Good morning dear Friends!
Another week has begun already. The time is flying with lightening speed to Halloween now - and my daughter is SO excited! I think the teenager is too, but he'd never show it of course. Lol! He's too cool for that now. We've been preparing more...and so more of the Halloween decorations have been coming out. Great fun! We had a lovely weekend and accomplished lots. We did more yard work and my hubby did some leaf blowing (AGAIN), but this time it might hold up better as many of the leaves are off the trees now in our yard (sad face). We also had some lovely family time - with a belated bday dinner for me at my Dad & step Mom's home. So lovely. And then a nice dinner out last night with my Mom and my in-law's as it was my Mom's birthday and my in-law's anniversary yesterday. They've been married 52 years. Pretty cool, huh? We actually have several dates in common between our families. I always tell my hubby it's because 'we were just meant to be'. Lol
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Cool, gray and rain on and off. No rain now and no wind, which is nice. The bay looks so calm and peaceful. It looks and feels like one of those very late Fall days. With so many trees bare now and the skies hanging heavy and dark. Only in the 40's today. Need to go put on a favorite sweater kind of weather.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
A piece of leftover pumpkin chocolate chip bread from the weekend and a cup of coffee with natural sweet cream creamer.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Gray and gloomy out, but just makes it feel that much more snuggly inside. I haven't seen as many geese flying over lately (maybe many have left already) - but there was a big group swimming on our bay this AM. They made a pretty sight on the calm water - reflecting in it like looking in a mirror.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Ok, no judging - but right now I'm listening to the classical Christmas station on Pandora. It was just a day that called for it! Plus, I'm only a week ahead of my rule. I usually never let myself listen to holiday music until the week after Halloween. Plus, it's classical so it's really almost more like listening to church music. Lol I lit some new candles I got for my birthday and they're sitting right next to me as I type. A yankee autumn wreath one and a spiced orange and cinnamon soy candle. It smells amazing and I'm definitely in my happy place.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
A little bit of pick up after the kiddos' clutter they've left around before heading to school, but otherwise pretty tidy yet from the weekend cleaning. Throw in laundry - OF COURSE!
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
I will have my MIL to care for soon and I'm thinking we'll snuggle in around here a bit and she can help me with a bit more Halloween decorating. We'll do some coloring together and work on some easy puzzles I recently picked up. Then later today I think we'll run a couple errands to get some walking in since it's icky outside, and always nice to have a change of scenery by later in the day.
I haven't ready my book all week and have been more into catching up on my People magazines and I purchased my first holiday magazine to read - again don't judge me! Lol
ON THE TV TODAY:
I finished catching up on Good Wife - LOVE that show!! But we still have shark tank to watch, I have a few episodes of the Voice to catch up on - and some cooking shows.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches on Hawaiian buns that I will toast all together in the oven & a side of breakfast potatoes, fruit
TUESDAY: ham steak, baked potatoes and Normandy vegetable blend (carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, squash)
WEDNESDAY: didn't have pasties last week so maybe this week, or something else easy from the freezer as it's a busy night of sports and religious educ for kiddos.
THURSDAY: slow cooker meatballs & sauce over penne pasta, garlic toast & salad
FRIDAY: probably leftovers - be prepping a bit for Sat's Halloween fun!
* Annie and I will be doing our yearly tradition of baking cupcakes. She has usually liked something cute and sweet. My little Girl is growing up, though, as she just wants ghoulish stuff this year!! (sniff) Even her costume is creepy too (stay tuned) So we're making severed finger cupcakes (eewww), and a meat, cheese & cracker platter and a tray of veggies and dip that will have spiders crawling over all. We'll also do a tray of apples with caramel toffee dip that will have worms sharing in it. I will get photos to share next week! We always have several friends & family come share in Halloween with us and we order pizzas too. I keep a big pot of apple cider simmering on the stove. So much fun!
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
Still the usual things - scrapbooking, some cross stitch, and some future projects I'm still sorting out.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
An easy fried ham steak recipe I haven't made before.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
When I do my apples and dip platter each Halloween I always toss the cut up apple slices in some pineapple juice. They won't taste like pineapple, just apple, but they will NOT turn brown. It works brilliantly!!
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PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
more Halloween decorations showing up!
first thing this gray morning - I lit my new candle and watched the glow chase away the dark
The trees are getting so bare - still a little color in the shrubs though
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