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Pumpkin and BBQ!

I’ve been a little down lately with my back hurting… but, yesterday made plans with some friends to go to Huber’s in Indiana… A farm that has grown into a huge business!…

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Janice went for apples to makes Apple Butter with her Granddaughter…

I just went to look and then of course purchased a “few” things… I wanted one of everything!… but, would have had to have a semi truck to haul it!…

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The decorations had such pretty colors!

 

Bobby and I picked out a 12 pound pumpkin… to carve sometime before Halloween…

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This one weighed 527 Pounds!

 

Fresh broccoli and cabbage was a must!…

The smell of homemade breads had me buying a loaf of Sunflower Cracked Wheat Bread…

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Oh, my!…was it delicious!…

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Pumpkins of all sizes were available!

 

Lots of flavors of fudge… Bobby wanted Peanut Butter and I took my son some Pumpkin…

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Wagons loaded down with gourds!

 

We sampled Apple Cider… Pumpkin and Apple Bread… Muffins…and bread with Apple Butter…

They have an Ice Cream Shop… A Wine and Cheese Restaurant / Shop

I had to have a bottle of Spiced Apple Wine… Saving it for Thanksgiving… The sample was really good!…

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Wine and Pumpkin we bought!

 

The scenery is awesome with all of the Fall decorations…

They have lots more to do… but, we had decided to eat lunch in Owensboro, KY … at MoonLite Barbecue Restaurant…about 1-1/2 hour drive… maybe more…

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These Smoke Stacks welcomed us to Owensboro…

Known for their BBQ… ( Beef, Pork, Chicken, Mutton) … and home cooked vegetables… Desserts of Cobblers and Banana Pudding…

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This “chef” was at the door to greet us!

 

We left TOO full!

Good company with nice friends… Thanks, Janice and David… and a pleasant outing for an early Fall day!

 

 

My Senses Are Being Tantalized!

My senses are aware of the coming change of seasons..

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I feel the cooler airtouch of a warm sweater

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I smell the smoke from burning wood in our fire pitCinnamon wafting in air from hot cider…

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I see the leaves slowly starting to let loose of the branches of the trees… colors changing to yellow… orange and red…k7508174

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Children heard outdoors… trying to get in those last moments of playing outdoors… cooler wind picking up and blowing the leaves across the lawn…

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The flowers are dieing… Their last blooms looking spindly…

The fields are turning brown and golden

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Apples, Pumpkins and Dried Indian Corn tied together…

Gourds to decorate with…

Beautiful Mums in shades of orange, yellow, sienna, some almost a burgundy color…k15555818

My anticipation of Autumn is…

Going to Fall Festivals…

Cooking more soups / chilis…

Baking more…

Sipping hot chocolate and apple ciderCider-Mulled

Pumpkin… cinnamon… apple smells…

Leaves rustling underfoot…ap01h024

Crisp cool air

Baking Pumpkin Seeds

Stores full of Holiday decorations and ideas…

Sun setting earlier… and rising later…

Yes!… my senses are aware of the changes being made… and I intend to enjoy …

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Time for the “Jack-o-lanterns” to Come Out

The weather is perfect!

Autumn is in the air… football games abound…

( Been listening to our Louisville Cardinals game on TV…

YES!… they are winning!)

thoughts of cooler days for sure…

and Holidays that bring us fun times

I got the itch to finish a few Halloween items that I place around the house…

I don’t do nearly as much as I used to… Boys are grown…

But, a few items for the Grandkids and ourselves… to look at and hopefully enjoy!

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Dracula Cling – Kitchen Window

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Mummy Cling – Kitchen Window

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Frankenstein Cling – Kitchen Window

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Witch Cling – Kitchen Window

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Jack-o-lantern / Black Cat Cling – Kitchen Window

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Placemats and Fall Centerpiece  – Kitchen

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Fall Centerpiece…

Using Pear Candles and Dried Flowers… I already had…

Center Ceramic Pear has a Tealight also…

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Pumpkin House Tealight Holder…( Living Room )

Reminds me of the poem “Peter, Peter… Pumpkin Eater”

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A New find from the thrift store… Jack-o-lantern Pot Holder….

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Couldn’t resist the cute Jack-o lantern Paper Plates…

Of course I will have to replace a couple of times before Halloween!

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My Black Cat Tealight Holder in Bathroom…

I think he is so cute with his piece of Candy Corn!

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Autumn Wreath found at thrift Store…

I just added the little Scarecrow and Ribbon… Not bad!

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I change my house flag for each season…

Out come the family of Jack-o-lanterns!… to fly with “Old Glory…

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Thrift Store find!…

OLD! … plastic lighted Jack-0-lantern…

“Spooky”… glowing at night…

Enjoy each Holiday with a little fun decorating…

Always makes me smile and feel good inside!

Christmas Tree Bread

I made two low-fat low-calorie foods for my TOPS group Christmas Get-together tonight…

One is a low-calorie Crustless Pumpkin Pie… It is almost like eating pumpkin custard… Fine with me… because I’m more interested in the “filling” than the crust… I know!… You “crust” people will totally hate it… well not maybe… After you taste it… you will be quite impressed…

Crustless Pumpkin Pie (Low-Calorie)

Ingredient

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (12 ounce) cans evaporated skim milk
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 -2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup Splenda sugar substitute

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.
  2. Pour into 9-inch pie pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes; reduce temperature to 325 degrees F and bake for 45 minutes more.
  4. Pie is done when knife inserted into center comes out clean.

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Of course I’m taking low-fat Cool Whip to put on top… Yummy!

My other recipe came from Pillsbury Bread Christmas Trees…

Of course I altered it a little… That’s just me… I couldn’t find the Bread Stick Dough… so I picked up the One Sheet Dough and cut it in strips…Then formed the little “dough” trees with a trunk…Turned out so cute… and quite easy… Great for a Christmas party !…

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My “few???” Autumn Decorations…

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First Day of Autumn… Today!… September 22, 2012…

and it definitely feels like t here in Louisville

Cool air… partly sunny… kids playing outside… people out talking in the neighborhood…

It’s a friendly time I think… A calm after such a hot summer… I even breathe better…with the cooler air…

I’ve been wanting to have a yard sale… Get rid of the things that have accumulated again… I say again… because it seems to happen again… and again… Collecting things I don’t need or want anymore…

So this is also a good time to get out the Fall items I put out…

I used to go all out… when the boys were little… and then I carried on the tradition when the Grandkids came… But, now I do what I feel like doing… A much smaller scale… but still festive

Right now Halloween is approaching… I like the Fun Halloween over the Scary… Mostly Autumn decorations… with a little Halloween… I do inside and out…

 Centerpiece for coffee table…

My wood duck couple… harvesting their pumpkins…

A gourd grown by my husband’s brother many, many years ago…

My cute black cat candle holder… with his piece of candy corn…

A jingle bell jack-o-lantern given to me by a friend on a trip to Nashville, Indiana… A great place for shopping and viewing the change of color in the leaves…

Another candle holder… Actually I have a pair of these… with their metal witches hats… They are so cute when lit at night…

My new Fall salt/pepper shakers I bought at a Cracker Barrel on a trip I took recently to see a blogging friend… I named the squirrel “Pepper” to make it easier to remember which is salt… and which is pepper…

Another candle holder for my kitchen table… It has such cute details…

and another view follows…

Placements for kitchen table…

Kitchen table… table runnerBlack CatFrankenstein…

and…

Jack-o-lantern and Mummy…So fun!

Just enough!…

Outside we go… I found this pretty “new” Autumn flag at the Thrift Store… My others were getting a little worn…

Pretty yellow and red Mums for my front porch pots…

A cute Wind Sock to hang on our swing… blowing in the breeze…

A metal Jack-o-lantern near the back deck…

Just a little plastic “Jack-o-lantern” for the flower bed that has no more flowers…

Flowers are dwindling… A little wood stake to replace them…

and another one…

I’ve stuffed all the orange lights I had inside this big plastic pumpkin… I believe he’s pretty old… Found at my favorite “Unique” Thrift… He should be pretty lit at night… greeting all of the Trick or Treaters on Halloween…

A Metal Jingle Bell Halloween Wreath tied with a spider web bow hangs on the hook by the front walk… It now replaces the flowers that have since withered…

and finally the wreath I redid to add some life into something I’ve had a long time…

a Spider…

a Black Cat…

 a Mummy…

Happy Halloween…

“The Smells of Autumn”

I love the smell of Autumn … I bought a candle called Toasted Almond” … It was such a yummy smell … I could have almost taken a bite of it… It seems that candles  can take on any scent… Like “Hot Butter Rum” “Whipped Pumpkin Pie” Spiced Cider” Maple Butter and even Sugar Cookie”  … Isn’t it nice to go into someone’s house and it smells so good… When I was younger and in my first house … the closest thing to fancy smelling candles was to put some spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg in a pan of water and simmer it on your stove… even orange peel at times… I also like the outside smells of Autumn… like wood burning when marshmallows are being roasted , walking in the cool air through fallen leaves , apples, oranges and pumpkins  on display at a fruit stand… There’s also the smells of foods that we like to cook in the Fall… chili , stews , soups, baked pumpkin spice muffins  and warm breads Autumn is a great time to wake up your sense of  “Smell”

“My Kids!”…
When we had our Holiday Bazaar at school…we made a lot of homemade items …I would come up with the ideas and the kids would execute them with some guidance and encouragement…We made candles that looked like stained glass … It took collecting old candles of any color or scent … saving our small milk cartons from the cafeteria , purchasing some candlewicks and then all we needed was crushed chunky ice … After cutting off the top of the cartons we had small square boxes …They were then washed and let dry… Over a double boiler of hot water we melted the old candles… Ice chunks were placed in the cartons and the hot wax was poured over it … A wick was inserted …The ice cooled the hot wax fairly quickly while the hot wax melted the ice into various shapes with some slight holes in it … After cooling and removing the carton you had an unexpected, one of a kind, unique candle … The surprised look of achievement on our student’s faces was worth all of the time spent in making them… They had created a wonderful Autumn Smell”

Taking Part In “The Old and New”

It’s been 7 months since I started my BLOG … I think I will start a new one for the year 2012 … I started writing about working with my kids at school … almost a never-ending story…but, since I have found my interest going in a different direction … I’ve learned that’s OK… I will finish what I have started… I’m like that… need to complete tasks I start… and then I can go on to other ideas … I find that maybe it’s because I am finally starting into another part of my life … When you have done something for over 30 years …it’s hard to stop thinking about it…In my case the schools , the teachers , the kids, the adventures and friends I made… I was so drawn to what I had left… but, now I’m looking in other areas… of things to do, to see  and feel…It’s kind of encouraging that I can go on to new beginnings … and I do intend to try new things, meet many more people, learn new things every day and maybe even change my thoughts and patterns that are so instilled in my being…The world is so glorious with all that it has to offer Why not take part in it! 

“My Kids!”…

In the Fall , a team at school called “The Shooting Stars, held Muster Day in October… It was like a pioneer day apple cider making , square dancing , corn husk doll making , quaint games from years past, cake walks , making beaded necklaces, cooking corn in the husk , roasting a pig  and serving BBQ to all who wanted to try it, frying jowl bacon on an open fire and our contribution would be beef stew , corn bread and pumpkin pie … We had such a good time! … It took months for the students and our kids who were included to learn the steps to the square dancing… laughing and getting to know each other as they found out who had two left feet or who wasFred Astaire in disguise  of a gangly teenager … Studying about their particular subject that was assigned to them… from making moccasins to apple butter … The kids came up with their own costumes… dressed in the clothing of the period they were learning about… very original… Many posters were made and many stories were told to all the spectators and parents who had come to view all of their hard work… Such a good memory to hold within me and brought to surface when the calendar turns to October, the air starts to cool and the smell of pumpkin pie and apple cider entices you to enjoy those times again…I think I’ll take part in the past as well as the present…