Recently, two special deliveries found their way to my house!
I am in a "Vintage Halloween Swap" which is being hosted by Heidi, of FOXGLOVES, FABRIC AND FOLLY. Now, being a "swap" novice, I wasn't really sure what all this entailed, except I knew I was to sign up with Heidi and she would pair me with another person who signed up. My assigned partner would be the person with whom I exchanged or swapped Vintage Halloween items.
The official date of showing off our loot is next Wednesday, Oct. 8th, but I just had to show you a little bitty tease from my haul--whoops, I mean special delivery #1! I was soooooo lucky to be paired with Viv of VIVLIN DESIGNS! Viv creates the MOOOOST beautiful cards, scrapbooks and paper decor. I was really shaking in my boots when I saw, via her blog, how creative and talented she is----I was feeling real sorry for HER because I don't have that kind of talent! My saving grace was that the items swapped didn't have to be hand made, so that way I could send her a little mix of stuff!
Anyway, when her terrific "special delivery" of Halloween goodies arrived I could hardly WAIT to tear in to the box ----and just LOOK at all of the cute, cute, CUTE packages that were inside! She wrapped everything in black tissue paper and attached little orange ribbons and handmade tags!!
Twiggy was waiting under the chair for me to start opening my treasures!
Here's the little "tease" I told you I would share from all of the awesome gifts Viv sent to me. Look at this beautiful crow -----he even has gorgeous glitter on him!!!!
I think he looks right at home here, Viv! He said to tell you he likes hammered aluminum, too!! He especially likes the "tapping" sounds his claws make when prancing around on my aluminum trays!! (I like hearing those sounds, too!)
Uh-oh!!!! Twiggy wasn't so sure about having a crow so near, so she went back to her favorite hiding spot for awhile!
Twiggy is a very friendly little gal, so I am certain she will be friends with the crow real soon! She just needs her space for awhile.
Frankie loved his new crow friend and really had fun playing with the beautiful orange ribbons Viv had tied to the gifts! Whoops, you got to see another of the treasures she sent--the great packages of vintage looking beaded garland! I just LOVE it!
I'm going to share all of the wonderful items Viv sent next Wed., Oct. 8th, when Heidi officially hosts her Vintage Halloween Swap---so please come back then!
My second "special delivery" came from one of our neighbors. He has apple trees on a farm in Plattsburg, MO, and he had just returned with some freshly picked apples. What a terrific neighbor---he shared some of his Fall Bounty with us!
He had a mixture of Johnathon and Red Delicious apples and he said the "blemishes" were OK, because they were "organic". :-) (Not sprayed with chemicals).
Frankie had to check out the apples and give his approval---which he did!
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Yesterday, I made an apple pie---including the crust! Now, that is truly a labor of love for someone who dislikes cooking as much as I do. HOWEVER, I do love homemade apple pie, so that is the small price I must pay for such a delicious dish.
This is NOT a healthy item (mainly the crust) to have in the home of two folks who battle high cholesterol----but I hadn't made one of these in over four years! And we're healthy eaters (the majority of the time.) And the apples were free AND organic---that counts for something! Heck, I could just rationalize my pie away all day. The deal is, I made a big ol' wonderful apple pie!
Now, I would appreciate it if you don't tell our doctor about this little indiscretion--- he does realize you have to have a bit of the "good-bad"stuff once in awhile and this homemade apple pie qualifies as a "good-bad" thing. The problem is---it's just a lot of a "good-bad" thing.
But, my oh my, what a GLORIOUS "good-bad" thing that pie turned out to be!
Even THE STONE RABBIT and Glitter Crow approved of my masterpiece and just knew the hard working husband would be putty in my hands when he came home and got a look at what was waiting for him in his kitchen!
Well, that was what the pie looked like last night---and, oh my goodness, that pie-deprived husband was a happy man! He just gobbled up that lip smacking dessert--one little piece after another!
Tonight, I decided to dish up the last pieces of the tasty dessert---using my "bread and butter" size plates from my vintage "Golden Wheat" dishes to serve up the pie!
Unfortunately, when I removed the pie pan from the refrigerator and took off the foil cover, I realized the pie-deprived husband had eaten all of it---leaving ONE piece! AND when I placed that piece on my vintage Golden Wheat dish, THE STONE RABBIT and Glitter Crow hopped right up by the pie---WITH THEIR FORKS! The pie-deprived husband, being as quick as ever, whisked that little plate right out from between those two little would be pie munchers and announced that there was no way he would let them eat his last piece of pie!
While they were just a bit upset for awhile THE STONE RABBIT and Glitter Crow soon realized that they'd better let him have the last piece---they knew it would probably be a very long time before I baked another apple pie and they realized how much the pie-deprived husband enjoyed HIS little special delivery!
I love special delieveries---from Vintage Halloween to Organic Apples---both were real treats.
Hope you get a special delivery real soon, too!