Saturday, September 18, 2010

A New Giveaway, A Surprise Gift and A Fall Market Trip

The Blog Tech felt cheated that he missed last weeks market trip so we headed back to the same place yesterday. I made up a gift basket filled with things I bought along the way and some Amish items I bought at the market.

* I forgot to mention the winner of last weeks giveaway. It is: Leathra

The basket is filled with some decorative mini Indian corns, a honey bear, two sacks of Amish popcorn, biscotti's, a pack of dip mix made locally, Amish candy, and a box of Bell's seasoning. I've been having trouble finding Bell's for the last couple of years so when I saw it, I stocked up on it. It is a must have for your thanksgiving stuffing. I will be adding a few more items to the basket before I wrap it.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post. If you are not already a follower, sign on to follow. The winner will be announced next Saturday. Saturday the 25th is the Practical Magic Blog Party Day so I will be posting a special giveaway on that day.

What can be better than an unexpected gift? Look what arrived in my mail yesterday! This was sent to me by my blog buddy and my favorite Halloween artist William Bezek. He makes the most amazing art. If you haven't visited his site, click on the the link below and check out this his work. Plus, he writes the most entertaining posts.

William Bezek

Why do pumpkins with faces always look like my father? This little guy now resides with a bunch of his friends. I just hope the Blog Tech doesn't eat him by accident. The BT is only semi awake when he arrives here each morning.

For all of you who are looking for a Fall fix, I give you more pics of the farm market as seen through the Blog Tech's lens.

I find it fascinating to see the same place photographed by the two of us.

If you look back at my pics from last weeks visit to this market, you will see that they are very different.

The BT's are much more artistic.

I photograph these places through a shopper's eye.

He is much more observant of his subjects.

Pumpkins pumpkins pumpkins....I just love to be able to say that!

I had to restrain myself from diving into these bins and just rolling around in the gourds. I mean, kids get to do this with those colored balls all the time. I feel I am entitled to jump into those gourds after a year of anticipation? I do slightly fear institutionalization so I took a pass. But it was tough.

Indian corn amazes me. I could stare at it endlessly. It is such a natural work of art. It is so beautiful I would like to wear it as jewelry. But once again, the fear of being locked away because I have Indian corn dangling from my ears stops me in my tracks. But maybe in the privacy of my own home?

Of course I would wear the small ones, not these giants.

I have a chicken/egg fixation. I want chickens so much and I vacillate on acquiring them each spring. I am constantly seeking fresh eggs so I was thrilled to find these at the market.

The green and blue eggs come from Araucana hens. They are sometimes called Easter egg chickens.

I baked two more loaves of the no knead rosemary bread. The recipe is on my sidebar. Brunch this morning will be slices of this, toasted and served with sauteed mushrooms, zucchini and onions and topped with sunny side up Araucana eggs. Sigh......egg bliss!!!

On the way to the market we discovered a small town which was holding an Oktoberfest and I will be posting lots of pics from it tomorrow along with some great photos of the countryside. Stop back for another Fall fix!