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Fall: The ‘F’ is for Food

The fall makes me want to cook. Wait…scratch that. It makes me want to eat and think about cooking. I get so snacky this time of year. But I’m in a strict ‘cook your own food and make mine too’ kind of place right now. Well, I don’t say it so mean, but you get my drift.

Fall MunchiesI don’t know why but chocolate and sweets and all things that fit in the Thanksgiving Dinner category hound me day and night to be tasted. I’m even known to strike a deal with hubby if he’ll get me yummy fall snacks.

Do you ever get the munchies around this time of year? I don’t know what it is that causes it but it can be a bit dangerous for the waistline for me. So I fight the urges. Some. Okay, not as much as I should.

What are your favorite snacks and meals in the fall?

Fall Reminds Me of Ireland

The last few days I’ve had to pull my jeans out and put away my capris since the weather is dipping to cooler temperatures. And I revel in the change. Autumn is the best time of year! All the brilliant colors and cool breezes, the local events, the farm tour our county holds every year, the church festivals, and I could go on and on, they make me so happy.Everything Ireland

And it reminds me of Ireland. We went in the spring so we didn’t get to enjoy what fall looks like for them, but we did experience the cool air and breezy weather. And we did experience the cold nights with no heat in the rooms. Yep, that’s right, they don’t heat their homes twenty-four/seven like we do. No one told us to expect their heat off either. At first we thought maybe they forgot to turn the heat on in our room but by the third bed and breakfast, we knew something was up and asked the owner. They explained that the Irish can’t afford to heat their homes for more than a few hours a day unless it’s very cold out. I never considered the electric and heating costs other countries suffer with, Ireland especially affected by it. But the one thing that made it so fun was the thick down comforters that kept us nice and toasty despite the ‘see your breath in the air’ type mornings, and that was in the house. LOL

We learned real quick to hang our wet clothes, and they were wet every single day, on the radiator like heaters as soon as we got in to allow them to dry by morning. The couple of hours of heat was just enough to do the job.

By day four, or so, I grew used to it and was no worse for ware. It’s actually kind of nice to snuggle under thick blankets and wake up to crisp air. I get cold very easy so I never thought I’d say that but it’s true. Maybe this winter we won’t keep the heat cranked so high at least at night. I’ll get a few thicker blankets and snuggle up to Sweetie Pie.

Would you consider lowering the temp to conserve costs?

Our Fall All-Nighter with a Bunch of Teens


I look forward to any and all times I can get together with my sister and my nieces. And of course with Halloween being the next big holiday, I had to plan a party we could all do together. And it had to be an all-nighter.

An all-nighter, you say? Even for the old folk like us? Oh yes, indeed. It all starts with a list a mile long of what we want to do and what junk food we plan on consuming. I get giddy at the thought of all the candy and cakes and chips that’ll be a part of our get-together. Don’t forget the games and crafts that must be played and enjoyed. 2014-08-07 15.15.37

We usually do Nancy Drew Mystery games but this time we’re going for something a little different. Anyone viewing this party would quirk their mouths in confusion. Why? The room will be full of teens and adults lounging on every surface, but most of them will be doing their own thing with their iPads as a measly few work the computer to win the main game. But don’t worry, they’re all keeping their eye out even if they don’t look like it.2014-03-04 13.27.31

Food will abound in piles on the table. You don’t even want to know what we spend on this one night of binge eating. It’s all worth it in the end to be with the kids, enjoy each other’s company, and to sleep in until the latest possible hours of the next day.

I hope you’ll consider an all-nighter with your teens. What’s missing a little sleep for great memories? They’ll remember it the rest of their lives.