pumpkins varieties

"The word "pumpkin" usually brings to mind the vibrant orange that symbolizes all things related to autumn.  

But did you know the king of jack-o-lanterns 
comes in many colors besides orange?
 Varying from deep, robust orange to a light, bright hue,
pumpkins are the hit of the fall season.
 Pumpkin varieties have expanded to include 
shades of red, pink, green, tan, white, and blue
 to please the palates of those looking for something unique or fun.
So, pumpkin lovers have lots of variety to choose from. What’s your favourite pumpkin color?

With such a rich and varied color palette beyond the beloved traditional orange,
pumpkins are ideal for your autumn decor. 
Whether you choose white, blue, red, or striped, you can be sure these unique pumpkins will command attention, bringing a sense of wonder and fun to the season."

Text CREDITS: www.sensationalcolor.com

Enjoy your pumpkins.
Thank you for visiting my blog! May your autumn days be filled with laughter - 
And your nights be filled with peace.



The reach of our prayers

When we hear about Hurricane Sandy pummeling the East Coast, the ravaged homes, the threatened lives, the loss of power, and people hiding in their homes, - we on the West Coast are subject to a first thought, a thanksgiving that we and our loved ones are not there, that the hurricane is jolting somewhere else, not where we live. We hug those we love; we are grateful for their safety.

After that first moment, though, we allow our love and care to flow to its natural breadth, and we realize that people very like ourselves are holding their breath, and hoping, clutching their own, praying. Then we hear the range of the winds has expanded, and now someone we love is shuttered in the eye of the storm. Now the terror touches us. We picture the threatened, feel ourselves in their place. We are not there; we are secure, but we hope with them and wish and think of what might help, and we pray as hard as they do.

               “No man is an Island… any man’s death diminishes me… 
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

John Donne, Meditation



Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway.
Thank you to all of you who spread the word about this giveaway with your blog, facebook, and twitter accounts.
I appreciate all of the kind comments and all of the support you have given me.

The winners are...

Mimi A, 1st place
VA, 2nd place
Kachaw, 3rd place prize 


The winners can e-mail me with their choice of the prizes and shipping address.
If prizes it’s already chosen by a higher place winner, I’ll reply so you can make another choice.

  Thank you to all who entered and to all of my readers in general! 
I hope your days is filled with beautiful music and song.



Last Chance

I wanted to remind you that there are only three days left to enter the giveaway.

All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is be a part

 of this blog by following me.
It’s so easy, quick and FREE. Just go over to the right of this page,“Join this site” button under the "Followers" widget ... enter your email and click follow. That’s it!
The lucky winner gets to pick the gift of his/her choice.

Gift Number one is:

1972 Ethiopia Haile Selassie Proof Silver Coin (.999 Pure)
and Kapuściński's best-known book, The Emperor
" Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from 1930 until he was overthrown by the army in 1974"

Gift Number Two is: 
Handmade red pottery clay incense burner and Ethiopian weyera

Gift Number Three is:
Bereket's Art. Title “Abogida”

Gift Number Four is:
Bereket 's Art. Still Life with chocho and wancha

Gift Number Five is: 
Audio CD
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Ethiopian’s orphan by Melissa Fay Greene

The giveaway will end this Thursday, October 25, at midnight.
I will announce the winner on Friday October 26.
(I will be using the Random Integer Generator from Random.org)

Once the winner provides me (privately) with the shipping address the gift will be sent by standard US mail shipping at no cost. You are responsible for any custom charges in your country. The package will be labeled as a “gift”.

Special hello to all new followers - lovely to see you here!
and Thank you!
I want to thank everyone who participated in this giveaway.
Thank you to all of you who spread the word about this giveaway with your blog, face book, and twitter accounts.

I hope your days is filled with beautiful music and song.



Designer Fig Jam

Sweet fall season, with colors so vivid of orange, gold, red and brown.
Did I got it all?

Once Upon a Time, I was given a ripe figs from my friends garden...
her figs are so sweet that melts in my mouth just like beautiful sunrise.

Here is my fig jam recipe ..that makes this fall season
 feel extra-special. 
And remember Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. 

12 fresh, ripe figs, washed, stemmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cups sugar (more depending on sweetness of figs)
Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon 
pinch of kosher salt

In a large saucepan, combine the figs, sugar,and lemon juice and zest. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature,
Bring to a simmer over medium low heat, stirring constantly. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 30-35 minutes or until thickened.  Keep a close eye on it to prevent jam from burning. Gently Break up the fruits with a wooden spoon. Spoon into sterilised jam jars and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in refrigerator.

Thanks for given sweet fruit to me!

All the best,