Beautiful Fall Gardens

I love outdoor containers with lots of lush greenery and interesting shapes and textures. In the Pacific Northwest where I live, fall is the most beautiful season (in my opinion!). There is no better time to put on a cozy sweater and take a walk through some of my favorite neighborhoods! I took this photo (above) of a container that caught my attention. I love the mix of greens, and textures. This house had the most stunning window boxes and interesting landscaping. The fall colors just popped out and grabbed my attention! Isn't that window box just amazing? They framed the entrance to their walkway with some beautiful textured plants. It really invites you into a unique and special world! In the Pacific Northwest we don't have many palm trees. They really stand … [Read more...]

The Best Apple Pie Ever

This is hands down, no contest THE BEST apple pie that I've ever eaten, much less made.  This sour cream apple pie has actually replaced the other apple pie at our family gatherings and on our holiday dessert table.  Every single person that I've shared this pie recipe with has fallen in love with it. This pie is delicious, unique, simple and will absolutely WOW everyone you serve it to, even if you aren't normally a pastry whiz. Ingredients Crust 1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust (from the 15 oz box) soften as directed on box Filling 1  1/4 C Sour Cream 3/4 C granulated sugar 1/4 C all purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp vanilla 1 egg 6 C Granny Smith Apples,peeled, cored and sliced 1/4" thick. ( I used 6 medium Granny Smith's) Topping 1/2 C all … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Wear a Scarf this Fall

Scarves are a must-have for fall...actually for any season.  They're inexpensive, available in a wide variety of styles, and they'll fit no matter how many Pumpkin Spice Lattes you throw back. Oh, and all the celebrities are wearing them (not that we care about that, though, right?). You've scoured the mall. You've picked out a scarf that's just the right color scheme for your winter skin, just the right print for your wardrobe, just the right weight for your climate.  Now what?  Are you standing in front of the mirror in various self-inflicted headlocks as you attempt to tie it around your neck just right?  Worry not! 5 Basic Scarf Tying Techniques 1. The No-Tie Tie. You can't get any easier than this: Just drape it around your neck, and viola!  When to do it: When you're wearing … [Read more...]