10.31.2011

A Special Request and Apple Pie

I like to keep my blog as light hearted as possible but today I am asking for a special favor. My big sister has contracted a very bad and rare bacterial infection. It has not responded to the serious cocktail drugs they have been given her so tomorrow she will be under going a lung removal. She is at Duke Medical Hospital, a very fine facility and will have the surgery in the morning. I will be there. I know first hand the wonderful and kind hearts of this blogging community. Please keep her, her surgeons and the health care workers in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you all. xoxo
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I baked this apple pie for Bobby G. last week.  Baking pies is not my forte so I was pretty proud of this lattice topped mile high apple pie.  Want to learn how to weave a lattice topping like this one?  It's easier than it looks.  Go HERE.  Thank you Simply Recipes.

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Today, I am honored to feature a guest writer on my blog, Christina Johnson associated with luxurious Manhattan rentals..  Enjoy!  

Tasteful Fall Décor
Home decoration that follows the seasons requires that you change up your décor as the seasons change. When it comes to decorating for the fall, having a tasteful design and using decorations tastefully makes the home feel welcoming and pleasant. A few simple décor ideas can help improve the way a home looks and make it feel comfortable.

Use Fall Fruits and Vegetables: Fill up a wooden bowl with fall apples, small pumpkins and nuts from the season. Fall is a time when fruits and vegetables are harvested and it is always appropriate to decorate a table centerpiece or a side table with the fruits of the season. Using a wooden bowl provides a more rugged fall look that suits the vegetables and fruits.


Add Fall Accent Colors: While you might not want to change all of your furniture for the season, adding accent colors for the season with orange, red and yellow pillows and brown or tan throws can bring more earthy colors into your home without adding high expenses or requiring major changes. Instead, it brightens the room and makes it look lively.

Fill Vases with Leaves: During fall, fewer flowers are available and you might not like the available seasonal flowers. That does not mean you cannot use seasonal plants to fill up your vases and bring color into the room. Instead of flowers, cut some maple branches or other tree branches that are changing color and put it in the vase instead. You will bring some life into your home and bring in those beautiful bright colors seen on trees around the country.

Use Natural Fabrics: When setting the table for gatherings during fall, use a natural fabric table cloth like linen or cotton. Combine that with natural fabrics for napkins. Natural fabrics are not only more environmentally friendly materials for the decoration, but it brings an earthy tone to the setting. The final result of this type of decoration on the dining table is simple elegance.


Rustic Look: To create a rustic look for an entry way decoration, a table centerpiece or a decoration to place throughout the room, filling a slightly battered metal jug with fall leaves, twigs, berries and other seasonal plants can make a rustic statement. Complete the look by adding some pumpkins around the jug.


Fall designs are not challenging to incorporate into any home décor design to make it feel cozy.  In fact, adding some fall colors to the room via pillows, throws, vases filled with plants and creative centerpieces will make your home welcoming and comforting this season.

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24 comments :

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, My prayers are with your sister tomorrow. If I can do anything for you do not hesitate to call. Your pie looks wonderful. Did you save me a piece?
Hugs,
Sherry

Tamara Jansen said...

We will most definitely keep her in our prayers!

Blondie's Journal said...

Sending many prayers your way...I hope your sister has a good result from the surgery.

Your pie turned out fantastic...now, if I could just have a piece!!

Thanks for the guest feature. I love her fall ideas and table setting!!

Take care, Lynn, I will be thinking of you.

XO,
Jane

Jenny S said...

Oh my heck! I am right here in Raleigh, around the corner from Duke. If there is anything you need, let me know!

Claudia said...

I will be keeping your sister in my thoughts and prayers. I hope her recovery is fast and complete.

xo
Claudia

Grammy Goodwill said...

Your pie looks beautiful and I'm sure it tasted delicious. Of course I will pray for your sister and the medical staff who will care for her.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Lynn, How scary for your family, I hate that we have bugs that are now resistant to drugs. Let me know your sisters first name, I am praying now and so believe in the power of prayer, let us know how she is doing!! Take care of yourself, it is exhausting to wait at a bedside.

Hugs Carol

French-Kissed said...

Dear Lynn,

It just so happens that my sister's birthday is tomorrow so sisters will be foremost on my mind while I will be celebrating with her I will hold your dear sister in my thoughts and prayers. Holding a good thought and saying a prayer for a speedy and full recovery.

Jermaine

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! We won't forget! Everything will be ok!
And then, you'll be able to check Blogtrotter Two, which wanders currently around pre-historical Corsica, where it seems all this mess around will be leading us to... ;).
Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Prayers are being said for your sister for healing and complete recovery! God is there with you holding all of you up at this time.

blessings & hugs, Sherry

Jeannine said...

prayers for the surgeons and your sister

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Incredible looking pie. And I am praying for your sister. That really sounds very serious.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

Your sister and you are in my thoughts...I do hope for a speedy and full recovery. Please, keep us informed.

Hugs,

Gabriela

Lynn said...

VERY impressive pie. And I've got you covered on the prayer front. That's scary. I hear of this more and more.

LizlovesVintage said...

Hi Lynn,
Yes, I will keep your Sister in my prayers. Everything will be fine :)
That pie looks delish. I wish I could have some now, that I'm gluten free. Darn :(
xxx Liz

Babs said...

I'm sorry I didn't see your post in time to add your sister and your family to my prayers before her surgery. I hope by now, she is out of surgery and on the road to recovery. Please let us know how she is doing. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Babs

Lisa said...

Your sister and your family are in my prayers. Sending you giant hugs from across the miles!

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Oh Lynn I sure do hope your sister is doing well! My prayers will be with your sister and your family!

Your pie looks fabulous but now I am off to do some ummm fall decorating, ha!

Take care!

Jacalyn

A Cottage Muse said...

Keeping you both in my prayers Lynn. A piece of apple pie sounds perfect right now!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

I will be praying for your sister.

Hugs,
Dee

Cindy Adkins said...

I will pray for your sister...I read about her on No Minimalist Here...I am so sorry to hear about this...hugs to you and her,
XO
Cindy

Beverly said...

Oh my, Lynn. I have had a crazy busy week, and I just made it here now. I wish I had known earlier about your sister. I'll start praying for a good outcome right now.

Is there anything I can do?♥♥♥

Shirley said...

My Dear Lynn,
being without power I am way behind in blogland. I so hope that your sister has improved with all that she is going through! I will say prayers everyday for her and for you. This is not an easy thing to go through. I hope she stays strong to help with the healing. If you ever need to chat I can give you my number..Hugs and lots of prayers..
~Shirley

Terri Morse said...

Wow, Lynn. For someone who doesn't bake pies often, you sure did a good job with that one! If only I could go right through the computer screen and have a slice! I'm so sorry that your sister has been so ill. My heart and prayers are with you and her. Hugs, Terri

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