A Little Special Halloween Treat – Starbucks Style

October 30th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Shopping Finds No Comments »

So I was watching one of my favorite you tubers and she went to Starbucks to get the Limited Edition Witches Brew drink

I always seem to forget there are special limited edition drinks everywhere, so watching the video prompted me to rush out and get one.

Ohhhhh does it look spooky!!!!

So here it is in all it purple glory

Congealed purple and eye of newt (chia seeds) or warts or dragon scales,

Whatever it is just tastes like an orange cream drink.

Not sure it was worth it, but it did get me into the spirit.

 

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.

 

Autumn Bucket List – Beautiful Mums

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

Well I certainly did not think finding any Mums for my front door would be such an ordeal.    I went to my local nursery and they were in 3″ pots and looked sad and miserable.

I found HUGE ones at Smart and Final but there were no blooms on the plant.  I really know nothing about plants, especially Mums.    I was afraid if I spent $18 bucks on that huge plant and then discovered they never bloomed I would feel stupid.

Was it really that hard to find a plant.

I guess so.

I decided to check out my local Wal-Mart’s garden center and lo and behold.  $5.oo buckets of mums.

Were they they best out there….no,  but they were bright and sunny.

At Michael’s Crafts I found these cute olive buckets and thought it would make the plants look better than the regular old pot.

I like how they look.   Very pretty and not a huge investment of money.

Please remind me to water them.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “All of my Heart: The Wedding”

October 20th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

It was Hallmark movie watching time!   Nothing like watching a sappy romance movie, and the Hallmark Channel masters that genre.

This movie was the third installment of a very popular couple.

Since I did not watch the original two movies, I had to go back and watch the first two to get grounded on the premise and characters.

I have to admit I liked the first two movies better.

This movie, was cute but I did not like the “cousin” showing up out of the blue and wanting a share of the property.   The cousin wasn’t mean per se, but she was an irritant in the happily ever after.  I think I would have liked another story line regarding the property and finding a happier solution.  However I like the characters as they are cute together and loveable.

Synopsis:  Jenny and Brian’s wedding plans are interrupted when Meg arrives, claiming she’s also an heir to their inn. Now they must focus on raising the money to buy Meg out, and Brian considers returning to Wall Street, until Bucks County has a fundraiser. Still, they’re short on the funds they need, and an interested buyer shows up who intends to rebuild the aging structure rather than tenderly repair it like Jenny and Brian always have. For now, though, focusing on marrying is all that matters to these loving innkeepers, who hope their happy-ever-after can be spent creating more romance in Emily’s Inn.

I have to give it a 3 pumpkin rating (really a strong 3+) but not quite a 4

I do hope they come out with another installment as I really liked the couple.

 

Autumn Bucket List – Candle, Pumpkin Bread, and IPhone Wallpaper

October 6th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

I am checking off a few items off the Autumn Bucket List

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The Autumn Candle

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have a stash of candles and most of them are autumn scents.

However lighting a candle by itself is a little boring.

When I was at Wal-mart I found this little goodie (thanks to an instagram post)

For a mere $14.94 You can have this beauty.   It holds on of the large 3 wick candles from Bath & Body Works

Click here to get the candle holder with free shipping

But I figured it was good for Halloween, Autumn and Christmas pending a little decoration.

I used some glue dots to hold an autumn leaf to the roof to make it “autumn”

See how roomy it is

All lit.   This little table was a handmade table that my Uncle made for his Mother (my Grandmother).   He died in WW2 at the young age of 21.    My Mom used this table and did not use coasters so there are rings on the finish.  One day I will sand and refinish it.   It is the perfect little table (and it hold my gooseberry patch cookbooks).

All cozy and Autumn like!

 

Lovely side view of both the house and the rings on the table.  LOL

Pumpkin Bread

I made pumpkin bread this morning.  I bought this mix as Sam’s club.

I prefer the Libby brand but this brand is easy peasy and you can also make cookies and pancakes.  I might try the cookies.

For variety I added some of the new Maple flavored morsels from Toll House.

Yummy chips in yummy batter.

 

I decided to use my new Rae Dunn platter.   I guess I have started to collect these things.  Ugh, I may be sorry.  However I am not having a lot of luck in my search for Halloween items.

It came out moist and yummy with a hint of maple.

Nothing as good as moist yummy pumpkin bread in autumn.

and finally a quick post on something that was NOT on the autumn list an Iphone wallpaper.

I never, ever thought about changing the wallpaper on my phone  I added this cutie to my iphone.

Click here to get your own copy of this wallpaper.

Thanks for checking out my autumn list!

See you soon!

 

The Cat Doctor – Rest in Peace!

September 30th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations No Comments »

On the morning of my birthday I went to my Facebook page to see what was happening with all my friends and family.   I was shocked and saddened to see my favorite vet in the world had passed away.

Doctor Tracy McFarland was by and far the best vet I have ever encountered.   I am such a critic of animal doctors and they vary from lack to skills, to money focused, to sometimes and shockingly cruel to animals.  So when I found Dr. Tracy that first day I know I found the best there was.   She had taken care of my Kahlua, my Scooter and my Beau.   I wish I knew her when my Maxwell was sick, she probably could have saved him.

The first time I went to see her was after I went to another doctor to exam my newly adopted kittens.  That doctor was barely even examining the kittens and I left unimpressed.   I found the Cat Doctor in the yellow pages (remember this was 15 years ago) and made an appointment.   I saw Dr. Tracy.   She examined every inch of those kittens.  Checked ears and eyes, felt the bone structure, felt the stomach, looked in their mouths, and answered my questions.  Without a doubt I knew this was a woman who knew their stuff.

Image result for dr tracy mcfarland

 

Dr. Tracy saved my Scooter twice from a severe illness, brought Beau back from the brink of death and yelled at me when I brought in my Kahlua a little too late to save.

It is no surprise to me the amount of love shown to the office and family after her death.  I am grateful that I was able to mail the card to her before she became  to weak to read cards.

She meant so much to so many.

Rest in Peace Doctor Tracy you will be missed!

Below are some picture from her memorial service.  Pictures taken from Facebook.

 

 

Not on the Bucket List but a worthy mention

September 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations No Comments »

Autumn also means pumpkin spice and autumn food.

 

Here are a few goodies I found in the stores.

Apple Cider Donuts from Trader Joes

Apple Cider Jam from Trader Joes

Pasta and Pasta Sauce from Trader Joes

Pumpkin flavored Pepperidge Farm cookies from Target

and finally pumpkin bread box mix from Trader Joes

 

Bon Appetit!