Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fall's my Favorite

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns."
~ George Eliot

I love fall... If I had to pick, I guess that I would have to say that fall is my favorite season. I love the first morning when I am greeted with a cool crisp breeze, I love sweaters and cardigans. (Just typing that I love cardigans makes me smile. My youngest sister calls me cardigan queen.) Well I can't help it... In style or out of style I love cardigans

I love wreaths of deep reds, golds, oranges, and browns that adorn front doors. I love arrangements of mums that greet guests as they arrive. I love pumpkins, crunchy leaves, sitting around a fire, drinking hot chocolate, and chatting. I just love fall.

I love caramel apples, and I love making them with my children. It is our own Welcome Fall Celebration . I love the idea or thought of having a little party where children bob for apples in an old wash tub...but that thought is a fleeting thought...because that just can not be sanitary. , but I do love the thought of it.

I love the pumpkin pie, that I only make during the fall season, mostly at Thanksgiving time. My children love it too. I love the smell of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger that fills our kitchen while the pies bake in the oven. I love the scent of the pumpkin spice candle that I buy every year... I guess you could say...I JUST LOVE FALL.

A few pictures of "the making of our caramel apples"

Every ones favorite ~ Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and Honey Crisp
The most important ingredient in our Welcome Fall Celebration--APPLES! 
(Notice my new canisters--my "treasure" from last week-end)
Annie-Lauren doing her part.

Caroline covering the apples in chocolate and caramel

The fun begins...adding the  toppings!!!
Fall can officially begin....☺

The finished product!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Time Well Spent

“Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't
own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it
you can never get it back.”
Harvey MacKay

 I spent this labor day weekend  traveling to Canton Texas with my Dad, and my children. We drove over 5 hours to find treasures. The "First Monday Trade Days" takes place in Canton every month.  It is acres and acres of booths of anything and everything you can imagine.

 We each walked away pretty pleased with the treasure that we found.  I found the perfect set of canisters that I have been wanting, Caroline purchased a wall plaque for her room and a few other odds and ends, Zachary found a booth that had NFL trade cards and they just  happened to have the Peyton Manning card that he has been trying to find. Pappy purchased Zachary his first Case knife (apparently every boy needs a knife.) Don't worry the purchase of the knife came along with knife dos and don'ts.   Annie-Lauren bought a necklace and a bracelet, and  Daddy/Pappy purchased a new vegetable peeler, and a few other items. The most exciting find was a Shih Tzu puppy that my children named Tux. All in all we were all pleased with our great finds!

Over the course of the weekend there were treausures purchased and miles walked...however, I feel  the most valuable treasure was not found in any booth and could not be purchased for any amount of money.  There is not a price that you can put on the memories that were made.   It was time spent together  riding in  Daddy/Pappy's truck, talking, laughing, listening to Elvis radio, chewing juicy fruit gum, and shopping, shopping, and more shopping. I know that my children will never forget this weekend filled with funnel cakes,  grilled corn on the cob,  giant turkey drum sticks,  shopping until their feet hurt and spending time with their Pappy.  I know that I will not forget it...(my one regret- I did not take a picture of us there.)

Meet Tux... the new puppy- one of the great finds.