Simple Fall Tips
- The Simple Life
Fall is in the air, here in Michigan. Red apple ornaments are
hanging on the apple trees. Trees are dropping colorful leaves.
Drive in any direction from here and you will find beautiful rolling
hills, and beautiful scenery, with lakes, forests, and trees.
Fall sports have also started with the crack of hitting
helmets being heard, Cross Country runners are seen jogging along
roads, soccer teams chase after goals, and gyms are filled with the
sound of tennis shoes on the squeaky clean floors.
In the country the sound of chain saws can be heard buzzing up
wood for winter. Boats are leaving the lakes for the last time.
The last ears of corn are being plucked from crispy corn stalks. And
diehard gardeners are covering their tomato plants each night to
spare those last few tomatoes from Jack Frost.
It is hard to imagine that in just a few months we could have
white stuff (I refuse to say the word) falling in drifts along the
Take a few moments to think of your garden next year. Get
anything you can ready ahead of time this fall. Wet spring weather
can often delay garden work. If you are starting a new garden
either flower or vegetable get the area ready now. Remove or kill
the grass and keep it worked up right up to a hard freeze. The more
you work it up now, the less weeds next spring. You can also cover
with carpet or plastic to keep out weeds.
Trade plants with friends and work up the garden after you have
plucked that last tomato to kill any lingering weeds.
Simple Easy Fall Get-Together
If you can, don't forget a family and/or friend get together.
Plan a fall party, pot luck, of course. Take as many vehicles as
needed and wind through some area hills and vales. You might want
to have warm spiced cider on hand.End up at an out-of the way picnic
spot. Have a nice big bonfire and roast hot dogs or burgers. Bring
your last ears of corn, and garden goodies. Many area chambers of
commerce have a color tour map. Have a great time!
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"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our
children." ~~Charles R. Swindoll
"In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but
what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them
successful human beings."~~ Ann Landers
"If I live intentionally, being true to my own personality, serving
out of my God-given giftedness and calling, I no longer feel a need
to envy anyone else's career, marriage, minstry, talents, or
mission." ~~Joan C. Webb
Simple Fall Recipes-
For those leftovers from the garden, here is a very simple salad
recipe. Take a cuke, tomato, some onion, and a pepper. Peel the
cuke and chop all. Add enough Italian dressing or ranch dressing to
make creamy. Yum!
Simple Apple Crisp
5-6 apples, peeled and sliced
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 c. butter, melted
1 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 unbeaten egg
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Place apple mixture in a deep dish pie pan. Sprinkle with sugar and
topping ingredients with the exception of the cinnamon with a fork
Sprinkle topping over apples. Drizzle melted butter over topping.
cinnamon. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
Simple Oatmeal Cookies
These are the best crispy on the edges oatmeal cookies, that I have
ever had. Try them for yourselves.
Preheat oven to 350F. Beat together 3/4C stick margarine, 1C
firmly packed brown sugar,
1/2C granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1/4C water, and 1 tsp vanilla until
Mix together 3C oats (uncooked), 1C flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda,
and 1 tsp salt(optional). Then add dry ingredients to wet. Mix
well. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake
for 12-15 min. Makes about 5 doz. Cookies.
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- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
Yesterday, driving down a road near our house, the trees were a
brilliant mix of reds and dark pinks and oranges, and the road was
covered with fallen leaves, and more leaves were falling like
confetti. Too soon, the leaves will be down and the branches will
be bare. It's a fun time of year, though, with kids getting ready
for Halloween, cider parties, hayrides, and even the drive to work
can be relaxing when you notice the colors around you, instead of
being in a hurry. I like to leave 15 minutes early, just so I'm not
in a rush. Makes for much safer driving.
A friend at work always has a really nice lunch. I asked him
how he gets ready in time. He always makes his lunch the night
before. It is probably leftovers, but it is a real dinner, not just
a sandwich. He often has a steak, chicken breast, potatoes, or a
pork chop. When he reheats it in the microwave it smells so good!
Some people share a lunch at work, by cooking and taking
turns. This also requires preparing ahead of time. Planning ahead
is the key, whether you make a pot of soup and put it in freezer
bowls to pull out each day, or bake up some potatoes and have some
fruit bowls or salad bowls made up ahead and in the fridge to
grab. Many lunches could be made a few days ahead, especially if
you use the freezer, you can pull one out a day ahead and put it in
the fridge to thaw for tomorrow. Lunches made easy. The best part
is that you are saving a good $5 a day, if you usually buy lunch!
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Simple Pumpkin Dessert
1 can (15 oz.) solid pack Pumpkin
1 can (12 oz.) evaprorated milk
1 c sugar
4 t Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
1 pkg. (18 1/4 ozs.) yellow cake mix
3/4 c butter, melted
1 c chopped walnuts
Vanilla Ice Cream or Cool Whip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the first five
ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13" X 9" baking pan. Sprinkle
with dry cake mix completely over the top until all is used.
Then drizzle the melted butter on top of the cake mix, all over. Add
walnuts. Bake 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes
clean. Serve with vanilla ice cream or cool whip.
This recipe has also been called a 'Pumpkin Dump Cake', being that
literally 'dump' all of the ingredients into one pan and bake.
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"This is what I want from now on: a slower pace, a more centered
existence, and the feelings of perfect happiness to be found in the
moments I come home to myself." ~ ~ Linda Weltner
"Life is too short to live small dreams." ~~Gene Simmons
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Our weather is such that it has been good weather to get the
garden worked up. The garden will be ready for spring, when it is
turned under in the fall. It helps to get those weeds killed now,
and not let the roots take hold. That way you will only have a few
weeds to pull in the spring when you are ready to plant.
Keeping it Simple,