Wednesday, October 28, 2020

O' Christmas Tree.....

 settle down..... I know it's not even Halloween and all of you who want nothing to do with Christmas prior to Thanksgiving, let alone Halloween, it's all good here.  

I'm not much of a Halloween type decorator, although I do love autumnal decor and always add touches in for Thanksgiving, a special time and day that in my mind just can't be overlooked!

I am an early Christmas decor person compared to some but I have always waited until at least the day after Thanksgiving to deck the halls in our home.  I also undeck it the day after Christmas.  Now I'm sure some of you are shaking your heads at both, but as they say, to each his own.  

Getting to the point of my O' Christmas Tree title.....  I got to thinking the other day when dark had come early evening, how nice it would look once the Christmas trees graced each room of our little Cape here on the Lane.  Then I thought some more about it but knew I would be breaking my own rule of "no Christmas before Thanksgiving"...... and then I thought just a bit more.  I said to myself, and well, to the Girls, because they're always ready to lend an ear to what I have to say, no matter how silly or far fetched it might be.... so, I say, "trees with tiny white lights all aglow aren't Christmas... they really aren't.  Or at least I don't think so, do you?"  Ivy tilted her sweet head and I knew she was saying, "No Mom, not at all" Lola continued snoring.  So anyway, the thinking continued and my thoughts told me how nice it would be to start enjoying the trees with the tiny white lights a little early this year..... being the year that it's been, a little added twinkle, a HeartSqueeze whenever the glow of each tree was viewed, little lights of hope.  Something simple to warm our hearts.  So guess what's happening at our house this week?  Let's just say there is an explosion of pine in our garage right now and that alone makes me happy each time I enter!  We are adding the trees to their designated spots, fluffing them and checking to see that their lights glow just right.....               

Come Saturday evening we will light each tree...... our Holiday Trees is what they'll be, little trees of hope of good things to come.  They will glow for as long as we see fit this year and beyond if it is called for.      We won't be forgetting Halloween, our bowl of candy is ready.  Definitely not skipping over Thanksgiving as the Turkey, Give Thanks, Be Grateful decor will be joining the Holiday Trees come Sunday.  What we will be doing is bringing a bit of joy to our hearts a little bit earlier than usual and for as long as that extra bit is needed.  

Think we're crazy if you must..... we're all entitled to our thoughts.  Come Saturday our thoughts will be lit with visions of joy and hope with our Holiday Trees.....

We promise to share them with all of you come the weekend!  Maybe some of you might be lighting your trees a bit early..... ??

Be well, be safe....

From the Lane ~ Sharon

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Well, it's back to the drawing board......

 for the idea on the "private" blog.  Seems I played a Big Pops when it came to this and didn't read the directions before trying to put it in motion.  Well.... I did read the directions, but a missed a thing or two in the extra fine print.  Like the fact that the private blog only allows 100 members and we had almost double  that number in requests, not to mention that it would only let me add 53 before it told me I had added too many.... that's when I went in and read that extra fine print, so......

I am not giving up on something a bit different than this whole wide web world looking in so I will keep at it and also keep you in the loop.  Until then I will continue to update you here and for all of you who are signed up to receive notification of our posts via email, you'll be the first to know!

It's a rainy, dreary day here on the Lane.....  good for Hallmark movies, stitching, stuffing and snacking.  

Cool enough for a fire to take the damp chill off, too.  Just one more thing I love about this season.  Not to mention snugging in and taking extra time to feather the nest for days spent indoors for the colder months to come.....

Be safe.... 
From the Lane,

Thursday, October 8, 2020

A bountiful harvest.......

for creating for sure!

We've had such glorious fall days here this week and I have managed to spend as many minutes of the day outside enjoying them.  The Greenhouse is tidied and organized with garden elements that will need shelter from the elements of winter.  Today I bundled some of the harvest and have it hanging in wait of a creative project.... a wreath or two, some swags and whatever comes to mind.  

Also have some wonderful bundles of Sweet Annie hanging in the garage and when you open a door to walk in the aroma is heavenly!  

It hasn't been all fun and games though, I've been finishing up a few windows in and out, mostly out so that has made it more bearable.  

When I can't be outside I've been spending time stitching Holiday items....

Some pears in all sizes and wool holly picks.... much more but for now a peek at these!

In our last post I mentioned that I will be utilizing this site more and FB less.  I have decided I will be making the blog private very soon.  Many of you have already asked to be included in the guest list and all you'll need to do is email us at with your first and last name and the email where you would like to receive the posts.  I will respond with any other instructions you might need.  I haven't had a private blog prior so I'm not sure what the format will look like to visitors until I have it set up.  We hope that you will join in and that when you visit you will feel the comforts of home, among friends and safe.  

Until next time......  harvest your bounty.  Create, inspire and be kind.

From the Lane....


Sunday, October 4, 2020


here, there and everywhere this time of year!

 Now I'm not one of those who tip over backwards when they announce that the Pumpkin Spice in every way shape or form has been spotted as the season approaches, and just to be clear, I don't tip over frontwards or sidewards either!  I do however love the real thing scattered around, or quite precisely placed around in the home, indoor and out, decor.  After all, what would autumn be like without a display of pumpkins.  It surely wouldn't get my vote.  

That brings me to the foodie part of the pumpkin, my favorite part.....  pumpkin pie, a special pumpkin dessert, pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting, oh.... and pumpkin cake with the same.  Makes my mouth water just typing it all out!  I love the breads of fall, zucchini, apple, pear and yes pumpkin!  I found an easy pumpkin bread recipe on Pinterest but I wasn't crazy about the fact that it had 3 cups of sugar and a cup of oil in the ingredients list, sooooo, I changed it up a bit and this is what popped out...      

Let's just say, oh so good!  It turned out super moist and is tasty with our without butter or a frosting to sweeten it.  You can of course add either if you like and it would be more perfect!   Here is our version of the recipe~ 

"Easy Pumpkin Bread" 

Gather your ingredients, preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease two bread pans.


3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 15 oz can pumpkin
1 cup applesauce
4 eggs
2/3 cup water


In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, applesauce, eggs and water, mix well.  Add each dry ingredient to wet mix, mixing in between.  When nicely mixed, spoon mix into your two bread pans.  The mix will be quite thick so the easiest way to smooth the top of your loaf a bit is to jiggle your pans a bit.  Pop them in the oven and set your timer for 60 minutes.  Check for doneness with your toothpick in the center trick and it's good to see the sides of the bread pulling away from your pans a pinch.  When done, let cool for about ten minutes and flip to pop them out of the pans.  Be absolutely sure to test the first piece while it's still warm from the oven.  You surely wouldn't want to offer someone a piece and not know it was good!

Just a couple little footnotes ~ I'm going to try the next batch using Cinnamon Applesauce and I also think I'll use 1 cup sugar and 1 cup brown sugar.  I'll be sure to let you know how it tastes!

Now this is totally off the subject of pumpkins and food but wanted to share as well.
I know I've said before that I will be sharing more here on my Blog, and I am also well aware I haven't been very diligent about doing that.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in the FaceBook game and shamefully I have to admit, that's where I've been sharing, reading and as of late becoming very disheartened by all of it, so.....  here it will be.  This is where I'll share photos, stories, offerings from the Lane and well.... all the newsy stuff from life as it is, here on the Lane!  
I am in hopes that you'll choose to follow along as we share and also that you will comment and interact with us here.  I've made some changes to the format and I will continue to make a few more in the coming days.  I am toying with going to a private format where you will be able to see our page by invite only.  You would just have to let me know via email to add you, I would follow through and your would receive all of our posts directly to your inbox.  You could of course unsubscribe at anytime.  My thinking is it might make it seem like a better place for you to want to visit and comment, more like a personal visit right here in our Keeping Room with a bunch of good friends.  Please let me know your thoughts.  

Now, I will bid my good day to you with one last photo.....
Stay safe, stay well and enjoy this beautiful season of Autumn.

From the Lane,


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