No-Filter Friday – Walnuts


Wishing you all a pleasant weekend!

CherryWillow is doing a ‘No-Filter Friday’. She posts a photo on Fridays that she took that have only ‘sizing and adding a copyright’ being the only editing/filtering done to them.
I probably won’t join in every Friday. I get busy and sidetracked, but today, I’m joining in on the fun.
I hope you’ll join in some Friday too.


Old Timey Apple Pie

applepie-1My husband has been reminicing about the homemade apple pies that I used to make. He talked enough to get me wanting an apple pie. I bought a bag of apples and got out my ‘Old Timey Apple Pie’ Recipe. I was particurilarly excited about making a pie because I finally figured out how to make the lattice pie crust and wanted to try it out. It wasn’t as hard to do as I once thought. I used to make the solid pie crust top.

We enjoyed the pie… However, if I ever make it again, I will have to adjust the recipe because it was way too sweet. That’s the thing about the old timey recipes, some are sugar-heavy, this recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups.

All-in-all, it was a pretty decent pie. We enjoyed it over the course of a few days. I enjoyed making the pie and plan to make another one someday with adjustments to the recipe, or maybe another recipe all together.

I hope you all have an enjoyable week.



Baked Small Wonder Spaghetti Squash – winter squash

*This is an Edited post from 2011 from my ex-blog.
I thought it might be helpful to anyone new to small spaghetti squash.


Small wonder spaghetti squash are winter squash.
The largest small wonder squash that we
harvested in 2011 was around 6 inches tall.spegsqua2—————–

Here’s how I prepare, bake and serve Spaghetti Squash.

Baked Spaghetti Squash

The squash skin is tough and quite slick,
so to help keep it stable I set it on an old dishtowel.spegsqua3Carefully cut slits all around the squash.spegsqua4Carefully cut joining slits in spaces between
making one slit around the squash.
*Be extra careful cutting on the bottom dimple and the stem,
they’re terribly tough and hard to cut through.spegsqua5Pull the squash apart & openspegsqua6clean out the seeds and pulpspegsqua7Place halves side by side face down in a baking dish.

*In the bottom of the pan, Add about a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch of water.

**Check on the water level throughout the baking process.
Add more water if it evaporates too much.

Bake in a 375° preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Stick a fork in the squash to check for tenderness and doneness.

Remove from oven when done and allow to sit for 20 or 30 minutes
or until cool enough to safely handle.spegsqua8Carefully remove squash halves from baking dish
and scrap the spaghetti strings out of them.spegsqua9Add your favorite sauce and serve.

Happy cooking!


Random Friday Five – daylily, cross stitch, 3rd man book, clouds & leaves

p1060785One of my daylilies surprised us with a late season bloom. It’s bittersweet knowing it’s probably one of the last blooms of the season.


cardicrosI’ve started a cross stitch project. Decades ago, I enjoyed cross stitch. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it now. I’m happy to say that I can still do cross stitch and enjoy it. It’s not a big piece, but all the stops and thread changes make my progress slow.
I decided to do a holiday decoration. Hopefully, I’ll have it finished by Christmas and can display it with the other holiday decor.


3rdmanFor me, there’s nothing quite like the feel of an actual physical book. I’ve read many ebooks and have oodles of them through the familiar electronic book distributers, but there’s some books that I prefer to read in the physical form. This is one of those books.

The Third Man Factor By John Geiger
Surviving the Impossible

Hardcover edition 2009
Stories are based on true events and witness accounts

Comprehension level is moderate.
Type face is good size.

The Third Man Factor is about ‘humans under extreme conditions’ that feel another anomalous person or presence near by. The anomalous 3rd man travels along with them giving them helpful advice and encouragement to survive. The ‘3rd man’ is what the presence is called in the book. The presence may be female. It can be an anomalous person, a relative, friend, angel, guardian, spirit or animal or I suppose just about anything.

Sometimes the ‘person in the extreme condition’ may see the 3rd man in physical form and sometimes even have conversations. Sometimes they communicate telepathy with the 3rd man. Sometimes the 3rd man is a shadowy figure. Sometimes the 3rd man is never seen at all and only felt.

I’m about half way through the book. It’s interesting reading. There’s stories from survivors from many ill fated situations. The book has so far discussed the 3rd man as being a guardian angel, a hallucination or like a spirit.


p1060793We’ve been getting some major glorious cloud formations. I wish I could afford a camera that could produce photos that more successfully shows the gorgeousness of the sky filled with these busy clouds.


9-15-2016-leavesThe leaves are turning brown and falling down announcing Autumn is close at hand. Soon the air will carry a chill as the trees and flora will go to sleep for a long winters nap.


Wishing you all a happy weekend!


2016 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Edge

2016 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week, let’s keep our angles sharp and heart rate fast.


This is a crop from a photo showing the Sun at the edge of a passing storm.

Don’t mind the bugs and the dirt, I took this photo with a mobile phone held up to our car’s front windshield. It was such an amazing showy sky that I couldn’t resist.

I thought I’d also post another crop from the original that shows some amazing clouds above the edge of the storm.9-14-2016-2

Wishing you all fun with the WP photo challenge!