Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. What could be more fun than giving candy out to little kids. Somehow I always end up living in a place where there aren't many kids around. So, this year I'm going to Mom & Dad's because they get lots of trick or treaters. Here's what I'm going to wear. Hope I don't scare anyone.
Everything is different in Florida. Witches fly into palm trees. Splat!!!
Even the pumpkins are different .
I love how everyone decorates.
My kitchen table.
My favorite lava lamps.
There'sdefinitely magicin the air on Halloween night ...
This is a great dish to take to a Fall Dinner Party.
Baked Stuffed Pumpkin
12-18 inch sugar pumpkin 4 apples peeled and cored 2 oranges, peeled, seeded, and chopped ½ cup maple syrup ¼ tspn. Cinnamon 1 Cup cranberries ¼ Cup Sugar 1 Cup walnuts or pecans, chopped 1 Cup Raisins ¼ tspn. Nutmeg
Chop cranberries and mix with sugar. Set aside. Scrub pumpkin. Cut out a 4-6 inch circle from the top to serve as a cover, using the stem as a handle. Scrape out and discard the seeds and stringy interior. Combine the remaining ingredients, and cranberry mixture. Spoon the mixture into the pumpkin shell. Top with the pumpkin cover. Place in a deep dish pie plate and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour until a fork penetrates the pumpkin easily. Serve directly from the pumpkin.
Note: This makes a lot of filling. I bake the rest in a baking dish.
Fall is a good time to visit Monhegan Island, which is a small rocky island, 10 miles off the coast of Maine. We got up bright and early in the morning and drove to New Harbor where we caught the ferry.
Upon arriving on Monhegan, and stepping off the boat, we immediately felt the atmosphere of island life - relaxation and quiet.
After a stop at Barnacle's restaurant for scones, we hiked up the hill into the village where there are artist's galleries, shops, and a one room schoolhouse that is still in use today.
The old ice house.
There are no cars or paved roads on the island. But, there are some cool old trucks and chickens crossing the road.
We watched an artist paint the harbor and the yellow house.
Monarch butterflies enjoy the asters.
Once outside the village there are over 17 miles of hiking trails through a fir and spruce forest. The island is only 1 3/4 mile long by 1/2 mile wide, so we were able to hike to the other side where it was so clear we could see views of the Camden Hills.
We came upon these lobster buoys outside a fisherman's house.
I'm a Master Gardener, have a small organic vegetable garden in Maine, grown vegetables in containers in Florida, and also grow lots of flowers.
I enjoy good food, cooking what I've grown in my garden or with ingredients I can buy locally.
I'm happiest when I'm in the water, on the water, or just looking at the water. I also love being in a garden.
I have a golden retriever named 'Emily', also known as 'The Monster'. She loves to play ball, go swimming, and has lots of people friends.
We spend summers on the Belgrade Lakes in Maine and the rest of the year in South Florida where I'm in the process of creating a tropical garden.
I love garden clubs, and am currently the 1st Vice President of the Wellington, FL Garden Club, the webmaster and newsletter editor, co-president of a garden club in my community, and Horticulture Chairperson of the Waterville, Maine Community Garden Club.
I also teach fun, hands-on gardening courses at Palm Beach State College.