Monday, September 26, 2016

It's A Good Life

Happy Monday to you. Here in northern Colorado, we can tell Autumn is really here~the nights are really cool and there is a dusting of snow up in the Rockies. Please no more snow-I'm not ready for it yet. Hubby and I went on another drive on Saturday, looking for more colors up in the Canyon but we didn't see any. I'm still wanting to see more and that may mean a longer drive with a night away-we'll see.
 For the last week, Petrol was with us. She is such a sweet dog and was a great playmate for Hunter. Our neighbors even brought their dog Odie over to play; all three got along perfectly.

Yesterday afternoon I went by our oldest daughter's home to pick up some fresh veggies and a special treat. I haven't seen Copper and Lily in a couple of weeks, so it was fun to see everyone briefly. Copper had recently been groomed and she looked so gorgeous. I don't think she's gotten any bigger, she is now almost 9 months old.

I'm off to walk this morning and then not sure what hubby and I will do this afternoon-except all my windows need to be washed and the screens hosed down, so maybe that is what I'll accomplish. I'm ready to put the binding on one quilt and I found a Christmas wall hanging on Friday that I will want to start this week-it is a simple panel, but I loved the fabric. My blue quilt, from Oregon will probably wait until after the holidays because I've got too many other projects to work on.
I hope whatever you have planned for today, that you find some time to spend outside.
Blessings~
Noreen and Hunter

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dreaming of Vermont

Happy Friday! Today I'm heading down to Longmont for lunch and a quilt show with several friends. While I'm away though, I'll be dreaming of someday getting back to New England for the Autumn colors.





I hope you have a great day and enjoy some time outside this weekend!
Joy to you!
Noreen

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall

Happy Fall to you! This is my favorite season, but it hasn't always been. I think my love affair with fall started when my girls were teens and we began doing more arts and crafts during this season. I can truly say as I was growing up that Spring held my heart, but that was decades ago. Now I embrace the sights and scents of fall. For our 25th wedding anniversary, my dear hubby gave me/us a trip to New England. Oh my goodness I felt like I was in heaven. I loved how everyone decorated their porches with mums; in fact, the first stop we made once we got home was at the garden center to buy Mums. So yesterday I finished getting out my harvest decorations. I'm sure I could still add more and probably will but for now I'm happy with it. I've got Spiced Apple candles going as well.





I hope you have a favorite thing about fall.  I would love to have some red plaid throws to put out, but  I have several fall quilts I have on the couches, so that if it is cool we can cover up.  Today will be a day to stay home I think.  May your day be filled with joy, love and blessings.
Noreen

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Wednesday friends,  I have begun to decorate for fall more seriously, but need a few more touches, before I share.  Yesterday was a good day which included time to be together with other quilters and a relaxed afternoon.  Today I'm off to a ladies study this morning and then this afternoon my neighbor and I will go to lunch prior to heading to another close friends home; the friend whose home we are going to sells jewelry and purses.  My neighbor needs a new purse, so we'll drive out to see if we can find one and save on retail prices.  Not much to report here; we are still having cool mornings that warm up and then hit the high 80's, with cool nights.  By next week we are supposed to have showers.  Do you ever wonder why you fill your schedule with so many activities?  I am!  Friday I am driving a group of ladies to a quilt show in Longmont; of course we'll do lunch before hand.  It will be fun, but by Saturday I'll be ready to stay inside.  We've had our daughter's mini-Schnauzer all week; she is such a sweetie and I know Hunter will miss her when they come home on Saturday.
I hope you find some joy in your day today.
Blessings~
Noreen

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall In The High Country

Happy Tuesday to you. I hope you had a wonderful weekend(this was supposed to be posted yesterday, but I put the wrong date) and enjoyed some nice weather. Here in northeast Colorado, the colors are beginning to change. As with most of the country, the weather this year has been different than normal and we are seeing this manifest in the lack of trees changing color. Hubby's schedule has been so busy lately, so I told him we needed to get to the mountains before the trees have all changed. So Sunday morning we hit the road with our destination being Grand Lake; we drove through RMNP and were surprised that we didn't see many Aspens that had changed or any Elk. After all, it is Rutting season and normally they would be stopping traffic. We then took Trail Ridge over to Grand Lake and began to see some colors. We had a lovely lunch in a quaint place called the Sagebrush Grill; I loved all the antique farming tools hanging on the walls. This little town is so cute and fun to walk through. In one store, I heard a clerk saying the colors had already peaked. We knew we would have quite a drive home, so didn't stay too long. On our way to Granby, we began to see some of the colors we were what we were looking for. I still long to get back to Maine and New England to really see the intense colors, someday.




We ended up driving over 230 miles and got home before dinner time.  We had recorded the Bronco's game, so watched while we had dinner~Go Broncos.  Yesterday was filled with errands and also meeting a friend for coffee.  Today I have my quilting club and I love it-it keeps me motivated to continue on, even when I'd rather be outside.  This is my busy week-activities every day but Thursday.  Sometimes I wonder why I schedule so much.
Share a smile with someone you don't know today, it may just brighten their day and be what they need.
Blessings~
Noreen

Friday, September 16, 2016

Healthy Breakfast Bars

Happy Friday to you! I've been out walking already, ran to the market for more flour and made two dishes of breakfast bars. A friend of mine made these for me several years ago and I loved them; then recently when I was at her house, she served them to me once again-YUM! Two weeks ago, I made a batch up for hubby and me and froze them-just for a special treat when we didn't have anything in the house. They can be used for breakfast, a snack or even dessert. I am still letting them cool, but wanted to share the recipe with you.

Breakfast Bars-a Healthy version
1 1/4 cup Almond Flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt(I used regular)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
1 T Cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted(you could also use grapeseed oil or regular cooking oil)
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey(I use honey)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or maple extract(I have submitted Almond extract too)
1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1/4 cup blanched slivered almonds
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
1/4 cup chocolate chips(optional)
1. In a small bowl, combine oil, syrup or honey and vanilla
2. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and soda
3. Stir wet ingredients into dry
4. Mix in coconut, seeds, almonds, raisins and cranberries
5. Mix in chololate chips
6. Grease baking dish(I use a 8x8")with oil. If you want them thinner, use a 9x13" dish.
7. Press the dough into the baking dish, wetting your hands with water to help pat the dough down evenly, if needed.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until brown.
9. Cool bars in pan for 2 hours. Cut into 12-16 bars.
 They freeze well.
 Enjoy!

I even made a batch to send with Kim and family on their road trip.  I hope you have a great fall weekend.  I'm hoping we get up to the mountains on Sunday.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Kicks

Happy Thursday to you. I've shared that I've been having an issue with my left foot-specifically the ball of my foot and two of my toes. From what I've read it sounds an awful lot like Morton's Neuroma, but I sure hope not. Tuesday I went shopping with my neighbor and wore the Born shoes I got two years ago for Ireland-well, by the time I got home an hour+ later, I was noticing that it felt like the were too tight-hmm, how could that be. Granted my foot has changed since high school and college and I now wear a larger size. So today, after I got home from a ladies bible study, I dragged hubby down to the shoe store. I probably need to see a podiatrist, but am hoping I can wait until I turn 65 next year(medicare). I had been told that Earth shoes(you know those hippy type shoes many of us wore in the early 70's)would be a good shoe for me. So now they have a new line called Earth Origins that I decide to try. They are very comfortable and since I won't be walking in them each day on my walks, I think they'll be just fine. I can wear them with jeans or a long skirt. I loved that they weren't as pricey as some shoes I've looked at. Time will tell.

I've never had it easy with shoes-when I was growing up I had to wear corrective saddle shoes with a wooden heel to prevent me from pronating, something that runs in my family. The only time I remember being able to wear shoes the first time I tried them on was when I was pregnant-because my foot wasn't as skinny as normal. Add in a Morton's Toe and that limits many shoes as well. In the summer I wear Olukai sandals that were designed by a Podiatrist and I love them. They have shoes as well, but are extremely pricey. I'll let you know how these go. Hope you are able to find shoes that are comfortable and that work for you.
May your day be blessed!
Hugs,
Noreen