Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Treasures From the Fair

I bought this great witch bowl made by David T. Smith from Turtle Creek Potters. It says: When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers it's Halloween.

And I bought this wonderful large covered pot made by David too.

It reads: When harvest time is near - work on brave boys and never fear. You shall have cyder and beer beef and pudding and sing merry cheers.

It has wonderful detail work covering it.

These are the brooms I bought from the wonderful broom maker, Jim Rantala.

The one in the middle is made from a tree limb. (

Aren't these something?

The stems are from real pumpkins and they are made of velvet and stuffed with small beads so they are rather heavy.

I love the moon and tree on this sign.

I haven't figured out where to hang this one yet.

This one sits above my garden room door.

These fabric candy corns are cute!

A few pumpkin stands.

And lots of pumpkins and gourds. Check out those snake gourds!

The mini pumpkins decorate my tomato cages.

Isn't this one cool?

Teddy does a pumpkin inspection.

Mrs's B's 31 days of Halloween begins on Friday. If you aren't familiar with it, click on the button on my sidebar to read all about it. She organizes a months worth of giveaways and you can enter each day to win something. It's lots of fun and there are some great prizes. I made this basket which will be given away in the beginning and then I will be putting together a Salem basket from my trip which will be given away at the end of October.

And in case you think all of these fairs have stopped me from cooking, you would be wrong! I have been whipping up the usual and even tried a few new things. Today I am baking apple pies which I will share with you tomorrow along with the recipe. This is THE BEST apple pie recipe so stop back. Also, this is a new roll recipe I made yesterday.

These rolls might be the best I have ever tasted. They are made with Pernod and toasted fennel seeds.

After they bake they are pan fried in olive oil and then served with cracked sea salt sprinkled over them. The Blog Tech has eaten about a dozen of them so far. They were a huge hit here. They are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. And the fennel and Pernod makes them smell and taste heavenly. The BT said that biting into one of these is like falling in love.

I almost forgot, I bought these very realistic looking battery operated candles which flicker and placed them in my thrift find candle holder.