Archive for October, 2010

Fall has finally arrived!  As of today….can you believe just 3 days ago we were still running the air conditioner!?!….yup…shocker  This “fall” has been very warm, we haven’t been experiencing the normal-seasonal temps here at all.  A week or so ago the temps crept up to the high 80’s.  Hubby and I are so ready for the cooler temperatures.  So to set the mood or maybe to just try and evoke the sense of “fall” we took a walk down to Chapman’s Landing.

DSC_0080  this old estate home sit high on a hill over looking the Potomac river.

DSC_0083 Beautiful…the view is truly breath taking.

DSC_0076 while we were there we saw 3 Bald Eagles, I didn’t have my telephoto lens on  =(    those two very tiny small specks were 2 eagles that were sitting in a very very tall tree.  When they took off the noise startled me, I turned and  saw two white heads and two white tails…but my lens just couldn’t capture it.  Just before these two took off I saw a youngster flying up near the house.  They were big and beautiful.

DSC_0088 The wonderful walk got our appetites going, Georges rib shack is still under construction.  It burnt down last spring.  Rib shacks are notorious fire traps, I am sure our fav. rib shack went up like a roman candle. So we made a trek over to Johnny Boys ribs. 

DSC_0091 Ribs, home made steak fries and their signature sauce…So good! right now the temp outside is 57 degrees and falling, the leaves on the trees and brilliant and in their glory.  We had the wood stove serviced last week and its ready for a cozy fire…I am so happy!  Life is good right now.


We are very fortunate to have wonderful neighbors.  Sara (our neighbor) saw a package on the mail box.  We can’t see our mail box from the house, I’d checked it earlier and there was no mail.  I guess I was too early…anyhow a package had been delivered and Sara brought it up to the house.  I was so grateful because it was my Elann yarn order!! 

DSC_0099 I got 2 skeins in each color, Donegal Highland Wool.  this is the perfect yarn for my “Pony-tail hat”.  The colors I bought are cinnamon, rose, lavender and blush.  I am seriously excited!  =)    big-smile!!


DSC_0104 I also got 2 skeins of Zealana-eco wool, its a 12 ply chunky.  I was on the Elann web site and they have a tab with “sale” items and awesome prices!!  i will be going back there later this evening to take advantage of some more excellent prices and replenish my stash.


I want to share with you all the title of 2 books I am reading, I’ve just finished the first book “Woodswoman  living alone in the Adirondack Wilderness”.  An easy read about Anne LaBastille  and her life in the Adirondacks.  the second book is “Woodswoman II Beyond black bear lake” after 10nyears living is solitude the outside world begins to intrude…land developers, noise pollution, acid rain…You know, I could seriously live out in the woods.  Well I live in the woods now but I mean “the BIG woods”.  As long as I could have my dog, internet access and a way to get my precious yarn delivered!



first snow 005 this is a view of our back yard and our first snow last December 2009

snow removal birds and sunrises 004 our wonderful neighbor plowing the driveway winter 2010, FEB.

snow removal birds and sunrises 010 little birds waiting their turn at the feeders winter 2010, FEB.

snow removal birds and sunrises 038 one of the many squirrels that raid the bird feeders,  I have a large tray that we put out just for the squirrels so they’d leave the bird feeders alone.  Its worked out quite well. 

We had a hell of a cold snowy winter last year…maybe I am better off in my little 10 acres of woods and the town of La Plata 15 minutes away…I like electricity and the creature comforts of home…maybe I’ll  just visit the BIG woods…



DSC_0094 I have been trying my had a cables lately, I have several books that have articles on Beginner Cables and Cables made easy etc.  but I just couldn’t “get-it”.  We thank you Lucy Neatby, I have several knitting cd’s that I’d forgotten I had… eesh,  Well I found them and I watched them…then after a few attempts I knew I was finally on the right track. I was getting so frustrated…

DSC_0092   I am using Berroco Ultra alpaca in an un-known colorway.  Its got nice stitch defination and its soft… I’m happy!


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more birds and blooms 038 Group of pumpkins on hay


Pumpkin-Spiced Gingersnap Truffles
Pumpkin-Spiced Gingersnap Truffles
A chocolaty treat your sure to love!

  • 1-1/4  cups  semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1/4  tsp.  pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4  tsp.  vanilla
  • 1/2  cup  whipping cream
  • 3/4  cup  chopped gingersnaps (about 10 cookies)
  • 1/3  cup  finely crushed gingersnaps (about 7 cookies) and/or 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Directions

    1. In medium bowl combine chocolate pieces, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla.

    2. In medium microwave-safe bowl place whipping cream. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 70 seconds or until boiling (or place cream in saucepan and bring just to boiling. ) Pour cream over chocolate mixture. Let stand 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Stir in chopped gingersnaps. Cover; refrigerate 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until firm but soft enough to form into balls.

    3. Place crushed gingersnaps and/or cocoa powder in small bowl(s). Using a small spoon, scoop 1-tablespoon portions of truffle mixture and shape into balls. Roll in crushed gingersnaps or cocoa powder to coat. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Store, covered, in refrigerator, up to 3 days. Makes 20 to 25 truffles.


Graham Cracker Bars

Graham Cracker Bars

  • 3/4  cup  butter
  • 3/4  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4  cup  milk
  • 1    egg, lightly beaten
  • 1  cup  chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1  cup  graham cracker crumbs
  • 12    graham cracker rectangles
  • 1  Tbsp.  butter, softened
  • 1/2  cup  powdered sugar
  • 2  to 3 tsp.  milk

1. For filling, in medium saucepan combine 3/4 cup butter, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup milk, and egg. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until mixture comes to full boil. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans and crumbs. Cool 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, place 6 of the graham cracker rectangles, side by side, on a foil-lined baking sheet to make a rectangle about 10×7 inches in size. Spoon filling in small mounds onto graham cracker rectangles. Carefully spread to an even layer being careful not to move crackers. Place remaining cracker rectangles on top to match up with bottom rectangles. Lightly cover bars with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or until filling is firm. Cut into bars.

3. In small bowl beat 1 tablespoon butter with whisk or electric mixer until smooth. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar and enough milk to make a thick drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bars. Let stand until set. Makes 24 bars.


moon light night 010 a blurry moon on a very cloudy night…I can hear the spirits rustling through the wind blown leaves that have fallen heavily around the house.  I’ll be sure to set my pumpkins out on the porch and I’ve got plenty of treats to the little ghouls and goblins!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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Apple Pie Weekend

the temps are finally getting cooler, last weekend we had a high temp of 90 degrees!  that’s all fine and well if its summer, but its NOT!  I just like the temperature to be seasonal and we’ve had such a hot-dry summer…I just want to move on to the next season, which just so happens to be my favorite season…lets have a big round of applause for “Autumn” !!  YIPPIE   =)

DSCN3483 I got some apples from a friend.  She went all the way to a  Connecticut apple orchard to get these gems.  I don’t know what varieties’ I had but 2 were green and very crisp and tart, 4 were red with a very white fruit and tinges of reddish pink and 2 were green with a hint of red near the stem, crisp and very flavorful.


After I peeled the apples I added about 1/2 C. sugar, 1 TBSP cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. allspice and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and a dash of salt.  I mixed everything (the spices) in a small bowl then I tossed about 1/2 C raisins into the spice mixture then I added everything to the peeled and sliced apples.

DSCN3494 I SUCK  at making pie crust’s, I have tried and tried and every time I get the same result…yuck!!  =)   So…I go to the grocery store and I buy a frozen Marie Calendars double pie crust.  I place my filling in one crust then I use the other for my pie top.  looks kinda ugly when its unbaked but after an egg wash and a stint in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes…

DSCN3495 Whew….that’s HOT


DSCN3514 The finished pie…cooling on the window sill, smells so good!


We enjoyed a slice of apple pie and 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream after dinner that night, then we sat out front and watched the sun set…it was a perfect October evening

DSCN3476 See You All Later……

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Melinda Sample-Clontz or what ever you calling yourself these days, this is for YOU!  you’ve slept with every eligible guy in our small town then you moved on to the married ones…OH…by-the-way…you don’t have a pretty face, pock marks from picking your zits, your atrocious diet and that nasty cigarette smoking has taken its toll on your “mug”…You are however a “WHORE” 


AS my sister….I can and will say what ever I dam well please about you.


Whew, glad I got that mess out of my system!


Optimism is a powerful thing — capable of transforming an unbearable situation into something tolerable. It has not always been your strong suit, but today you will find yourself on the sunny side of the street, seeing the glass as half full. Others will take inspiration from your cheery nature. Another bright spot: A romantic partner is reminded just how special you truly are. Plan a cozy evening or long weekend that will give the two of you time to reconnect.


birds and squirrels 027_edited-1I am so aggravated right now…So that being said I am going to post some of my favorite photos and my favorite subjects….

 birds and squirrels 039_edited-2 I hope I don’t offend any one with the beginning post….I just had to get it off my chest.  My sister has done horrible and unthinkable things to my parents…actually to just about everyone her path crosses gets taken advantage of…and if you a man LOOK-OUT!  She will try and take you for everything you’ve got.  That’s not just another nasty coming out of my mouth…that’s an actual FACT.



Fox in the woods 022 Tree Bark on the close-up

Fox in the woods 030 I found this on a walk deep in the woods with my husband.  As it happens we found an old farm, a very old abandoned farm.  the homestead was still standing…it looked very creepy!!

Fox in the woods 026

Fox in the woods 046 Hum…cactus in my neck of the woods…that’s very odd

Fox in the woods 048 After an hours plus walk we finally came out to the river.

Fox in the woods 041 Fox in the woods 040 the family cemetery.  I wonder what life was like back in the late 1800’s here in Charles County MD

Fox in the woods 051 seashell in a river

Fox in the woods 058 time to go…I am bushed! 

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Indian Summer

We went down to Capt. Billy’s crab house Saturday for some October blue crabs.  They were delicious!  I have always had had the best Maryland blue crabs in September and October, packed with delicious sweet crab meat and the corners are that lovely yellow.  When Brian (my husband) and I were dating we’d always go to Popes Creek every Saturday evening for a dozen or so cooked crabs and a few drinks. That was over 18 yrs. ago…funny though, it feels like it was just yesterday.  My how time flies.


It was in the low 80’s Saturday afternoon and not a cloud in the sky. 

DSCN3429 In the distance you can see the Harry Nice bridge.  It connects Charles county MD. to King George VA.

DSCN3428 I don’t know who the owner of this classic car was…I just liked the looks  =)

DSCN3433 this is the view from Popes Creek MD. looking towards Washington D. C., its about 20+ miles to the Nations Capitol by way of the Potomac river.

When we returned home I decided to make chicken soup.  We’d had a huge oven stuffer chicken the day before and I had a lot of left over chicken…what to do??  I love home made soups, but home made soup is enjoyed by me when its cold and yuckie outside, not 80+ degrees out.  I made it anyway and it was delicious

DSCN3472 DSCN3475

Next on my home made “to-do” list is chili…but its got to be a cold rainy day!

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