Ten On Tuesday

It’s the height of blueberry season here in New England and the other morning Dale and I picked 8 pounds of them. Some went into the pie pictured below. Some went into a cake. Some are still in the fridge and some are in the freezer for future use. Here are my 10 Favorite Things To Do With Blueberries, this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic.

    blueberry pie for carole knits

  1. Pick ’em.
  2. Eat ’em straight out of the container.
  3. Bake a pie.
  4. Make my grandmother’s blueberry cake.
  5. Make blueberry muffins.
  6. Make blueberry pancakes.
  7. Mix them into Greek yogurt.
  8. Put them on top of cereal. Grape Nuts is my preference.
  9. Float them in blueberry beer.
  10. Make blueberry buckle. Or slump. Or whatever you want to call it.

What do you like to do with fresh blueberries? Share a link to your blog post below. Click here to sign up for the weekly Ten On Tuesday email.

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Inspired by my visit to Heritage Museum and Gardnes, today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Favorite American Artists. Let’s talk art!

little mark island watercolor for carole knits

  1. Winslow Homer. I already outed myself on this one.
  2. Andrew Wyeth. And this one, too, I suppose.
  3. Norman Rockwell. His museum isn’t that far from us and it’s on my bucket list.
  4. John Singer Sargent. He’s American although he spent most of his life abroad. I’m including him anyway.
  5. Georgia O’Keeffe. Who doesn’t love those giant flowers?
  6. John James Audubon. I’ve actually seen originals of his at the State House in Boston. They are very large and very amazing.
  7. Ansel Adams. Not all artists are painters, you know.
  8. Annie Leibovitz. Her contemporary portraits of celebrities are amazing.
  9. Edward Hopper. His paints appeal to the photographer in me, they are so realistic.
  10. Bob Ross. Who can resist those happy little trees? This is a joke, of course, but I had to include him because my brother-in-law, Randy, has been mistaken for him so many times that it’s family legend.

I’m looking forward to reading about artists today! If you wrote a post for this week’s prompt please include a link to it below. If you’d like to receive the weekly Ten On Tuesday email (which I’m trying very hard to get out by Saturday morning each week so you have time to plan your post) please click here.

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Is there anything more perfect in the summertime than an ice cream cone? I think not! And half the fun of getting an ice cream is choosing which flavor to have, right? Today’s Ten On Tuesday topic, as you may have guessed by now, is 10 Favorite Ice Cream Flavors. Ready?

shibleys ice cream for carole knits

  1. Peppermint Stick. Makes me think of my Nana and it’s been my favorite since I was a kid.
  2. Black Raspberry. When peppermint stick isn’t available (and that’s often, for some reason) this is my fallback.
  3. Strawberry Cheesecake. A great flavor combo!
  4. Maple Walnut. This was my mom’s favorite and I love it, too, especially when the walnuts are in big pieces.
  5. Dutch Chocolate Almond. Because sometimes you need chocolate.
  6. Pistachio.  I’m looking at my list and thinking – geez, I guess I like nuts.
  7. Peanut Butter. And by this I mean Peanut Butter ice cream. Not chocolate with peanut butter swirls. Or vanilla with peanut butter cups. Real honest to goodness peanut butter flavored ice cream. It’s hard to find.
  8. Butter Pecan. So rich and sweet and decadent.
  9. Peach. A little fresh fruit is good, especially when it’s surrounded by rich vanilla ice cream.
  10. Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. It’s a classic for a reason.

And now, I want ice cream. What a terrible topic this turned out to be! Okay, not really and I hope you all enjoyed it. If you wrote a post for today please include your link below. Click here to subscribe to the Ten on Tuesday weekly email.

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I love our vacations in Mexico and on Cape Cod. I had a great time when we visited Virginia a few years ago and I enjoy going to New Hampshire for the occasional weekend. I mean, honestly, any vacation is a good thing. Sometimes, though, vacation days aren’t about taking trips, they are about staying home. We call those staycations and I’m having a staycation this week. As you’ve probably figured out by now, this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic is 10 Favorite Things To Do On A Summer Staycation.

cards and cocktails for carole knits

  1. Go to the beach. As much a possible. Or, in my case, as my as my non-beach-loving husband will tolerate.
  2. Read. This can be done in combination with #1, of course. It can be done anywhere, though, and that’s what makes it such a great way to spend time.
  3. Hang out at home. Last week we wrote about the things we love about our homes. A staycation is a great time to enjoy being at home.
  4. Cook something wonderful. It doesn’t have to be elaborate but when I’ve got the time I love to plan and execute a great meal for Dale and I.
  5. Swing in the hammock. Take a nap. Revel in having no place to do and nothing to do.
  6. Play games. We love Phase 10, Quiddler, and good old fashioned rummy.
  7. Watch TV. We’ll be catching up with Orange is the New Black and House of Cards this week.
  8. Go to the movies. Jurassic World is in the plans.
  9. Take day trips to local attractions. Museums, historic places, parks and more. Some of the best places to visit are probably right in your backyard and you overlook them. Hullo, Plimouth Plantation.
  10. Tackle a project. Got a closet that needs to be cleaned out? A garden bed that needs weeding? Pictures you still haven’t processed? Get something like that done and you will have a great sense of accomplishment and still have plenty of time for something fun.

I bet you all have great ideas for staycations and I’m looking forward to reading them and maybe even doing some of them, too. If you wrote a post for today please leave a link to your blog so we can all come and read it. Click here to sign up for the weekly Ten On Tuesday email.

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I was thinking the other day about how much I love our house. Dale is probably reading this and saying, whaaaat? Because I do sometimes complain about the lack of closets and the one bathroom but mostly, I love our house. I thought it might be fun to make a list about the things I love about our house and so, today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things I Love About My Home.

house mosaic

  1. The color. This was something I wouldn’t have said until last year when we changed it from faded blue siding to beautiful white siding.
  2. The windows. They all have grids since this last work we had done and I think they go great with our colonial style house.
  3. The new carpet in our living room. It’s so soft! I love walking on it with bare feet. We also recarpeted the bedroom and the den – hooray.
  4. Our little den. It’s tiny but I love the crank out windows and it’s the perfect spot for hanging out and reading.
  5. The woodstove. There is nothing like the heat of a wood burning stove for creating atmosphere and coziness.
  6. The deck. I spend as much time as possible out here when the weather allows. It’s like adding an extra room to our small house and it’s the perfect spot for entertaining.
  7. My flower garden. I have several perennials I moved from my old house when I married Dale. This year I bought a few new plants and I’m expanding perennials to the front yard, too.
  8. Our furnishings. I love our dining room set and sideboard, the couch in the den, our white metal framed bed and our antique kitchen table, just to name a few things.
  9. The artwork. There are pictures I have taken, paintings by Dale’s brothers, antlers and folk art and more, all carefully curated by yours truly.
  10. My craft room. I waited a long time to have a space of my own. It’s wonderful to be able to leave projects out, especially quilts and other sewing things, and not have to pick everything up like I did when I was sewing in the dining room. Plus – lots of space for yarn and more!

I hope you all love your homes and I can’t wait to read why. If you wrote a post for today please include a link below. If you want to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here.

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