Sounds of Fall
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (Leonardo DaVinci)
The sounds of fall, geese gathering, chain saws, guns being
fired and leaves rustling, signal changing seasons. The weatherman
tells us later this week we may need jackets. The shorts go in the
closet where the sweaters were stored away.
Fall is my season for a yard sale. All year, I have a place
where I put things that I realize I don't need any more. Books that
have been read, dish sets that have been replaced, but mainly just
things I don't use any more; things someone else may find useful.
Oh, I could get rid of more, but who wants a bare house? Now, with
only a week or so to go, the sorting and gathering begins in
Now I love going to yard sales just a little more than I love
having one. "The hunt" for another piece to a collection, for
usually a fraction of an "antique store" price makes it all the more
fun. Give me a yard sale to an antique store anyday. Even my
husband loves the fun, often finding a wrench, wheels, hubcaps, - guy
things I know nothing about. One day recently he had all the "finds"
while I bought nothing. I especially love it when the kids sell
lemonade and cookies. I have been buying cookies from two boys in
Wisconsin every year. We go there for vacation every year, to a
little town called Iola. There is an old car festival, and each year
thousands of volunteers work together to put on this great event.
The population swells by thousands. The people in town put on their
yard sales at the same time. I take my bicycle along its much
easier to navigate the traffic! And my bicycle has a basket. (If I
buy something that is too big for my bike, we wait until evening to
pick it up.)
This year when I got to the yard sale, the boys were not in sight. I
said, "Where are the boys with the cookies?" The father called his
son, who had just stepped inside for a moment, from the house. My
how he has grown! They are big, burly football players, now. This
year they were prepared and even had recipe sheets to give to
their "regular" customers! The oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and
molasses recipes are now in my recipe binder, back home in Michigan.
I don't buy a lot, riding a bike, but I visit with the same people
year after year. It's really fun. This year I found 4 matching
bentwood chairs for $4 each there. They are now painted blue and
circle our kitchen table. What a bargain!
Sometimes we find home-grown produce, honey, or crafts. You just
So, while we are driving around noticing all the fall changes, we are
also looking for that bargain. There's more than one "hunting
season" in the fall!
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Simple Crock-pot Mushroom Chicken In Sour Cream Sauce
6 skinless bone in breast halves
1 can cream of mushroom soup (10 3/4 oz size)
8 oz. sour cream
1/2 C. chicken broth
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms (or (4) 4 oz. cans)
1/4 t lemon pepper
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t paprika
1 1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
Combine salt, pepper, paprika, lemon pepper, garlic powder. Rub
over chicken, place in crockpot and add the mushrooms. Combine soup,
sour cream and broth. Pour over chicken. You can also use chicken
pieces, if desired. Cover, cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve over
potatoes or rice.
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~Extend your Harvest~
When frost threatens your tomato plants in the fall, pull
them from the ground and hang them upside down in a garage, or where
ever they won't be touched by frost. The tomatoes will continue to
turn red until November, or later! Stretching your harvest saves
dollars at the grocery. Green tomatoes can also be placed in brown
paper bags in a cool place to slowly turn red. Darkness is what
turns tomatoes, not putting them on a windowsill. A friend of mine,
puts all the vines in a pile and covers them with an old blanket.
That works, too.
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