Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Great Apple Harvest!

Here is a harvest straight from the heart of the Bitterroot Valleys' ancient orchards. My family and I have the unique privilege every fall to harvest these very tart wonderful apples from my friends' property. They are wonderful for pies, applesauce and my all time favorite is this delightful applesauce coffee cake that I got years ago out of an October issue of a Martha Stewart Magazine.

Here are my wonderful photos of our harvest and farm tour!

These ladies were ready for the runway! They were not shy in the least!

We came to harvest a bit late in the season. Like say after the 2nd or 3rd frost, when it should have been after the 1st. Oh well....they were still great apples. Only problem is that we need to use an apple picker to reach the things because what was left were all about 8-10' high. Thank goodness my husband is so tall!

This apple picker was a handy little device!

Polish Rooster

I love little apples with stems!

My husband after a good choice pick of 2 or 3 good looking apples.


The harvest plus something that my friend called apple mint. Which I have dried and will try in my teas latter on this winter.

After harvesting these apples and spending the latter part of an additional 4-5 hours in the kitchen making 2 gallons of applesauce, 4 apple pies and a beautiful applesauce coffee cake it was time to put up my feet and have a nice hot cup of tea! 

Thank you honey for making this harvest possible!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Announcing a new giveaway drawing!

This was an inspiration to that came to me recently. The idea of "It's better to give that to receive", has always stuck with me since my late grandmother told this to me. So I wanted to give away at the end of this month a set of four cards! This set will include all cards you see here with kraft envelopes and a cello sleeve for each individual card in the set.

The Gift 

The Awakening


Reminiscent of Fall

How this giveaway works!
All you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this post or any post that I made in the month of September and or October. That is it! I will contact you if you won and make further arrangements with you for shipping your prize to you! 

Good Luck everyone!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Reminiscent of Summer Part 3

The first official American settlement

This dragonfly came to greet me near were archaeologists are still digging for treasures! 

John Smith

An example of a structure that would have been build during that time. 

A beautiful view!

This was an old well that was filled up with garbage and covered. Who knows what kind of treasures may lye beneath its' surface.

The old church, still standing after being burnt down once and then rebuilt.

Inside are a whole bunch of these memorial plaques. 

I love the old timber framed arches and woodwork.

This is apart of the original church that didn't burn down.

I love this one of the fence and the British flag.

A snapping turtle to say good bye to me on my way out near the bridge.

Hope you enjoyed viewing a small part of my summer.