a-doodle-doo and good mornin' to you!  Their rooster

Maureen on her way to collect those fresh eggs!

Country breakfast just took on a whole new meaning.  Mmmmmmm

Maureen and David have lots of renovating ideas, the kitchen is their next project.  

Fresh baked goods, wonder if David baked the pie?  David is a good cook and even churns his own butter.  He did that on Long Island.  The farm house has no heat or a/c.

Some things are from their old home, some things are recent purchases from auctions near their new home

Original 1860 floors

Floor's not dirty, it's the photo!

Looks like a heart?  

Maybe Maureen will take up knitting........

Look at this old door

Here's Maureen

And here is David, holding their first grape harvest

Maybe David and Maureen will become vintners?  Maur Wine Vineyards?   Nice looking grapes

Nice grapes leaves to stuff

A farm house 'vignette'

They recently renovated their bathroom

It turned out great

In case of emergencies

They do have one of these 'out' buildings.  No phone inside, but a real commode

Now this drastic a lifestyle change is not for everyone, and I give them credit for keeping their dream alive, and taking that giant leap of faith to see it come to fruition.  

Welcome home, Maureen and David. Thanks for letting me share your story and your new home.  

Thanks to Kathy for sending me photos, in addition to Maureen's photos.  

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Sharing this journey with 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Early Harvest Table

September to me is all about apples, back to school  (still remember how I felt many moons ago), less outside work and more of a willingness to cook, bake, and work on crafts.  The weather is glorious, and I remind myself daily that I need to get to an orchard soon.

This week's challenge at "Let's Dish", hosted by Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen, is all about harvest time.

I was happy to put together this table with my early fall dishes and using my happy apple place mats.   Where I purchased things will be listed at the end of the post.

I know there are sheep in the pasture but this reminds me of a school house.

I chose apple red napkins this time.  Not a color I use very much, other than Christmas.

I found these candle holders at Tuesday Morning last year.  I have not found the right size candles yet, but since we are featuring fruit and veggies, I thought the little pumpkins could fill in temporarily.  A close up of the apple

Here is a close up of the pear

I love the shade and the scent of this  candle.  It stays out most of year

The cute birds are also candles, and were part of my birthday package from my friend Kathy

A view through the bubbles

Some serious blue hour going on outside, you can see a little through the door, along with a misplaced glass (oops)

I will also be linking to 

Potpourri Friday

             " My entry into 
 2805's Potpourri Friday Party    

                   is sponsored by Appliances Online."

Simple & Sweet Fridays
Seasonal Sundays

Chargers, Hobby Lobby
Dishes and flatware from Christmas Tree Shop
Bubble glasses and napkins from Pier I
Place mats hand sewn by Millie, mom to Ahrisha at Joyously Living Life
Candle sticks, Tuesday Morning
Apple dish, The Christmas Tree Shop
Bird candles and Yankee candle, gifts 
Apples and mini pumpkins, Trader Joe's via Mother Nature

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