Autumn Bucket List – Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte

November 18th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

You would think this would be an easy one….

Guess again…

I could not find a time where I could get the coffee and not be up all night.  So I knew it had to be during my day off so I could get it somewhat near the early part of the day.

So being Saturday I thought I would take the dogs to the park.   I was a little frustrated because where ever I went in the park, some man and his dog was in the eye sight of my unruly barky pups.

Where ever I go, there they are.

So I took the pups with me to Starbucks.

When I came home the neighbors were standing in the street….ummmmm, can you move so I can get in my driveway.

Finally maneuvered my car around the “nice” neighbors and started to get out the car.  But since people were there talking, again in the middle the street, my Little Olive went wacko, she started to twist and twirl and jump and panic and what does she do…..yes you guess it.  She knocked the damn coffee over.

I grabbed it quickly and only lost about an inch of the coffee, but I was frustrated.   I got the dogs into the house quickly and came back to get my coffee and purse from the car.   Only then did my neighbors move out of the street.

Big Sigh.  Then I saw it!

The jumpy house.

Oh lordy, they are having a party.  I need to go into the house, relax and drink my coffee.  What is left in the cup.  After the photo shoot.

Having the Cranberry Bliss Bar helped with the stress.

I also dropped some Pumpkin Pie Smash Mallows into my drink

Please note the 1′”of missing coffee.  Big Sigh!   At least there was room for the Smash Mallows.

By the way, they were yummy.

I got mine at Target, but I understand you can buy these are Amazon and other places.  They say Sam’s Club but I have never seen them there.

I do want to try their other seasonal flavors for Christmas.  Sugar Cookie and Hot Cocoa sound good.  Not a huge fan of peppermint but who knows.

 

Autumn Bucket List – Make Some Chili

November 11th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

When I added this to the bucket list, I was not thinking of warm, wonderful homemade chili because

a) I don’t have a good recipe (except my moms rainy day chili which takes hours)

b) I live alone so it is a lot of work for something i will eat once or twice

c) and basically I am lazy….HA!

I added it to the list just to make something warm and hot on a cold evening

So I make chili the easy way.

Some time ago I found at Wal-Mart a box that makes chili

This easy peasy box makes it quick.  Throw some meat in a pot and then add the canned beans, tomatoes, sauce and some spices.

Didn’t I say easy peasy

I usually end up throwing on some cheese or sour cream to finish it off.

All is good and yummy.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Good Witch Tale of Two Hearts”

November 4th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Got to the last of the Hallmark movies.  Yeah!

To be honest, I have been watching Hallmark Christmas movies all weekend.

That is,  watching movies instead of doing chores around the house.  Will I ever get those dishes done????

This one is a continuing story of The Good Witch series.

I did catch a couple of the older ones so I was well grounded on where the characters are in the story line.

Good Witch: A Tale of Two Hearts
Premieres October 21, 2018

Cassie’s precious family heirloom – a beautiful red ruby known as The Heart of Middleton – goes missing from the History of Halloween in Middleton museum exhibit. Without its Heart, the town of Middleton starts to doubt their Halloween spirit just in time for their annual festival competition with Blairsville. Complicating matters, Martha feels unappreciated and defects to Blairsville, giving new mayor Abigail Pershing a run for her money. It all culminates at an anniversary black tie Halloween gala at the museum honoring the lore of the Heart of Middleton, where the Merriwicks help to re-inspire their fellow Middletonians.

 

I have not always enjoyed the Good Witch, guess it depends on the story.

I did enjoy this one, especially the dilemma of the former mayor Martha.

It was a good story line and she always saves the day in her subtle magic.

I will give it a 4 pumpkin rating.

Autumn Bucket List – Read an Autumn Inspired Book

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Wow!  I had a hard time finding a book that had an Autumn theme.

I even checked Pinterest on lists of Autumn of Fall must reads.

Most were not my cup of tea.

Finally I found this book on Amazon.

Synopsis:

Artist Autumn Hamilton is stuck in a creative block so strong she wonders if she will ever emerge. Inwardly determined to find her way back to painting, she puts on a brave face and pretends all is well, even fooling her best friend, Meg. But then a distraction—in the form of hard-hearted Ethan Rasmussen—pulls her into a complex family saga. Autumn must stop Ethan from making a huge mistake, regardless of his good intentions, and no matter how handsome he is.

Meanwhile, online shopping and big box stores have taken their toll on the once vibrant shops and restaurants in downtown Finch’s Crossing. Major Peggy Brightwell has hired entrepreneur Kyle Oswald to bring the merchants into the world of internet marketing and social media, in time to entice Black Friday shoppers to Finch’s Crossing. The eccentric and loveable merchants fall instantly in love with Kyle, but it’s Meg he wishes would notice him. But Meg is hiding a fierce loneliness from everyone, including herself. Kyle is determined to find a chink in her armor, no matter how grumpy and resistant she is.

Autumn and Meg must work through their own problems before romance even stands a chance. And to further complicate matters, Ethan and Kyle have the kind of baggage that just might be a little too heavy for Autumn and Meg to carry.

Finch’s Crossing is a heart-warming, small-town sweet romance series, following the lives of the four Hamilton sisters, Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter, who are all searching for the same thing: sustaining, unconditional love. The series features a supporting cast of lovable eccentrics, and a lot of small town quirkiness.

 

This book felt like a Hallmark movie in the making, I can almost see the characters.

It was cute, held my interest and found the characters likeable.  There even was a pumpkin incident and lots of fall leaves to make me happy.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Love of Course”

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

This Hallmark movie was the best one yet!  Of course anything with Cameron Mathison is going to be a good movie.  He use to be in my favorite soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN so he is golden to me.  LOL

Love, Of Course
Premieres October 20, 2018

Amy has spent most of her adult life “helicoptering” around her daughter, Cara especially since her husband died six years earlier. With reluctance, Amy is helping Cara head off to college in another city. She then “conveniently” lands a job at Cara’s college, much to Cara’s dismay. When Amy meets Noah, a charismatic, well-traveled professor, she learns more about herself and discovers a new life of her own, filled with romance.

 


 

This one gets 5 pumpkins as I liked the story, I liked the characters and of course Cameron Mathison.

Autumn Bucket List – Gifts for the Co-Workers

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Crafts 2 Comments »

Every Holiday I usually make something for the co-workers.

I really liked the little bunny box I made from them on Easter, so I thought I would do another box but using the new Bar Add on from Lawn Fawn.

The wings had to be in glitter.   I was not sure what candy would fit into the box but was pleased to see the Lindt Lindor candies fit just fine.

A little Glossy Accents in the eyes make it all the more spooky.

In two colors of grey they each look great.

My co-workers loved the bats.

As you can tell, the co-workers are very happy with the bat boxes

 

 

Thank you for looking at my post!

Added to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – TAKE FLIGHT cuz bats can fly.  At least the candies inside will fly right into my mouth

and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge for ANYTHING GOES

Autumn Bucket List – Making an Autumn Inspired Dinner

October 30th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Recipes No Comments »

Ok, originally I wanted to make a dinner from one of my Autumn Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, but then I go strolling thru Pinterest and you can guess what happened.

 

That’s right, I found another recipe.

 

I found this Maple Dijon Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts

Yum, this recipe is from Juliasalbum.com.    Just click on the chicken below to take you there.

Now my pictures did not look that nice, but then again I am not a cooking genius or a photographer.

Here is my prepped chicken…..so many possibilities

What can be easier than throwing everything onto a baking sheet.

I have just rediscovered Brussel sprouts.   i had them at a restaurant that was done with balsamic vinegar and I met heaven in my mouth.

Mine, not so much, but I am sure there will be opportunities in the future.

 

Maybe a little over done on the outside but the chicken.

I forgot to set the timer.

Stupid me.

When I smelled the chicken I realized my error.  However under the crispy skin was a nicely cooked chicken.

Everything was yummy.

 

 

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Under the Autumn Moon”

October 25th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

I have a lot of things pending to post, but not quite done.

But I did watch another Hallmark Movie!

This time it was UNDER THE AUTUMN MOON

Under the Autumn Moon
Premieres October 13, 2018

While visiting a dude ranch that is a potential acquisition for the outdoor adventure company she works for, Alex, an eager candidate for a big promotion, discovers what matters most when she reignites her passion for the great outdoors; and becomes smitten with the ranch’s owner in the process.

I enjoyed this movie, not sure if it was the ranch, or the cute couple.   Not too thrilled about the big executive quest as the female character is a sweet, gentle soul who loves horses and of course the ranch.  Lindy Booth is so cute you just want her as your best friend.  And Wes Brown is not too bad to look at.

But I always enjoy “saving the ranch” at the end of any movie.

 

 

Since I liked this movie, I will give it a 4 pumpkin rating.

I could definitely watch it next year.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Falling for You”

October 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Trying to catch up on my Hallmark Movies.

This one is called Falling for You.

 

Falling for You
Premieres October 6, 2018
While planning a fundraising event, a small New England town’s radio station manager meets her match in a visiting businessman who can’t seem to see beyond the screen of his laptop computer, until she ropes him into participating in her bachelor bake-off to help save the station.

I have to admit this did not really interest me.   The characters did not have a lot of chemistry and I lost interest.  Cute premise, but did not knock it out of the ballpark!

Sorry I have to give it a 2 pumpkin rating.

Well they all cannot be my favorites!

 

 

Autumn Bucket List – Add a Wallflower Plug with Autumn Scent

October 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

OK, this was an easy one.

Not only do I have wallflower plugs galore, I am also always buying new scents.

So this was an easy peasy task on my list.

I decided to use the Autumn Lantern plug.  I love the autumn scene and the little New England Village.

Especially lit up at night.  Oh so pretty.

I decided to pair it with the scent called AUTUMN

AUTUMN fragrance notes are:  Bright Red Gala Apple, Juicy Fig, Eucalyptus Leaf, Fir Balsam

Could anything be more perfect for an Autumn scent??

My kitchen walls are a dark fuchsia, so forgive the picture against my wall.

One more item checked off the list.