Tag Archives: Fall

Isn’t Fall the best…

A ocllection of fall pumpkins and leaves

A collection of fall pumpkins and leaves

Fall decorating, crafts and

recipes are the best.  It’s getting

colder outside, the leaves are falling,

and we begin to prepare for the colder

months and getting ready for the holidays.

Nature becomes beautiful with all the colors, the air becomes crisp, the breeze starts to blow and the leaves are now falling to the ground.

Don’t get me wrong…..I LOVE SUMMER, it’s great.  But there is something really special about fall.

Mini Pumpkins courtesy Free Images

Mini Pumpkins courtesy Free Images

The first things that comes to my mind in fall is pumpkins.

Fall Streusel-Pumpkin-Bread courtesy of Google images

Fall Streusel-Pumpkin-Bread courtesy of Google images

PUMPKIN ANYTHING

I LOVE PUMPKIN!!

Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin lattes, Pumpkin cakes, Anything Pumpkin!

 

Fall apple crisp courtesy of google images

Fall apple crisp courtesy of google images

Apples are a close second.

Put some caramel, chocolate

and/or nuts on an apple

YUMMY!!  TO DIE FOR!!  

I make my own caramel and homemade pumpkin spice coffee creamer,               stay tuned…….                                  recipes will follow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 They are the best.

Now that Halloween is over our thoughts migrate to Thanksgiving, being with family and/or friends, favorite traditions and family favorite recipes.

Scarecrow courtesy of Free Images

What do you LOVE about Fall?

What are your FAVORITE RECIPES?

What is your favorite way to decorate

for Autumn, the FALL and THANKSGIVING?

 

Have a Crafty day,

Linda

 

Happy Thanksgiving…

 

Thanksgiving Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving Holiday Decorations

First of all I would like to wish everyone the best Thanksgiving ever!  As we go about our holiday preparations I want to take a minute to remind everyone to give thanks for your blessings.  I am thankful for my beautiful family,  my health, my job, and all of my wonderful friends.  Everyday that I wake up in this wonderful world I feel blessed to be able to enjoy another day.

I would like to share a picture of the beautiful wreath that hangs on the front door  of my mom’s house during the fall.  She made the wreath when we went to A.C. Moore for a wreath making class about 15 to 20 years ago.

Thanksgiving Wreath

Fall Wreath

 

Please join me as I will start a series this weekend that will lead up to the DIY Craft Ideas for the

25 Days to a Crafty Christmas 

Follow me for some fun….

                                                         Linda

 

 

 

Grandma’s Date Nut Bread! Another Family Favorite Recipe

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Date Nut Bread – Grandma’s Holiday Recipe

 This date nut bread also is a staple for our Holiday Table!  This family favorite recipe comes from my grandma again!  She was such a great cook, as all our grandmother’s are!  Mr CraftiLadi already had to eat some of the bread….I snuck a piece too!

YUMMY….so good.

I LOVE to bake, especially around the holidays.

 

Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 c flour

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c sugar

Sift the above ingredients  together and

add 3/4 C ground walnuts, and 3/4 C chopped dates.

Now mix the ingredients  below together  and add to above.

  •  2 Tbsp shortening  (I use coconut o
  •  1 beaten egg
  • 1 C orange juice (you may need to add more)
Holiday Date Nut Bread Recipe Steps

Holiday date Nut Bread Recipe Steps

Bake in a loaf pan @ 350 degree oven for 50 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.  Cover the first 20 minutes.

We spread peanut butter and/or butter on each slice.I hope you enjoy this bread as much as my family does!

Please share you favorite family recipes in the comments,

                                                           Have a crafty day,

                                                          Linda

Grandma's Favorite Cranberry Apple Salad

Apple Cranberry Salad – an old Family Recipe

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It’s not Thanksgiving in my house unless there is my       grandmother’s Apple Cranberry Salad on the table.                         Since I was a little girl this has been a staple at our                      holiday table.  Grandma would make this dish to take                        to all the church functions as well as our family                           holiday dinners.

Ingredients:

  • Apple-Cranberry-Salad-Collage-150x1501 12oz bag of whole cranberries
  • 3 large apples
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 cup  walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar (or sweeten to taste)

Clean cranberries.  Cut up apples and oranges.   Grind up apples, oranges, cranberries and walnuts in a food processor.  Add 1 cup sugar and mix together.  If needed add more sugar to sweeten to taste.  This salad is like a relish consistency, and is best as it sits in the fridge and flavors blend together.  A friend told me this salad freezes well.  From my family table to yours….

Enjoy!                            

                                          Have a Crafty Day,

                                         Linda

 

Free Thanksgiving Printables

Decorating with printables has been very popular for quite a few years.  Print it, put it in a frame and instant Home Decor.  What could be easier?  Today I have collected some free Thanksgiving Printable Art from the net for last minute decorating!   So fill up your ink cartridges, just click the links  and get those printers going!

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This Thanksgiving Subway Art Print is courtesy of

Snickety Things….Don’t you just love it!

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This Chalkboard Printable is from nestofposies-blog….

it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Somewhat Simple has a Thanksgiving Free Printable Roundup that aims to please…

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Have fun preparing for turkey day!  I hope you see something fun!

                                                                   Linda

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal with Bananas

Baked Pumpkin Banana OatmealI am always looking for creative , new, delicious recipes.  Baked oatmeal is the best!  Then add pumpkin…..and bananas!   Sooooo good, and healthy too!!!

I love fall recipes!  This will definitely become a favorite breakfast recipe in our house…..

I was looking for something different and came across this recipe for Baked Oatmeal with Pumpkin and Bananas from Gina at Skinnytaste.com   She has such great recipes….

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Hot Apple Smoothie….

Hot Smoothies

I ran across the recipe the other day. I had an abundance of apples and was looking for a way to use some of them up! All I can say is

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!
SO GOOD!! THIS IS A KEEPER!!!!

If you like apples and cinnamon, please try this smoothie! I doubled the recipe for Mr. C and myself, and it was just a piece of heaven.

Here is the link to the website and recipe for the Hot Cinnamon Apple Smoothie.
Thanks Ivy….

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Road Trip….

About a week or so ago I took my four “fur Babies” on a road trip with me. They are my best traveling buddies. Since we are still in the get acquainted mode here, let me explain. When my dad passed away my parents owned a 35 foot 5th wheel travel trailer that we put in a resort near Sea Isle City, NJ. They lived in it part time on the Outer Banks, NC, and being that was too far to travel for weekends, mom was thrilled to be closer to home. I was very fortunate to be able to enjoy my summers (I work at the local high school and have summers off) for 10 wonderful years there, with my mom. Two years ago I inherited the trailer when my mom passed away. Trailer at OVRHere are pictures of our trailer and the front porch my mom loved so much….

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