Thursday, October 23, 2014

Acorns Galore!

Look at these acorns.  They look pretty innocent, don't they?  They're not!  The acorns on our oak trees have been ganging up on us!
We have 11 oak trees in our front yard, so we often have quite a few acorns in the yard.  This year is unlike any other though.  They've been falling off the trees with such force that we hear them hitting the roof and rolling down when we're inside. Sometimes it sounds like someone is throwing rocks up there.
Not only are they noisy, they are plentiful. Last week Bob raked half the yard and got 3 wheelbarrows full of acorns.  Sadly, the area he raked is full of acorns again.


This is what our yard looks like.  You can't take a step without stepping on several acorns.
Have you ever seen this many acorns in one yard?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cooking Thursday

It seems that pumpkin is everywhere this time of year.  In keeping with that trend, I have a pumpkin recipe to share.  If you like pumpkin, you'll like this!


The Best Pumpkin Cake Ever

1 yellow cake mix
1 can pumpkin (Plain pumpkin, not pie filling)
1 generous teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
12 ounces Cool Whip
1 bag Heath bits

Stir together cake mix and pumpkin pie spice, then stir in pumpkin.
Pour into greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Allow cake to cool completely.
Poke holes into cake with handle of wooden spoon.
Pour sweetened condensed milk over cake, making sure to fill the holes.
Place in refrigerator for 1 hour or more.
Spread Cool Whip over top of cake and sprinkle Heath bits over all.
Store in refrigerator.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn in West Michigan

It's so pretty here!  The colors are at peak right now and everywhere I go, I admire the beauty around me.  Here's a few photos of Gods work!


















 

















Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alaina is Three (almost)

My Alaina is turning three on Friday!  Laura had her party early, because the baby is due next Monday, and she wanted to have it done, just in case.
Alaina had so much fun, and we had fun watching her.


There was a polka dot theme.  Laura made the polka dot cake, but she also had cupcakes for those who wanted them.  Everyone left with oreo pops - Oreo's covered in white chocolate and sprinkles on a stick.

Trying on a party hat.


Blowing out the candles


This cake is so good!

Opening presents is so much fun!


Balloons with my cousins is fun too!

After all that playing, she still had energy to do some running with Grandpa before we left.

Alaina Jo - what joy you bring to us!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn Showcase of homes

My friend Anni, over at Hootin' Anni's Chronicles has invited her readers to join her in showing our homes Autumn or Halloween Decorations.


I'm not a real fan of Halloween, and usually just add a little Fall or Thanksgiving look.  I don't do a lot, so I'll just show you what I do, which is mostly pumpkins!

 Starting at the front door, I have this pot of mums.


 I also have a selection of pumpkins and gourds.  I love the ones that are bumpy or odd shaped.


 I have pumpkins scattered around my house too, including these ones on the tv stand.


 My dining room wall gets a little ceramic pumpkin on one of the shelves.



This is on my table much of the year, but I change out the candle and the inside decorations.  Now there are leaves, sunflowers, acorns and a few small feathers.



Last is this little thankful turkey who sits in an old milk can, next to the door from the garage into the house.  
As I said, it's not a lot, but these few decorations do make me smile!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cooking Thursday

I made such a yummy crockpot meal this week.  I got it ready at night, and it cooked while I was at work.  It's so nice to have supper nearly ready when you get home!  Bob and I both really liked this one.  I plan to add some sliced green pepper to it next time, for a little more color and just because I think it would go well with the rest.
For more recipes, visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.

Easy Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
4 1/2 teaspoons water
cooked rice

Place chicken in slow cooker. Mix in a bowl sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic, pepper. Once mixed together well pour over chicken. Cook on medium for 6-7 hours.
Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl.  Stir into sauce in crockpot and cook for another hour until sauce is thickened.
Put chicken over steamed rice and drizzle sauce over the top.  Enjoy!