Posts Tagged ‘Autumn’

Helpful Thanksgiving Tips

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 08:11 AM
posted by mrscaz

These tips are great to take note of a week or, a few days before Thanksgiving…

1. Check your cookware and kitchen tools.
In addition to planning your menu, it’s just as important to make sure you have all the cookware and kitchen vintage-1772596_640tools you’ll need to prepare dinner. Do you need a roasting pan, more pie dishes, or a meat thermometer? If you haven’t already, now’s the time to take inventory and figure out what you still need.

Read More: 7 Tools You May Not Have That Will Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier

2. Get ready to start thawing your turkey.
If your turkey is frozen, it’s time to start thinking about thawing it. A completely frozen turkey needs a day to thaw for every four pounds in weight. And if you plan to brine your turkey, it needs to be defrosted one day sooner.

Read more: How To Safely Thaw a Turkey

3. Know how to cook your turkey without a roasting pan.
A roasting pan can be an expensive piece of cookware to buy, considering it only gets used a couple times a year, at best. If you don’t have one and are still unsure about buying one, relax — there are plenty of ways to cook your bird without one.

Read More: No Roasting Pan? 5 Alternatives Already In Your Kitchen

For more tips visit > www.thekitchn.com

The above tips are courtesy of TheKitchn.com
The above image is courtesy of Pixabay.com / Kaz 

 

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Thankful Quotes For The Month of November

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 08:11 AM
posted by mrscaz

Now that November is upon us, I thought it would be a great time to practice thankfulness. So, I’ve scoured the web and found 30 quotes related to thankfulness that I thought I should share with all of you!

  • “Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much.  For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.”  ~ A. J. Cronin
  • “Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”  ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  ~ William Arthur Ward
  • “None of those material possessions do anything to make your life any better… I know a lot of people thankful-1081614_1280who have a lot of everything, and they’re absolutely the most miserable people in the world.  So it won’t do anything for you unless you’re a happy person and can have peace with yourself.”  ~ Lenny Kravitz
  • “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”  ~ John Wooden
  • “It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “It’s the recognition that other people’s problems, their pain and frustrations, are every bit as real as our own – often far worse. In recognizing this fact and trying to offer some assistance, we open our hearts and greatly enhance our sense of gratitude.”  ~ Richard Carlson
  • “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”  ~ Guillaume Apollinaire
  • “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.”  ~ Walter Anderson
  • “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, your smile, and a grateful heart.”  ~ Zig Ziglar
  • “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.”  ~ Gertrude Stein
  • “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”  ~ Cicero
  • “You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you”  ~ Sarah Ban Breathnack
  • “Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end of having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”  ~ Alphonse Karr
  • “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”  ~ James Allen
  • “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”  ~ Tecumseh
  • “Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.”  ~ Richelle E. Goodrich
  • “It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.”  ~ Naomi Williams
  • “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  ~ Oscar Wilde
  • “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  ~ G. K. Chesterton
  • “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”  ~ Mark Twain
  • “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”  ~ Harold Kushner
  • “Make it a habit to tell people thank you.  To express your appreciation,  sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.  Truly appreciate those around you,  and you’ll soon find many others around you.  Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”  ~ Ralph Marston landscape-398500_1280
  • “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sew, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness.  ~ Unknown
  • “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”  ~ Cynthia Ozick
  • “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”  ~ Lao Tzu
  • “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”  ~ Karl Barth
  • “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”  ~ Ralph H. Blum

The quotes are sole property of the originator, the images above are as follows:
Top right image is courtesy of Pixabay.comMoneyforCoffee
Bottom right image is courtesy of Pixabay.comWitizia

 

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Halloween Popcorn Pumpkins – (Fall Recipe)

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

It’s always fun to make things with your children, here’s a fun recipe you can both enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups popped popcornpop
  • 1 cup candy corn 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring
  • 4 sticks red or black licorice, cut into thirds

Directions:

Prep - 5 m    Cook - 5 m     Ready In - 20 m

  1. Grease a muffin pan and set aside. Place popcorn, candy corn and peanuts into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows, red food coloring and yellow food coloring, adjusting color if needed to get a nice shade of orange. When the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the popcorn and stir to evenly distribute the candy, nuts and marshmallow.
  3. Use a greased spoon to fill the muffin cups. Insert a piece of licorice to act as the stem, and mold the popcorn around it. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes, and then pull the pumpkins out by their stems and admire your pumpkin patch!

Review:     

Carolina Cook

“This recipe is great! It’s very fun for kids and adults. If you buy bagged popcorn do not buy really buttery popcorn. This recipe adds butter to the mixture – you don’t want to over do it. The salty and sweet mix together very well. If you don’t follow the recipe you won’t get a 5 star result. Hope this helps! Thanks for the recipe. The kids at Day Care Loved them!”

Recipe and image are courtesy of allrecipes.com

Recipe by: ALETA1314 – “Popcorn balls are colored orange and made to look like pumpkins. These are a fun Halloween treat for kid and adult parties. Very versatile!”

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Iced Pumpkin Cookies – (Fall Recipe)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

These are the cookies your entire family will “Fall” in love with.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon cookies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Prep - 20 m  Cook –  20 m  Ready In - 1 h 20 m

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
  4. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Review     
“I make these every year around the holidays – people love them. Do not store them in an airtight container though – they have a lot of moisture from the pumpkin and get moist and mushy. They stay great out on the counter for days. Delicious w/ coffee!”

Recipe and image are courtesy of allrecipes.com
Recipe by: Gina “Wonderful spicy iced pumpkin cookies that both kids and adults love!”

 

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