On a dark, and spooky night…. Maybe you are hosting a costume party, heading for one or just treating your trick or treaters these songs will put you in the Halloween mood. So download your favorites and turn up the sound. I’ve also included some of the movies and shows if your in the mood for it. Great for adults and some the kids will love too.
Movies and Tv Shows
Treat your family or friends to one of these great finds tonight. Great for slumber parties. We stayed up camped in the living room just catch some of these.
September is here! I love fall, & not just because pumpkin-spice everything is back on menu’s. (I’m a Cinnamon dolce latte girl.) After the high temperatures of summer in Florida I look forward to cooler breezes blowing through the northwest Florida climate. While our fall runs a much shorter period of time here there are several really good reasons to look ahead.
Cooler temperatures here means less likely to get a hurricane. That said I know the tropics have just started their fireworks for places along any coastline. While our hearts and minds go out to family, friends, and even strangers as we watch Dorian, we are breathing a small sigh of relief it’s not coming here. I’m a native Florida girl do I have grown up with it just like Californian’s grew up with earthquakes, and others grew up with tornados. Between you and me i’ll take my hurricanes over the others. (We at least get about a weeks warning to get out if it’s going to be really bad.)
Hurricanes – What You Need to Know
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If you never learn anything about how this works, that’s okay. Cool weather means high pressure systems. They repel hurricanes, for the most part. While there can be late season surprises we only need to be hyper vigilant through November. The cooler temps let me unpack my favorite sweaters and even wear a pair of jeans outside without melting. I get to show off my cute boots, make out my birthday wish list, and make cozy comfort food like my easy chili that everyone loves.
With the holiday season not far away I’ve started thinking about the joys of the season, the gifting, I love doing and the way things seem to sparkle under the moon with frost on the ground.
With the hustle if everyday life going full speed ahead I like to remind myself of the simple things that brighten someones day. Seeing others smile pleases me. Especially when I get no credit for it. The season of Thanksgiving is coming but, I like to spread some joy when it’s not expected. A kind word, a cup of hot tea, a child’s excitement, or just the neighbor helping neighbor we see in communities impacted by foul weather. Each of us have the power to make each day a wonderful experience to remember. So jump in the pile of leaves with the kids, dress up for Halloween, volunteer, and brighten the day.
This melt in your mouth meal will have people thinking you slaved for hours in a hot kitchen. You can literally serve the meat with a spoon.
Pot it on before work, school, or wherever your busy day takes you. Works great for holiday meals too. I’ve made them for Christmas dinner to everyones delight.
By keeping the ingredients simple you can easily turn leftovers (assuming there are any), into a second meal. Slice it thin add the gravy and serve over noodles, noodles, or mashed potatoes. Shred it with two forks and add bbq sauce, buns and have pulled pork sandwiches.
Make clean up even easier with these.Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners 2 Pack (8 Liners Total)
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Mom’s Pork Roast Dinner
7 – 8 lb Boston Butt Pork Roast
3/4 of 12 oz can Ginger Ale
1 1/2 tsp Adobo seasoning
2 pkg pork gravy mix (we buy what’s on sale or sometimes store brand)
- Spray crockpot with none stick spray. Lay roast inside.
- Pour Ginger Ale over the top.
- Sprinkle about 1 1/2 tsp Adobo seasoning on top.
- Cover and set Crockpot on high
- Cook about 5 hours then turn down to low.
- Make gravy mix according to directions.
- Serve warm with gravy.
- You can add potatoes and veggies to crock pot in the morning. The meal will be ready when you come home from work, play, errands, etc.
Comfort food doesn’t get any better than this.
Labor Day 2019
On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Celebrate Labor Day
Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The American football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the season during Labor Day weekend.
So if enjoying a last mini vacation, football game, parade, or barbeque, remember all the hard work the American worker has put into the lives we currently enjoy. Take a moment to remember all those teachers, doctors, road crews, miners, steel and auto industry, manufacturing, blue-collar, white-collar and everything in between that have given to the American economy and our way of life. Be extra nice to those who don’t get the holidays some of us do. Medical, nurses and health care, all first responders, a lot of retail workers and any others who drill have to work today.
Our family loves these! We even perfected a make ahead version for the freezer. You can easily swap out the breadcrumbs and buns to low carb or keto without sacrificing the flavor. If you go low carb skip the tomato slices and add swiss cheese. Swiss goes really well on all versions. We often swich to muti or whole grain sandwich thins for less carb count.
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 1/2 heaping teaspoons minced garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp dried dill
1 medium red onion
4 oz Spinach (we like fresh vs. frozen)
2 Roma tomatoes
1 lg egg
1/3 c breadcrumbs
1/2 cup crumpled Feta cheese
1 medium cucumber
7 oz plain Greek yogurt
6 hamburger buns or alternative
- Prepare Tazziki or yogurt sauce. Combine yogurt, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, dill, lemon juice, minced cucumber, salt, and pepper. Stir well, cover and place in refrigeration while preparing the rest. This will allow the flavors to blend.
- Chop fresh Spinach into 1/4″ or smaller also dice 1/2 roma tomato and 1/4 of red onion also minced.
- In lg bowl combine ground turkey, with chopped spinach, diced tomato, red onion, 1/2 c Feta cheese crumbles, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 egg, 1/3 c breadcrumbs, salt & pepper.
- Mix until evenly combined. Shape into 6 patties. (You can freeze these ahead of time. Either freeze individually on cookie sheet and separate with with wax paper. They are easier to cook from frozen.)
- Cook in a nonstick skillet, countertop grill, or open flame.
- Spread Tazziki(yogurt sauce) on both sides if bun. Add warm burger. Top with thin sliced cucumber, and red onion. Tomatoes are optional as is swiss cheese.
- Enjoy…goes great with sweet potato fries and green salad, for a full meal. Makes a great alternatives to regular burgers for grilling too.
Are you ready for the week ahead? Once upon a time the work week was Monday – Friday 9-5. Now it almost 6 days a week and family life on top of it all. Lunches, laundry, errands, sports, Dr’s appointments, kids school activities, with all this going on what happened to a relaxing weekend. One for the extras to get done the second to take it easy. The crazy school week cluttered with your job, kids homework, getting dinner on the table each night. It can seem like going from 1 disaster or challenge to another. To make it easier to handle some simple organization can make for a lot less stress.
- Plan out your week.
Knowing what is coming for the week ahead let’s you plan for it. Knowing what day you have to work late or make it the same night as say soccer practice.
- Meal prep
Using part of your weekend to meal plan or do prep will save loads of time during the week. I try to keep breakfasts, lunches and dinners ready for the week ahead. I plan a full month menu with some days I can easily change out. Then I make a shopping list. I’m a huge fan of order pickup and delivery. Instacart, Shipt, Aldi, Publix, Amazon Fresh, among others delivered right to your door. The fee is nominal and saves you even more time to spend with your family, or re-charge your own batteries. Once the shopping is done it’s time to prep. We use family favorites and adapt as needed. We love freezer meals that go from freezer to either crockpot or quick cook on the stove. Breakfasts can be multiple choice with the finished product in the freezer.
Lunches can be prepared and stored in the refrigerator so it only takes minutes to pack lunches.
Stores like Walmart deliver in some areas but not mine. I love thier order service. I can pick out what I need, browse, and re-order frequent purchases from the comfort of my home. Simply log in to the app and shop the grocery store. I can get all the groceries including produce, paper goods, household, pet supplies, even deli and bakery. They have also added a liquor store (in some areas), stores so as long as we present ID when we pick up. So a bottle of wine, beer, and some liquors can be added to the order. Schedule a pick-up time, checkout, and you’re done. They give a window to alter the order including something either forgotten or someone just remembered to tell you about for a special day at school. Arrive at pickup time, park in special lane, and checkin from your phone. Walmart will bring and load your groceries in the car for you. It usually takes about 15 minutes from checkin, but can take longer if they are exceedingly busy. Even when I have to wait it saves me the trip through the store with heavy traffic, screaming kids, and the aisle road rage you can experience in the store when you are on a mission.
We do our prep work as a fun way to spend more time together. We joke, laugh, catch up, share stories, experiences. Working together builds the teamwork in families. It also adds to communication and respecting each others contributions. 2 or 3 can get alot done in a few hours. Young children can be included to help fetch and carry ingredients as appropriate. You will see the pride and happiness shine in thier smiles when they bring the right item. They also feel like an important contributer to the project. Older children or adults can cut, chop, measure (little ones like this to with supervision), package, label..and so on. I can even get my kitchen phobic husband to help with easy tasks. Biggest piece of advise I can pass on is never assume children and even some adults know how to do certain things. In my husband’s case you cannot take things for granted. Anyone who cooks alot knows that a cup of something refers to a specific measurement. I have learned I have to explain what kind of cup you need to measure an ingrediant. Children may also not be familiar with what or how. It’s also a great way for them to learn both math, like fractions, history, like where come spices come from, and the science-based principles of things like yeast. Next time someone is doubling a recipe have a child help figure out the measurements needed.
Package prepared foods
Singles work great for a lot of things like a breakfast or snack. Dinner, at least at our house is a family affair. We try to sit down together and eat as a family. This gives us further chance to stay close. We take a break from the electronics in our lives and connect with each other. We keep things family appropriate with very few taboo subjects. Open discussion is encouraged and every one right, wrong or different can weigh in. Whether sharing a personal experience or just a preference, or opinion, it helps all understand the world as it was, is, and possibly will be. Exposure to multiple points of view opens the world and helps all decide which way to handle almost everything life throws at you.
With all the prep done it makes it easier to get everyone where they need to be. Grab breakfast, lunches, and dinner for later. Place dinner in the crockpot, microwave breakfast as needed, and quickly pack lunches so all is ready to go. This reduces the morning rush of trying to get everyone fed, dressed, and out the door. The big plus is of course dinner is ready when you get home that evening.
While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries. Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you. Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher. What do you do when it’s empty? If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right? Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply. We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment. Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us.
While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries. Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you. Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher. What do you do when it’s empty? If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right? Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply. We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment. Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us. While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries. Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you. Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher. What do you do when it’s empty? If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right? Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply. We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment. Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us.
After all the chores are done take, some “me time”. Read a favorite book, watch a movie or simply spend quality time with your children and or significant other. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get plenty of rest. Try not to rush through the tasks you’re doing. We have enough hustle and bustle. Making these things fun for all nor only makes them a lot less if a chore, it makes them enjoyable too. As you look around savor that special feeling that comes when we do for those we love.
To get the most out of your time focus on what you have to do, need to do and want to do. Get the have to and need to done first. This will let you be more relaxed and concentrate on the things you really enjoy. I hear the expression there’s an app for that and I can say for myself at least it’s partly true. We use things like Google Calendar, Prism bill pay, Keep,and several others to tract our world. The notifications help keep us on track. Google Calendar let’s us track everything from my husband’s work to Dr appointments. I pay all our bills in about 15 hassle free minutes each week with Prism. It keeps track of what’s due when and I can schedule payments ahead of due dates to avoid things like missed payments or late fees. Keep helps us track everything from grocery lists to tasks like cleaning medical equipment, Pet medicines, simple to do lists, and I keep a running list of blog ideas and scheduling here. At the end of my day I can easily cross off what I got done and know what I still need to complete and when.
As we move into the future technology helps us run our world’s. While there is no shame in making things in your life easier, never forget that things like love, family, patience, kindness, understanding, and others still need the old fashioned low tech approach. I use my technology to speed up the have to’s so I can spend more time with those I love and the wants in my life. Between, Spouce, siblings, children, friends and neighbors I keep a busy schedule and get the best out of life by being available to those I love. To me the love I shower on my pets (our children), family incuding my neices and nephews, extended family, friends, and neighbors fulfills my life. Take the time to nuture these connections. You never know how precious that is until the prospect of tomorrow never coming makes an entrance in your life.
Today’s generations are some of the most photographed ever. Honor today by snapping some extra pics.
How to Celebrate?
Are you an amateur, a professional, or takes phone pictures and shares on your social media World Photography Day is an easy holiday to celebrate. Here are some ways you can enjoy this day:
- Learn and read more about the history and science behind photography.
- If you have always wanted to learn photography, maybe today is the time to start taking lessons.
- If you are a photographer, why not volunteer your time to teach your craft and trade to others?
Did You Know…
…that some 12 Hasselblad cameras were left on the Moon by various missions? Some suggest that this was done in order to compensate for the weight of rock and soil samples the astronauts brought back to Earth.