Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs, NY

Last week I worked in Albany for a few days and ventured north to Saratoga Springs to find the Saratoga Winery.

I tasted 5 white wines....

...and decided to buy a bottle of the Saratoga White...

...a semi-sweet wine which snuggled comfortably in my purse:

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Butternut Squash....YUM!

I love squash, especially Butternut.

I thought I would share my favorite way to prepare it.

First and foremost, you need a pretty baking pan - this is from the Pioneer Woman's collection:

Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and fill each cavity with 2 T butter:

Add about 2 T brown sugar, sprinkling it over the butter:

Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper:

Add about 1/2 " water to the baking pan....

...and cover tightly with foil:

Bake for 1 hour at 350'.

Let it cool a bit....

....and scoop out the liquid butter and squash:

It can be purified, mashed with a fork, or just eaten as it!

And then it MUST be served in a pretty bowl... delicious!!

If you try it, let me know your thoughts....I am off to taste test!!

Happy October!

Sharing with Grace at Home
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Keeping busy.....

I made a small pot of sauce from fresh tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic....

which gave me 3 jars for the winter:

I also made a few jars of bread and butter pickles...

...and I am still painting pumpkins!

and a bit of unrelated info:
The Garden Lover's Club highlighted my garden totem on their blog!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

A few ways to update an artificial pumpkin….

I bought a creamy-yellow pumpkin and dry-brushed white acrylic paint on it. Then I dry-brushed some wax ~ dark and clear mixture ~ and buffed it: 

 I "yanked" off the cheap green plastic stem and replaced it with a green glass knob:

This one was painted in tan and cream stripes, with a wooden knob attached...

…and this grey and white striped pumpkin got a vintage glass knob:

Just another way to make a cheap pumpkin look a little fancier!

Here is a resin pumpkin from the Dollar Tree….

…with a few ribbon loops and fringe attached, and a bow on top!

This pumpkin was painted in "Pandora" checks:

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Monday, September 21, 2015

The past few days….

I tried a restaurant that I have been dying to go to - Laci's Tapas Bar.  Sadly, I won't be going back!

I attended a Fashion Show, with fabulous outfits and accessories….I can't wait til Spring Fashion Week - I'll go back:

I went to the grand opening of House of S. Jaye in Syracuse, I'll be back:

I had dinner at Pastabilities - I will definitely go back there!

I painted a gazillion pumpkins - and they all SOLD…there will be more!

It was a busy 4 days!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fashion Week in Syracuse

Last week, during Fashion Week, there was a Fashion Show in Syracuse, featuring local businesses….

It was held outdoors, under a tent, on a street in Armory Square

A few of my favorite businesses dressed their models in fabulous outfits and jewelry. 
 Giorgio Furs was one of the highlights...

…Beautiful models in lovely furs... 

...with outrageously sexy outfits underneath...

…with talented poses...

…and unique hairstyles...

…and make up, far from ordinary!

There were a few children….

…who were absolutely adorable:

Lululemon models not only showcased their clothing, but also performed a few yoga moves on the runway!

Michelle Darin, a local jeweler….

…dressed all of her models in...

…recycled clothing...

…all made from...

…old afghans!

I was so intrigued by this recycling project that I forgot to check out some of the jewelry!!

I thought this was such a clever and cohesive way to 

…bridge all of her models together!

Even the local guitar store jumped on the runway!

What a fun event on a beautiful night!
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