Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Inspiration and a Favorite Fall Meal


I always look forward to the first supper we have in the fall after I put out 
my fall table linens and dishes.
That supper was tonight this year!

I started getting out some of my fall things over the weekend after I was inspired by this sweet little gift.


One of my college-aged nieces came over to eat supper with us on Saturday 
and watch the Aggie game.
She walked in the door talking about how much she loves fall 
and how she wanted to share her excitement with me.  
Then she handed me a goody bag. :-)
How precious and thoughtful she is!


Our supper tonight was made up of two of my favorite recipes to make together -
and

I like to make them together because the oven time and temp is the same for both recipes. 


Doesn't that bread look like that expensive "artisan bread" you can by at the grocery?!
You have to plan ahead a little to make it, 
but it's just SO easy to make at home.


The lemon chicken and vegetables always smell so good while baking.


We couldn't wait to dig in tonight!


What are some of your favorite fall meals? 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pumpkin Granola


Pumpkin Granola
Servings - approximately 10

4 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup golden raisins

Combine oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl combine syrup, applesauce, pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, maple seasoning, and spices until well blended.  Combine wet and dry ingredients.  Spread granola onto two, parchment lined cookie sheets.  Bake at 300 for 45 minutes.  Let granola cool.  Add craisins and raisins.  Store in an airtight container. 

Makes - about 7 cups of granola  
Servings size - 3/4 cup

Based on this recipe, adapted to my taste.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
September 14th-20th

Sunday

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
swiss steak, mashed potatoes, lettuce and tomato salad

Thursday
tuscana soup, garlic bread, olive garden salad

Friday
homemade pizza

Saturday
chicken pot pie, something pumpkin-y for dessert ;-)

Linked to Menu Plan Monday.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Menu Plan

Supper Menus
September 7th-13th

Sunday
pot roast, dinner rolls, lettuce and tomato salad

Monday
chicken fajitas, spanish rice refried beans

Tuesday
lemon pepper tilapia, coleslaw, french fries, cheddar bay biscuits

Wednesday
buffalo grilled chicken sliders, potato chips

Thursday
angel hair pasta with marinara sauce, garlic bread, ceasar salad

Friday
out for supper

Saturday

Saturday, September 6, 2014

First sign of fall...


american beauty berries popping out all over the yard.

Mini Zinnias Blooming



Our family received some devastating news week before last.
My mother-in-law was diagnosed with a large brain tumor.
The day that my husband told me the news the first mini zinnia blossomed in my fall cutting garden.
I knew that the first blossoms were meant to be for her.


Right after her surgery I was able to take ten blossoms to her.  


We are waiting for the pathology report to come back.


We know that God is in control.

Working on sister's car...


My son helped Mr. H. do a little work on my daughter's car.


He's a lucky boy...


learning from the best!

Moving Day!


 The chicks spent two weeks in my laundry room and 
then we moved them into a brooder in our front shed for a few more weeks.


But they quickly grew out of  the brooder and today we moved them into the backyard chicken coop.








Me and "Anne Murray." :-)

Avocado Tree!


I  can't tell you how many times I have tried to sprout an avocado seed.
I finally learned the secret - I was giving up too soon!
It takes months, not weeks, for the seed to sprout a root and then a plant. 

After watching this youtube video I vowed to not give up this time.

I wish I knew when I had started this seed.  It was either late June or early July I think.
And here we are in September with a little plant started.

Now to research what to do next...

Lazy Saturday Morning Kitties


Chupa


Cannello


Luttrell


Muller


Messi


Muller


Reeses and Cannello


Reeses and Cannello


Messi

Game Day Snacks


Football season 2014 started for our family on August 28th at 5:30 pm
when the Fightin' Texas Aggies took on South Carolina.

I wasn't sure how our Aggies were going to play,
so I wanted our game day snacks to be tasty
just in case the food was the only good part of the game. ;-)

Turned out the food AND the game were great!
I tried four new recipes that I want to share because they were all hits 
with the family.  


We had loaded baked potato dip.  This was my favorite. 
 Definitely make it the day before - it gets better with time.


The kids loved the buffalo chicken bites.


I made the jalapeño popper spread ahead as well and just put it in the oven right before game time.


(He cooked them out on the grill instead of broiling in the oven.)

All four of these recipes were quick, easy to prepare ahead of time and perfect for big game munching!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Surprise babies...


Three weeks ago, one of our barn cats had two babies on the back porch,
but, after that day, we never saw them again.


Imagine my surprise when I went outside this morning and saw not two, but THREE 
baby kittens on the porch.  Reese's, who is actually the grandmother cat of these kittens, had brought them all back up to the porch.


We'll need to give these away in about five weeks,
but my daughter says she's keeping this red one. :-)


We'll see.

New babies!


Our day old chicks arrived today.
They were born yesterday…on Daisy's 7th birthday!


It's been quite awhile since we've had some babies.
They are just so fun.


I'd like to introduce -

Anne Murray
She's a white leghorn.


Crystal Gayle
She's a Golden Laced Wyandotte.


Jessi Coulter
She's a Silver Laced Wyandotte.


Dottie West
She's a Rhode Island Red.


And, Charly McClain.
She's a Welsummer.