Friday, October 26, 2012

Falling Down

You may be wondering where I've been at.

I seem to have fallen off the blogospere.
Leaves are falling and we can't keep up with them...
the rider is busted, which we we were using to mulch the leaves quickly
and get the nutrients back into the drought ridden ground anyway.
Work has us feeling like the movie Ground Hog Day lately.
Get up early, face the same issues. get home, more work to do.
Try to get to bed early to rest.
The next morning feels like a broken record.
The kids have an overwhelming amount of homework to do and always need help.
We help them every day, but 3-4 hours a night in 4th grade wears you down, man.
Not even joking on that.
(BTW, textbook companies need to seriously reconsider the weight
of these books these kids carry home every day).
It seems there has been little time to devote to my little blog as of late.
What is down the road for me?
Hopefully, sunshine.
As soon as I turn the corner, and pop out of my funk,
I'll do my best to prepare
for the holidays in a proper festive manner.
I feel it is near, I just have to shove myself through this rough patch.
Please bear with me, folks!
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chocolate-Pumpkin Love

Does anybody else love the pumpkin-chocolate combo as much as I do?

I have been making these every Sunday for the last month...
and they don't last longer than 48 hours because everyone gobbles them up.
Here's my easy-peasy super cheap recipe:
*1 package of chocolate cake mix
*2 eggs (farm fresh, no less!)
*1 can of canned pumpkin
*half bag of choco-chips (optional, but so worth the extra pop of chocolate!)

Line your muffin tin with paper liners,
heat that oven up to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.

Trust me, you won't regret it!
The canned pumpkin gives your mix enough natural moisture
so that you don't need to add any oils.

Served with milk around here!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Holding on to Autumn

The air is getting colder and colder...
we finally broke down and put the heat on this week (just a little).
The fall colors are amazing.
With the horrible drought and then the cold weather,
the remaining leaves are actually pretty bright.
Sometimes fall around here tends to be rainy
and everything turns brown and falls rather quickly.
But this year, a drive in the country
is sure to reward you with colorful vistas.
These little purple blooms...
are they wild asters?
...are all over the roadsides.
Milkweeds are just exploding with energy!
I had to bring a handful of pods home, like a little kid.
Even thorny thistles acquire
the regal stance of natural scepters.
And so autumn hangs on... truly the longest season.
Not marked by dates on calendars,
but by events..we enjoy her
from August's back to school season till Thanksgiving.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

A Fall Dinner

This past weekend was an extended one for us,
in observance of Columbus day,
and since we had a little extra time, we put a little extra time into dinner.
That's right!  We roasted a turkey!
No special occasion, except we had a bird in the freezer
and you know those leftovers make great sandwiches for the next lazy day!
I also was dying to use these amber colored goblets
that I purchased at Homegoods this past summer.
They'll make another appearance at the real Thanksgiving feast.
The kids were excited and starving. 
Extra mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing,
and sauteed cabbage, mushrooms, and onions, please!
If you don't like the cabbage, then, "You're just not European enough!"
(This is what I tell the boys to get them to eat more Polish and German foods
and to bust out of the chicken nugget mold).
Although, I am glad that the nugget consumption in our home has been
thwarted for the most part!
Dan gave one boy a dollar to finish off the pot of beets last week
so we didn't have to refridgerate or toss the leftovers.
I myself am NOT a beet fan.
But I ate my beets.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Beverly

This classic 1920s antique buffet server was a find on craig.
We found her listed at a Beverly, Chicago neighborhood home,
where she has lived her whole life, since 1921, until now.
Can you imagine a piece of furniture being in a home
for 90 years?
Begging to be redone, of course we accomodated her request.
Look at that little carved drop detail!
She preferred the classic white chocolate paint.
She is headed off to a church auction,
so hopefully she will raise some funds for the church!
By the way, here's her "before" shot.
And again, her "after."
And this little guy?
He's a Home Goods find... a Bethany Lowell.
He's a holiday favorite!
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

She Was Wearing Jean Shorts and Chucks...

Ever since I saw the
Better Homes and Gardens 2010 Halloween publication,
I have been on the look out for mannequin legs.

Do you remember the issue now?
I saved it.  I had to search through my stack of "saves" to find it.
Well, one summer night's trash-pickin, yielded me a pair.
We were out furniture hunting in an older neighborhood,
and just as we turned a corner,
I saw two teenagers pulling these legs out of someone's trash can
and start to walk away with them.
She had on jean shorts and chucks at the time.
Someone had colored all over her legs with a marker.


No, no, NO!!!
They would only abuse her, I thought.
Why hadn't we left the house 5 minutes earlier?
Maybe we could've beat them to her.
Too late.  It was not meant to be.  They had her hostage.
They were headed down the street with her in tow.
We kept driving around,
hoping they would discard her.
But they didn't, they walked on with -my legs-.
After some more fruitless furniture searching that night,
we drove home.
Late that night Dan went back out--
on a hunch--
to the same neighborhood-
and found my legs *discarded* (funny, hah ha)
in someone else's trash heap.
The teenage hoopla, done.
So, she's mine now, all mine!
She's gone and stuck herself in the coal bucket,
and she'll not be gettin' out till Nov. 1st.

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