Motivation Monday – Make A Joyful Noise Week #1

Hey, happy Monday all! The Christmas season is in full blast! Can you tell I’m a bit excited? 😀 On Mondays, for the next two weeks,  leading up to Christmas, I’ve decided to help boost your Christmas spirit by playing some non-traditional, poppin’, jumpin’, Christmas music! How does that sound?

This is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but maybe it doesn’t feel so wonderful.  Are you feeling down today? Well, the only way to combat it, is to turn UP the volume & get ready to make some noise! A joyful noise! So, tune into your “Happy Feet” station, & tune out the negativity & enjoy this song, “JOY” by the group “Selah” 😀

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Black Friday / Tree Friday

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A great way to kick off the holidays 🙂

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While America now knows the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, for the last couple of decades at our house it’s been Tree Friday. For many years this was the day that Child and I headed out to chop down a tree for the holidays.  These days I head down to Bachmans (they have a 25% off fresh trees on Black Friday and they are really close by).

In fact, it was 7 years ago on Tree Friday that I got my nickname from Jacque. Dale had written that day a great bit about Black Friday and used some Shakespearean language to get us going.  My bit was:

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the north and Hansen Tree Farm is the sun.

Open up, fair Tree Farm and await the crowds
Who, already stuffed and sleepy from yesterday
Swing saws and other implements of destruction.

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Must See Creative Table Decor To Wow Your Guests

Holiday Tables

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Hey! How are you? Do you have all of your Thanksgiving preparations ready? Well, since I wasn’t able to post this on Friday…I just had to share these great tips on how to present your meal with some extra pizzazz. Enjoy! 😊

 

Flaming Foliage Candle holders

Give colorful fallen leaves one last chance to shine…or glow, by repurposing them as decorations on glass candle holders.  Dress up inexpensive glass candle holders with real fall leaves.  The kids will have fun helping to gather leaves for this craft.

 

Kernel Candles

This idea, again…only requires a couple of glass candle holders, or you could even use your own large drinking glasses.  Add some un-popped popcorn kernels & a pillar candle of your choice. Surround the outside of the glass with nuts or leaves…voila!

 

Glass Bowl Leaf Candles

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A beautiful, simple way to embrace fall’s beauty. A glass bowl filled with an array of colored leaves with candles. You can also use flame-less candles to avoid any mishaps.

 

 

Mayflower Ship Place cards

ship place card

Photo: Andrew Ingalls

Really neat huh?  The pilgrims had a long voyage before hosting their first Thanksgiving. Luckily, your guests only need to walk to the dinner table! These paper ships double as both place cards & an easy way to serve dry snacks like popcorn, nuts, & dried fruit. Perfect for the kids table. You’ll hit a home run with the kids with this one…believe me. 😉

Great ideas right?

Now…my question for you is, What are YOU thankful for today?

Scary? No Thanks! – Poem

Hey, everyone.  Well, tomorrow is Halloween.  As I have stated in previous posts, I personally don’t care for it, or celebrate it.  So, I decided to change things up a bit by having some fun writing a poem about it.  Enjoy! 😉

 

Spooky, scary, howlingBOO!

Smoke-filled, darkness?

Not on my list of to-do’s

Things that fright,

And goes bump in the night…

No, sir…not me, I’ll just leave on the lights

 

Ghosts & signs that say, “Beware”

Uh, uh…don’t ask, don’t even go there!

From house to house, children flood the streets…

For sweets & treats that are fun to eat

And why, I don’t know…seems like such a silly thing,

But Me?

No, thanks!

I’ll be home chillin’…

Watching TV!  © J.L. Hunt

 

Yes, I do LOVE watching Charlie Brown!  Did you enjoy that?  I hope you liked it. 🙂

Is anyone else planning to stay home & just chill?

And, to add a bit of motivation to your day…for those who are parents taking out the kids, please do remember to take a breather! I know it will be hectic trying to squeeze trick-or-treating into your busy schedules, & trying to have everything run smoothly without any hiccups.

And for everyone else…Lock your doors!  No, I’m just kidding 😉  But again, please remember to be safe everyone, & do enjoy the rest of your Monday. “Toodles!”😊

Fun Friday – Caramel Apple Treats

Recipe From allrecipes.com

Happy Friday Everyone.  It’s fall y’all!  I’ve been waiting all month to say that. 🙂  Yes, fall is here, & although its early in the season, I have a fun activity the family can get together to do this weekend.

Apples are very popular this time of year.  They’re great for a variety of known favorites… apple pie, apple muffins…etc.  I especially love caramel covered or taffy apples as they are also called.  And this is the perfect season for apple picking.

So, how about making your own caramel apples!  It’s much more fun when you get together & whip up the ingredients to do it yourselves, & I have the perfect recipe for you.  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Ingredients 

8 large tart apples (can adjust accordingly)

8 wooden chopsticks for handles

1 cup butter

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

30 min Prep time ~  30 min Cook ~  Ready in 2 hrs  (Directions)

(You can add whatever extra toppings you prefer…nuts…etc)

Because the caramel requires constant attention when cooking and you will be in a hurry when coating the apples, prep everything beforehand. Have your parchment paper laid out, your toppings ready in bowls, etc. Also, each stove differs as far as temperature & how long you will need for the caramel to cook.  It can take 20 min for some…others 40 min, so it can vary greatly.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the recipe…& if you prefer not to do it yourselves, that’s ok too, just go to your local grocery store & buy some already made! Have a great weekend…until next time, “Toodles!” 😉

 

Fall Welcome

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Cool breezes & hot cider…

Pumpkin pies & cozy fires,

Freshly picked apples, filling baskets…

Warmed toes under thick blankets

Fallen leaves crumpling under our feet…

Children going trick-or-treat,

Fall, welcome…

Welcome, fall  ©JLH