Fall Is In the Air

fall foliage, fall colors

There’s nothing more beautiful than fall. The air is so refreshing and crisp, and it wraps us in a blanket of red, orange, yellow, burgundy and browns. Apple cider warms us when we’re chilly and fall fashions can be layered according to the temperature.  It’s also the beginning of boot season for me  I love, love, love boots.  Ankle boots, high heel boots, knee high boots, it doesn’t matter as long as it is a boot.  

The above picture was taken in my home town.  The color of the tree against the gray stone on the church was just stunning to me, I had to snap the picture.  Isn’t it beautiful? This time of year I grab my camera and just drive.  No particular destination in mind, I drive and whenever I can I get out and take pictures.  I’m going to share a few with you today.  

pumpkin carving, fall pumpkins, scary pumpkins

This pumpkin was carved at a local wine festival that I attended on a beautiful horse farm in Virginia.  Watching the artist perfect her craft was amazing.  It’s also the largest pumpkin that I’ve ever seen.  Of course the children had a ball with the end result, it is amazing.  

I love seeing pumpkin patches come alive, pumpkin carvings, taking hay rides, and roasting hot dogs.  Lets not leave out the kettles of home made apple butter, apple dumplings and candied apples.  

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

It’s scenes like this that make fall my favorite season too.  This picture was taken in Harpers Ferry, WV, which is one of my favorite places to visit during the season.  It provides an excellent opportunity for photo opportunities like this.  I have so many memories of coming through that tunnel on the Amtrak. It’s beauty such as this that causes you to find peace within yourself and the world.  

I’m looking forward to gathering leaves with my grandchildren for fall crafts, sitting by my new fire pit, and enjoying fall days.  What are some of your favorite fall activities?

Making Memories

Have you visited the Hunt Club in Virginia Beach, VA?  It’s a wonder place to visit if you’re looking for opportunities to make great memories with your children.  They offer so many activities throughout the year from Easter Bunny and egg hunts to pumpkin patches, carnival rides and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.  I’ve taken my grandson there for the past several years to visit the pumpkin patch and the Winter Wonderland.  This is a picture of Xavier’s first pony ride.  His mother was truly bringing up the rear on his journey, lol.  That pony couldn’t take a step without her taking one too.  Neverless, we had a wonder time.  Xavier enjoyed the ride although he said it was “bumpy”. 
I enjoy creating memories with my grandson.  I’m always looking for an opportunity to expose him to all that the world has to offer.  The Hunt Club provides an opportunity to enjoy a family day in a beautiful and safe setting.  I will be taking him to the Winter Wonderland next week-end to visit Santa.  Last year, he wasn’t interested in sitting on Santa’s lap.  He wasn’t having anything to do with him.  In case he decides he doesn’t want anything to do with him this year either, we can still visit the beautiful display of animated characters, a petting zoo with lights and a bonfire for roasting marshmallows.  I don’t know who has the most fun on our journeys, Xavier or me.  If you’re in the area, it is truly worth a visit.  Beware, your children will want to visit again and again.     

I’m A Mountain Momma

It’s been awhile since I’ve attended to my blog.  Just needed to take a break and do me.  During my break, I’ve spent time roaming the local home front taking pictures and scrapbooking which I will share a few photos in a later post.  I love fall, it’s my favorite time of year.  Mother Nature is doing her best work.  The air is crisp and the colors are breath taking.  I thought I would share this photo of the beauty that I’m surrounded by.  So many times I’ve thought of leaving this area and heading toward a more cultured and happening area, but I’ve always found something that made me say it’s worth staying here.  Today its the Blue Ridge mountains.  I’m sure you’re familiar with them, John Denver sung about them in his hit song Country Roads Take Me Home.  Well ladies and gentlemen, this is what he was referring to, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River in the hills of West Virginia.   

Yes, the Blue Ridge Mountains are in my back yard so to speak.  I visit this spot in the fall to clear my head.  As you can see, there’s a breath taking view.  It’s so relaxing and peaceful.  I was never a big fan of John Denver, but I do love his Country Roads song.  It’s a fitting tribute to West Virginia:

Almost heaven, West Virginia   

Blue ridge mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees

Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze
Country roads, take me home
To the place, I be-long
West Virginia, mountain momma

We may not be the most cultured state, but we surely have beauty.  Wouldn’t you agree.

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My Little Sweetie at his 1st Pumpkin Patch last year.

He thought they were balls, lol.

Fall Kitchen Cake Give Away

As you all know, fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the colors and the cool weather is great for sleeping and snuggling with your love ones. I love the pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple cider and scare crows. I love creating, and I love creating Kitchen Towel Cakes. I usually make these for house warming gifts, but I’ve expanded my collection to include Fall and Christmas Towel Cakes as well. I’m feeling generous, so I’m giving one away to my readers.

The cake will include a fall themed kitchen towel and 5 – 10 other kitchen items.  (Towels may not be exactly as shown, but it will be similiar). You can be the winner! Here’s how: Leave me a comment on what you like about fall and why you would like to win this towel cake. I will select a randomly select a winner from the comments.

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Fall – My Favorite Time of Year

Fall is my favorite time of year. I live in the country, so I’m surrounded by brilliant colors in the mountains and front yards. Apple orchards are in abundance here too, so I’m looking forward to homemade apple butter, apple crisp, and apple cider. If you have a quick and easy recipe for apple crisp, please leave me a link.

I discovered a Wine Festival last year that was absolutely wonderful. Normally when I go to wine festivals it’s adults only and we have a designated driver, but this particular festival is perfect for the family. The Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon & Wine Festival has vendors galore, pumpkin carvings, games, face painting, hot air balloons, carnival rides, puppet shows, and dancing. My nephew had a ball. I’ll be taking him again this year and one of his friends. I love hanging out with him. He’s adventurous and he keeps me young. At least young at heart.

The trees have barely started to changed here. The festival is October 16 – 18. I was hoping the trees would be at their peak, but it doesn’t look like I’m going to get my wish. I love taking pictures of the fall foliage. The boys will have fun regardless of the trees and the color of their leaves. That’s what’s truly important, but I did want to get a few good shots for my scrapbook. Here’s a picture of my nephew climbing the rock wall last year at the festival.

He also had fun with the pumpkin carvings (shown below). There were pumpkins everywhere. Not only where the pumpkins in abundance, they were huge. The artists were fascinating.

I had just as much fun as the kids. I’m always down for a good Italian Sausage, funnel cake and some uplifting music. This festival is on a 400 acre farm, which is absolutely beautiful. They launch air hot balloons and have pastures of horses grazing. Music plays throughout the day. Last year it was too windy to launch the hot air balloons, hopefully the weather will cooperate this year. In spite of the wind, it was a beautiful day to spread a blanket on the ground, watch the children play, horses graze, and allow the music to lift your spirits. The hot ar balloons launch twice a day, 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Guess who won’t be there at 7:00 am!  If you’re an early riser and/or live in the Shenandoah Valley area, save the date. You’ll receive lots of hugs and kisses from the kiddies. Leave us a comment and tell us about your family’s favorite fall activities.

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Fall Has Arrived
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