Day #60- More Autumn Poetry

November 29, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

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“Autumn, the year’s last loveliest smile.”

William Cullen Bryant

(c) Jessica Ceason Photography

 The hazy, cloudless skies of Indian Summer. Leaves scurrying down the street before the wind. The cold shiver from an arctic blast. Indian Summer. The last warmth of the sun. Chilly mornings and glorious warm afternoons. The Harvest Moon. The Hunter’s Moon. The Rainy Season. Dry corn stalks clattering in the wind. The touch of frost on grass and window pane. The smell of burning leaves.

Keith C. Heidorn

“Winter is…

an etching, spring a watercolor, summer and oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”

Stanley Horowitz

(c) Jessica Ceason Photography

I love Fall!

Fall is exciting.
It’s apples andRead More

Day #59- Fall-Winter Potpourri

November 28, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

Fall-Winter Fragrant Potpourri

-Jessica Ceason

As simple as this potpourri is, it’s unbelievably fragrant. Using quality cinnamon sticks makes a difference. I choose mine from the local Co-Op, as the sticks are actual cinnamon rather than big-box retail stores that sell “cinnamon-scented sticks.” These, fresh cranberries, a few cloves, and an orange slice in water can simmer for hours in a mini crock pot. I have also used apple and pear slices in place of the orange. I like to keep cinnamon potpourris simple, being careful to choose fruits that compliment the strong scent of cinnamon, and not too many ingredients.


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Day #58- Thanksgiving with the Bushmans

November 27, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

Dear Bushman Family,

Your are all wonderful.

Thank you for allowing us to come to your home for such an amazing Thanksgiving meal to share with family and friends.

This night and you all will live in our hearts forever.

Very truly, -Christy Pethel

(c) Photography by Xoe & Xanthe Villa

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Day #57- Jessica Cooks! Cranberry Brie Baguette

November 26, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

Cranberry Brie Baguette

 -Jessica Ceason

I love using baguette slices and topping them with my personal kitchen experiments. I have not yet mastered the art of making my own baguette style bread so until I do, I ask for frozen, unbaked baguette at the grocer bakery. I slice it into bite-sized pieces while it is still frozen, and no matter the recipe, each piece gets a drizzle of olive oil. 


Baguette slices

1 tbs olive oil (more or less to taste)

Brie cheese (enough to cover the tops of the baguette slices)

Fresh cranberries

Walnuts or pecans (I have also used apple slices, for those with nut allergies)




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Day #56- Our Basket of Burning Wood

November 25, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

One of our Fall favorites at home is to have bonfires on a cold night.  We have a little basket of wood and watch the flames as we sip hot drinks on the porch with a blanket wrapped around us.  Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t still spend time outdoors.

-Jessica Ceason

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Day #55- Reader, Stephanie Barrett’s Thanksgiving Decor

November 24, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

Our reader, Stephanie Barrett, sent these fun pictures over of the decorations she crafted for her own Thanksgiving celebration.  Thank you Stephanie!  These are fabulous!

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Day #54- Post-Thanksgiving Letdown

November 23, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

I’m not sure about you, but the day after Thanksgiving seems to be more of whirlwind for me, a conflict of two forces… at one moment I want to be relaxing after filling myself with as much food as I can, all while feeling the rush of the holiday season want to pick me up for “lift off”.  I’m not ready for it.  I’ve got friends trying to convince me to wake up at 2:00 a.m. to “hit” all the stores for Black Friday sales while my body just wants to sleep off the huge amounts of Tryptophan ingested the day before. It’s a hangover, and I don’t even drink.

Thus, the day after Thanksgiving can sometimes be a bit of a “weird” day.  I have been told by many friends, year after year, that it was a “weird” day.

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Day #53- Day of Thanks

November 22, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

The day of Thanksgiving is here.  Have you prepared enough?  Who are you spending it with?

My family has been invited over to a dear friend’s house. I’m very much looking forward to it as I know how wonderful this mother-daughter team is whenever they are entertaining.  When they invited me, I asked what I could bring and she said, “If your family has a tradition of any kind, bring a dish from that.”

As I ruminated on our traditions, it was fun to remember all that my family has done consistently year after year on Thanksgiving.  The cherry cheesecake pie my dad always insists is there, the homemade rolls my sisters always make, the decadent mashed potatoes my brother always brings, and the multitudes of friends and family as eachRead More

Day #52- I’m Thankful For . . .

November 21, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

I Am Thankful For . . .

…the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching T.V., because that means he/she is at home and not on the streets.
…the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed.
…the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
…the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
…my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.
…a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
…all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
…the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means IRead More

Day #51- Jessica Cooks! Thanksgiving Recipe… Blackberry Pie

November 20, 2012 61 Days of Fall  No comments

Blackberry Pie

by Jessica Ceason



Ready Made pie crust

3 c. blackberries (or any other type)

1/2 c. honey

2-3 Tbs. flour



Mix all ingredients, dump in a pie crust and bake at 400 degrees for about an hour and cool overnight.

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