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Nov. 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

His would be a general Fall bucket list for my family.With the exception things due to we are Christian and will not be participating. But we look forward to having fun this fall and enjoying the harvest season!

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Nov. 5, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Green Meadows Farm

November 19-23, 2014
Travel the world without leaving your homeland!

Witness the history and mystique of Native America through music and dancing. Join the people of Central Africa in song and dance. Listen and learn from colorful stories about village life. See the beauty and grace of Spanish America. Watch and listen as the love of their country comes alive through music!

Your day with us includes several shows plus:

  • gain an understanding of the many cultures in our neighborhoods
  • play “Tug-of-War” and more

Concessions and many other activities will be available such as taking a ride on the Green Meadows Farm train and face painting.

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Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Scott's Maze Adventures

This includes the 6 acre Corn Maze, 1 acre Mini Corn Maze, 3 acre Tree Maze, 60 ft. Super Slide, Jumping Pillow (*must wear socks), Zip Line for Kids, Rock Maze, Mist Maze, Rope Maze, Playground, covered picnic areas and access to Food Vendors.

(We all had a great time here last year!:))





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Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Directions for Making Pumpkin Soup from Scratch


  • 3-4 cups mashed cooked pumpkin, (click here for directions to prepare from a fresh pumpkin) IF
    you must use caned pumpkin, you can get organic canned pumpkin in a BPA-free can clock on the box at right:
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1  large mild (sweet) onion, chopped
  • 6 fresh carrots (finely chopped or grated)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • one half teaspoon salt and dash of pepper
  • 1 pint half-and-half (I use fat-free) If you want to go "au naturale" try your favorite milk instead (half and half gives it more body, though)
  • 2 teaspoon thyme
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 stalks of celery (not 2 bunches!)

Recipe and Directions

Step 1 - Cooked pumpkin

Yes, you can used canned pumpkin.. .but how do you know what it even is?  It looks nasty (no insult meant to Libby's).  But look at the fresh, bright color of fresh cooked pumpkin (there is NOTHING added to it, that's its natural color). It's easy to make your own from a fresh pumpkin - just click here for directions to prepare from a fresh pumpkin!

Step 2 - Gather the other ingredients

1 pint of half-and-half (I use the fat free type to keep this healthy) -  If you can't get "Half and Half", here are some substitutes:

  • Half milk, half cream;  
  • Evaporated milk;   
  • 7/8 cup milk + 1 1/2 tbsp butter;·
  • 5% creams,
  • Milk (whole, not skimmed).

And the rest of the ingredients:

  • 1 large onion
  • 4 tablespoons parsley
    (fresh is better, but not necessary)
  • 6 fresh carrots (grated or finely chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 stalks of celery (not 2 bunches!)

Step 3 - chop the onion and celery

I use an electric chopper or food processor until the pieces are about 1/8 in size.




Step 4 - Sauté the onion and celery

Sauté the onion, celery and the grated carrots in butter until tender. 



Step 5 - Add the rest of the ingredients

Add remaining ingredients  except half-and-half. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Note: If you want to freeze the soup for use later, stop now and freeze it.  When you are ready to use it, defrost it, heat it up  and resume with step 6! 


Step 6 - Add the half and half and serve!

Add half-and-half, and heat (on the stove on medium, while stirring, or a minute in the microwave). Serve warm. Makes 6-8 small servings.


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Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Autumn Leaf Sugar Cookies

Autumn Leaf Sugar Cookies: a colorful treat, perfect for any fall table!
Start with sugar cookie dough. Add food coloring. You'll end up with something that looks a lot like play-doh without the salty, bitter taste. 
Yes, here is a tutorial for sweet, sugary play-doh. Just try to keep your kids out of the kitchen when you're mixing up a batch of these! 

I doubled my dough recipe to create these cookies.
Lazy Baker's tip: Start with the lightest color first (yellow, in this case),
that way you don't have to wash the bowl between colors! ;)

Laziness paying off! Here comes orange!

If you don't have a stand mixer, you can put your dough in a plastic ziptop bag,
add the food coloring, close the bag and squish it around with your hands to mix in the color.

Yellow, Orange, Purpleish Red, Green 
Good rule of thumb: if you think your dough is too thick, it is probably perfect!

After your first round of cookie cutting, combine the dough and roll it out again.
I think the "second round" cookies make for the prettiest.
Why, yes, I do need new cookie sheets! (Hint, hint, Husband!)

Feel free to use my recipe for sugar cookie dough. But don't tell my mother. Her name is Nancy and this her her top secret sugar cookie recipe. Shhhh.....
Nancy's Sugar Cookies
I can usually make 15-20 cookies per batch of dough, however, it varies depending on the size of the cutter. In the photos above, the recipe is doubled. 
Blend Together:
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp orange juice

2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
pinch of salt

Blend wet and dry ingredients together. 

I like to roll the dough into a ball and cover in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with flour. Sprinkle top of dough with flour and roll out dough to 3/8-inch thick (I use the width of my pinky as a guide, but if you have giant pinkies, that might not work for you. When it doubt, err on the side of thickness!) You may need to flip the dough around to roll it out. While rolling, check underneath the dough frequently to make sure it is not sticking (if it is, sprinkle with more flour). Cut into desired shape and place on a COOL baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees until cookies are set and barely brown on edges, about 5 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE!

NOTE: In order for the cookies to keep their shape, the dough needs to be cold. If you overwork the dough it will become too soft and the cookies will not hold their shape. You can even place your cut-out cookies on a plate or cookie sheet and pop the whole thing in the freezer for a few minutes to guarantee a perfect shape after baking!

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Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Easy Popcorn Balls

Step 1: Ingredients

Are you ready for this list?

1: Popcorn (1/2 cup kernels or one 3.5-ounce package plain microwave popcorn)
2: Marshmallows (1 10-oz bag)
3: Butter (1/4 cup)

Boom! You're done.

Step 2: Mix it up

1: Pop your popcorn. I like to then either scoop or pour it out into a big bowl so I can get rid of the kernels and burned bits at the bottom. Popping my corn on the stove while microwaving the other ingredients cut my time down to a cool three minutes.

2: Melt your butter in a large bowl in the microwave (took me about 50 seconds). Add marshmallows, and microwave for two minutes, stirring after one. (three minutes!)

3: Fold popcorn into mixture and form into balls (ok, this can take a few extra minutes, but it's crazy fun, so who cares!) I got twenty two 2" balls from this. *tip: grease your hands well before forming popcorn balls, and be sure to get in between those fingers!

Bam! Done!

Step 3: Play with your balls

As you can see, I got a little crazy with my popcorn balls after the first half dozen. I added candy corn for some, m&ms for others. You can add anything you can think of. For my next batch, I think I'll add a bag of Rolos with the marshmallow mixture before I add the popcorn. Buttery, chocolatey, caramel corn popcorn balls? Yes please!

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Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Thankful Cards

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Perfect for any classroom or as a simple reminder of your gratitude for your family, make these little "thankful cards" with your kids using just a few simple materials.


  • index cards (or white paper, cut)
  • stamp ink or paint (we used brown, red and orange for our feathers)
  • pen or marker
  • pencil (optional)
  • scissors (optional)


  1. thumbStart with as many index cards as "thankful cards" you'd like to hand out. If you don't have index cards, simply cut pieces of white paper.

  3. Have your child press a thumb into the ink or paint, and stamp a body and head for the turkey with their thumb. Then add feathers, also thumbprints, alternating colors. Let them dry.

  4. If your child, like mine, is too young to write, lightly trace letters in pencil and allow him or her to write over your words with a dark marker or pen.


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Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Fall Scrapbooking Page Ideas

Back to School

  • If you have children, design fall scrapbook pages that focus on back-to-school preparations and the first day of classes. Cover topics such as shopping for new clothes and school supplies, checking the school roster for the children's class number, or scheduling and enjoying the last day of summer. Create layouts about the first day of school that include photos of your child getting ready in the morning, walking to class or greeting friends on campus. If your child is starting school for the first time, also include pictures of him meeting his new teacher, exploring the classroom and sitting at his desk.

Fall Holidays

  • Design scrapbook layouts that showcase celebrations of the fall holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Halloween. Create pages featuring pictures of family gatherings, trips to the pumpkin patch, classroom parties and preparations for the celebratory feast. Alongside the photos, have family members write their thoughts about the season, favorite holiday traditions and what they're thankful for this year. You can also create "then and now" pages by placing images of your family celebrating the holiday next to holiday pictures of ancestors or you as a child.

Nature's Beauty

  • When the seasons change, capture images of the rich colors for your scrapbook album. Use accents such as real pressed leaves, fall-themed stickers and patterned paper featuring seasonal designs to embellish your pages. Take pictures of the scenery around your home, a favorite park and a picturesque hiking trail. Accompany the images with written descriptions of how the fall landscape makes you feel, famous quotes about nature, and poems and song lyrics that describe the mood of the season.

Fall Celebrations

  • Commemorate special occasions that your family celebrates in the fall months with scrapbook layouts featuring themed embellishments such as crayon leaf rubbings, title lettering in fall colors and pumpkin-shaped "journaling boxes," where you can write text to describe the photos. Create pages that discuss fall birthdays, anniversaries, and your family's work or school achievements.

Seasonal Activities

  • Preserve fall memories for future generations with scrapbook pages that discuss your traditional fall activities. Include pictures of your family enjoying your city's fall festival, going apple-picking and going for a hayride, for example. Add text to the pages discussing how each tradition started and what family members enjoy most about the excursions. Create a pocket by taping an acid-free envelope, sold at teacher supply and craft stores, to one of the pages to hold memorabilia such as pamphlets from community activities, ticket stubs and receipts.

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Nov. 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

This is the one that we will likely do as a family and add the leaves daily and watch our tree blossom with colors! I'm going to assign a certain color to each family member. And this will hang nicely in our living room, like a portrait frame!:) Plan to have this up this week! 30 leaves per family member, for the 30 days in November! That's 120 colorful leaves for us!

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Nov. 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM

We started "Our Thankful Tree" this evening! It is bare but beautiful! As the days go by we will add more "thankful" leaves. This project has turned out really well and was simple! My whole family and friends (brown leaves) participated in the activity! This has turned out so well! I'm so thankful and they loved our tree!

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