day is done…gone the sun

it’s the monday giggles…

That summer bikini body

wasn’t ready.

But that

fall sweater body

is on point.

hugs n’ blessings to all those celebrating Nutella Hot Chocolate Season!

INGREDIENTS

Nutella Hot Chocolate

  • 4 cups low fat/skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Optional Toppings:

  • Marshmallows
  • Crushed hazelnuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Extra Nutella

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat milk in a medium sized saucepan on medium-high heat until beginning to warm and steam. Add the spread, cocoa powder and sugar, and whisk until dissolved and combined. Bring to a gentle simmer while stirring, and take off heat. Serve with your desired toppings.

what do YOU call it?

We call it…

PRE-SNOW.

hugs n’ blessings to all those busily using rakes ahead of the shovels!

Falling Leaves

Today, as I rode by,
I saw the brown leaves dropping from their tree
In a still afternoon,
When no wind whirled them whistling to the sky,
But thickly, silently,
They fell, like snowflakes wiping out the noon;
And wandered slowly thence
For thinking of a gallant multitude
Which now all withering lay,
Slain by no wind of age or pestilence,
But in their beauty strewed
Like snowflakes falling on the Flemish clay.

Margaret Postgate Cole, November 1915

pumpkin patch

it’s the monday giggles…

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and autumnn is falling quickly upon us!

I love, love, love, love, love Fall! 

I love the cooler temperatures that force us into jean-jackets and warm sweaters. I love plaid ponchoes and crochete-shawls draped over the shoulders.  I love the colors of the changing leaves and the sounds of “swish” & “crunch” walking through them beneath my feet. Not to mention the glee at jumping into a huge pile raked all together and the giggles from friends as they pick out the remnants left behind in my leaf-tossed hair!

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And of course it won’t be too very long until we sip on fresh-pressed local cider from Fuhrman’s before heading off to discover a resplendent pumpkin patch!

(A most magical place to be reminded of a forum by the great Philospher, Linus.)

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Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” Linus

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And I can’t help but to think, “Isn’t it so too with our God?”

Most Christians agree that sitting with God

is excellent therapy

for a troubled mind.

Indeed!”

Dawn Marie

God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all of the dirt off. Then, He cuts the top off and scoops out all of the yucky stuff. He removes seeds of doubt, hate, greed, unforgiveness, etc. Then, He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see!

Are you letting your light shine?

I do so verily hope you will join me in making THIS autumn one you will endeavor to

Shine for Jesus!

What will you be carving this year?

Here’s a few suggestions from me!

(Except let’s turn those Minion frowns upside-down!)

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( Giggles!)

A Pumpkin-Carving Prayer

(To be used while carving your pumpkin!)

{cut off top of pumpkin}
Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you.
{remove innards}
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you.
Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.
{cut open eyes}
Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me.
{cut out nose}
I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned my nose at the goodness you provide.
{cut out mouth}
Let everything I say please You.
{light the candle}
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do!

Amen.

hugs n’ blessings for all the light you bring to me and countless others!