Monday, October 29, 2012

This weather calls for apple cider!

Apple cider
8 -10 apples (I used a variety of reds and golds)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cloves
1 thick orange slice


Quarter your apples (no need to remove peel or seeds).

In a large pot add your apples and fill with water, just enough to cover the apples.

Add sugar and stir.

Wrap your cinnamon and spices in a double piece of cheese cloth and add this to the apples and water.

Boil on high for one hour (uncovered) checking on it frequently. Enjoy the warm aroma that will fill your home!

Turn down heat and let simmer for two hours. Cover your pot and stir occasionally.

Take off the heat after two hours of simmering and let cool.

Remove spice bag and mash up the apples to a pulp like consistency

Once cool pour into a strainer over a large bowl. When most of the juices have drained away, put the remainder of the apples into a doubled up cheese cloth and squeeze over the bowl until no more juice comes out. You can do this as many times as needed.

store in an air tight container in your refrigerator for up to a week or you can freeze it! Reheat in the microwave or on the stove! I usually get a full gallon from this recipe! I set aside milk cartons to store the cider in!


Thursday, October 25, 2012


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday....

Our babies are dying to get out! Yesterday's snow storm only fueled our snow desire! Anytime now my husbands new 2013 will be ready for delivery! We are so excited to welcome a new member to our family;)

Christmas will find us in West celebrating party style! I just need to focus on first things first.... Like Halloween and Thanksgiving:)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Days like these...

We woke up to a surprise this morning! Our beloved Winter season is within reach! Everyone was up early to share in the excitement!

Do you know what I love more than anything? Besides the obvious of course:) Cooking in the chilly weather! Our home is our haven, nothing delights me more than to see the faces of my husband and kids as they shuffle through the door after the world has had its way with them, catching a whiff of warm deliciousness!

Today their noses will be greeted by homemade vanilla toffee cinnamon rolls and oh man! The crock pot is killing me with the smell of made from scratch broccoli and cheese soup! I love the seasons and enjoy my time at home! I can't wait for snowmobile trips! Woot woot!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday...With words!

It has been a rough few days! Good rough...not bad rough, there is a difference! When I stop to count my many blessings rough seems an unfair analogy, but the terrible two's are in the beginning stages. My little Houdini is into everything!  and yes, that is duct tape on her diaper.....

Alice Cooper called...

    Oh how history repeats itself! One sunny Sunday eight years ago I awoke to find my then toddler with a mascara unibrow! "I pretty!" She exclaimed excitedly! Yes baby you are! Fast forward some years, and the quiet is making me nervous as I busy myself around the house... Once again a three foot nothing beauty queen emerges from the bathroom... "Eye! Eye!"

What else can you do but giggle!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


A loss for words...

    Yesterday as I posted the pictures from our Fall Fun weekend there were so many things I wanted to say in addition to the photos. I wanted to share with you the joy of watching Sweet Baby K paint her first pumpkin. Tell you how we all laughed and spit out burnt, but coveted pumpkin seeds....Let my readers in on the emotions I was feeling when last Sunday I made time to do all the small things my kids had been wanting to do....

    These feelings began Saturday as our family gathered around my grandmother who has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia.... When looking at her you would never know. The woman is a spit fire, has been all her life! Even with all the helping hands available Saturday she still insisted on keeping busy. I finally sat with my husband and children feeling all that was to be done, was done...Grandma, once every one was seated and plates full, finally served herself and was on her way to her seat. Approaching our table we slid in to let her pass. I touched her arm and noticed eyes full of fresh tears threatening to spill as she surveyed the crowd that had assembled on her behalf. "Grandma, please sit down." I urged.... 

    "Grandma, what else can I get for you? What do you need?" A single shiny tear escaped and rolled down her cheek as she grasped my arm and replied "Just more time."

   This singular statement has been haunting me all week. Make time, no matter the cost. Make time no matter the inconvenience. Make time today to put the truly important things on top. Make time....

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekend Warriors...

Great Halloween table runner!
By one of my budding artists!

White punkins are all the rage!
Getting our Fall on! I had been wanting to try a lace stencil! 

Baby K's first Punkin!

We are so excited!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Vals spaghetti sauce...

  My friend Val is an amazing cook! I miss her cooking! On a fine afternoon such as this, thee  first day of October! The crock pot beckons!

    Last year we were lucky to receive a quarter of beef. Our deep freeze was full with delicious roasts, steak, and hamburger until late spring! Range fed beef is delicious not to mention the benefit of a healthier meat. This year although the timing was rough we dug deep into our pockets to purchase another quarter! We are once again glad we have done this! It will more than pay for itself and save us money in the long run!

Back to the Crisp Fall air and beckoning crock pot!

    1 package of stew meat
    1 large sliced onion
    a few cloves of fresh garlic
    1 26 oz can tomato sauce (you can use spaghetti sauce)
    a dash of  oregano
    salt and pepper to taste

    Cut stew meat into bite size pieces. Brown. Combine everything but the pasta in crock pot. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours stirring occasionally. Serve over cooked pasta! So easy and sooo delicious! The stew meat literally falls apart! Yummo!

Don't forget the garlic bread!
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