Autumn · Family Happenings · Pumpkin Fairy

Sharing My Passions

Today I am CELEBRATING! It’s my 2 year anniversary of Mama Carp & company and I have had a wonderful time here with you!
Thank you for spending some time with me and cheers to another year of creative solutions and inspiring ideas!
So no doubt I’ve been a little busy as always…August I entered my Mistral quilt into my first ever quilting competition. I became a finalist in the MQX Quilt Festival and Wednesday September 24th I found out I took second place in the Custom Heirloom Show category! My quilter, Norma Riehm & I were beyond thrilled!!! I can now check off National award winning quilter from my bucket list- YAY!! Our marks were awesome and the whole experience was incredible! A huge thank you to Janet-Lee Santeusanio for encouraging me- I definitely caught the competition bug…. Not bad for Mistrals first ride! My family and I celebrated with champagne & dinner at Acqua one of my favorite restaurants ❤

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App's & Drinks · Autumn

It’s That Time Of Year Again!

I LOVE this time of year – Minnesota at its finest! Falling leaves, crisp autumn air & lots of crackling bonfires with your favorite friend’s. Be sure to whip up several batches of my Northwoods Apple Cider, its great hot or cold! Also keep it on hand for my favorite fall cocktail Jameson Cidertini’s. This cider recipe is also used in my turkey brine for Thanksgiving- Apple-Brined Grilled Turkey Recipe        -Cheers!!!DSC_4318Northwoods Apple Cider

4 cups water
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons whole cloves
2 teaspoons whole all spice
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4-6 cinnamon sticks
128 oz. apple cider
Combine everything but the apple cider in a 2 quart sauce pan.Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer with cover about 20 minutes. Strain twice. Add to apple cider in large pot- heat through.

Autumn · Celebrate the Seasons ♥

November 1st

November 1st is the day I try to work on my front pots.  I tried to wait one year until Thanksgiving, needless to say I won’t make that mistake again. Minnesota weather is just too unpredictable! Convincing Craig that I desperately needed my heavy pots defrosted was not an easy request…
So, at least my pots have their fall look for all the trick or treaters and I can minimalize the Christmas look until after Thanksgiving. I keep all the pumpkins that weren’t carved – if they still look fresh then show them off! I have them everywhere including the deck and veranda. I have very little take down from Halloween to make it an easy transition. Pull out those cinnamon candles – they look beautiful at night and fill the air with that warm incredible smell. The word HOME and a few turkeys will be taking the place of Halloween articles. This month I will share with you a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Well, I’m off – spruce tops here I come! Make it a good day! Love, MC

App's & Drinks · Favorite Recipes ♥

Northwoods Apple Cider

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Northwoods Apple Cider

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons whole all spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 128 oz. apple cider

Combine everything but the apple cider in a 2 quart sauce pan.Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer with cover about 20 minutes. Strain twice. Add to apple cider in large pot- heat through.