Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Morning Staff Meeting

Welcome! I'm so glad you could join me today. You will notice that I've replaced the old chairs with some comfy new office chairs with lumbar support. We spare no expense here At Home.

The first thing on the agenda, as always, is FOOD. Yes, folks that is top of mind around here, although I seriously need to change that. Anyway, this morning we are having apple pie. Yes, it's American apple pie.


I don't know, what do you think? Were the Viennese the first to come up with the idea of apple pie.... a.k.a. apple struedel? The crust is different, but still.

Here's the offering. That's whipped cream on top. There's no way to keep the ice cream frozen until everyone arrives at the meeting.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Today at JoAnn Fabric I came across a magazine that was titled something on the order of, "Where Women Create" or "Women's Creative Spaces", something like that. It was one of those slick magazines and really thick and wonderful paper.

The photos were incredible. Featured were sewing rooms, craft studios and other rooms specifically set aside for women's creative efforts. There was tons and tons of inspiration and "dream stuff" galore. I wanted that magazine in the worst way but it was very expensive, $17.99 if I remember correctly.

I certainly feel the need to return to the store and take one more look at that publication.

I'm trying to get things totally organized and picture hung so that I can share my newly redecorated space with you. Until then, pop over to Alicia's place at Posie Gets Cozy and see her new room

Alicia's Creative Space

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

One of my favorite creative places to hang out online is a bake shop. Not just any bake shop and not one that contains any flour. It's Moda's Bake Shop and they offer free patterns for terrific things to sew.

I've decided that my kitchen table needs some kind of colorful runner and I'm making one from the Moda Bake Shop called Skinny Verna.


Right now I'm piecing the center section together.

Have you ever tried the Moda Bake Shop?


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

I've never been a person to care about designer labels, shoes or handbags. You've heard me mention that the nearby town is probably the only place in the U.S. that has a Coach handbag store within three miles of a farm and feed supply store. It's true!

So, no Coach handbags for me.

But there is a designer item that I'd love to get my hands on.



I want it.

A Louis Vuitton................


Louis Vuitton Chain Saw by Artist Peter Gronquist

Yep, I can picture myself trimming that big tree in the side yard.

Gotta have it.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

So, what's new with you this week? I'd love to hear what you've been doing. Keeping cool I hope. (Those of you in Australia, pay no attention. We know it's wintertime down under.)


Alison said...

Mmmm yummy apple pie and cream - a family favourite for us.
You have the best Monday Morning Staff meetings!!

betseysumners said...
Thought you might like this link as I like it much better than the $17.99 price on the magazine, which is a no go for most dairy farm families these days. Love your blog! Thank you!

Vee said...

Getting to be the season for apple pie...

At first it appeared that your link was broken, but then I followed the next best thing and arrived a-ok. I really like the scrap circles table runner and may have to give that a whirl. My new love is jelly rolls but I'm not giving in to buying any. I'm just looking and looking and looking and I hope that I don't run into that magazine you spoke of because I don't have a spare 17.99.

Thanks for another fun staff meeting. It'll probably be the only thing I do in Blogdom today. This virus thing has worn me out.

Becky K. said...

After a weekend houseguest we are going to freeze some corn today. I should be getting ready right now....but just had to visit around a bit first.

Becky K.

Ang. said...

Hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream is one of my faves! Good thing I brought my own ice cream. Mind if I use your microwave to heat up my pie?

Okay, I KNEW I should not have clicked over to the Bake Shop. I think I am going to have to make a tote bag or 2.

The heat finally broke here Saturday night. Yesterday was heavenly! I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather up there today. School starts this week so the break in the heat came at a perfect time.

I can't believe there are only 2 more days of summer vacation left! All that is left to be ready for school are sports physicals today. I look forward to some time to myself but I hate that I have to give up my kids for 9 months to have it.

At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Suzanne, I wanted to mention that our very own Rebecca of Vintage Living was featured in Where Women Create. I park myself at the bookstore to look through all the Somerset publications, and only purchase when absolutely necessary. (Like when Rebecca is featured!) I've made several items from the Moda bake shop, a great source for inspiration. Glad I got to the meeting before all the pie was gone. Love, Penny

Jenni said...

Thought you might like to know your first two links are both for that table runner:o)

I am not a fan of regular pie crust for sweet pies, although I do like it for savory pies like chicken pot pie or quiche. I do like fried pies. Once in a while I will have a McDonald's apple pie, and I like those, but I wish they were still the fried kind.

Lisa D. said...

Apple pie is my grandpa's favourite pie - with lots of cinnamon. It didn't seem to matter how much cinnamon my grandma or mom put in, his comment was always, "Good, could have used a little more cinnamon though."
$18 for a magazine? That's craziness! I balk at the $8-10 price tags for my favourite ones, so they don't get purchased very often.
I don't care about designer labels either, but maybe if I had a Louis Vuitton chainsaw, I would learn to use the chainsaw! So far that's been one of the things I've avoided learning how to use. My mother-in-law says, "Don't let your husband know all the things you know how to do or you'll be expected to do them!" :)

Mary said...

MMM thanks for the pie. If you get a craving, Elburn days is this weekend and you know who makes the best pies. This year the blueberry pies were made with fresh berries, I understand. SO what to do.. cherry , rhubarb, blueberry? AAH I got it one per shift worked in the tent.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I mentioned your blog on my post today! Hope you can stop by to visit! ♥

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Love the apple pie breakfast, but hey, the Vuitton chain saw??? Hilarious.

Have a joyous weekend!

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island