Saturday, November 28, 2015


It is the middle of Thanks Giving weekend, yes weekend; I start enjoying the holiday on Wednesday and continue right through Sunday.

We have a tradition of going out for lunch on Wednesday (the day before) Thanks Giving; and this year we decided to head down route 9 south into Columbia County.  We started out with a stop at The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop. in Valatie (pronounced Va lay sha.)
This cute little gift shop is in a nondescript industrial building, but is stocked full of eclectic merchandise.

We continued south on route 9 and made a stop at the Dollar General and the Dollar Tree, you can always find something interesting in these discount stores; so reminiscent of the long shuttered Woolworth's. 
Then it was off to lunch at Four Brothers Pizza/Inn.
I ordered the lemon chicken soup, and the Brother's Saute, home made sausage and broccoli over linguini.
On the way home we stopped at my favorite farm stand, Golden Harvest Farms, for pumpkin pie, apple cider and cider donuts.
After a few stops to finish up some errands we headed home.  On Thanks Giving morning it is a light breakfast, I like to eat early, so we have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the day.  Thanks Giving meal turkey, a simple bread stuffing (just bread, celery with chicken broth) mashed potatoes and veggies.
This year I also made baked breaded artichoke hearts.  A can of artichoke hearts, dried; seasoned panko crumbs, but I also add Parmesan/Romano cheese, two eggs and baked at 375 for about 30 minutes.
After drying the artichoke hearts, dip in egg then in panko mix and into the oven.
And turkey shaped butter, it is in a sculpted form, but to make it easier to use, I carefully sliced it in half and laid it on a plate.
By night time it was time for a quick turkey sandwich, my favorite is simply sliced turkey and mayo on a dinner roll, and I love this new Snapple Fall blended tea.
I do not shop on Black Friday, I prefer to stay home and enjoy the holiday.  But this year I did decide to take down my interior decorations.  I will leave the outside up until Sunday, but take them down to make it easier on Monday when I put up Winter.  So after carefully packing everything a way it was time for a leftover turkey dinner.  A little turkey, mashed potatoes and some stuffing, smothered in gravy, yum!
I also decided to roast some chestnuts, I made my first batch around Halloween and I was getting the itch for that wonderful chestnut smell.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were beautiful warm and sunny.  Today is a bit cool cloudy and damp, so it is an easy day inside.  But tomorrow, I will take down the outside decorations and get ready for Monday morning.  But the best part is two more days to enjoy left overs.


Friday, November 20, 2015



We had two great Fridays in a row out and about in our community.  Last week, Friday the 13th, we headed out through Glenville and Balston Spa.  The morning started out wonderfully warm but a bit breezy.  As the day went on it got a bit cooler, so it was nice we stayed close to home.  We started by heading out Route 50 and made our first stop at the Speckled Hen in Scotia.

The store was filled with a nice combination of Autumn and Christmas goods.  I am always thrilled when stores still have their Autumn goods out.
Next we made a stop at the new Krauses' Homemade Candy out post in Socha Plaza.
Although it is not a huge store, it had just enough of a selection to satisfy the sweet tooth.  Our next stop was at Fo'Castle Farms Country Store.
Then off for lunch.
Lunch was at a favorite spot, Villago on Balston Lake.
For lunch crispy truffled artichoke hearts, arancini and lasagna, perfect for a cool Fall day.
We drove along the lake and stopped at Lakeside Farms and Cider Mill.
And the gift shop.
Last (and that is a good thing, it was getting a little chilly) but not lease (still warmer than it should be) we stopped at Bowman's Orchards.
The fruits of our labor, a pair of chocolate turkeys and some home made Carmel popcorn from Krauses', French coffee cake from Lakeside and pumpkin pie from Bowman's.
And I also found these cute Autumn earrings at Bowman's, they are made in Mechanicville.
Today we headed to Schohaire and Middleburgh.
A look inside.
We headed to Middleburgh first.  We stopped at the
 The Conglomerate,  and a few other shops along Main Street, as well as taking in the beauty of this historic village.
Although the trees are bare, the sky is blue and it is in the low 50's today and all the businesses are still dressed for Fall.
After a lovely walk along Main Street, we back tracked to Schohaire and made a stop at The Hive.
But there is a lot to see in Schohaire too.
This pretty covered bridge is for pedestrians only.
A beautiful working farms all along the drive.
But we also stopped at the
Schohaire Colonial Heritage Association for the annual craft fair.
As we  headed home a quick stop to finish up some errands and then a late lunch at a diner close to home, then homeward bound.  And look at what I found to bring home.  Perfect for this cool Fall evening.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Over the years I have been able to find some great Thanks Giving Day decorations; but it was not easy.  When I first bought my home 20 years ago, I had very little for the day, but it seems lately there has been more and more available.  And that is a great thing!  Because Thanks Giving Day is one of my top three favorite holidays, and I am so happy I can enjoy the spirit all month.

A few turkeys in the front entry, and one turkey is dressed up in sparkles.  I don't know but there is something about sparkles.  I always seem to find great candle holders, but I don't burn candles, so I choose to fill the space with something else, here a little paper mache pumpkin.

I love my pillows and on the club chair a little plush turkey.  The pumpkins in front of the stained glass window are new from the Christmas Tree Shops, as is the tall Pilgrim girl.
The t.v. console gets a bunch of pumpkins and another Pilgrim girl.  The turkey is new from the Home Depot, I went in for batteries and came out with a new turkey, that is a good day.
Indians on the colonnades are from a BigLots in Utica, they were a find on the way home from Syracuse, I love them.
The dinning room always gets the most attention, the large Pilgrims are from Price Chopper, leaf (Christmas tree) ornaments hang from the chandelier.  And the glittery turkey is from the Dollar Tree, I am sorry I didn't buy more!  They slip together and come apart to fold flat again, I was not sure how good it would be, but it is really cute for a dollar.
A little more glitter on the side board, all from the Christmas Tree Shops, one of my favorite turkeys on top of the cabinet and more pumpkins scattered about.
Adding little pumpkins everywhere is the easiest thing, they all from different sets of bowl fillers.
Another plush turkey on the storage ottoman in the corner.
Pumpkins all around the bedrooms
and bathroom, with two little Pilgrims.  The glass pumpkins are from sets of tea light holders from the Dollar Tree, I bought three packs of 2 and they are perfect little decorations standing up.
In the dressing room, the turkey planter was from a supermarket and held a plant, after the plant faded I added a bit of foam and found some cute silk flowers and filled it up.
The larger Pilgrims in the kitchen match the small set in the bath, the larger pair are from a trip to Plymouth, MA; they were my first substantial find many years ago.
A little more "bling" and both kitchen widows have a little set of wood pumpkins just peeking over the cafe curtain.
On the shelf over the radiator I have a resin turkey, I have a bunch of these turkeys from the Dollar Tree all around the house.  They were the very first things I bought years ago, I bought so many because I really had nothing else at the time.  But I still love them.  And a set of pumpkin candles.
The metal turkey is from the Christmas Tree Shops and the little turkey with the long legs is from the Dollar Tree, it was the only one on the shelf, I couldn't leave him.
The back porch.
More candle holders, one with a pine cone, one with a pumpkin.  And a bowl of left over Halloween candy is a must!  I said it last year, I love the nostalgia of it.