Cherry Pie

Traditional Cherry Pie

3 Cups of frozen tart Cherries

1 Cup Sugar

2 Tbl tapioca

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1 double crust 9 inch pie crust

2 Tbl. butter

Combine ingredients let stand and “thaw a bit” and soak for 15-20 minutes.  Then place in unbaked crust, dot with 2 Tbl butter, add top cover crust.  Slit tops for steam and the sweet aroma in your kitchen.  Then Bake!  Bake at 400 degrees.  55 Minutes.

Serve as is or with a dollop of homemade cool whip to top it off!



Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake


1 1/4 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/4 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Butter

3 (8oz) pkgs Cream Cheese (softened)

1 (14oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 (16oz) can Pumpkin or fresh is best

3 Eggs

1 Cup Pure Maple Syrup

1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt


Warm 3/4 Pure Michigan Maple Syrup

1 Cup whipping cream

Boil rapidly for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally to thicken but not burn.  Add 1/2 Cup of chopped Pecans.  Top over Pumpkin Cheesecake.


Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie


1 pound of yams please…

Boil yams…

While those sweet potatoes are softening up, find your mixer and bowl.

Add White Sugar, Milk , Eggs, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Extract to your bowl.   Set aside.

In a large bowl mash yams then add 1/2 Cup of butter.


Fold mixture into mashed yams and butter.  Spread evenly in a deep dish 9 inch pie pan containing and unbaked flaky pie crust.  Bake for 1 hour on 350 or when knife comes out clean upon testing.  Serve this most delicious sweet potato pie recipe with a dollop of homemade chilled cool whip.

Sweet Potato Pie

1 lb. Sweet Potatoes (freshly boiled, peeled & mashed)

1/2 Cup Butter

1 Cup White Sugar

1/2 Cup Milk

2 Eggs

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

3/4 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.


Autumn Fun with the Kids

The beautiful autumn leaves are beginning to fall.  The fresh aroma and autumn smells fill our home.  Fresh pumpkin cheesecake streusel muffins and apple pie out of the oven.  A cup of hot tea in the morning to the smell of the wood stove in the living room accents the log home.  My favorite season!  Cozy up with your spiced latte and grab a good book.

The children love our morning walks and come in for a cup of hot cocoa and dive right into these 10 wonderful seasonal books:

1. By The Light Of The Harvest Moon by Mark Jones

(This book has beautiful illustrations…)

2. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

3.  Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

4.  Autumn an Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur

( An ABC book as well)

5.  Autumn Walk by Ann Burg

6. Pumpkin Moonshine by Tash Tudor

7. I love Fall by

8.  Leaves, Leaves, Leaves…  by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

9.  Peepers by Eve Bunting

10.  In the Leaves  by Huy Voun Lee

11.  Leaf Man  by Lois Ehlert

12.  Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf  by Lois Elhert

13.  Leaves by David Stein

I will continue to add to the list as we go through October as well… Enjoy to the last sip!

Books we will be reading soon:
Fall Books for Kids - Corn Is Maize  - Children's Autumn books

Corn Is Maize

by Aliki

Fall Books for Kids - Fall (The Four Seasons) - Children's Autumn books

Fall (The Four Seasons)

by Maria Rius

Fall Books for Kids - How Do Apples Grow? - Children's Autumn books

How Do Apples Grow?

by Betsy Maestro

Fall Books for Kids - Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic - Children's Autumn books

It’s Fall (Celebrate the Seasons)

by Linda Glaser

Fall Books for Kids - Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic - Children's Autumn books

Johnny Appleseed

by Reeve Lindbergh

Fall Books for Kids - Picking Apples And Pumpkins  - Children's Autumn books

Picking Apples And Pumpkins

by Amy Hutchings

Fall Books for Kids - Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf - Children's Autumn books

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

by Lois Ehlert

Fall Books for Kids - Autumn Equinox, The - Children's Autumn books

The Autumn Equinox

by Ellen Jackson

Fall Books for Kids - The Little Scarecrow Boy - Children's Autumn books

The Little Scarecrow Boy

by Margaret Wise Brown

Fall Books for Kids - The Lonely Scarecrow - Children's Autumn books

The Lonely Scarecrow

by Tim Preston

Fall Books for Kids - The Pumpkin Patch - Children's Autumn books

The Pumpkin Patch

by Elizabeth King

Fall Books for Kids - The Stranger - Children's Autumn books

The Stranger

by Chris Van Allsburg

Fall Books for Kids - Too Many Pumpkins - Children's Autumn books

Too Many Pumpkins

by Linda White

Fall Books for Kids - Why Do Leaves Change Color? - Children's Autumn books

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

by Betsy Maestro


DIY Home Décor Round Up!!

DIY Home Décor Round Up!!

Here is an easy elegant decoration to celebrate this years harvest and thanks.

Thank you for this cute and easy kids craft.  Click HERE for instructions.

How about your own pottery barn wreath, here is a great DIY idea that is pennies compared to a beautiful fall wreath purchase.  Thanks for the inspiration Country Chic Cottage!

Here is another cute kids (and super easy) centerpiece or décor craft idea.  Check out the step by step HERE!

Okay, here are a few amazing centerpiece ideas…


for full autumn colors.

Here is a simple branch craft that is adaptable with colors.  Here is a LINK for these amazing centerpieces!

 This next centerpiece will take a bit more time, but it is a beautiful piece sure to shine as any accent piece or table!

Shelterness has this simple but elegant home accent!  Hurry over to get more photos from shelterness.

HERE is another variation from SassyMomma

Here are a few more ideas for centerpieces.

AND there are 20+ Ideas here for table decorations, center pieces, candles, & fall leaves thanks to decor4all.  Click here for a couple more from decor4all too.

Sprucing up your home or office can be simple and inexpensive.  Just bring the beauty in, ENJOY!