Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Day 22

What is it with boys and fire?  Yesterday I went outside to find Joey sitting on the steps, magnifying glass in hand, leaf on the step...

Oh, and on top of the leaf?  That's a raspberry!

While he was doing that, I looked down to the leaf pile at the bottom of the step and saw this little guy smiling back up at me.  (And I was thankful Joey was trying to burn the entire pile at once!)

Here it is a little closer.

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall!

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What's for Dinner?

Day 21


I added tomatoes, basil (both from the garden) and feta cheese to mine.

It was delicious, but I'm still looking for that perfect dough recipe.  

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Out and About - Cross Country

Day 20

Last week was Jenny's last JV cross country meet of the season.

Lap 1.

Coming in for the finish.

She came in 14th out of 172 girls and was 1st for her school with a time of...

22:26 for a 5K.  She certainly doesn't get her running abilities from her mom!

P.S.  Aren't the trees beautiful?!  This high school is set against a 325 acre park (part of the course goes through the park).  It's a gorgeous place to take a walk on a fall day.  Which reminds me, we need to get over there before fall is over and it's too COLD!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Day 19

  • The photos this week were taken by my daughter, Jenny.

1.  Book 

  • 2.  Mail

3.  Star

4.  Saturated

  • 5.  Wall

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Brownies

Day 18

Joey had a Halloween party to go to today and asked if I'd make a dessert of some kind.  Finally last night he asked if I could make some brownies.  And could I make them red?  Like blood?  I didn't think I could...then this morning I found this recipe for

Hmmm...These looked like a perfect Halloween party treat!  But Joey didn't like the idea of cheesecake.  What could I do instead that did not involve going to the store?  I cut the brownies into bite sized pieces.  Joey and I stuck a half marshmallow on each brownie with some frosting, then stuck an M&M on the marshmallow with a bit more frosting.  Quick eyeballs!  

{If I hadn't run out of red food coloring while making the brownies, I would have mixed some with the white frosting and made the eyes look bloodshot!}

I had a party to go to as well and wanted to bring a treat.  I wanted to try the recipe WITH the cheesecake.  Since I was out of red food color, I added some black to the brownies and some orange to the cream cheese mixture.  They turned out perfect and tasted great.  I'll be keeping this recipe to make again.  

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Friday, October 17, 2014

A Painted Pumpkin

Day 17

Jenny had a pumpkin exchange with the other girls on her Cross Country team.

Each girl was asked a couple questions so they might know how to paint the pumpkin.  All Jenny got was, "I like pretty things".  

She went with colorful flowers and a sparkly pink stem.

I hope the other girl liked it.  I love how it turned out!  It's got me thinking about painting a few pumpkins!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vegetable Garden Emptied

Day 16

We've been working on clearing out our garden.  It's kind of sad.

It was fun watching everything grow.  (Especially since we started most of it from seed!)  It's a bit sad to see it so empty though.  We still have work to do to get it cleaned up before winter.  We're thinking about rearranging the bricks a bit.

We've been doing a little planning for next year.  Less of this, more of that.  This should go here, that should go there.  Maybe we should write this down??  

Even the flower bed is looking bare and sad.  I'm excited to see what pops up next year.  Most of what was planted in there was planted by the previous owners.  

As sad as it is to see such an empty garden, we're so thankful for all we were able to grow in such a small space.  With the tomatoes I was able to roast and freeze some, make and can salsa, make a freeze pasta sauce, make pizza sauce, can some and use some in salads.  We have zucchini and squash in the freezer and were able to eat a lot fresh.  We had cucumbers and eggplant.  We had peas to munch on.  We had cantaloupe and watermelon.  We had 11 pumpkins in all and have already baked with some.  The kids will get to carve pumpkins this year and I have 6 sugar pumpkins to bake and freeze.  I won't have to buy canned pumpkin at all this fall!  

Of course there were some fails too, but we'll just try again next year!

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