Monthly Archives: September 2011

Apple Pickin’ Fools

It’s apple pickin’ time.  We bundled up in our BGSU finest this morning and drove out the MacQueen’s Orchard in Holland, OH. On the way we stopped at Tim Hortons.  This was our first visit there, and for those of you who didn’t know (like me) Tim Hortons seems to be a higher quality Dunkin Donuts. Jonathan says the coffee is better and our bagels were wonderful!  I got hot apple cider with mine.  Though it was clearly from a mix, I enjoyed it and it filled the car with yummy “appley” smells.

Once we got to the orchard and spoke with the nice folks there, we decided to pick a half-bushel of Jonathan apples and a half-bushel of Ida Reds.  Despite the foggy damp morning, the orchard was beautiful and I only stopped taking pictures to pop a few apples of the trees.

The Red Delicious apples were gorgeous, but we don’t find them as delicious as the name implies

My dad says I need an apple picker.  Who needs an apple picker when you are amost six feet tall and have hands

Half a bushel of Ida Reds

I was slightly obsessed with the fact that everything had droplets of water on them. So pretty!

Imagine that, Jonathan’s favorite apple is the Jonathan.

Look closely.  Yes, his mouth is full.  Yes, he’s eating an apple.  No, it wasn’t his first, second, or third. Yes, he taste-tested all the apple varieties.

Apple picking was a fun way to enjoy our morning.  After loading our bushel into the car and having it inspected (no apple thieves here…except maybe the few Jonathan ate), we went into the market.  The smells made us wish we hadn’t stopped at Tim Hortons!  There were some amazing looking baked goods there!  There were also mini-pumpkins and gourds, which we promptly bought.  They are now part of my on-going effort to Fall-ify the house.  More on that later…

Last but not least, amidst the shots of apples and us, I snapped a pretty little picture of a stick.  Yes, a stick.  But it’s a stick with a rain drop…and I thought it was cool.  So there!

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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Life, Photography


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19 Pounds of Pickles

It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything and while I certainly could have shared last weekend, other things got in the way.  Like a really cool arts festival, so I didn’t write.  Now I am here to tell you about last weekend.  We entered the wide world of food preservation.  Thanks to my grandma, we came home from my parents’ house completely equipped to start canning.  With 19 pounds of pickles fresh from our garden, we naturally made pickles.  We used a few different recipes, two of which were the packaged pickling spices.  The third was Alton Brown’s Dill Pickles.  I will leave the rest of the story to the pictures…

These are Alton Brown’s pickles…they are supposed to be made in a pickle crock.  Since we didn’t have one, we opted for the crock out of our crock pot.  They are currently fermenting away in our basement along with 15 jars of perfectly canned pickles.



Too bad I don’t really like pickles.


Posted by on September 17, 2011 in Cooking and Restaurants, Life


A Clack (a.k.a A Lack Clock)

So two days ago it was in the high 80s and I was splashing around in my parents’ pool in Pennsylvania with the cutest little two year old in the world.  Now, it is in the 60s and the wind is whipping by.  As I type I’m wearing jeans, long sleeves and fuzzy slippers.  It.  Is.  Amazing.  I love fall!

Before I left for Pennsylvania, I whipped up a few projects and would like to share one today.  We had an old IKEA Lack tabletop that was stained and lacking (no pun intended) legs.  I saw an IKEA hack in which someone created a clock out of this same kind of table top so I knew I could do it as well.  All I needed was some fun fabric and a clock mechanism. 

First, I figured out where I wanted the clock to be positioned on the square, then drilled an appropriately sized hole through the tabletop.  Next on the back side, I used a large drill bit to open up the back hole big enough to fit the clock mechanism.  It turns out the tabletop was pretty much hollow so my drill bit wasn’t necessary. Therefore I had to whip out my Dremel tool to open up the hole.  

Then I positioned the fabric and flipped the whole deal over so the fabric and table were upside-down.  I pulled the fabric taut over the wood and stapled it into place.   I was thinking the fabric might fray, so I folded the edge of the fabric under before stapling.

I felt around for the small hole on the front and used an x-acto to cut the fabric.  

All that was left to do was insert the clock mechanism and follow the instructions on how to attach the hands. Finito!  And the finished product:

I’ve been staring at this living room wall for weeks now and have been thinking I didn’t really like it.  With the new clock and a few change ups for photos and lamps I think I like it.  Check out the before and after.

Ugh…don’t like at all…

Much better

What do you think?


Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Home Decorating, Life


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