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I try to bake or cook something special on weekends…

Since it is so cool here today… The thought of something that smelled like Autumn was on my mind!… It was this easy recipe from Duncan Hines dh_logo … I had saved the recipe a long time ago… and came across it… while cleaning out some drawers… It’s the same recipe on the cake mix box that I bought just this week!

Ingredients

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 13×9-inch pan.
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, apple pie filling and oil in large bowl.
  3. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in nuts by hand.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool cake completely on wire rack.
  7. Combine frosting and cinnamon. Spread frosting over cooled cake. Cut into squares

The only change I made was to stir nuts and pie filling in last … I like the chunky pieces of apple!

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My cake when baked…

I could eat it just like this!

 

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Stir cinnamon into frosting to taste…

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Spread on cake…

NOW to taste!

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1. I celebrated Labor Day by… looking at new cars… We had decided to let our Granddaughter who is in college to buy ours for a minimal cost… to get her through the next couple of years… She needs no debt at 19 years of age!…

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We ended up buying a KIA Sportage… and just love it!

2. My dream job/career, would be… an interior designer… with an unlimited budget!…

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3. My first paying job was… the Telephone Company right out of high school…

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4. My current job is… Since I’m retired from the public School System after 30 years working with Special Ed Children… I stayed home for three years…

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Now, I work with the Adult Day Program at the YMCA… and just love it!

Grape Jelly and Beer Chicken

I had seen this little contraption on TV… How you sit a baking chicken on a can of beer and bake it… or put on covered grill outside…

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So… when I was in my favorite thrift store I spotted one… and it being only 50 cents… it was time to try it out!

I bought a whole baking chickenwashed it thoroughly inside and out… removing the “extras”…

After patting it dry I seasoned it with french fry seasoning and dehydrated onions

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I had bought some canned beer… only having to use one… but, I’m sure we’ll drink the rest of it before summer ends…

You sit the chicken on the can of beer which has been placed in the holder

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put a potato in the neck to hold the steam in… place in a baking pan with about 1/2 cup water… and bake for 350 degrees for two hours…

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I know this is so FUNKY looking… I had to laugh myself!

It came out looking golden brown… perfectly done… and tasted amazing… So tender with crispy crust…

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Will definitely do again!… They say you can use soda also… and any variety of seasonings you like…

and NOit didn’t taste like beer at all… just moist and tender…

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Then…

Tonight I had so many grapes left after buying a bunch of seedless dark purple ones… that I thought I would try grape jam making…

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I have already done strawberry, blueberry and peach /pepper… (Which is all gone)… so… grape sounded good!… and the grapes would not be wasted!

Washed and put grapes in a pot with one cup of water… Simmered after smashing them for 5 minutes

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Poured into clean jars I save… and now waiting to cool a little before putting on lids…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have found I can keep in freezer for months… and turns out really well…

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it smells really good!

 

 

Finish This #34

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1. My daily hair routine consists of… Since I just got it cut quite short… I have to wet it… usually a shower is better… and then it blow dries in no time at all!

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2. The best hair advice I’ve received… My Niece says NOT to use cheap products… they will dry your hair out so bad!… probably do!… but, I admit I still use the “cheap” stuff!… and to me it’s very shiny and healthy looking!

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3. My hair idol is… Jennifer Aniston… PERFECT HAIR!… I WANT SO BAD!

 

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My husband has been working on a fence on each side of our house… They are both gatesJust looks like a fence…

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Outside view on side of house…

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Front driveway view…

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Back driveway view…

We have so many new people in the neighborhood… who don’t seem to understand that our property is not a walking path… a short cut… to other areas… of the neighborhood…

You see… we back up to woods and others like to cut through to the stores through there…

We allow our close neighbors to unhook the gates… and cut through… but, not the whole world…

Our kitty… “Kit Kit”… has found her way around this situation…

I watched this morning to see how she does it…

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Jumps from porch to fence…

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Walks along ledge…

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Climbs right over…

She can also jump right back over from the ground…

 

Since the middle of August… it seems life has been a whirlwind…

1. Granddaughter moves in for her second year of college… Room has to be emptied and rearranged…

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2. Her car breaks down… My husband says it will take way too much to fix!…

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3. My daughter-in-laws dad is diagnosed with Cancer… in several areas…

We pray daily for him and Pam… his wife… and of course my daughter-in-law, my son and the 3 grandkids… very hard on all!

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4. We decide to give Taylor (granddaughter) our car and buy a new one…

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5. This will put us in debt… but, will lessen the burden on her for the next three years of college…

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6. Have to look and decide on a car… which means… what kind, cost, durability, selling Bobbys truck which he loves…

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7. In the meantime… still working part-time and more and more of our adults in the YMCA program have Alzheimers… An unforgiving disease… that moves as quick as cancer…

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8. Have had three funerals in a short period of time… a relative and two friends…

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9. Granddaughter has a boyfriend… need I say anything else???

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10. Son, who lives at home is bipolar… This is an everyday task in itself!…

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11. Two days of talking to salesmen about purchasing a car… One is …well, I’ll leave it at this… we walked out after talking to him…

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12. The other one was great… and purchased a car that will be great for us… at our price… our payment… and meets our needs perfectly!…. “good thing!”

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13. Spent a whole day after working… transferring cars… with Granddaughter… Nothing is as simple as you think even when you’ve checked all avenues… Well, at least you think you have!

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14. Husband decides to chew cigars… I told you it’s been “funky”… His nerves were at their end… Says he will quit!… that’s to be seen!

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15. My mind and body is tired… Just need a break… and hopefully it will come soon…

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15. Oh, yes… two girls out at work with serious reasons… and I’m picking up more hours to help out!

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So, if you have missed my blogging… these are SOME of the reasons!

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Finish This #33

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1. I feel stupid when… I hesitate to speak up for things I believe in… I should have the courage to express myself… instead of letting others take over…

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2. I hope I never… lose my Faith… when things get hard… when things seem too much…

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3. My one piece of advice to the world… is to be “yourself”… believe in “yourself”… and challenge “yourself” every day!

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