Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I feel so sorry for all of our little Trick-or-Treater's. It is going to be cold and yucky tonight. We may end up with a lot of leftover Halloween candy. I guess I can send it to work with Alan. His folks enjoy any and all chocolate that they can get their hands on. Hope you have a super Halloween. Time to start planning for Thanksgiving. Is it still too early to listen to Christmas music? Maybe I'll just listen to it in my car.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Not such a picture perfect weekend weather-wise here in Louisville, but we did manage to squeeze in another fall hike in the woods.
This sign may look familiar. We hiked here last year. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is only about a 20 minute drive from our house. I wish the sun had been shining just a little bit more, but we were able to do the 3.5 miles in a little under 2 hours with just a couple of rest stops for me.
We decided not to picnic today, but did enjoy a little snack at the end of the hike. Hot spiced cider and fruit bars were just what we needed.
Unless the weather improves greatly, this might just have been my last hike of the season. The holidays are fast approaching and I know that our social schedule is about to pick up. If all of our Grand Canyon plans work out for next fall we will have to get back in to our hard core training come spring.
Hope you had a lovely weekend. If you live on the east coast and are dealing with the hurricane, stay safe. David's classes have been canceled for Monday, Norfolk is expecting a lot of rain combined with the full moon, flooding is likely. David may have to swim to class on Tuesday.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Can you guess what time of year it is? If you guessed "hiking time" you are the winner. The weather on Sunday was picture perfect and we took total advantage of it. We headed back to Indiana to Charlestown State park and hiked trail 3. I'm just going to show you a whole bunch of pretty pictures. Are you ready?
I told you they were pretty pictures. I'm hoping the leave here in Kentucky will look like this soon. You know my favorite part of the "hike" is the "picnic" after all the hiking is over. Yesterday we sat by the Ohio river and enjoyed our little feast. Honey Crisp apples are my favorite apple by far.
They are especially tasty when dipped in caramel sauce.
These little apples were not half bad either. Those Moravian's sure do know how to make a crispy cookie. It made me really happy to see that the cookies were actually apple shaped. So cute.
Not sure where we will hike next weekend. It all depends on the weather. I'm quite the fickle hiker and if the conditions are not just right I can come up with a ton of other things that "need" to get done. Keeping my fingers crossed for lots more beautiful days to come.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
You may remember that last Christmas I bought myself a beautiful pottery bowl to hold my yarn. It was a great bowl. I used it all the time. Last week my poor bowl got broken when George decided to stretch and knocked it off the ottoman. I'm sure it was all my fault for putting there, but I'm still blaming George. I was sad about it for a little while and then when I got over moping, I went online and ordered a new one.
I found it in an Etsy shop and it's even more beautiful than my first one. It's a little bigger and rounder and seems to "hug" my cake of yarn nicely. I got it from Ning's Pottery and it was made by the very talented ceramic artist Ke Ning Dauffenbach. If you are in the market for a yarn bowl, I would highly recommend that you check her out. www.ningswonderworld.etsy.com
Thursday, October 18, 2012
This super cool tool made by the lovely people at Pampered Chef (who have absolutely no idea who I am) was brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago, by one of my fellow Weight Watcher friends. It is called a Potato Chip Maker, and while it does make pretty amazing 0 fat potato chips, we have been using it mostly to make apple chips. It's so easy and the results are fun and delicious.
All you do is grab an apple, cut it in half and position the flat side down on the holder prongs.
Set the slicer tool on it's thinnest setting and slide the apple back and forth across the cutting blade.
It will make the thinnest apple slices that you have ever seen
Here is the secret. Lay the apple slices out on layers of paper towel and blot out as much moisture as possible. The dryer you can get them the better.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. I usually make my own, but I've found that the sugar in this little bottle from Kroger is more fine and sticks better to the apples.
Lay the apple slices on the silicon cooking trays
Microwave for 3 minutes on high. Switch the trays. Put the bottom one on top and then microwave for another 3 minutes. My microwave tends to have "hot spots", so during the second 3 minutes I reduce the power to 70% to keep the center chips from getting too brown.
Lay them out on a cooling rack for just a minute or so. They seem to crisp up as they cool.
One apple fills this sandwich bag and makes an easy snack to eat at my desk. Everyone that's tasted them has loved them. Thank you Pampered Chef!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Grace finished her mid-term exams and decided she needed to take a little break
I think she was missing her cat and maybe sleeping in her own bed just a bit.
She also wanted to check out all of the Halloween decorations at the zoo.
Hope you had a fun weekend!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Have a great day!