Beautiful Fall Colored Leaves, Hoodies, And a Sleep In Sunday

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This grandma is looking forward to Halloween with her grandkids! Here it is October 24th. Where has this year gone to!!

Sis and I slept in until 10:20 AM (yesterday – Sunday) guess we needed the sleep! Lol

 

 

 

There hasn’t been frost on the pumpkins yet, however, it’s coming. This has been an exceptional year weather wise. lol I’m wondering how mild our winter is going to be?

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I’ve been staying with my sister while she recovers from a surgery. I love ️ making a difference in someone’s life. It does my heart good.

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I’ve become a (decaf) coffee drinker again…at least until my urologist tells me otherwise. I LOVE coffee ️!!! And gotta love Denny’s!


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I drink (2) bottles of water (before) drinking the coffee, and also, afterwards. I also make my coffee weak and put quite a bit of creamer in it. So far, my bladder hasn’t been affected.

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I’m enjoying the color change of the leaves and the (gradual) crisp breeze in the weather! I simply love the autumn season!

My weight loss challenge…well, let’s just say, I’ve taken a hiatus from this challenge. Both eating healthy and working out.

That’s going to change very soon!!!

I don’t remember the last time I had makeup on…probably the last Avon video I made. It’s been awhile.

At least, I’m making an attempt at keeping busy blog posting.

Happy Autumn and Halloween !

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Be safe this Halloween!

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How to Make Homemade Apple Cider

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Want a true drink that reminds you of fall? How about learning how to make homemade apple cider? The clean crisp taste of apples can be bottled and you can do it easily at home. Apple cider is a refreshing drink that is mostly drunk in the fall of the year.

There are several different types of cider that you can have a taste of:

Unpasteurized – Sold at apple orchards and roadside stands fresh from the press
Hard cider – This apple cider is allowed to ferment. Yeast is added to finish the process
Hot cider – Boiled apple cider that has spices added to it for a better taste. Boiling makes it pasteurized
Sparkling cider – Apple cider and carbonated water

Making Cider

Here are a few tips when making your own cider. The equipment you need is probably already around your home. Gather a sharp knife, cheesecloth, a large bowl, a blender and at least four dozen apples.

Choose your apples – Which apples you choose will depend on the taste that you want. For a sweeter taste to your cider try Red Delicious, Jonagold and Fuji apples. Combining tarter apples like Granny Smith and McIntosh along with Golden Delicious will deepen your flavors. Choose apples that are ripe without blemish, soft spots or any other damage. My personal favorite is Honeycrisp.

Use them right away – If you have an apple tree, pick the apples when you are ready to make the cider. Also, visit your local farmer’s market for fresh picked specimens of the varieties you like.


Prepare your apples – Wash them well. Use a corer tool to remove the center of the apple and making slicing easier. Cut the apple into slices.

Blend them – Place the apple slices, with skin, into the blender. Chop up until the pieces are small but bigger than the openings in the cheesecloth. If you grind it up too fine then you will end up with sediment in the bottom of your cider.

Strain your apples – After you have blended all of your apples, place a piece of cheesecloth across a large bowl. Strain your apple mixture. If you have one, use a cider press, but it is not required. You may need to squeeze a bit more to get all of the juice out of the pieces. Pour into jugs.

Pasteurize your cider – You can drink your cider as is. To slow the fermentation process you can put your bottled cider in the refrigerator. Even better is pasteurizing it. Boil the cider to about 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool and refrigerate.

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Happy Fall and Psalm Of David

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Ahh, my favorite season — FALL! Love it! 🙂

Love the crispness of leaves with deep burgundy and orange colors

 

 

 

Happy Fall 2013

During the early morning hours today, I was enjoying my cocoa, breakfast and my Bible. 🙂

As I opened it up this morning, I was led to read the Psalm Of David – My Mom’s favorite scriptures! Love YOU Mom! =)

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Psalm Of David

The LORD Is My Shepherd….

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters. Rev. 7.17

He restoreth my soul:

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me;

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

Thou anointest my head with oil;

My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!

And I will dwell in the house of The LORD for ever.

Cheers To a Great Week! 🙂

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Fall and Halloween Activities You Can Do With Your Grandchildren

This article can apply to parents as well of course 😉

The fall season and Halloween offers so many fun things to do with your grandbabies (of all ages). You will have fun doing any of the following below. The idea here is to spend quality time with your little ones, big ones, and all the ones in between.

When your grandchildren grow up, you may not get the chance to spend time with them anymore. Some kids no longer desire to be with Grandma so much after they’ve grown up. And yet, some do. You’re a lucky grandma if your grandchildren are grown and they still want to spend lots of time with you. 😉 Enjoy them!

Fall Activities

* Plant Fall Mums In The Garden

Fall mums have a effortless knack of gracing flower beds with an ambiance of a healthy glow of warm colors of gold, yellow, purple, and reds. Somehow, this floral mixture of warmth around a home boldly states “welcome” and your grand young ones will take pleasure with helping you plant them. And the best part about these delightful gems…they come up year after year IF they’re properly cared for and no harsh frost bites them.

* Apple Picking Time

I remember going to the orchards when I was a little girl. Picking apples was so much fun. I distinctly remember going on a field trip with my class from school. We all got to pick which apples we wanted. And you know what we did when we got back to the school? We candied them. DUH?! lol The field trip was relatively early in the morning so we’d have plenty of time. Do this with your grandkids. They will definitely have fond memories for a life time.

* Rake Leaves

I really can’t remember the last time I raked leaves. It’s been quite awhile! LOL. However, I do remember one of the first times I did this. It was with my dad. 🙂 It was one of the best memories that I have with him. I also remember all the tied black bags. lol Create a memory with your grandson or granddaughter and rake leaves. 🙂 You will also be teaching them a bit about responsibility and work. And hot chocolate will add a nice touch after the leaves are raked. 🙂

Halloween Activities

* Pumpkin Carving

Now of course the first activity that comes to mind is pumpkin carving. Every child deserves the pleasure of the oldest Halloween tradition known to man. The scraping of the seeds, and cleaning the pumpkin out completely to get it ready for what?? Well, a candle of course!

When you carve a pumpkin and place a candle in it, then it’s called a Jack O’Lantern. 😉 Get it? The lantern resembles a form of light. That’s why we place a candle in the pumpkin. Granny figured this part out all on her own. he-he! 😉 Try and be creative with yours Grandma and carve something not so traditional. Look up pumpkin carving online and see what you can find.

You can also choose not to carve and paint instead. 🙂 Or…you can do a little of both. The latter sounds like a winner. 🙂

* Front Yard Decorating

Creativity is key with Halloween yard decor. You can be as scary as you like…depending on the age of your grandchildren of course. A lot of adults really enjoy this activity. In fact, some of them don’t leave any stones unturned and bring music into the spooky scenes. (Get it? R.I.P. stones unturned) lol – I just crack myself up! You can add the skeletons and the whole bit. And Grandma, don’t forget the spiders!😉

* Handmade Costumes

Now I don’t care who you are…this is every Granny’s fantasy; To be able to sew their grandbaby’s Halloween costume! Unless sewing is just isn’t your bag?? 😉 This leaves Grandma in charge to make the costume as creative as possible. Now really…this activity is more Granny’s bag than grandchild. However, it will be an awesome memory, especially if Granny (Boo-Boos) and messes it all up. And shame on you Grandma if you do! 😛

A few pumpkin carving websites below, just in case you really want to get creative 😉 lol

http://www.zombiepumpkins.com/
http://www.carvingpumpkins.com/
http://www.extremepumpkins.com/

Seriously, I hope you all have an awesome Halloween with your little ones! I’d love it if a few of my guest bloggers would share their experiences. Would be spooktacular cool! 🙂

Above all else…be safe!

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