Sunday, October 21, 2012

Putting the fall in fall break...

It was fall break here last week, a much anticipated and deserved break for my daughters who teach. We spent a few days getting into the season- crafting, shopping, lunch out at one of our favorite spots to eat in Utica Square, a fall hike and finally making apple butter! It was our first attempt and the results if we do say so were delish!

First, we picked apples from our orchard....(aka the grocery store)

 Next we had a peel-a-thon of those apples, a mixture of Gala and Jonathans. 

We used the crockpot method of cooking them and added sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. 

They cooked all day long as we went about our business and gave the house the most heavenly aroma. Fall had arrived! Too bad this isn't a scratch-n-sniff post!

After 10 hours in the crockpot we blended batches in the blender as I do not have a handheld immersion blender which would have done the trick.
The jars and lids had been sterilized and were ready to be filled. Next came the water bath for 15 minutes. Once they came out we heard the "ting ting" of the lids, evidence that they were sealed.

I snuck a taste as the butter went from pot to jar and it was sweet and spicy!

Autumn in a jar!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sisters Gone Wild!

Two weekends ago my sisters and my daughters and I met in Kansas City for a Sister's Weekend ~ an event we try to make happen at least once a year. Driving north on our route to KC the trees were beginning to show off brilliant colors.

Fall was in the air as the temperature was in the 50s and the skies were gray, a perfect autumn day for strolling on the Plaza. After we met up at our hotel it was off to Anthropologie; a favorite stop. We spent 2 hours trying on clothes for each other, browsing and working up an appetite.

 After comparing tabs to see who won for the highest receipt we walked around the corner to Coal Vines for lunch with Dino and Frank. It was the perfect spot to sit for another couple of hours and catch up, sip on a glass of wine and eat delicious thin crust pizzas.

A little more shopping with a stop at Paper Source and Natasha's Mulberry and Mott and we all were ready to put our feet up and indulge in a 20 minute power nap. As a pre-dinner treat my sister popped a bottle of Prosecco and we toasted our time together. 

please excuse fuzzy iphone photo!
Dinner was at Gram & Dun, a new hotspot that was packed on this Saturday night. We spent the next 3 hours dining, laughing and developing our next big idea; a project we all hope to work on together.  All we could dream of afterwards was getting into our pjs which we promptly did ~ the wildest we got was the pillow fight that happened once we were in bed. Weekends with all these girls are always memory makers and I am so thankful for them!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Red Barn Boutique

A couple of weekends ago the girls checked out the Red Barn Boutique in Stillwater while the guys went to the OSU football game. It was a coolish fall day, perfect for searching through flea market treasures for the perfect chair, frame or piece of salvaged art for the wall.

Emily picked up several pieces, a couple of which had been saved from the recent summer wildfires here in Oklahoma. After wandering for an hour we headed back to town and scored the best seat in the house at Eskimo Joe's -  a table right smack in front of the big screen. The guys joined us at halftime for cheese fries topped with sweet pepper bacon, yum! Go Pokes!

Say Cheese Fries!