“Fall” in Love with Your Family

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and nature is calling you to carve out some family time.  What better way to enjoy the season than to visit a fall festival with your kids?  You’ll find food, art fairs, live music and more!  If there’s not one in your town, look for festival fun nearby.

With the little ones, go apple picking or on a hayride.  You just can’t beat spending a pleasant afternoon in just-the-right-weather with the people you love.  It’s fun for everyone!

If your kids like art or music, especially look for a craft fair and/or music festival.  You’ll be entertained while also getting inspiration for your own art creations.

If you’re hungry for some tasty fall foods, get on the trail of tempting treats.  Festivals quite often feature caramel apples, pumpkin pies, corndogs, apple cider and much more.  Better get in line now!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Whatever fall adventure you choose, you’ll be making memories that will last long after the fun and food.

Make it a Fall-way Hallway

Homemade Fall WreathAs nature starts shedding the lush green of summer for a different color scheme, your home can make its own seasonal transition.  These festive decorating ideas will help you create a Fall-fresh look, providing a colorful welcome for anyone entering your abode.

Decoupage – There’s a new way to decorate that curvaceous gourd.  Decoupage your pumpkin by using leaves straight from your backyard with Mod Podge or other craft adhesive.  Your pumpkin’s new look will be the talk of the patch.

Jack-Be-Little Pumpkin – Try carving out the top of a jack-be-little pumpkin and using a votive candle inside.  Having about 4 or 5 of these is great for a centerpiece at the dinner table.

Fall Foliage Arrangement – An arrangement of autumn leaves for guests to see right as they walk in the front door gives off the perfect first impression.  The key to a beautiful arrangement is organizing by color.  Start with the center and use bright red maples with dawn redwoods, and then heavily load the outsides with gray-green fruit, You’ll have a perfect combination of reds, oranges, and greens, creating an eye-catching presentation.

Pomanders – Stud oranges or other citrus fruits with dried whole cloves.  Tie ribbon around a couple, stick them in a bowl and viola!  You have a fragrant display.

Keep It Clean…

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: washing your hands is essential to maintaining your health – especially this time of year.  Not sure what all the hype is about?  Here’s the dirt…

  • Touching your face, eyes, or nose is an unconscious (and unsanitary) habit.  Infectious diseases can enter your body if the mucous membranes in these areas are contaminated.
  • Germs from unwashed hands also find their way into your food.  Some foods can even multiply germs, making it easier for you to get sick.
  • Handrails, phones, and doorknobs can be loaded with bacteria that’s right at your fingertips (literally).

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Crackers, Cheese, & Marshmallows

Crackers, Cheese, & MarshmellowsNow, you may be scratching your head and asking yourself “why would anyone post this? This is disgusting!”, but I’m telling you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  This is a comfort food multiple generations of my family have grown up with.  It’s simply delicious.

Ingredients:

• Saltine squares (4 for each piece of cheese used)

• Sliced American cheese

• Large marshmallows

Directions:

Cut your cheese into 4 squares. Place a piece of cheese on the saltines.  Yes, it’s that simple so why not give it a try.Crackers, Cheese, & Marshmellows