October 24, 2014


I want to bake my own pies for Thanksgiving and thought I would began the search for a perfect apple pie. I so appreciate going to a luncheon or dinner when the hostess has prepared the entire dinner, rather than serving store-bought bakery goods. I love the rustic appearance of fruit pies and they lend themselves so beautiful to the harvest celebration. I think my search began and ended right here........a perfect autumn apple pie! 

My words from 2008 still hold true today. My little grandmother (and I do mean little - not more than 4' 11") would wonder what all the fuss is about - this is her recipe. Thanks to all who have commented on this little guardian angel's recipe developed years ago in her kitchen as a treat for my dad who took care of her yard and garden after my grandfather died. I am still in awe of the number of you that have tried my Grandma Ople's recipe for apple pie and love it so much. Now that she has been gone almost 15 years there seems to be less and less of her to hold on to and to pass along to her great grandchildren (and great-great grandchildren) who will never know her. Some might say that having originated a delicious apple pie recipe is not much of a legacy, but when I read the reviews and notes of those who have tried her recipe, and the settings and family gatherings at which they have shared her pie, I can truly say that God has worked through my Grandmother to help bring families joy and love. Thank you all for your comments about my Grandmother's favorite recipe.

~ Rebecca Clyma Proud Grand-daughter of Grandma Ople

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
6-8 apples - peeled, cored
and sliced, Granny Smith, Cortland or Gala

Dash of lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg~optional

Place one pie crust in your pie pan. Peel, core and slice your apples. Spread the slices evenly on top of the unbaked pie crust. I sprinkle these with a little lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg, however the recipe does not include this step. 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Take the second pie crust and cut it into even strips. 
Now, cover the apples with a lattice work topping. 

Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. 
Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
 Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. 
Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Home never tasted so good....................
This just may become your signature dish! 

Isn't there a saying about "Eat Dessert First?"

A Foodie Friday link-up day! 


October 23, 2014


Get In the Spirit

This is the Pumpkin Hollow dinnerware that has been placed on our Halloween table for the last thirty years! They go all the way back to the days of the Lillian Vernon catalog days. My children could not wait until October rolled around and they were able to eat their lunches and snacks off of this adorable spooky set of plates! They enjoyed hot spiced tea and cider from the matching mugs. Now that they are grown, I still take great pleasure in bringing them out every year and remembering them as little children! This year, I accented the Pumpkin Hollow with a few new pieces,  featuring the Owl cookie jar and matching little snack plate! I kept a few of my little vintage Halloween figurines that will eventually be given to grandson Luke! Children wait all year to enjoy the wonders of the holiday season, beginning with Halloween! It's fun to share in their joy, even when we become adults! 

October 22, 2014


These are an absolute favorite for the month of October. 
They are a lovely sweet treat for little goblins in your house, served with a cold glass of milk!
They are also quite lovely served with your afternoon tea! 

Don't worry.....I'm a friendly little feline! 

Little "Jacqueline!"

1¾ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
¾ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
¾ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1½ cups pumpkin puree
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup milk or half & half
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and salt.
In a large bowl mix together eggs, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, and milk until smooth.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.  Fill greased muffin tins ¾ full. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from pan. Serve immediately or store in airtight container at room temperature or keep refrigerated. 

October 21, 2014


Frightfully Fun Halloween

In masks and gowns we haunt the street
And knock on doors for trick or treat,
Tonight we are the king and queen,
For oh tonight it's Halloween!
~Jack Prelutsky

My little Jack!

The Witch is In!
Sit a Spell!

Now serving little ghosts and goblins!

The Witch's Hat

For an eerie effect!

It's a creepy party!

Fill my pumpkin.......

You're Invited!

A spooky bird in the house

Ready for a hauntingly good Halloween buffet

The flock of crows

Now as cute and as fun as all of this was to put together, 
I felt it belonged to my sweet little Luke the Duke in Atlanta!
 What fun he will have hosting a "spooky party" 
for Caden, Aubrey and Olivia!
 So.....we boxed it all up and sent it to the babies! 
As usual, Miss M is going to make this another fun tablescape! 

You wouldn’t believe,
 On All Hallow’s Eve
What lots of fun we can make.
With apples to bob, And nuts on the hob,
 And a ring-and-thimble cake.

~Carolyn Wells

October 20, 2014


OK! I promised myself I would hold off until mid-October
to begin the wonderful world of Halloween posts.
I kept my promise!
And.....it was hard....REALLY hard!

I just love autumn decorating and getting ready for Halloween! Always have!
I gave my Halloween village to the Divine Miss M last year so Luke should have quite a bit of spooky fun going on with all of the little houses and figures he now has. My village will be a wonderful addition to the village Miss M started for him years ago!

I am working on my tablescape for the month of October and cannot wait to see how it all comes together! I took a few canning jars left over from Nick and Cat's ranch wedding and created some rather cute jars for filling up with caramels, peanut butter taffy and chocolate kisses!

Oh.....and the crows! Did I ever mention how much I love crows at Halloween! I have found such good use for all the scrapbooking paper I have left over from other projects! This is too much fun! I have a few other inspirational ideas up my sleeve so it appears I need another trip to Michaels! Are y'all getting out your pumpkins yet? Oh, acorns......I love acorns too.....good idea!

October 19, 2014


At Home.....another perfect October weekend! 
Y'all come on in! 

I do hope you have filled some jars with candy corn! 
It's the darling's favorite treat for the season!
 Don't you love adding some dry roasted peanuts among those delicious bites of candy? 

It was Homecoming weekend for the grandchildren! Where oh where are the years going? They look so grown up every time we seen them! Not to worry...too young for actual "dates"..just going as friends to the football game! Now take note...remember this is Texas and those "BIG" mums have been a tradition for some time now! I made these for all my children, along with the mum arm bands for the guys. You know what they say about "everything being bigger in Texas!"

Grandson Noah and his friend Reagan! 

Over in Atlanta, Miss M, hubby and little Luke the Duke attended the Mt. Pisgah High School Friday night game. Luke received some extra special attention from a rather cute cheerleader and developed quite a "crush" I hear! OH MY! 

Miss Mae preferred to bask in some sunshine...
far away from the weekend visitor, known as Bo! 
Bo has not yet learned to leave kitties alone! 
Mae has refrained from giving him a good swat on his nose! 

Rob was home for yet another wedding...the second in the last month! All the long time friends are getting married! It's unbelievable to have known these "kids" for a number of years and see them all grown up, having graduated from college, establishing careers and getting married! Life goes on......

 Food is about love....when you cook something for someone....
it shows how much you love them! 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Afternoon Tea Time

Eggs over easy for a good morning breakfast!

Lunch of homemade chicken salad sandwiches and Greg's White Chicken Chili!

Both Saturday and Sunday were perfect October days.....
almost cool enough for a light jacket...at last!  

As the sun began to set and cast shadows over the trees with those leaves slowly turning....
we were again  so thankful for a happy and healthy family!