Caramel Apples

apple_caramelI want to make homemade caramel apples. I don’t particularly like to eat these messy treats but I think my children would like to try them. We bought a bag of apples today. It’s odd that my children asked why I would buy a whole bag of apples? They don’t remember a bag of apples in the house – we buy individual apples. We spend time in the produce section painstakingly picking out apples, pears, tomatoes, etc. So…today when I grabbed up a 5lb bag, they were perplexed. Funny – the things that children find interesting.

Anyway – we’re going to check in to making homemade caramel. Sounds yummy.

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A laundry list since my last post.

I think blogging is a great reminder that time passes so quickly. I can’t believe it’s been since October 11th that I posted last. Wow.
It’s Monday. A new week has come again. It’s a chance for another new start. Mondays are like little mini re-dos. We get to set new goals, new plans, and mini resolutions. Each week my list is crisp and fresh. I have the absolute best of intentions to get everything accomplished that I failed to do the week before. But alas, I fall short repeatedly! I’m really not sure what would happen if I completed everything? Would life be at its end?

This past weekend, we traveled north to play in a soccer tournament. It’s our first season on a co-ed team. At the end of last spring, the all-girls team decided to move back in to age appropriate divisions. We played well enough. After losing two matches, we came back to win the third match in a much heated double overtime, shoot-out. It was hair raising. I know, I know….we love to blame a bad match on the referees but really – these guys were AMAZINGLY HORRIBLE! They called the match well enough. It was the overtime periods that became a fiasco.
For posterity sake, what I’d like to post and remember about this weekend – we had a great time with friends, watched super kids play soccer, won our first game with this team. Enough….and enough…..

The youngest two spent the weekend with grandparents and visited with cousins. From the sound of their constant chatter, they also had a great weekend. It’s a good thing that we live close enough for the cousins to get together, we just don’t do it enough. The lack of visits will be one of those topics of conversations when we’re old – “why didn’t we do more of that?”

A Fall Saturday in the South

It doesn’t get much better – a cool, autumn, Saturday in the South. Dear Hubby started my day with some tasty, warm coffee while girlies cooked breakfast. I love having them in the kitchen at the ripe old age of eight and nine. My mom would be happy to see this. After some serious dancin’ and sangin’ – we prepared for a day of football, shopping, yard attention, and serious dress-up time.

Oldest girlie and I headed out with friends to shop for the day while hubby and other girlies watched SEC football and cut grass. There is something soothing about football and the smell of fresh cut grass in the fall. The shopping didn’t take long and we were back for an evening at home with the family. The original plan was to enjoy the first batch of chili but ultimately, we decided to have a hodge podge dinner instead. All the same, it was a great day. So many of our weekends are consumed with soccer tournaments, church events, runs, etc. that we relish the time we have together at home. The winter days are coming and our weekends will be free of all of the many activities. We’ll hunker down together and long for spring when we can get out and back to all of our crazy activities.

The public shools are out for fall break this week. I don’t really schedule a break for our homeschool but we’ll plan some outings so that oldest girlie can join us. Maybe today, we’ll decide what fun we can muster up. I think our traditional trip to the pumpkin patch would be nice. We have an old farmstead close by that offers not only pumpkins but a corn maze, cotton picking, wagon rides to the fields, sunflower picking, and refreshments. I’m not much of a farm girl in reality but I always have a longing while at this homestead to put on some overalls, grab a tractor and head off to the fields. IMG_8926

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