Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn Candles




This was a quiet weekend, which was a nice change of pace. I had time to do a little DIY project in between the massive amounts of laundry Melissa brought home as college students tend to do - but it is something you gladly do for them, because you know they are in the middle of midterms and their stress level is high. We also took a couple hours to see Gone Girl and I thought it was very good and a great representation of the book. It has been a long time since I read the book and Melissa had not read it herself, so we were both on the edge of our seats, a lot of the time.

These candles are so easy and fun to put together and I love to use this idea from holiday to holiday. For the autumn season this year, I used simple white candles and two kinds of burlap ribbon.



To place the ribbon on the candles, simply wrap the ribbon tightly around the candle, leaving space at the top and the bottom. Use pearl topped pins to secure the edges. I like to group them together on a candle plate, along with jar candle, with a great scent. I keep this display on my kitchen counter, ready to lend some seasonal cheer on those dark fall nights.

Last fall, I used a combination of ribbon and burlap for a completely different look.

Happy Monday!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Empty Nest Feels Empty




Having an empty nest is a funny thing. Most days have a rhythm that moves along; you are busy or at the very least content. But, out of the blue you begin to miss the little things. It may be time for a pedicure and I have to go alone, rather than with one or both daughters. Or, I start seeing the trailer for the new Mockingjay movie and realize going to see those movies together has always been a tradition.

It is not the big things that you miss, because they will be home for holidays and other family events. It's the sound of the laughter and voices drifting down from the upstairs bedrooms. It's the impromptu shopping trips to find just the right thing. It's early morning breakfast at our favorite spot and catching up on life.

Technology is great and there are many ways to keep in touch that I am thankful for. But, there is nothing like looking into their eyes and hearing their voice in person to let you know that everything is good with them. There is nothing like having them at home, sleeping in their old bedrooms and knowing they will be there in the morning when they wake up.

Luckily, I will be seeing both daughters very soon, spending some time catching up and getting that hug I need. Having an empty nest is a process with mostly good days and other days spent missing what once was. Lately, I have to admit, I miss them.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Book Club and the Classics




I am in the middle of reading Jane Eyre and enjoying it very much. My book club has made a decision to read one classic novel over the year; somewhat of a departure from our usual best seller fare. We do have eclectic taste, but rereading the classics is still a far cry from 50 Shades of Grey.

There is a certain rhythm to reading a classic novel. There is no multitasking, as is my habit; both reading and watching television at the same time. You need to give these novels your full attention and absorb the words and get lost in the beauty and pace of the language. It has been since high school that I have read any of these novels and I wonder if my middle age eyes and perspective will be different than that of a 17 year old girl. Also, there is the joy of reading for pleasure, rather than an assignment with an exam and paper to follow.

These novels are called classics for a reason and deserve to be revisited time and time again. They evoke memories of the first time read and how the words and phrases made you feel and more importantly made you think. I can still remember reading Little Women and wanting to be Jo or my junior year in high school, the sadness I felt for Heather Prynne, in The Scarlet Letter.

I am thankful for my book club for many reasons and giving me a reason to pick up and read my favorite classic novels again, at this stage in my life, has been a great gift. I will be caught up in the world of Jane Eyre all day today and happy to be there.

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oven Baked Deep Dish Apple Pancake




When I see the bowl of apples sitting on my kitchen counter, my first thought is to bake something delicious. I love baking a breakfast dish on a rainy morning - there is something about being in the kitchen with the lights low and the oven warming, that is just so cozy.

This recipe for an Oven Baked Deep Dish Apple Pancake looked quick, easy and delicious. I think there are two kinds of people; those who like savory breakfasts and those who like something sweet. I definitely choose sweet over savory every time. But, since I eat very little sugar, this recipe was easy to adapt to a low sugar version.

The pancake puffed up beautifully in the oven and was very light and fluffy. The apples added a lovely fall flavor to my morning, and the cinnamon and sugar added to the pancake mix gave just the right amount of sweetness. I drizzled my piece with a small amount of sugar free maple syrup and enjoyed every bite.

Happy Wednesday!


Oven Baked Deep Dish Apple Pancake

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup fat free milk

3/4 cup pancake mix

4 T sugar ( I used Splenda for baking)

1 tsp cinnamon

2 large apples, peeled and sliced

In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, milk, pancake mix, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Spray a deep dish glass pie plate with cooking spray. Place sliced apples on bottom of pie plate. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes, or until apples are tender. Pour the reserved batter over the apples, cover with foil and bake at 450 degrees for 12 - 14 minutes or until the pancake is set. Cut in wedges and serve apple side up. Drizzle with maple syrup, if desired. Enjoy!

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