Friday, October 14, 2016

Apples, Sausage & Sweet Potatoes: A Savory Autumn Dish

This Savory Autumn Dish of sausage, apples, and sweet potatoes is a recipe that has been in my family for many years. As a matter of fact, my mother has been making it for as long as I can remember. 

It's a delicious, hot savory supper that's perfect for a chilly fall day. It only has the three main ingredients, takes little time to prepare, is full of rich flavor, and is even better the next day - if there is any left!

I love it because it is a true reflection of the fall season - fresh picked apples and sweet potatoes are seasoned with cinnamon and mixed together with sausage and then baked in a hot creates the most amazing aroma...

Ingredients & Directions

3-4 medium apples
3 large sweet potatoes  

2 pounds of sweet sausage

Peel and core the apples, cut into quarters and then cut in half again.

Boil the sweet potatoes just until they become fork tender. Remove from pot and carefully peel with a knife and cut into 1/2" slices. (You can use yams if sweet potatoes are not available in your area.)
Cook sausage in frypan with water or bake in oven until done. Remove sausage from pan and cut into coin-shaped slices. Save the sausage drippings.

Layer in a large oven-safe bowl:

Sausage and sweet potatoes on the bottom of the bowl, apples on top.

In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup mix:
1 Tablespoon flour

1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cold water
4 Tablespoons sausage drippings

Mix together above ingredients and then pour over top of the apples, sausage and sweet potatoes. 

Sprinkle top with cinnamon.
Cover with lid or foil and bake in 375° F oven for 45 minutes. 

After baking, gently fold ingredients once or twice to mix. Sauce will thicken upon standing. Serve with additional cinnamon. 

Sprinkle with lots of cinnamon! My sister gave me this cute little cinnamon bear. I love him!


What's your favorite autumn dish?

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vintage Childhood Halloween Costumes from the 70's

Vintage childhood Halloween costumes from the 1970's were the best. The boxed character costumes, the dress-up school parties, trick or treat in the neighborhood...what could be more fun? Oh yeah, the candy! 

Nowadays with kids of my own, the rules sure have changed. No masks, or even face makeup are allowed at school past the elementary level. But outside of school and of course on Trick or Treat night in hometowns across the USA, ghouls abound.

I remember the plastic masks with the dayglo painted faces, the small slits in the plastic for eye, nose and mouth holes, and how your breath behind the mask would condensate, making your face damp and gross. I remember the stapled-on elastic string that never stayed on very long before breaking. 

But most of all I remember the thrill of dressing up, of laughing with friends, of going house to house in the cold autumn night, and getting to escape and be something different - whether scary or not -  even if just for a short while. 

Take a step back in time with these amazing vintage Halloween photos from the 70's (and a few from the 60's and 80's too!)


What was your favorite thing to dress up as for Halloween 
when you were a kid?

Have a great week!

Creepy Halloween Costumes & Makeup

It's that time of year again! I love Halloween! And I love checking out all the unique and unusual costumes and clever Halloween makeup that people come up with each year. My Halloween costume round up from last year (which you can visit here (part 1) and here (part 2) if you haven't seen it) was so popular that I had to do another one this year. 

Now let's take a look at the scariest, creepiest Halloween costumes ever! 

Masquerade flesh mask is not for the faint of heart. by Bonnie Corban

Demon via Pinterest

Eye don't know about this one...  

Voodoo Doll Halloween costume 

Scary scarecrow

Which is your favorite?

Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Beautiful Bohemian Floors: Painted, Stenciled, & Decoupaged

I've always loved the look of painted wood floors. I think I like them so much because when you happen upon one, it's unexpected, and personal. 

Often created by the homeowner themselves, it's an artistic expression that is a demonstration of their love for their home. This love for home, intermingled with their own artistic creativity creates a certain type of magic that impresses me every time. 

Check out these amazing examples of unique artistic Bohemian floors and I think you'll agree that whether it be hardwood floor or concrete, freehand painted, stenciled or decoupaged, these floors have a unique and special beauty that is unlike any other.

Beautiful painted wood floor from

Pretty blue stenciled floor via HopeInGod blog

DIY stenciled pallet wood floor door mat from APieceofRainbow via HomeTalk

Painted floor from Free People

Ornate painted bathroom floor from Love Paper Paint

Blue Morrocan style stenciled porch by Sarah Greenman  La Maison Boheme

Wallpaper-covered and distressed

What do you think? 
Which do you like?

Have a great week!