The Loft Link-Up ~ Autumn

Hello, my Loft friends.

Our topic today is AUTUMN or fall. It is my very favorite season of the year. The temperatures, the clothes, the food, football….I am crazy about autumn.

I live in a part of the US where we have four distinct seasons, and none is more beautiful to me than Fall. Knowing my love of the season, this past weekend my husband told me that he had a short ride he wanted to take me on. He would not tell me where we were going, so into the vehicle I hopped and we were off.

We drove a bit east of where we live, toward the highest peak in Georgia, Brasstown Bald mountain. Along the way, we talked about how the leaves were changing much earlier this year than in many years past. As we arrived at the entrance to the Bald, Greg told me to look straight ahead and up. The iPhone camera simply does not do justice to what I saw, but it is all I’ve got.

 

Fall Color in the North Georgia Mountains

 

One of the hills near the Bald was still covered in green leaves, except at the very top. God had splashed beautiful, amazing color all over the top of that hill. No other hill but that one. It was spectacular and a vivid reminder of the creativity and majesty of God.

My husband had seen this magnificent display when he drove through earlier in the week and knew it would thrill me. He was right. It was such a sweet moment and my heart was so blessed by a bit of beauty in the midst of the ugliness and hatefulness of our world.

Here are a few other pictures from our part of the world for your viewing pleasure:

 

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I hope you enjoyed the visit to my mountains. I look forward to reading your Autumn posts.

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

October 12 ~ Autumn or Fall

October 18 ~ A Day in My Life

October 26 ~ Pot Luck

November 2 – 23 ~ We are posting about Thanksgiving and Thankfulness all month long

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is AUTUMN  or FALL. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft ~ Table

Hey y’all! Today I am linking to a guest post I wrote for the awesome Grace Table site. If you have never visited Grace Table, a creation of Kris Camealy, you are missing a blessing. I hope you take some time to click over via my link and visit Grace Table. See you next week.

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

 

October 5 ~ Table

October 12 ~ Autumn/Fall

October 18 ~ A Day in My Life

October 26 ~ Pot Luck

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Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is TABLE. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft Link-Up ~ Pot Luck

We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

September 28 ~ Pot Luck

October 5 ~ Table

October 12 ~ Autumn/Fall

October 19 ~ A Day in My Life

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is POT LUCK. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft Link-Up ~ Fall Recipes

Happy Fall Y’all! Today at The Loft we are all about Fall Recipes. I, personally, adore Fall, or Autumn, if you prefer. I love the temperatures, the food, the clothes, the football, the leaves. I just love fall. It is my favorite season of the year.

The recipe I want to share with you today is one that brings back loads of memories for me. Memories of my childhood. My paternal grandparents were very present in my life as a child, and my sister and I stayed with them A LOT. My Grandma always fixed a big country breakfast…..eggs, biscuits, bacon or sausage, and gravy. Hot, fresh biscuits begged for something sweet to slather on them, and the options were either Bama Grape Jelly, homemade pear preserves, or White House Apple Butter. My hands often reached for Apple Butter.

 

Crock Pot Apple Butter

 

So, when I ran across this recipe for apple butter a few years back, memories of being at my grandparent’s home flooded my heart. As soon as the fall apples came in, I got my little self busy canning homemade apple butter. Dear Gussie! It is super easy, and so yummy on biscuits, toast, and even in oatmeal. AND it has all the SMELLS while it is cooking!  The great part is that you do not have to can it, should you not have a bent toward canning. The recipe says you can also freeze it. I’ve never tried that, but just wanted to pass on what the recipe said. I hope you have the opportunity to grab some apples and make this delicious homemade apple butter.

 

Crock Pot Apple Butter

5 and 1/2 lbs. apples peeled cored and thin sliced

4 cups sugar

2 to 3 tsp of cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour. Stir and reduce heat to low for 8-9 hrs. Whisk to get any clumps out. Place into jars and seal. Can be put into freezer containers.

 

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

September 21 ~ Fall Recipes

September 28 ~ Pot Luck

October 5 ~ Table

October 12 ~ Autumn/Fall

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is FALL RECIPES. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft Link-Up ~ Beauty

Welcome to The Loft. Our topic for today is BEAUTY. Here are some thoughts on beauty that I posted almost a decade ago. They still ring true today.

I know that God must get some great belly laughs out of me. Sometimes I can just see him slapping his knee and saying to the angels, “Look at that. Can you believe her? Isn’t she a hoot?” Just this week was probably one of those times.

It was time to meet with one of my best friends. You may know her. Her name is Miss Clairol and she and I have been tight for many years now. I mixed up my hair color which looks like ketchup at first, but after being exposed to air for a few minutes looks more like a jelly made from tar. I brushed it on the roots of my hair, leaving a Medusa-like pile of hair on top of my head. The bottom half of my hair was black with color while the brownish-red ends were waving wildly in every direction. Actually the correct color terminology for those wildly waving ends is “Steamy Cappuccino”. Now you must understand that one can not color one’s hair without the hair color also getting on one’s skin, so I also had black jelly-like hair color on my ears, forehead and around the hairline on my neck. Let me tell you, I was a lovely picture!!

I had to wait the required 20 minutes for the roots to process and so I sat down to do my morning Bible study. As I caught my reflection in the window in my basement, I thought how hilarious I must look to God. Here I am approaching the Holy One looking more like something that had been scared straight out of the depths of hell. Perhaps the Lord thought that I was just trying on my Halloween costume early?? Nonetheless, it struck me that the Lord loves me regardless of how I look.

I was reminded of Psalm 45: 11 which says, “The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.” Our King, our Prince, our Redeemer is enthralled by you and me. The Hebrew word for enthralled is awah which means to desire, covet, long for, wish, sigh, crave, want, be greedy, prefer. Each time we come to Christ, whether it is the first time we come for salvation or the countless times we come for fellowship, Jesus desires our presence. He is greedy for a relationship with you and with me. He thinks I am beautiful. He prefers me and He prefers you. How about that? It blows my mind that I am ‘preferred’ by the King of the Universe, the God of all Creation.

Dear one, no matter what you look like, no matter what you have done, no matter the lifestyle you have lived, the words you have said, the attitudes you have harbored in your heart, Christ Jesus is enthralled by your beauty and He craves an intimate, abiding relationship with you. Trust me, sweet friend, if He can be enthralled by what I looked like on that morning as I sat to worship Him with hair color all over me, He can be enthralled by anyone.

Now, it is time for you to link your post on BEAUTY. The linky is at the bottom of my post.

 

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We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

September 14 ~ Beauty

September 21 ~ Fall Recipes

September 28 ~ Pot Luck

October 5 ~ Table

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is BEAUTY. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

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The Loft Link-Up ~ Labor or Work

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September 7 ~ Labor or Work

September 14 ~ Beauty

September 21 ~ Fall Recipes

September 28 ~ Pot Luck

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