October 9, 2009


So, no Thursday bird feature, but did want to show you THIS before I leave for the weekend. Isn't this calendar wonderful! Enter by midnight for a chance to win it!!!

October 5, 2009


So! Just got offered TWO maternity leave positions which will keep me busy October through December teaching 5th grade and then starting Jan 4th I will be teaching Pre-K/EC!!!

I am SO THANKFUL and am excited/nervous (about the fifth grade position as I do not have a lot of experience past fourth grade). This will be a GREAT learning experience!

ALSO excited because Dunkin Doughnuts gave out free medium coffees today and of course I got one! I love any kind of giveaway :)

Now it's time for dinner and later watching How I Met Your Mother (my favorite television show) with my hubby.


Just wanted to share one of my favorite recipes for peanut butter cookies. They are so simple with only 3 ingredients! It is was submitted anonymously from a church cookbook of mine. Here it is:

*1 cup peanut butter
*1 cup sugar
*1 egg

Mix ingredients until well blended. Form into small balls. Place on cookie sheet and press down with fork. Bake 8-12 minutes at 325 degrees. Watch carefully as they burn easily.

October 4, 2009

This is a short week for us so I am keeping things fairly simple. Also, Tom and I are still not working with our usual grocery budget, so just trying to make do with what we have. No Crockpot Wednesday this time, but I will be back in action for next week (I'm thinking a Coconut Chicken Curry??!)!

Monday: Leftover--Bowtie Pasta in Homemade Sauce (what we canned this summer)

Tuesday: Ground Beef Tacos with Homemade Tortillas (so amazing...definitely check out the link found at Finding Joy in My Kitchen) and rice.

Wednesday: Leftover--Butternut Squash Soup (SO TASTY! I add curry powder, garlic, red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, and a touch of sea salt to mine)

Thursday: Cheeseburgers and sweet potato fries

Friday: Packing sandwiches and hitting the road to visit family for the weekend!!

So, I LOVE to cook with the seasons. Today, my sister and I made Butternut Squash soup for friends while we all enjoyed the Bears football game.

Next week I am definitely going to find some recipes with acorn squash. I bought one on Saturday at the Farmer's Market before actually knowing what I want to do with it. I am thinking something where I can stuff them, as I have never cooked anything like this before...we'll see! I also want to make baked apples for a dessert next week!

Oh, Autumn, you are definitely my favorite!!

*You can find more tasty recipes HERE!!

October 1, 2009

Male Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper

Isn't this bird so lovely! I can't get over its beautiful coloring! You can learn more about the Turquoise Honeycreeper HERE. If you click on this link you can see the difference between the male and the female...the female is just as beautiful!