Welcome! We’re glad you could make it!
Perhaps the coolest thing about blogging parties is, they’re always going on whenever you have the time and inclination to attend, and no one minds–or even notices–if you show up before you brush your teeth, with nothing but the radio on.
Let me introduce you to five of our guests who arrived early. They brought their ideas about pumpkins, parties, and blogging as a community. Take a minute to get to know them, because (as I was taught in girl-scouts) when you meet new friends, you just might find your next golden one.
I love these home-made decorations supplied by photographer and maker of beautiful art and food, Anne Dale (and they’re much more eco-friendly than styrofoam-plastic stuff from Walmart).
Anne shares her creative ideas (and directions for making these glitter pumpkins) at her blog, “The Maker Girl”.
A party needs something yummy to eat, of course. Help yourself to an indulgent serving of Marylin’s Mom’s “Eggs ala Goldenrod” (click here for the recipe).
Marylin was one of my first blogging friends. She posts weekly on her blog, “Things I want to tell my mother,” about her incredible poet-mother, Mary, who encouraged Marylin to become a writer. The stories of their past (as remembered by Marilyn) are combined with their present journey as family in a way that is inspiring, touching, and full of love. Caregivers, and everyone who wants to embrace all of life with courage and tenderness, will enjoy the gathering that happens over at her blog every weekend. Check it out!
And do sample Marlene’s curried pumpkin coconut chickpea soup.
Marlene blogs and shares photographs on “life through the kitchen window” from London, Ontario. She and I must be twins separated at birth. We have the same food sensibilities, we have January birthdays, we think it’s a treat when WE get to plan and prepare our birthday meal then invite our favorite friends over to share it with us, we both studied the 4-H home economist program, and we both have grown children who know their way around a kitchen. Click here for her stunning soup recipe.
Now, help yourself to one of Heather’s yummy fall sugar cookies (recipe here).
I (virtually) followed Heather when she moved from Washington D.C. to Ann Arbor, not only because some of my favorite people in the world live in A2, but also because I, like Heather, love to bake. I agree with her–4 hours making the perfect cupcake is time well spent. She admits to be a somewhat nerdy analyst number-loving kind of person, and has aptly (and cleverly) titled her baking blog Sweet Precision. Click here to visit Heather’s blog-place.
Now that you’ve noshed well, take a moment to sit for a spell, and consider what Sherri has to say about how our experience of “October” is dependent upon our place on earth… (click here to read her post, “Listen to your October”).
A native of the UK who lived quite a few years in California (in other words, a woman like me, who has moved around some), Sherri blogs about the view from her summer house–her perceptions about life, love, family, inspiration and writing–from the actual summer house her husband built for her in the West Country, in England. Weaving stories from the past into the present, her blog-place is where people pause to consider how we might make sense of it all.
Now introduce yourselves to each other while I go get us something to drink.
In the comments, please link to your blog. You can add to the pumpkin/autumn festival theme, or just give a short description of what goes on at your place. If you’re excessively shy, just tell us your blog name. But DO provide a link (it helps new readers find you; and links from other websites can push you toward the top of the returns in a relevant search engine result).