Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Touch of Autumn!

Hello everyone,
We have had a touch of Autumn here lately (although today was hot again) so although I am still a little reluctant to say goodbye to summer I am starting to see the loveliness of Autumn . So, on a lovely fall day why now enjoy some apple cider and a lovely magazine in a shady corner of the garden.
I do love my mulled apple cider almost as much as a good cup of tea on a cooler day!


Sitting on the bench with the latest Victoria is a perfect way to enjoy a little afternoon break.

Did I mention that while you are relaxing here you can here the sounds of our babbling brook right behind you?



The peanut butter cookies I made for you taste so good with the spiced apple cider.
The newest Victoria helped to remind me of all the things I love about Autumn.
This little squirrel is chattering up a storm-I am pretty sure he has his eye on those peanut butter cookies!
I knew I shouldn't have turned my back on him! I hope you will click on to enlarge this one-so cute.Someday,I hope to learn how to add bigger pics on my blog. Hope, i have better luck with that then my attempt to do a video of the garden-I was getting seasick myself watching it! i will have to practice that for next year. Ah! so many things I have yet to learn.

He knew a good thing when he saw it-he kept coming back until every cookie was gone. I wonder if he would like the recipe- they are pretty tasty.
In case you would like to squirrel away a few of these treats for yourself, here is the recipe for you:
1/2 cup shortening or lard
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 baking soda
Beat 1st 4 ingredients then beat in the egg and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add to the first mix.When well mixed roll into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet flatten with a fork dipped in sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
Well, now that Autumn is in the air I have been dreaming up other fun things to do- what about you?
Thank you for visiting me for this little Touch of Autumn and I hope you enjoyed a little respite from your busy day.
I am joining in with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. It is always a treat to visit with Susan.
Take care,
Carolyn
p.s. my husband was able to enlarge some of the pics for me. Yea!

36 comments:

Lusikka said...

Oh wonderful! The squirrel is so cute. Very nice. L

Mit Liebe zum Detail said...

Oh,Carolyn,your pictures are so fantastic.I love your blog.Love greetings from Austria-Edith.

It's me said...

So cute that little squirrel .....o my ....i like your Autumm place in the garden.........love love Ria......

Betty said...

Yes, Carolyn I love your photos. We had the same experience on a cammping trip. Squirrels chewed the plactic lid off the container of the Butterscotch Delights. They are very clever.
xoxo
Betty

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

So beautiful! And I can't believe a squirrel stole one of your cookies; I guess they were just good :p ♥

Bernideen said...

How cute is right! Beautiful photos!

Ofelias Hus said...

What a wonderful place to sit and have some apple cider!

I love your autumn colors

Hugs,
Anette

A Garden of Threads said...

Great pictures, I do love the squirrel stealing the cookies. But I have that same recipe for peanutbutter cookies and it is the best. I love the mug you served the cidar in. Take care.

Bella said...

Hi Carolyn... You have made autumn look delightful! Even the squirrel couldn't resist, he is a tiny little guy where did he put all those cookies?
Bella

KATHY said...

Hi Carolyn, Your touches of fall look beautiful. I love the pretty pillow.I don't think i'll ever know how to make my pictures bigger....Kathy

Jean Tuthill said...

Thanks for the Sugar cookie recipe, they sound really good! I am looking forward to Autumn, too, when I can put the oven on and the heat is a welcome thing!

"All things French" said...

I love the Autumn season and your photo's are so beautiful with a touch of rustic. We don't have squirrels here! what a pity they seem to be such cute cheeky little creatures.
~Dianne~

food for thought said...

i love visiting here, it heals the soul~

June said...

Carolyn I swear everytime I come here I feel like I have just crawled into the pages of Victoria. These photos are so gorgeous. And that little squirrel helping himself to your cookies is darling. We don't have squirrels here...I don't know why,(I think it must be too cold in Winter) but I love them. Yes, Fall is in the air, but my garden is still blooming like crazy and is so green still.
hugs to you...

Joy said...

Carolyn, your blog is my absolute all time favorite blog. Your home, your garden, your photography, your china, your creativity, your eye for beauty is astounding. Thank you for sharing your beauty with us; I look forward to every visit.

Hélène Glehen said...

How lucky you are to have squirrels in your garden. We have just a hedgehog !
It is nice to share these cute photos with us. There are lovely as always and very seasonal.
I love the mug. Fantastic.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Hooray for Hubbies! I'm just like that squirrel going for the cookies--you often have some tempting yummy here! I also enjoyed your berry post! Jacqueline

Maddy said...

Che splendido scoiattolino !!!
E che deliziosa ricetta...grazie, proverò anche il sidro caldo di mele, sai che non l'ho mai assaggiato?

E il tuo giardino è stupefacente in ogni stagione...
...non smetterò mai di farti i miei migliori complimenti!

A presto ♥

♥ Maddy

PAT said...

Gorgeous as always Carolyn!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

The photos of the squirrel are too cute! I love warm mulled cider too! Your pretty china cup makes it look even better! Nice fall feeling post!~Hugs, Patti

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Carolyn :) Your photos are just lovely, and the pics with the squirrel are just too cute! My favorite beverage to have for the colder fall & winter days is hot chocolate....either Raspberry or Mint flavored...YUMMY!! It's been starting to be quite cool in the evenings here now in Michigan, so time to break out my big mugs with some of that hot chocolate :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

On Crooked Creek said...

Carolyn,
Love your Autumn colors!!!
I, too, view Victoria Magazine. . .such an inspiration, as is your lovely blog! That squirrel is,too, too cute! ! !
Peanut butter cookies are my husbands favorite, thanks for sharing your recipe!Keep posting such inspirational blogs!
Fondly,
Pat

Barbara said...

LOL! My eyes were on the photo instead of your words and I thought he was a figurine. This is a lovely spot. I can see myself enjoying a cup of tea and a good book here for an entire afternoon. This is lovely. I can't wait for fall!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh...lovely table settings..and I do love mulled apple cider and good cookies...My dad LOVES peanut butter cookies...so he'll really enjoy this recipe...so good, that even Mr. Squirrel invited himself over for a nibble or two or three..:) :) :) Oh, I have that same issue of Victoria magazine. I purchased it at the grocery store the other day. The photos are always gorgeous and I LOVE Victorian anything :) :) :) Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Jackie said...

Beautiful photographs Carolyn, I don't want to think of Autumn yet as I have just come back from our Summer holiday, but I know here in the UK it will very soon be here and you make it look so welcoming!! Jackie in UK.

Sanna said...

Hi Carolyn,

Oh lovely Autumn! Beautiful photos, I love the colours of Autumn. That squirrel is so cute!

Have a nice weekend,
Sanna

Pamela Gordon said...

What a delightful spot to rest. I was so taken with the pictures as I scrolled down then saw the squirrel eating the cookie and I started grinning. So cute!. It's a wonder he could even walk away after eating all that! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Georgianna said...

This is priceless, Carolyn! Beautiful autumn images and the squirrel adds the perfect lighthearted touch. I personally am not ready for autumn so am not even thinking about it. But this is a beautiful photo story you've created. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. – g

Catherine said...

love the squirrel!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Oh my -- your scape is stunning! i love the setting

But oooooooh my your guest is the BEST!!

Thanks oh so much for sharing this delight.

Stop by and see us -- we are getting a bit of a jump on Halloween ideas.

Entertaining Women said...

Just lovely...and the squirrel...oh my! He must have needed a break from eating nuts. Thank you for sharing your charming vignette. Cherry Kay

Tess said...

Carolyn...

What a beautiful post!! Your cookies look so good (that adorable squirrel has the right idea!)I am about to make a batch myself. It's cool here in central NY too and I am so happy that fall is nearly here!

What is the pattern of your mug and plate? It is just gorgeous...the WHOLE setting is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Tess

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty -- looks like a perfect touch of autumn. That sure looks like one happy squirrel! I love mulled cider and cookies when the weather turns crisp too.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty -- looks like a perfect touch of autumn. That sure looks like one happy squirrel! I love mulled cider and cookies when the weather turns crisp too.

Pam said...

Carolyn, How fun to read tonight. It was a nice break from watching football! Amazing how entertaining squirrels can be except when they are draining my bird feeders! I'm enjoying your fall weather as it is still quite hot in Arkansas. I'm going to make your recipe for peanut butter cookies and enjoy them while looking at the latest Victoria magazine. Love your posts-highlight of my day!
-Pam-

Jaybird said...

Those pictures are adorable! You have such a beautiful blog!
I have to tell you though...I have a jacket made of the same fabric as your table cover with the paisley. I will think of you each time that I wear it :^)