Fall Bucket List 2015

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Here it is!! My bucket list for fall this year.  This is my most favorite time of the year.   Especially, the crisp nights and football games.  It sort of renews my soul each year.  Which is what we all need prior to winter. This is a list comprising some of the fun things we like to do this time of the year along with a few new tasks mixed in.

Fall 2015 Bucket List

1. Go to an orchard
2. Have a pumpkin spiced latte
3. Make an apple Pie
4. Create a fall decoration
5. Go to a football game (or three)
6. Go to a park to experience the leaves falling
7. Make a new recipe
8. Pick pumpkins
9. Have a bonfire with Smores
10. Make hot apple cider
11. Have a halloween movie marathon with homemade halloween snacks


Weekly meal plan 2/1/15

I woke up to this scene today!! I love winter and this weather screens soup!!!

How do you keep warm?

Here is the menu plan for the week:

(I am listing main dishes only)


Mongolian beef

Pepperoni pizza casserole

Slow cooker tomato basil chicken

Steak and onion sandwiches

Wild rice chicken soup

Here is a view of how I plan for the week.  I love having my meals in my planner. It makes it soo easy to figure out what I am having each night.


My Thanksgiving Meal

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This is what I will be serving this year for Thanksgiving.  I am planning a rather quiet holiday this year at home with my small family.   Our extended family is not able to travel to visit us this year, so I am planning the feast myself.  I have been stocking up for the past couple of weeks and my meal comes in under $50 for 4 of us.  I think that is wonderful.  The kiddos are busy planning a wonderful holiday play and I am awaiting Thanksgiving and am looking forward to a great holiday season.

Homemade Cinnamon rolls


Turkey with old fashioned farm stuffing

Corn casserole

Pistachio pudding salad

Fresh rolls

Home made Orange cranberry sauce

Mashed potatoes and gravy

Lettuce salad


Menu plan 9/22/2014

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Here it is, a busy busy week ahead.  Looking forward to Friday since it is homecoming this week!

Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs

Tuesday: Crockpot Pulled pork, baked beans, and corn casserole

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Crockpot Chicken and potatoes

Friday: Football game

Saturday: Roasted Chicken

Sunday: Chicken Enchiladas

As always, I am linking up at menuplan monday


Apple Nut Pudding

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Well, the air has a slight hint of fall lately here in the Midwest.  This time of year my baking bug hits home just a little bit.  So, today I went out to the orchard closest to my home and found a bag of Jonathan apples, which are my favorite to bake with this time of year.  Brought them home and made a wonderful apple cake.  This recipe came from my husband's late grandmother.  She was known as the baker in the family.  When she passed on last fall, I inherited her recipe collection with cookbooks that date back to the 1930's.  Starting this month, I have decided to begin working my way through some of these recipes.  I pulled some apple and pumpkin recipes out that look a little interesting.  I also have been looking for some dinner recipes also.  Hopefully, I will find a few family favorites to add to my dinner rotations. 

Here is the recipe for Apple nut pudding.  This looks more like an apple cake than pudding.

Apple Nut Pudding

2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups chopped apples
1 cup chopped nuts
2 teaspoons vanilla

Cream sugar and shortening.  Then add eggs and beat well, and set aside.  Sift dry ingredients and add to shortening mixture mixing well.  Add apples plus nuts gradually mixing well each time.  Lastly add the vanilla.  Bake at 350 degrees for30-45 mins.   Serve with cool whip, whipping cream or ice cream.  This cake also freezes well if you need it to last that long.  Mine didn't last through the weekend.  It is THAT good!!!