Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 29th Nor'easter

We were hit with a snow storm today... was wet and very heavy. I had tried to take a picture this morning when the trees were heavy with snow, but my camera battery was dead. SIGH!

Winter is arriving early this year. So much for grass and landscaping!

~peace and blessings~

Saturday, October 22, 2011

On the hunt...

...for a chair for my den. I want to have a place to sit and read, watch tv and correct papers. I am torn between the style I'd like for the room. This chair has been on my radar for months now....

...well this isn't the exact chair. This is the new version of the chair. It's actually much lighter in color with a paisley imprint in the fabric and the legs are a bit chunkier, but you get the idea. The price is reasonable, too. It appeals to my traditional style. The den is traditional too.

I am considering this style chair as well, with an ottoman and NOT in this awful plaid. It was comfy and cozy when I sat in it today (and dd and I both fit!).

Then, there is the EKTORP chair from IKEA. I love te way it looks, especially with the ottoman, but IKEA is about 2 1/2 hours away. I could just have it shipped, but I am worried that it won't be comfortable. I would also purchase the ottoman and get it in a color.

Decisions, Decisions!

~peace and blessings~


Sunday, October 16, 2011


My guys were filling in the beds today for our landscaping. It's starting to look like a yard!

The dirt pile is it!

Here's the sidewalk with the dirt filled in on the other side. We're planning on planting some StoryBook Roses in this area.

Just some flowers I bought sunflowers and the bouquet smells so great!

Thanks for stopping by!

~peace and blessings~


Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe

Homemade Apple Sauce
4 med. cooking apples, pared, quartered & cored
1 c. water
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Heat apples and water over medium heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; heat to boiling. Let cool to room temperature and serve or refrigerate.


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My Halloween Door Decor

Welcome ghosts and goblins!

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Fall...Before and After

Some fall photos from the forest behind our house on a sunny, fall day...

...with plenty of leaves still on the trees.


...the rain and high winds came and the leaves came falling down.

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Caramel-Peanut Butter Bars

This recipe comes from Betty Crocker. It reminds me of a Snickers bar, with the cookie layer, caramel, peanuts and chocolate. They were a bit time consuming, but well worth it!

Caramel~Peanut Butter Bars

Cookie Base
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
15 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, coarsely chopped

36 caramels (from 14-oz bag), unwrapped
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup peanuts

1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy milk chocolate frosting
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

1.Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in candies. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown.

2.Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and milk over medium heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Stir in peanut butter. Heat to boiling. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup peanuts. Spread over warm cookie base. Cool completely, about 2 hours.

3.Spread frosting evenly over filling. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
Makes 36 bars


~peace and blessings~


Monday, October 10, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 10.10.11

It's been quite some time since I last posted a menu plan. I have been busy with the day-to-day events of life and have less time to spend on the blog now that school is in full swing. Here's the plan for this week:

Sunday~Chicken Cordon Bleu, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Green Beans

Monday~Fried Pork Chops, Haluski and Homemade Apple Sauce

Tuesday~Tacos, Salsa Rice and Beans

Wednesday~Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Thursday~Chinese Take Out


Have a great week!

~peace and blessings~


Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 2nd Snow!

It's snowing! We're under a snow advisory until 11 am...the joy of living at a higher elevation!

~peace and blessings~

Crumb Topped Apple Pie

My dad sent home with us a large bag of apples from his apple tree. We made a Crumb Topped Apple Pie for yesterday's dessert. First, J and Miss M peeled and cored the apples using our Apple Peeler Corer from Pampered Chef. I love that gadget!

We filled a ready made pie crust (I use Marie Callender's Deep Dish Pie Crusts.) with 5 cups of peeled and sliced apples. I would recommend using a tart apple because the topping is sweet.

Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon for the filling and sprinkle it over the apples in the pie pan.

Next, combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle that over the filling. Be sure to use cold butter in the topping. It will make it crumblier. (Is that even a word?!)

Bake on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet on 450 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce to 350 degrees and back for an additional 50-60 minutes until filling is bubbly.


Crumb Topped Apple Pie

1 pie shell for a 9 inch pie (I used a frozen Marie Callender's Deep Dish Pie Shell)

5 large tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2/3 cup sugar
5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold butter


•For filling, place apples in crust. Combine the sugar, flour and
cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.

•For topping, combine flour and sugar in a small bowl; cut in butter
until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake at 450° for 10
minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 50-60 minutes longer or until
topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.
Yield: 8 servings.

Thank you for stopping by!

~peace and blessings~