Autumn Bucket List – Cook 5 Autumn Inspired Meals

January 3rd, 2021 klwade Posted in Bucket List | No Comments »

There are so many wonderful things to cook during Autumn. From soups, to pastas to yummy meats and autumn veggies. I could have done so much more, but here are the top five.

I am always so excited to pay fun shaped pasta but usually have no clue what to do with it. Aldi has released so many fun things for Autumn and I could not resist the Halloween pasta.

So I found a great recipe on Pinterest to make a Easy Taco Pasta Salad. With corn and cheese and sour cream plus taco seasoning to name a few this was a great dish. It is probably better for a summer pool party but was very good and very autumn inspired with the cute Halloween shapes.

Aldi also makes the cutest themed pizzas. Here is their Jack O’Lantern pizza.

I was surpised it was pretty good. I was anticipating some cardboard taste but the sauce was good and it was a quick Friday night meal.

Continuing the Aldi theme, I tried their One Pot Sauce – Beef Stroganoff. I also tried thier Chicken Pot Pie one. This was vary flavorful and I would probably buy again next season.

Made some noodles and a dolap of sour cream and I was having a nice autumn themed meal.

I had bought this Gilbert Fig & Feta chicken Sausage from Target and it seemed so autumn like. At Aldi was the Butternut Squash Blend.

Wow-za! What a great meal. I am not sure what they put in that butternut squash Blend but it was so flavorful and was the most “Autumn” inspired meal of the season.

Can you tell I have a thing for Aldi. The next meal was an Aldi Priano Bolognese Pasta Bake. The weird thing is they never tell you what size pan to use so next time I will do a 8×8 dish, but don’t get me wrong, this was really good. Some hamburger meat and parmensan cheese and this is a winner. I would definitly buy this again.

I am sure I did a few more meals but these were the 5 that I planned.

All were great meals, and thank you Aldi for the great inspiration.

Autumn Bucket List – Finish Autumn Scarf

January 2nd, 2021 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Crafts, Crocheting | No Comments »

So last year I started this somewhat simple scarf, and of course, did not finish it. I figured since I am working from home I can crochet during long boring meetings. And boy that was the trick, I finished the scarf and it is so warm and comfy.

I found the pattern on Pinterest and the lovely designer put the pattern on Raverly for free but I think she charges now, but well worth it for this awesome pattern. I would recommend it for a first time crocheter as it was fast and easy. That is if you have long conference calls. LOL

Click on the photo below to get to Raverly for the pattern.

The only real issue I had, was that both ends of the skein was the same color. I had quite a struggle trying to get a different color in one of the strands. But I did ok, except I wish the tassels had more dark colors in them but otherwise I love it.

The Mandala yarn is awesome and has such beautiful colors. I was able to find this at Wal-mart for a great price. I know you can order from Michaels and I think Joanns carries it also.

Since you use three strands to crochet the pattern, it really does go fast.

Autumn Bucket List – Make Hearty Soup in Crockpot

January 2nd, 2021 klwade Posted in Bucket List | No Comments »

Finding a recipe was a bit of a challenge. I scoured Pinterest until I found something easy and interesting. I really did not want to make a big deal out of some soup.

So I ended up making potato cheese soup that you make from hashbrowns.

It took forever but the soup was good. However it is MUCH easier to open a can. LOL. Seriously there are so many great canned soups out there. And considering I live by myself, there was way too much soup. But I did check it off my bucket list.

Being it took a whole pound of bacon, this is a tad bit expensive to make. But it would be awesome if you had guests and some warm hot bread.

Autumn Bucket List – Autumn Quilt

January 2nd, 2021 klwade Posted in Bucket List | 2 Comments »

I just wanted to finish posting my autumn lists. I ran into Christmas and it snowballed from there. So even though it is January, I want to finish up posting my autumn bucket list items.

I enjoy changing my bedding to match the season. It helps set the mood when you are stuck inside the house thru the whole season.

I ended up throwing on a couple of autumn colored (mustard gold) throws as the season got colder. God I love this season. You sun people can keep your blazing hot sun and sweat. I will take a cuddle in my warm blankets any day.

Autumn Bucket List – Fall Foliage

November 30th, 2020 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Uncategorized | No Comments »

This year it was a bit difficult to find fall foliage. First of all we really do not have season and secondly, with Covid I am not really driving around out there. Currently we are in the purple stage which is very restrictive.

But I did take some pictures from my car and by my house.

This street has beautiful autumn trees on both sides. I am always in awe when I see the full autumnal colors.

This was right around the corner from the house. Look at all the leaves on the lawn.

This tree is in my front yard by the side of the driveway. I love all the yellow/gold colors. Considering this poor tree almost died, I love that it has come back beautifully.

From my driveway I can see this beautiful tree down the street. Not only is it a large tree, it is in full autumn bloom.

I have always wanted to live somewhere with a real autumn. I see pictures of back east and feel a sense of great satisfaction looking at them. I try to imagine walking down a lane with a carpet of leaves, pumpkins on porches and a brisk autumn breeze.

Autumn Bucket List – Yummy Treats

November 30th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

Food seems to show up on my bucket list quite often. I usually try to add a new recipe every year. Some stick around in future years. Others seem to just fade away in memories.

I decided to try a caramel apple from Aldi. Yup, another Aldi find.

I am not a huge fan of caramel apples. Not sure why, it has apples that I love and caramel that I love, you would think the two would be a marriage made in heaven. It was ok, but at least I gave it a try. Funny because I like apples dipped in caramel. Maybe it was the kind of apple they used.

The 2nd items was fried apple poppers. I bought a can of fried apples from Aldi and decided I would use these instead. Although the recipe was easy to do from scratch.

Check out the recipe on the link below.

Yummy apple bomb recipe from Dixie Crystal Sugar

You use biscuits from a can for the dough and it makes it so simple to wrap them up and bake them.

Sprinkle a lot of butter and cinnamon sugar on top and it is warm yummy goodness.

They were very tasty. However the recipe does say that it does not set well over time so this recipe is food when you have a small group.

Autumn Bucket List – Spa Day

November 30th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

I always add a little spa treatment on my autumn lists so that I make sure to pamper myself.

The first one was a nice face mask. I got this one from Bath and Body Works.

Just being a little goofy while the magical mask did it autumn goodness to my face.

The 2nd treatment I did was my nails in a autumn color.

I have never had long wonderful nails so it always looks a bit funny when I wear darker polish.

This nail polish was a little old and is already chipping off but I did like the autumn color with a bit of glitter.

Autumn Bucket List – A little Breakfast

November 30th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

There were two breakfast related items on the bucket list.

The first one was the Pumpkin Spice Breakfast rolls which I bought at Aldi. Got to love Aldi. Easy peasy, pop in the over and then you have breakfast.

A little yummy roll on an Autumn morning with a cup of hot coffee is the perfect way to start the day.

The 2nd Breakfast item was a bit more of a challenge. I bought one of those cute Dash waffle makers from Target. One side was a waffle imprint and the other side was a pumpkin.

I bought some pumpkin spice mix from Wal-mart and spent a good hour or two cranking out pumpkin spice waffles.

With the extra left over pancakes, I decided to freeze them so I will have toaster waffles next week.

Autumn Bucket List – Drinks

November 28th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

As the weather cools, and the leaves blow – Autumn demands hot drinks.

I have a new obsession with Aldi. One of their strengths is the new releases of fun coffee.

For Autumn I got four different kinds. I love they have themed coffee and it is actually very good.

I even bought thier ghost mug. It is kinda small so I think it will work better as a holder for drink stirrers versus actual coffee.

Also on my bucket list was getting a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.

I am glad they have a drive thru down the street from me. I miss the Kentucky Fried Chicken, but they did not do very well. I have never known a chicken place to run out of chicken before. Very poorly runned Franchise.

But lets just admire the beautiful latte below.

The other Aldi autumn coffee I purchased is more of a general autumn theme. Caramel (which is always good) and Apple Crisp which sounds very Setpember/October fall leaves type.

Since I work from home now, I tend to drink a fair amount of coffee. These coffees from Aldi are less than $4 and are very good.

And finally my favorite drink from Starbucks…. The Caramel Apple Cider drink. It is so warm and comforting.

OK, I am starting to get thirsty.

Autumn Bucket List – Books

November 28th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

Nothing gets me in the mood for autumn more than a great autumn themed book.

Since I joined the Goodreads yearly reading challenge I found I had fallen behind on my reading. Fortunately with the desire to read autumn books I have caught up.

I picked this book up at Wal-Mart as the yellow/orange trees and the word Autumn jumped out. I have never read any books by Kelly Irvin and have not read any books with Amish characters.

I actually enjoyed the book and would not mind reading some of the other books in the series.

From the back cover: The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove? 

When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant. 

As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?

The 2nd book I read was an audio book. Being part of the Autumnboro series I feel that it had enough “autumn” to meet my criteria.

Synopsis of book:

Powerball winner Josie Morgan has learned the hard way that dating, in her financial situation, will only lead to heartbreak. She’s been perfectly happy living the single life and running the Pumpkin Everything country store. Too bad her mother can’t seem to take the hint. Unwilling to face another lineup of suitors and gold-diggers at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, Josie opts to stay behind in Autumnboro to host a free meal for anybody without a place to go.

When Josie’s family turns up in Autumnboro, faking a relationship with funeral planner Riley Parker seems like the only way to make it through the holiday. Like every other man on Earth, Riley’s only interested in her money. So what if she has a teeny, tiny crush? If he agrees to help her out, she’ll gladly write him a check.

But as Thanksgiving draws closer, turkey and stuffing aren’t the only things heating up, and maybe money isn’t the only thing on Riley’s mind. Josie’s already hit the lottery once, dare she hope for anything more?

This was a cute book and I enjoyed listening to the story. Some books are hard for me to listen to so fortunately the narrator was a good.