November Moments...thankful


Moments from recent days... My Abundance Basket... made a pair of nesting crochet baskets (shared progress pic here)... abundance catchers. :) 


Baking bread...


Homemade vanilla extract--it is the BEST thing! No more of the chemicals and fake junk in little bottles at the supermarket. 

Homemade Vanilla Extract

3/4 cup rum (can also use vodka)
4-6 vanilla bean pods, cut open length-wise.

Place rum in jar with vanilla beans. Shake once or so every week for 8 weeks...and then extract is ready to use. 


Autumn is when Norwegian/Scandinavian produce really shines... We've been enjoying this season of root vegetables--potatoes, carrots, beet root, parsnips, rutabaga... Also some Danish-produced jams--strawberry with cinnamon, and apple with sea buckthorn--interesting combinations.   


I've been baking... and tinkering with developing some new recipes. Working on autumn-spiced scones. Yes, here's LOTS of recipes online, and some are good... but working on one that's going to make me say "WOW!" at first bite.


Tom Petty has been singing and playing in the background here... So very, very sad his all too early passing last month, just as we were preparing for our trip to the US. Another great voice in music lost, but thankfully his music lives on! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Anthology--Through the Years is a great collection to listen too! 


The leaves are falling fast now...


We lately had some very old trees and shrubs removed from our garden. The stumps will be removed this week. There's been a lot to do in the garden and clean up...


The pelargonium cuttings I took back in August have established well, and we brought them in. They're thriving nicely in our dining room. I'm experimenting with over-wintering them indoors.


In case you've missed seeing our little Luna... ;)


Autumn, for me, has to include watching this film version of Little Women... one of my favorite books, Little Women by L. M. Alcott.   

I like these days of November, leading up to Thanksgiving later in the month... A time to count blessings, and I am blessed with many...


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  1. that's a lot of wonderful things to be thankful for! It is so nice to be able to bake things and enjoy so much abundance! lovely baskets you are making too! :) God bless you!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth... God Bless you too, my friend! :)

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  2. what a treasure of a beautiful varied post!
    and to end it with the picture of tiny luna all curled up asleep...
    couldn't be better!
    have a wonderful week. :) xo♥

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    1. Thanks, Tammy... glad you enjoyed! Wishing you a bleesed week! :)

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  3. Little Luna is adorable! I loved seeing your beautiful autumn photos. The bread and scones look so yummy. I found your lovely blog via Elizabeth's blog. Wishing you a wonderful week. Pat

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Pat...it's nice to meet you! Do stop in again! :)))

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  4. Lovely post, Tracy. I read Little Women when I was young - should revisit this one. The homemade vanilla extract looks like a recipe worth trying. Thanks for sharing. Marie x

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    1. The homemade vanilla is miles and miles better than anything shop bought! Some might fine the rum to strong, so vodka is a great more "neutral" choice for the base.

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  5. Lovely review. Hello dear Luna. I have never even thought to make my own vanilla. I am impressed. What wonderful happenings in your world. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. You will love the homemade vanilla...it will enhance tea time treats! ;)

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  6. Luna looks so wee there! SO adorable! What a lot of wonderful things in this post. It feels cozy and warm and like home. I can practically smell the scones and the vanilla, imagine all sorts of delicious things from your marketing and love the texture of your beautiful abundance basket. I feel like you've wrapped a warm blanket around me and that life is very good.

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    1. VERY happy to provide some good warmth, Jeanie! Temps have really dropped, so all creatures great and small are cozying up here... and enjoying all the extras this season brings! :)

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  7. So much sweetness in this post, Tracy. That basket at the top is very pretty. I love the snuggly Luna. She is a button! Irrekissable. Looking at your stash of root vegetables reminds of me of a dish my friends call the Bibelheim Salad -- I'm not entirely sure of its origins, but it's cooked carrots, boiled potatoes, canned green beans, (optional) cauliflower, diced and mixed up with cornichons, hard-cooked eggs, and polska kielbasa. It's tossed with just enough mayo to coat everything lightly and eaten as an all-in-one meal. Very satisfying :-)

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    1. Oooo... that potato-kielbasa salad sounds super-yum, Anne! That would make a nice summer salad, or side in the colder months too. Thank you for sharing!! :))))

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  8. What a lovely post today! I enjoyed reading it all. I love your abundance basket. The color is lovely.
    Of course, I loved your bread photo. How I love good bread. I was amazed at how you make Vanilla Extract. I haven't lookd for a recipe before. Interesting ingredients.
    The Danish jam combinations does sound interesting and yummy at the same time.
    I do love scones. If you come up with the special one be sure to share it.
    I will try and find some pieces to hear from Tom Petty. I can't say I have heard his music before but probably have.
    The fall leaves are pretty. I don't think we see a lot of purple in the leaves. Mainly we have the yellow, reds and oranges.
    I always adore your sweet photos of Luna. What did you do with her when you came to the States?
    I love to watch Little Women too around this time of year.
    Sending happy thoughts your way and thank you for your lovely post.
    You do bring uplifting joy to my heart when I read your thoughts.
    Big hug for you!

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    1. Hi, LeAnn! TJ's parent live quite close to us, and they very kindly look after while we're away... we're blessed that they've been able to do this for us. :)

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  9. My dear Tracy, I cannot believe how much alike we are! We just watched Little Women last week. Every year about this time I have to drag it out and torture Todd with it. Well, he doesn't mind really. He quite enjoys it. I also have the sound track on cd that I listen to while I am puttering away in my craft room. Love, LOVE your baskets!They turned out beautiful! Also liking your garden photos with the colours. We don't get the really bright colours that they get in America because we don't have the Maples, but I cannot imagine ever living anywhere that the leaves don't change colours, can you? Sweet Luna. What a dear. Like you I really enjoy the move into Autumn/winter produce and jam. Your flavours sound intriguing! Love all that you share my sweet friend. Love, hugs and blessings to you all! xoxo

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    1. Twins at heart we are, Marie! ;) It just wouldn't be autumn/holidays without watching Little Women! TJ watches along with me. He loves a good story, and a film done well, so he's a good sport! ;) We don't have the richly colored autumns here either, not like back home in American. It's mostly gold, which turns to brown, and then falls down... LOL! But I try to see the beauty in it!

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