Humbled but Happy #28


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Friday Favorites #395

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Way up High on the Apple Tree…

One of my favorite things to do in the Fall, and probably one of the highlights of my year, is our annual family apple picking adventure.  Nothing tops that first bite of a crisp, juicy apple you just picked right off the tree. We have several orchards in the Charlottesville Va area that we love to visit and each has its own special vibe, but I am particularly excited when we arrive at my favorite, Grelen Nursery and Market in Somerset Va. I love the relaxing and easily accessed Apple orchard, the beautiful gift shop and Nursery, outstanding food and drink and gorgeous scenery that I could gaze at all day.  Enjoy some snapshots of our special day and consider a trip for yourself to this magical destination…perfect every season of the year!

 

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Friday Favorites #394

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It is finally feeling like Fall here in Annapolis. The rainy, cooler evenings are just made for a good crockpot meal.  Tonight we are having Taco Soup, but I can’t wait to try the Pumpkin Chili from Crafting a Family…

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The Pretender: A Book Review

About the Book 

Set in South Dakota in 1975, where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beer in a bar, and loaded guns were kept under the counter.

Frankie Valli sang “My Eyes Adored You,” and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.

It’s within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined-and had been for many years-yet they had no idea. 

From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart—and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride’s deception.

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My Review 

The only thing I did not like about this book is the fact they I need to wait for the next book in the series to find out what happens with our star crossed lovers…yes I was that invested. I enjoyed meeting this very intriguing family that includes the quintessential Italian parents, the artistic and passionate youngest, and only, sister and brood of doting older brothers who range from cowboy to international spy to up and coming politician.  They are loud, protective and determined to preserve the family honor.  

Enter the lost, wondering Soul, Noah, orphaned at a young age, raised by his older preacher brother and rebellious against everything and everyone. When a chance meeting at an art show brings him face to face with Tillie, the artistic sister, there is instant love…and we also fall in love with the idea of this adorable couple. It is heartbreaking as a series of misunderstandings keeps them apart and forces them to begin life without the other.  

If you enjoy the idea of true love, new beginnings and family pride and tradition, this series is a perfect read.  

*I was generously given a copy of this book by the publisher but the opinions are all mine*

Autumn Delights my Soul

It may have felt like 90 degrees at the Navy vs Air Force football game, but I wore boots to church today. I mean it is not only officially Fall but it is almost midway through October.  It is time for boots..and more pumpkins…and sweaters (almost) and the leaves can start changing anytime now.  We have pumpkin spice everything in our cabinets, we spent a weekend picking apples and the Halloween candy is in full display at the store…it is time to step up the Fall decor.  Enjoy my home’s reflection of my favorite season!


An antique French basket filled with bittersweet is so quintessential Autumn to me. 


You can’t miss these colorful pumpkins as you walk upstairs.  

These sweet fabric pumpkins really pop in a German dough bowl.  


One of my favorite afternoon spots.  


Look at our serious little violinist…Fall is a time for new adventures.    

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