Archive for October, 2015

Cinnamon Apple Chips

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Did you ever enjoy apple chips as a child?  The crispy snack is a great healthy treat for both adults and children – and can bring a nostalgia for fall any time of the year.  Rather than purchasing this item (at a very high price!), make them at home.  This is a wonderful fall activity with children.  Apple prices are low and a wonderful bonding experience between generations!  You may find yourself eating these delectable chips almost as fast as you make them, so plan for plenty!

 

What you need:

Lemon Juice

2 Apples

Cinnamon

Basting Brush

 

Instructions:

Slice apples into thin slices about 1/8 of an inch. Leave the skin and core intact. The skin is healthy and the core makes a pretty design in the center of the apple chip.

Soak apple slices in a bowl of water. Use 2 cups of water and add ¼ cup of lemon juice. Let slices soak for 30 minutes. The lemon juice will prevent the apple from turning brown.

After soaking, pat the apple slices as dry as you can get them. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the apple slices on the baking sheet. Dust the slices with cinnamon and then use a basting brush to rub cinnamon on the entire slice.

Move the oven racks to the 2/3 from the bottom and 2/3 from the top. Place cookie sheets on the racks and bake for an hour. After an hour remove from oven and turn chips over. Return to the oven for another hour.

 

A great way to enjoy these is cuddled under a cozy blanket or near a warm fire.  Turn on your favorite movie and snack on apple chips rather than popcorn.  These are also wonderful enjoyed with a big mug of hot chocolate!  Don’t forget the marshmallows!

The EVERYTHING Sale!

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6 Fabulous Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas

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  1. Purchase tall metal wire baskets and an ample supply of small pumpkins. Place a tall arrangement of fall leaves, willow branches, and twigs inside the basket. Hold the arrangement with one hand and use the other hand to fill the basket with the small pumpkins. They will serve as an anchor to keep the foliage arrangement in place. Because the basket is wire the pumpkins will also be visible!
  2. Replace old, boring porch light fixtures with lantern style light fixtures. Lanterns are perfect for fall themes.
  3. Set a bale of hay on one side of the porch. Place pots of mums on it and at the foot of it. Fill in any gaps with appropriately sized pumpkins.
  4.  Display a unique wreath. Rather than the standard, round, store bought wreath, make your own. Find a large, twiggy branch in the front or back yard. Purchase a strand of fall leaves from the craft store. (Real fall leaves will disintegrate too quickly to get longevity out of your wreath.) Use floral wire to twist, weave, and attach the leaves to the branch. Tie a bow at the base of the branch, with the ribbons trailing onto the foliage. Hang on the front door.
  5. When Halloween approaches, maximize your display by working with the theme. Insert witch’s brooms in tall planters and containers, and then attach bats and ghosts to the siding of the house on either side of the front door. A few days before Halloween, carve a few of the pumpkins and set them on the porch floor, forward of the other décor and illuminate each night.
  6. Make good use of an old wooden ladder by using it as a display stand. Stack pumpkins, gourds, and small flower pots on the rungs. Fill the small pots with tiny pumpkins. If you’re creative, paint the flower pots in fall colors before putting them to use. Slide large planters underneath the ladder and fill them with mums or fall foliage. Nearby, set a small bale of hay on the porch floor, and place a square of plywood on top to convert the hay bale to a table. Set a wicker chair next to it.  

Tips for Clearing Clutter

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Getting rid of clutter goes hand in hand with deep cleaning. Find out how to get rid of clutter the easy way. The best way to cut ties with things you have been holding on to is to ask yourself a few of questions about the item in question.

Do I have the space available to keep storing this item? If the answer is no, then toss or donate the item. Space is so valuable and you always seem to need more of it. If you could store other things, which you use on a regular basis, clear out this space and put it to good use.

Do I have another item that serves the same or similar purpose? If yes then you need to consider which item is more practical. Also consider which item is easier to store and takes up the least amount of space.

Am I holding on to this broken item with intentions to fix it? If yes then you need to consider if it is worth saving. Ask yourself: “Can I fix this in the next two weeks?”  “Do I currently have the resources to fix it?” if your answer is no to either question then you should let the item go.

Have I used this in the last year? If you have been able to go about your day to day life without using this particular thing for a year, then chances are you do not need it. You may want to consider tossing it even if you have only used the item once or twice during the past year. Unless the thing you have been holding on to is Christmas decorations, it should be under serious review.

Have I been keeping this for sentimental reasons? We can become attached to things easily. Just by looking at an item can create a sense of nostalgia and we are leery of losing those feelings forever. Keep smaller sentimental things that can be put into a scrap book or a small box.

Keep this list of questions so you can de-clutter throughout the year. This list will help you keep the important items and cut ties with the rest!