Category Archives: Fall

Sometimes the ordinary days are the best days…

Yesterday was such a good day (except for the fact that I was in mourning over the previous night’s Walking Dead episode 😦 ).  Well it was good, kind of. I got a call from the school that Hannah wasn’t feeling well & had to pick her up, causing her to miss her first basketball game, so that part wasn’t so great.  But the rest of it?  Wonderful!  Wonderfully boring and uneventful.  And sometimes those days are the best days.

I started it off with a 30 minute walk/jog through our little town.  It was breezy, sunny, & cool…in other words, a perfect fall morning.

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After that I had an awesome back & biceps workout then took the pooch for a walk with my auntie.  I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning & doing laundry.  Lunch was a delicious spinach & feta omelet & apple.

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In the afternoon, I read a little, crocheted a little, until I got the phone call from the school nurse.  I snuggled up with my little sick kiddo & we watched cartoons.  She took a nap, then Katie & I made supper together which was baked pork chops using a homemade rub (delish!), peas, & PW’s au gratin potatoes.  More snuggling with the sickly child in the evening and early to bed.

Was there anything special about today?  No.  Not really.  But sometimes those are the best ones. ❤

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Cinnamon Apple Bars

I made these yummy apple bars from Clover lane today.  I love reading her blog, it is really good for reminding me to slow down and enjoy life.  I haven’t baked in forever, but I was craving something warm & gooey this afternoon & these really hit the spot.

Nothing at all healthy about them, save for the chopped honeycrisp apple, but with a hot cup of coffee, they were absolutely delightful!  And with a big, veggie-filled chef salad on the menu for supper tonight, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty eating them.

Apple Bars

Halloween 2011

We had a great time trick-or-treating this year.  Nanner & I had been on a field trip earlier in the day, so by the time we were done trick-or-treating, I was exhausted!  My niece & her boyfriend walked around with us and it was a really nice time.

The Prisoner & The 80’s Girl
The Leprechaun is our neighbor, Devin. 🙂

And I helped my mom make this spider costume that she wore to work.  🙂

The I-Don’t-Know-How-Many-Years Annual Pumpkin Carving Party!

We had our awesome pumpkin carving party again last night.  It was so much fun, as usual.  The Spinster really outdid herself this year with some really awesome Halloween treats and even a craft for all of us to do.  We tried to figure out how long we’ve been doing this and we aren’t really sure.  It’s been at least 5 or 6 years, but we’ve only been documenting it since I’ve had my blog.

Anyway, I got some great pictures and am very happy to report that I actually did a good job on my pumpkin this year!!  If you’ll recall, last year I ended up doing just a regular jack-o-lantern face because I was so traumatized over the pumpkin-carving incident from the year before.  So, this year I was determined to redeem myself and just feast your eyes on my creation!

Never mind the fact that I completely blocked everyone & everything out for at least an hour while I was in deep concentration on my pumpkin.  Never mind the fact that I had pumpkin pulp from head to toe by the time I was finished and never mind the fact that I looked like I had been run over by a mack truck from the amount of stress I was under to be successful.

Never mind all that, k?  I was a pumpkin carving queen, people!

My sister was a lazy bum and just carved a heart into her pumpkin.  Puh-lease!  But we did get a really cool picture of the heart that she cut out, so I’ll let it slide…this time.

Nanner decided to draw on hers instead of carve (thank you, Lord!).  And then after we had put candles in all of them and she saw how cool they looked, promptly changed her mind.  We were out of daylight at this point, so I am gonna help her carve it this weekend.

Katie did an EXCELLENT job on hers.  I expected no less, she is a perfectionist.

My niece, Madie, made an “I {HEART} Candy” pumpkin.  😀

Mamaw wasn’t feeling well, so she didn’t carve this year & the Spinster made a cool ghost picture on hers.

This crocheted candy bowl was the secret project that I told you about a while back.  I made it for the Spinster as a thank-you for always hosting such a great party.

Look at the awesome spread that the Spinster prepared!

After we were all done with carving & eating, we sat down to do a fabulous bonfire.

Did you happen to notice the goose in the noose up in the tree in that last picture?  Well, you might think that was part of our spooky party decor, but actually that is a practical joke that my uncle (the Spinster’s brother) played.  He was supposed to take that goose to the dump for Mamaw, but instead came over & hung it in the Spinster’s tree.  We thought it went along perfectly with our party’s theme.

We ended the night with an adorable little craft.  The Spinster went over to the graveyard the day before and collected some small rocks.  She then got some twigs, orange acrylic paint & tacky glue.  We painted the rocks orange, attached pieces of twigs to the top for stems & then used black Sharpies to draw on jack-o-lantern faces.  It was quick and easy & I thought they turned out awesome.  What do you think?

Fall Comfort Food

Fall is my favorite time of year.  August went out with temps in the 100’s and September came sliding in and we’re in the 50’s & 60’s.  I love it!  The leaves change color and the air is crisp.  Bonfires, pumpkin patches, hayrides…don’t get me started, we’ll be here all day.

Fall is the time for comfort food and would explain why every year beginning around the middle or so of September I start packing on the pounds.  Or as I like to call it, my winter insulation.  I usually end up putting on about 5-7 lbs by the end of winter.

I’m okay with it.  A girl’s gotta eat, right?

Soup is a great way to warm up on those cool winter days and this particular soup is always a hit at our house.  Creamy Chicken Soup is Katie’s favorite kind of soup, and since it was rainy and cold today, I decided to make up a pot.

So while these three little thugs were playing some kind of crazy game involving a rubber ball and lots of banging around in the toy room…

…this little cutie and I set to work on our soup.

Don’t let that grin fool you, normally I would be scoffed at for asking her to help me cook when there were friends present, but she happened to be grounded, so she jumped at the chance to do something other than sit around and mope.

Mmmmm….this soup is creamy and hearty and really hits the spot on a cold night!  I sent some home with our neighbor, Devin, because he kept hanging around me in the kitchen and telling me how good it smelled.  He texted me a few minutes ago to let me know how good it was.  🙂

I can’t remember where the recipe came from.  Sorry.  If I had to guess, I’d say probably from one of my vintage cookbooks.  But its entirely possible that I picked it up on someone’s blog years ago before I knew that I’d have a blog of my own one day and be sharing it with my readers, so if I’m stealing your recipe without giving you credit, please accept my apologies and do not call the Recipe Police on me.

Okay?  Okay!

Here’s the recipe:

3 chicken breasts, cooked & diced (or you can do what I do, which is to boil them for about an hour and then shred them)
1 onion, diced
2 T. butter
1 carrot, shredded
4-5 potatoes, finely diced
1 C. milk
4 T. flour
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
3 C. chicken broth, or more

Saute onion in butter in soup pot.
Add chicken broth, carrots and potatoes.
Add more broth if needed to cover the potatoes.
Bring to boil. Cover & simmer 10 min.
Mix flour w/milk & add to soup.
Add cream cheese in small pieces & stir until melted.
Add chicken & heat through.
Season w/salt & pepper.

A Nice Little Breather + Halloween 2010

I’ve been enjoying my break from blogging.  I really love blogging.  I love all the people I’ve met from all over the country and even a couple in other countries.  But sometimes downloading pics and carving out time to sit down and write can be overwhelming and even annoying.  But overall, this blog’s real purpose is for my daughters.  I want them to be able to come here and look back at our lives and remember all of these normal days.  So for now, I keep journaling on.

Here are a few pics of the girls’ Halloween costumes this year.  Katie won the costume contest at her Girl Scout Halloween party.  🙂

The girls in their annual picture with John Dillman.  He was the Burger King this year.  Last year he was Mr. Peanut and the year before he was Mrs. Buttersworth.

My nephew, the Chick Magnet, and my niece, the hastily thrown together witch (because she changed her mind at the last minute and didn’t want to be a hobo).

 

And last, but certainly not least, this is Dave.  Dave is our mild-mannered librarian.  If you could see Dave on a normal day, he fits the typical friendly librarian image perfectly.  This was quite a shock for all of us.  I loved it!!

Punkin Heads! 2010

Last Friday night was our annual pumpkin carving party down at the ol’ spinster’s house.  There are a ton of pictures.  I had such a hard time not putting them ALL on here.  So, I tried to limit it to the best of the best, but there are still a bunch.

We had an awesome time as we always do.  There was a perfect nip in the air.  We surrounded ourselves with good food, hot cider, and spooky music.

First we started with the pumpkin carving.  You may remember my pumpkin disaster from last year. I played it safe this year and went with a traditional Jack-o-lantern face.

We were even visited by a ghost.

Just kidding.  That was my niece Madie in some funky lighting.

Here she is in human form.

Poor Maryka, she had a little mishap with her chair.  She put her knee through it when she tried to get up.  🙂

After we finished carving we had to display our fancy work out on the porch.

Then we chowed down on some yummy taco salad.  I brought a cd of readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s spooky poetry, but we had to laugh because we were all crunching so loudly on our taco salads that none of us could really hear anything.  : )

After that, we sat down to enjoy some games.

I believe I was scared out of my skin a total of 3 times.  First by my nephew, hiding behind the door and jumping out at me as I walked in.  Then by my sister’s boyfriend who came over and banged on the window right next to where we were playing games.  And then finally by the spinster when she crept up behind me with her dog.  He put his paw on my shoulder and made this grunting noise right into my ear that almost sent me through the roof!  I guess it’s a good thing that I like to be spooked.

This is unrelated, but my sister and I would like to offer the following picture as proof that we really don’t look that much alike.

The only downer of the night was that there is a burn ban right now because it is so dry and we couldn’t have our bonfire, but even in spite of that we had a great time.  That Spinster sho do know how to throw a punkin party.  Thanks Spinster!

BOO!

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