October 31, 2015

October in Pictures

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." 
~ Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Hawks Holloween

October 31, 2015 {305/365}
Happy Halloween from Hawks Hollow!

October 30, 2015


October 30, 2015 {303/365} It's official! 
The keys to our new home :)
October 29, 2015

Crème brûlée

October 29. 2015 {302/365) Crème brûlée

If stressed spelled backwards is desserts, 
then moving day requires crème brûlée -- 
something to look forward to when things settle down :)
October 28, 2015

Moving on

October 28, 2015 {301/365} Moving

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, 
and doing new things..." ~ Walt Disney

After over ten years in the house on the corner that we built while we were engaged, we are moving on. It has been a whirlwind of house showings, cleaning, packing, and meetings. After realizing that we had outgrown with the addition of Miss Piper and that we wanted shade and space, we began looking at houses. Our home was on the market for five days before an offer to buy made moving an imminent reality. The whole process has taken only six weeks. By Halloween, we should be welcoming family, friends, and trick-or-treaters to Hawks Hollow, our new home in Delafield. I'll share pictures soon.
October 27, 2015

Autumn Hues

October 27, 215 {300/365} Fall Colors
“Autumn paints in colors that Summer has never seen.” ~ Unknown
October 26, 2015

A Plethora of Pumpkins

October 26, 2015 {299/365} 

"October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets 
and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins!" 
~ Rainbow Rowell, Merry October

October 25, 2015

Fading Flowers

October 25, 2015 {298/365} Fading

"A beauty lights the fading year..." 
~ Phebe A. Holder, A Song of October
October 24, 2015

Wet Leaves

October 24, 2015 {297/365} Wet Leaves

"Autumn is a second spring 
when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus
October 23, 2015

French Friday: Presque Provence

October 23, 2015 {296/365} Stone's Throw

"Language is wine upon the lips." ~ Virginia Woolf

As much as I'd love to be in Provence, the grapes, barrels, and lavender at Stone's Throw Winery in Door County speak to my francophile soul. And if language is indeed wine upon the lips, I prefer a French vintage. Santé!

October 22, 2015


October 22, 2015 {295/365} Pumpkins

What do you get when you divide the circumference 
of your jack-o'-lantern by its diameter? -- Pumpkin π  ;)

October 21, 2015


October 21, 2015 {294/365} Apples
“When the apple is ripe it will fall.” ~ Irish Proverb
October 20, 2015


October 20, 2015 {293/365}

"If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, 
for it is not to be reached by search or trail." ~ Heraclitus

How unexpected to find a tiny new flower growing up through the dead leaves! Even as the year winds down and the land prepares for winter, there is new life and growth.
October 19, 2015

A Walk in the Woods

October 19, 2015 {292/365} 
Potawatomi State Park with Piper

"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God." ~ George Washington Carver

October 18, 2015

Cave Point - Autumn

October 18, 2015 {291/365} 

"Autumn is the eternal corrective. 
It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; 
but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. ~ Hal Borland
October 17, 2015


October 17, 2015 {290/365} October
“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
October 16, 2015

Squash Blossoms

October 16, 2015 {289/365} Squash Blossoms
These seasonal beauties are also delicious!

Recipe for Stuffed Squash Blossoms (Bon Appétit)

Ingredients for 4 servings: 
6 oz. ricotta 
2 oz. grated mozzarella 
2 tablespoons chopped chives 
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
8 squash blossoms, stamens removed 
1 cup plain dry breadcrumbs 
2 large eggs 
¼ cup olive oil 

Preparation: Mix together ricotta, mozzarella, and chives; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a piping bag or resealable plastic bag (cut tip). Pipe into squash blossoms. Place breadcrumbs in a baking dish. Lightly beat eggs in another dish. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dip blossoms in egg, then breadcrumbs. Cook, turning once, until golden, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels; season with salt and pepper.
October 15, 2015


October 15, 2015 {288/365} Direction

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." ~ Dr. Seuss
October 14, 2015

Alma mater

October 14, 2015 {287/365} Alma mater

In honor of Pewaukee's College and Career Readiness Day, PHS staff members are representing their alma maters today. So, "Hail Alma Mater, thee we do call. We’re here to greet thee, dearest friend to all. We’re here to show thee our love is strong. Hail Alma Mater! Marquette, hear our song." #WeAreMarquette #MUrahrah #ForeverWarriors
October 13, 2015


October 13, 2015 {286/365} Unconventional

"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns 
in order to look at things in a different way." ~ Edward de Bono
October 12, 2015


October 12, 2015 {285/365} Mushrooms

"What is food to one is bitter poison to others." ~ Lucretius
October 11, 2015


October 11, 2015 {284/365}  Harmony

There is a harmony in autumn and a luster in its sky"
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
October 10, 2015


October 10, 2015 {283/365} Hammock

"Your best ideas, those eureka moments that turn the world upside down, seldom come when you're juggling emails, rushing to meet the 5 P.M. deadline or straining to make your voice heard in a high-stress meeting. They come when you're walking the dog, soaking in the bath or swinging in a hammock." ~ Carl Honoré. 
October 09, 2015

9 months old

October 9, 2015 {282/365} 9 months old

This beautiful girl is nine months old today! She is smart, stubborn, and funny. She loves peanut butter, playing outside, "hunting" for rabbits, teasing, and snuggling. She has grown up too fast, but we are happy and blessed that she is so strong and healthy.
October 08, 2015


October 8, 2015 {281/365} Fragile

"When you see how fragile and delicate life can be, 
all else fades into the background." ~ Jenna Morasca
October 07, 2015


October 7, 2015 {280/365} Shadows

"All beauty is made up of light and shadow." ~ Leo Tolstoy

October 06, 2015


October 6, 2015 {279/365} Apples, unedited

“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, 
to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.” ~ John Ruskin

As am amateur photographer, I spend hours contemplating my photos -- choosing the best in a series of snapshots, cropping, adjusting exposure and color, and even removing "flaws" from an otherwise agreeable image. Editing can certainly enhance the quality of photos; yet, it is equally important to recognize that "improving" upon nature is usually an artificial refinement that diminishes the subject's exceptional qualities. My goal continues to be to capture everyday moments without altering their unique beauty.
October 05, 2015


October 5, 2015 {278/365} Coffee

“The drink that comforteth the brain and heart”
~ Sir Francis Bacon
October 04, 2015


October 4, 2015 {277/365} Maple

"A tangerine and russet cascade of kaleidoscopic leaves 
creates a tapestry of autumn magic 
upon the emerald carpet of fading summer."
~ Judith A. Lindberg
October 03, 2015


October 3, 2015 {276/265} Golden

"Over everything connected with autumn,
 there lingers some golden spell.”
October 02, 2015


October 2, 2015 {275/365} Caution

"Caution is the parent of safety." ~ Proverb
October 01, 2015


October 1, 2015 {274/365} Leaves

"Ho! for the leaves that eddy down, crumpled yellow and withered brown; Hither and yonder and up the street and trampled under the passing feet; Swirling, billowing, drifting by, with a whisper soft and a rustling sigh..." ~ Grace Strickler Dawson