Monday, September 22, 2008


Hanging on my mailbox when I got home today was a package addressed to me from Kimberly at My Brown Bag Studio. I won her give-away a week or so ago. I had already had a pretty good Monday--but seeing this made it a GREAT Monday!
When I opened the package it was even better than the picture had shown. The frame that she painted is absolutely beautiful. My camera doesn't even show all the details. I've tried to think of a picture to put in but having six beautiful grandchildren doesn't make it easy when it comes to one frame. They don't all live here so I can't get a picture of them together (right now) so.............I'm thinking I may have to get creative and put some word in the frame relating to fall. We'll see what I come up with. I just couldn't wait to show you what it looks like now.
I go out to the garden to cut some okra for dinner and pass my muscadine was loaded. I tried making a picture to show and had to actually crawl underneath and make the picture shooting up through the vine. I'm sure glad I live in the middle of cotton fields because if anyone would have seen me under a muscadine vine with a camera they might think I had lost my mind!!!! I went inside and got the biggest bowl I could find and it took only a few minutes to fill it.
I ate quite a few while I picked. These are delicious. I'm going to make muscadine jelly from these. My grandsons (especially Zack) loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so he'll really like this jelly. I'll have to tell him that it's grape. He is so much like his mother (you'd think she birthed this one) in the fact that he won't eat anything that "looks" different or has a different name. I used to tell Amy that a sweet potato pie was a pumpkin pie to get her to taste it.
I've never been too good at gradually doing things. I may have several projects started at the same time and trying to finish them all. Example at hand----I had this muscadine jelly project going and a friend said something about pears. PEARS!! Oh, my goodness---we love pear preserves! So, I say that I'd love to make some pear preserves this year. Look at this box of pears.
I am so glad to get them because a hot, buttered biscuit with pear preserves just can't be beat..........even better than muscadine jelly. So, right now I'm about to go peel pears.


StitchinByTheLake said...

My mother made the best muscadine jelly - I do miss it, and her. blessings, marlene

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I love Kimberly's work that frame would look neat with a fall word in it.
If I saw you with a camara underneath the muscadine vine I would have thought " Now that woman must have a blog" lol

Nancy said...

oh, I love pears! Don't work to hard peeling all those pears! However, it will be worth the work when you are enjoying the preserves! Nancy

Angie said...

You are making me want some of that jelly or the preserves! Sounds delish!!! Your picture frame is adorable and will be a cute addition to your fall decor.

This Country Girl said...

So YOU were the winner of that great frame! I love that frame! Well it went to a great home! I know you'll enjoy it!

What a bounty you have there between the muscadines and pears!

Happy Fall!

Linda said...

You have a lot of work ahead of you - but oh ...the rewards!!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

We had loads of muscedines & scuppernongs this year to, and we just picked our pears over the weekend. Not as many pers this year, but the ones we did get are huge!
I made muscedine jelly this year and fig preserves (for teh frist time!), and wanted to make pear preserves, but everyone has asked for the pears and I think we have about 5 or 6 left! So no pear preserves this time. Maybe the tree will produce better next year.

Darlene said...

Oh Sue,

How have I not been visiting you daily???? LOVE your blog...I think I found you at one time then I lost you :(....well, you are now going to my favorites so that does not happen again!!!

I had to get instructions to strike through words too. You can't do symbols on comments so e-mail me at and I'll send you the exact same directions I received. Be sure to put Sue-Cotton Patch or something to that effect on the subject.

Congratulations on your win...the frame is GREAT!!! Isn't it fun winning a giveaway!?!?!

Debi said...

Oh Sue...
What wonderful bounties!! I have a silly question for you!! What does Mascadines taste like??? I have never heard of them before... (sheltered lol) Would they grow in Kansas???

I am having fun getting your Christmas stocking ready!!! I only have two projects left to do... and then to make your stocking to fit!! (Which will be fun!! lol)

I love visiting your blog every chance I get to see what you are doing... I wish I was better at getting something posted on mine everyday!! Maybe there is still hope.

Hope you have a wonderful day... and enjoy that bounty!

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Love the picture frame and I love jellies of most anykind, especially if they are homemade.

Anonymous said...

you mean sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie are not the same thing????????????

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Ok I have never heard of a muscadine. Is it sweet or tart??? Hmmm... that is why I love reading blogs. I learn something new every day.

thanks for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway.


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Rambling Girl said...

Never had any muscadine jelly but do love them right off the vines. I will have to try some of this. Pears look yummy to.

Love the frame, it is beautiful! Lucky you!

Debi said...

My friend Ali just gave me a new idea for our stocking exchange... So I have a silly question for you... do you like tins that find a new use??? Let me know.
Thank you Sue, dear for stopping by and leaving me a note :D

Hope your day is wonderful one!!!

Kele said...

I hope you don't think I am kidding when I say I am coming to visit you and Amy one day. I mean really, fresh okra, muscadine berries...jeez, I am just going to have to plan this weekend at 'Sue's B&B' pretty soon!!