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Pumpkins and Leaves Quilts for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is going on this week, a neat virtual quilt show.   This fun annual event is hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.  Quilters are allowed two entries, so here is my second share.  Last fall, I did a month long event on my blog that began with making several blocks in two patterns, then assembling them into several complementary items.  The blocks were pumpkins and leaves.  To begin, we made a mini quilt with one pumpkin and three leaves.

Autumn Jubilee Mini Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Adding black felt details, just placed on top of the pumpkin, turned it into a Jack-O-Lantern.  The felt clings to the fabric so I don’t have to sew them on, which makes the little quilt changeable for the season.  The bits are pinned to the back for storing so I won’t lose them. They go on the front in October, and are pinned on the back for September and November.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, we made more blocks for a table runner. Turning the pumpkins towards the outer edges makes the runner right side up no matter where you are sitting.

Autumn Jubilee Runner Finish 1

Then we made more blocks, and put together a table topper. Once again, I turned the pumpkins so that each side of the topper has one right side up. I entered the topper into the NC Mountain State Fair this year, and was absolutely thrilled to win not only a first place ribbon, but also a Judge’s Choice.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I am doing Autumn Jubilee again this year, beginning October 1.  It is a month long event of giveaways, patterns, quilt along, sew along, stitch along, tablecapes, recipes, card making and more.

My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too! See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method (smart phone users, the sidebar is below the comments). If you are visiting, please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find. Lots of fun is had here, and I have more fun patterns and events coming up!

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The Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief with a special pattern called Healing Hearts. Click on Fat Quarter Shop, hover over patterns/books and then click on the banner for Healing Hearts. While you are there, check out the Flash Sale and the Precuts bargains to help you make your quilt.

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Hop over to the Fall 2017 edition of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival to see more quilts!  There are prizes too, so if you can share about your competed quilt, there are multiple ways to enter.

The free patterns for these quilt blocks are HERE.

Are you ready for fall quilting?  Are you entered in the Bloggers Quilt Festival?

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Blueberry Competition at the Mountain State Fair

The last competition I entered at the Mountain Regional State Fair was a Blueberry recipe competition sponsored by the NC Blueberry Council.  The rules for this competition were a bit different, as the focus was on the health benefits of blueberries, not their use in sweets.  In fact, for scoring purposes, healthy was 50% of the total, with ease of preparation 25% and taste 25%.  In addition, at least one cup of the blueberries had to be used unprocessed, and not part of a mix ingredient.  To me that meant using the whole berries, just washed and added to the dish.  So, I went with a Spinach Salad. The recipe was tested on my friends at a Summer Luncheon with a basic Blueberry Vinaigrette.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

I knew the blueberries had to be the main taste, and I still wanted to use a Blueberry Vinaigrette, but for the competition, an ordinary one would not do.  It needed to have some special punch, so what could I use?  Something that would pair well with blueberries but be a surprise. If only I had something fresh….

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

something flavorful, from the garden perhaps…

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Fresh basil and parsley!

Blueberry Competition at From My Carolina Home

The salad was simply constructed with fresh spinach, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped green onion, fresh blueberries, grated Parmesan cheese and for a bit of crunch, crispy bacon crumbles.  Everything tastes better with bacon.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

Stepping out to the veranda, I cut several basil leaves, and also grabbed some of the fresh parsley.  I chopped the basil and parsley, and added them to the oil and balsamic vinegar, along with the spices.  The blueberry flavor was added by using blueberry pancake syrup.  The syrup acted like an emulsifier, keeping the dressing from immediately separating and blending the flavors.  It also added a bit of sweetness to the dressing.  Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette was created.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

I constructed the competition salads individually so I could compose each serving, ensuring that each one had the right balance of elements.  I wish I had remembered to take a picture of the presentation as I thought it was quite pretty.  I froze water in the bottom of a circular tray, put fresh parsley around the ring, then placed the five servings of salad on top.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

The salads were very lightly dressed, and additional dressing was put in the middle of the tray for judges to have more if they wanted.  And they did, as it came back with a lot less in the mason jar.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

Each one was covered with plastic wrap, and a fork was placed on the top.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

Turned in to the judging, mine is on the left of the picture in the front. There were 23 entries in this contest, so very stiff competition.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

And I couldn’t get any more pictures, as I was absolutely blown away as my name was called first as the Third Place winner!! I got this one when I got home of the ribbon.  There were photographers there, and I have no idea where they were from.  Perhaps local newspapers, but so far I haven’t been able find a report anywhere.  The fair doesn’t put winners on its website, so I know that wasn’t it.  It was a swirl of people wanting pictures of me and the other winners, asking about the recipes, and congratulations from the other contestants.  For several minutes I could only stand in one place with a big grin on my face.  It was thrilling.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

No, the Blueberry Council didn’t have any aprons, LOL, but I had been hoping.  Here’s my recipe.

Blueberry Bacon Spinach Salad with Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette

1 package (8 oz) fresh spinach, trimmed
4 slices of thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or cherry tomatoes)
4 oz fresh grated Parmesan cheese
8 green onions chopped
1 pint fresh North Carolina blueberries
Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette (recipe below)

Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette
3/4 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons blueberry syrup
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Combine all ingredients for dressing in a small jar, cover and shake very well.
Combine salad ingredients in a bowl, and dress lightly with Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette. Toss. Serves 4.

Download the pdf – Blueberry Salad Vinaigrette

Enjoy!


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Be My Carolina Neighbor for Blogger’s Quilt Festival

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is going on this week, a virtual quilt show with completed quilts shown by lots and lots of bloggers.   This fun annual event is hosted by Amy’s Creative Side, and to participate you have to create a new post showing a quilt.  There are some great prizes to be awarded, and this year there is no voting, just a random drawing.  I want to show Be My Carolina Neighbor as it was a long process of completion.  This quilt was a quilt-along on my blog using a published free pattern by Moda.  Doing two blocks a month plus assembly, quilting and finishing took 8 months.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Each block was unique, using all scraps.  I went out of my normal color palette and did the entire quilt in pastels with blue sky background.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

There were mixed techniques with piecing and applique. I did the bird appliques all differently. Tiny buttons were eyes.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Small details were added as embellishments. This little dog button was perfect, and I finally found a use for him.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Plus I added some quilt block pins to look like barn quilts on the houses.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Additional embellishments like this Battenburg lace heart were added to sections with larger spaces.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Entering it in the North Carolina Mountain Regional State Fair, it won a second place ribbon in the Bed Quilts Mixed Techniques category. Entering quilts in the fair is fun, and you don’t have to worry about dirty hands as they are hung from the ceiling.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Hop over to the Fall 2017 edition of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival to see more quilts!  There are prizes too, so if you can share about your competed quilt, there are multiple ways to enter.  Quilters are allowed two entries, so I’ll be doing another one later in the week.

My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too! See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method (smart phone users, the sidebar is below the comments). If you are visiting, please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find. Lots of fun is had here, and I have more fun patterns and events coming up!  Autumn Jubilee begins October 1st.

I also want to let the quilter readers know, the Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief with a special pattern called Healing Hearts. Click on Fat Quarter Shop, hover over patterns/books and then click on the banner for Healing Hearts. While you are there, check out the Flash Sale and the Precuts bargains to help you make your quilt.

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Have you made a neighborhood quilt?

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home


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Quilted Sunglasses Case

One thing that always a problem is keeping my sunglasses scratch free.  I often have used drawstring bags, or quilted ones where the glasses slide in one end.  Those are easy to make, but the problem is the glasses will not stay inside.  They end up either sticking out the end,  or coming out altogether inside my purse.  So, the only thing to do is to make a new pattern for one that will hold the glasses inside.  Now, I like big sunglasses, ones that will give me a lot of protection both in front and partially around the sides, and they have to have a bit of glam or bling with rhinestones or something cute.  My friend Bonnie calls these my Jackie O glasses. LOL!!

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

To get started, I pulled out two coordinating purple fabrics to make the case.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Fabric and notion requirements –

Two pieces of fabric 10-inches x 9-inches.
One piece of scrap batting 8-1/4-inches x 9-1/4-inches
One piece of velcro 4-inches in length, both hook and loop sides

Start by putting the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew around the edge with 1/4-inch allowance, leaving an opening for turning.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Clip corners. Turn right side out pushing the corners out sharply. Press.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

With a tool like a chopstick, insert batting, using tool to smooth out the batting flat inside the bag.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Topstitch 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around, catching the opening for turning.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Quilt simply with cross-hatching, or wavy lines.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

I used wavy lines in both directions, about 2-1/2 inches apart.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

On the outside fabric, stitch one side of the velcro near a short edge about 2-1/2-inches from the sides (centered).

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Position the other side of the velcro on the inside fabric near the edge and stitch down.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Fold the bottom edge up 3-1/2 inches.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Top-stitch the sides.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Finished, and ready to use.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Closed up, the velcro will hold the glasses inside.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Larger and longer than most, this case will hold those larger size shades.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Nicely padded with the quilting, it will keep the glasses scratch free.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Closed with the glasses inside.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

You can make smaller ones for your reading glasses too.  Just measure the length of your glasses and add one inch.  Now I have a matched set!

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Linking up with the Bag It! event on Elm Street Quilts.

This simple design can be used for scissors keepers too, or anything else you want to carry and have remain inside the case.  I think I’ll make another one for Autumn!

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What colors would you use to make your sunglasses case?

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

 


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Egg Salad Competition at the Mountain State Fair

Returning to the fair earlier this week for the Egg Salad competition, I had some time while the judging was going on to walk around the fair with DH.  The judging wasn’t in the public view, you just dropped off your food and came back an hour later to see who won.  No, I didn’t win, but I did have some fun watching the presentations. The winners got ribbons and neat yellow Egg aprons, and I did wish for an apron just as a souvenir. So what was mine?  Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad Wraps.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

You’ll need hard boiled eggs, tomato, avocado, green onions, sour cream and some spices. I do the eggs the day before so they have a chance to chill.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Also the night before, make the dressing so it can sit in the frig and let the flavors meld. Begin by zesting the lime.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Mix together the dressing ingredients and add the lime zest. Store in the frig overnight.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

When you are ready to make the salad, juice the lime, and strain the juice.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Cut the avocado into bite size pieces and toss with the lime juice.  This will keep the avocado from turning brown for a couple of hours.  My secret for perfect avocados is to buy them as green and hard as I can find, then let them ripen in my hanging basket in the kitchen at room temperature for about a week.  I get perfect avocados without any bruising from people in the market squeezing them.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Cut the tomatoes and let them drain a bit to reduce the liquid in the salad. Removing the seeds and jelly helps too.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Chop the eggs and the green onions.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Start mixing.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Lightly dress with salad dressing, and heap into tortillas.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

These are the test wraps, I overstuffed four tortillas and cut them in half. DH thought they were too stuffed and difficult to eat, and would do better with less filling per wrap. So, for the competition, I made eight wraps as I didn’t know how many judges there were.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

On competition day, I made the wraps, wrapped each one in wax paper and put them on a plastic tray for transport. I had frozen water in the tray to keep the wraps cold for food safety. The ice block was covered with foil to keep water out of the egg salad.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Entered in the competition, mine is in the middle. Competition was very stiff as there were 24 entries into the Egg Salad contest! The winner was called Green Goddess Egg Salad, which to me meant she used avocado like I did. Second place was a Bacon Egg Salad, and third was called Asian Egg Salad. I think I know what I did wrong. I overdid it with the spices on the dressing. It made the dressing a bit brown, not really appetizing.  I also think I put too much dressing on the competition wraps, instead of lightly dressing like I did the test wraps.  That made them really spicy, too much really. Mostly I think I got a bit excited and rushed as I was waiting until the last moment to cut the avocado and construct the wraps.  But now that I know what to expect, I hope I can relax more next time and do better.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

This is the supervisor of the competition, wearing the yellow apron, along with the contest hostess in the black apron and one of the judges. Isn’t that Incredible Egg apron cute?

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Anyway, for the recipe to share, I went back to the original spice blend that is milder, and didn’t make the egg salad brown.  Feel free to add or subtract anything you wish, punch the chipotle powder up again, leave out the paprika, add more salt, or whatever you like.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad

8 hard cooked eggs, chilled
1 medium tomato (about 3/4-1 cup when diced)
1 medium avocado (about 3/4-1 cup when diced)
8 green onions, diced (about 1/2 cup)
Juice of one lime – about 1 tablespoon
8 flour tortillas

Dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup light sour cream
Zest of one lime
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika

Combine all ingredients for dressing in a small bowl. Mix very well. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Best if made the day before and refrigerated overnight to allow flavors to meld.

At the time of serving, dice avocado, and toss with lime juice. Dice tomato and green onions. Add avocado, tomato and green onions to eggs. Toss lightly with dressing. Refrigerate extra dressing.  Divide egg salad between tortillas. Roll up tortillas. Yield – 8 servings.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

What’s your favorite egg salad?


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More Fun at the Fair

Going back to the the Expo Building at the State Fair while the judges tasted the offerings in the cooking competition, I wanted to search out the two quilts I hadn’t found on my previous visit, and get some better pictures.   Be My Carolina Neighbor was hanging with its second place ribbon.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The Scrap Dance Two Step in black was entered into the wall hanging category and won a third place.

NC Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

I was really thrilled to find that the pumpkin and leaf quilted table topper from last year’s Autumn Jubilee won a first place as well as a Judge’s Choice ribbon in the crafts division table linens category!! In the interest of full disclosure, almost half of my entries did not win anything. Competition is pretty fierce, and that makes the ribbons won even more special.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I wanted to show you this extraordinary quilt.  It won Best of Show, a gorgeous fan quilt pieced and hand quilted by Willoree Risley.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a close up of her outstanding work, ghosted fans that complete over four block in a Baptist Fan design with extra embellishment. This must have taken months to complete, something I just cannot do.  Unbelievably intricate and outstanding work!  Congratulations, Willoree, on a stunning quilt.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I also want to let the quilter readers know, the Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief with a special pattern called Healing Hearts.  Click on Fat Quarter Shop, hover over patterns/books and then click on the banner for Healing Hearts.  While you are there, check out the Flash Sale and the Precuts bargains to help you make your quilt.

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In the photography category, one of my photos got a third place ribbon in the category of State Fair photos. Amazingly, this one was a last minute substitution for one I decided wasn’t that interesting. Good decision, wasn’t it!!

NC Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

In the clothing category, my Jelly Roll Market Bag won a third place.  This is a free pattern I did for Moda, and is available for download at the Bake Shop.   Click on the sidebar link to get the pattern.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

There were more things to see and do every time we went. A street entertainer was playing a one-man band, with an assistant pulling his speakers behind. The Chicken and Waffle vendor is right behind him, and yes I did have one the first trip to the fair.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The Davis building where the cooking competitions are held has all kinds of exhibits and vendors. The one on the dinosaurs was really impressive with animated figures.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

One last ribbon, this Moda project pillow won a second place in the Holiday Decorations category. I’ll show you how I embellished last year’s project when it gets a bit closer to the holidays.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Next time I’ll show you the first cooking competition, and share the recipe.  What are you working on now?


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September in the Garden

The garden is winding down, and the hurricane has helped to move things along.  A few critters did their share too. DH modified the bird feeder so that less seed would spill into the tray, which made it a bit more difficult for the larger birds like the cardinals to eat. So, feeling sorry for them, he purchased a second feeder, and mounted it below the first one.  The little birds like the goldfinches began using the new one pretty quickly. The cardinals continued to go to the big one.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Then later, success, they figured it out.  He later added a larger perch to this one to make it easier for them to land.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The red heirlooms ripened beautifully.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Another Cherokee Purple is getting close to ripe.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Caprese salad was even more delicious with Cherokee Purple tomatoes and fresh basil from my own garden.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

There are still more tomatoes yet to come.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Some of the larger tomatoes were harvested before the hurricane so they wouldn’t be lost. These are now sitting on my kitchen windowsill to ripen. Well, OK, I ate the red one.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A few of the potted plants are giving me a fall show, like this red one.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A few more calibrachoa, these were blooming right up to this week, before the rain and wind came.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A flock of female turkeys visited last weekend. I stepped outside carefully and began talking to them, and tossing bits of bread to them. They weren’t real interested in the bread, but they didn’t run away when they saw me. So, progress with my turkey pets, LOL!!

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A couple of them did finally eat the offered bread. Then, of course, the others wanted the same bite, LOL!

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

There was this skink sunning himself some days ago, I haven’t seen them since it began raining.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

More tomatoes harvested all at once became my first attempt at tomato pie.  I wasn’t happy with the result, the crust came out soggy and there wasn’t enough creaminess in the filling.  So, I’ll keep trying until I get it the way I want it.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

OK, I ate one of these too before it made it into the pie. It was too tempting on a bed of fresh spinach.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I found this sweet cutie pie in the garden a couple of weeks ago.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Then the next day my petunias were nibbled down to the nubs. Oh well, at least he didn’t eat my tomato or basil plants. I just want to pick him up and cuddle him, but I don’t think he would like it.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Just this past weekend, I finally was able to have the camera in hand when the hummingbird came by for a visit to the still blooming torenias.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The torenias are almost done, some parts are starting to die off, but the tops are still blooming. This hummingbird stayed quite a while, visiting all four hanging baskets for all the nectar available.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Irma’s winds reached a peak on Monday night, really howling through the coves and woke me up. Luckily, there wasn’t any real damage to the flowers on the veranda.  The begonias must love the cooler temperatures, as all of them are blooming more than ever.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

Even the pink ones, although this isn’t really a fall color.  Still, the blooms are welcome.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

The yellow torenias are also putting on a show for the cooler weather, and seem to be just a vigorous as before, unlike their purple cousins in the hanging baskets.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

My parsley and yellow calabrachoa were beat down by the wind and rain, but I expect them to recover shortly.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

I put the Thanksgiving cactus out on the veranda over the summer so it could get more sunlight.  It seems to be perking up well now, maybe it likes cooler weather too.  I’ll bring it inside in about a month, and it should bloom in November.

September Flowers at From My Carolina Home

One more flower to show you. DH went to the store for me, and came home with a beautiful bouquet of white roses, one of my favorite cut flowers. Gorgeous aren’t they? Their fragrance is so sweet.  He’s a keeper.

White Roses at From My Carolina Home

Volunteer day at the book sale was last week, and I did pretty well.  Note that large binder on the bottom left, that is a Master Gardener manual! Specific advice for North Carolina, also in another North Carolina Gardening Month by Month book (on top of the Cooks Country Best Lost Suppers book), will hopefully help my efforts to plant more native plants and more perennials for my area.  Cookbooks, novels, audio books, and a DVD of Gosford Park completed that day’s haul.

September Thrifting and Shopping at From My Carolina Home

Last Friday, I worked the book sale, and of course came home with an additional score, books on hiking in our area, plus another gardening book for the Carolinas. We do plan to do more hiking in the fall and next spring.  I’ll be going through my cookbooks and other books to cull some out for the garage sale this weekend at my friends home.  If you are local, look for us on Dawnwood in the Haywood Knolls Neighborhood garage sale on Saturday only.  I’m taking dishes, quilting and cooking books, fabrics, notions, stamping sets and lots more.

Hiking Books and Gardening Books

Hope you are doing OK after the hurricanes, both Harvey and Irma. We were lucky that the path turned west, and the storm weakened. The fair closed on Monday for the first time in many years as the winds were too high for safety. But it is open again, and the cooking competitions will go on this week as planned. More on that later.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

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