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October 27, 2013

31 Days of Autumn {Day 27}: Corn Maze

We were supposed to visit the corn maze this weekend, but with the illness in our family, we decided to cancel.  

So, instead of writing about our visit this weekend, I am going to re-post an article from the archives from a previous visit to the corn maze.  

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We had a fun Thanksgiving weekend. We took the girls to the local corn maze.

Entrance to the 20 acre corn maze
Bouncing on the Jumping Pillows
We took a tractor ride through the corn maze
Visited the petting zoo




Lastly, we visited the pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin for each girl to carve for Halloween.  We had a fun day out.  

{This is day 27 in a 31 day series celebrating autumn. Click here for more autumn ideas.}  



31 Days of Autumn {Day 26}: Caramel Corn

{This is yesterday's 31 Days of Autumn post.  My family has been struck with illness this weekend.  I apologize and thank you for your patience.} 


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Ingredients:

8 cups popped popcorn
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 tbsp corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 325F.  

2.  In small saucepan combine sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt over high heat.  

3.  Bring to a boil.  Boil at a slow boil for 4 minutes without stirring. 

4.  Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.  

5.  In a large mixing bowl, pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir to coat evenly.  

6.  Transfer, in a single layer, to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

8.  Bake for 10 - 15 minutes.  

9.  Remove from the oven and let cool before breaking into pieces.   

10.  Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.  

Enjoy!


{This is day 26 in a 31 day series celebrating autumn. Click here for more autumn ideas.}  




October 25, 2013

31 Days of Autumn {Day 25}: Family Fun Night: Board Games

Playing board games together as a family is a great activity and perfect for the weekend.

Here are a few of our favourite family games.


Spuzzle

Great fun for the whole family.  The object of the game is to be the first player to finish your five puzzles.  

Guess Who

A two player guessing game.  Players alternate asking questions to determine the identity of the character the other person has chosen.  A great game for children to practice asking questions, listening and observation skills.  

Chutes and Ladders

A classic game.  Simple but fun.  Players take turns rolling a dice and moving the number of squares indicated.  Winner is the first person to reach the 100th square at the top of the board.  

Quack Quack

A simple memory game.  The object of the game is to collect as many of the cards as you can by correctly guessing the hidden animal.  

Monster Bingo

Great game for preschoolers to learn shapes and colours.  The object of the game is to be the first player to cover four monsters with slime tiles.  It's easy for little ones to understand and is fun.  

{This is day 25 in a 31 day series celebrating autumn. Click here for more autumn ideas.}



October 24, 2013

31 Days of Autumn {Day 24}: Autumn Crafting

I love to enjoy fall evenings by either knitting or cross-stitching.  I taught myself to cross-stitch when I was eleven and am still trying to teach myself knitting!  

The cross stitch I am currently working on
My next project
Hopefully this will resemble a scarf once I'm finished!

Crochet will be my next craft to learn.  Any recommendations for a project for a beginner?

Which craft do you enjoy during the cooler months?

{This is day 24 in a 31 day series celebrating autumn. Click here for more autumn ideas.}


October 23, 2013

31 Days of Autumn {Day 23}: Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Roast Pork Loin with Apple Topping

Ingredients:

Rub

1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp caraway seeds
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground sage

4 - 5lb pork loin roast

Topping

1 1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp mace
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 325F.

2.  Mix rub ingredients together in a small bowl.  

3.  Rub mixture over surface of pork.  

4.  Place pork fat side up on a baking rack in roasting pan and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  
5.  Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl.  

6.  Spread topping ingredients over roast.  

7.  Bake 1 hour longer, until juices run clear and the temperature of the pork reaches 150F.  

8.  Cover with foil and let rest for 10 - 15 minutes.  Slice and serve.

Enjoy!

{This is day 23 in a 31 day series celebrating autumn. Click here for more autumn ideas.}  




October 22, 2013

31 Days of Autumn {Day 22}: Favourite Autumn Movies


These are the movies I look forward to watching snuggled under a blanket with popcorn at the ready.   


You've Got Mail

One of my favourite romantic comedies!  This is a modern remake of "The Shop Around The Corner" and I love it.  Will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. 


Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams is wonderful in this story of a teacher who uses unconventional teaching methods to inspire his students to achieve more.   


Waking Ned Devine

Funny, entertaining tale about a lottery winner from a tiny Irish village.  A sweet, happy movie.  


Planes, Trains & Automobiles

A wonderful heart-warming story.  The actors make the perfect comedic team. 


When Harry Met Sally

Classic romantic comedy.  Perfect for cuddling up and watching on a cool autumn night.  


Julie & Julia

Meryl Streep is simply fabulous as Julia Child.  An absolutely delightful movie. 


Pride and Prejudice

Another of my all time favourite movies.  Jennifer Ehle is wonderful.  A must for all Jane Austen fans.  


Harry Potter series

The wizarding world brought to life.  It was too hard to pick my favourite, although I do really enjoy the first movie.   


Which are your favourite movies to watch during this season?  Any recommendations for ones to watch?

{This is day 22 in a 31 day series celebrating autumn. Click here for more autumn ideas.}



October 21, 2013

31 Days of Autumn {Day 21} White Chocolate Mocha Recipe

White Chocolate Mocha Recipe

This drink won't do your waistline any favours, but it tastes wonderful!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream (35% whipping cream)
1/3 cup (2 oz) good quality white chocolate
strong freshly brewed coffee (kept hot)

Directions:

1.  Measure the milk and cream into a small saucepan.

2.  Heat to a gentle boil.

3.  While the milk and cream are heating, chop the white chocolate into small pieces and place into a measuring jug.  

4.  When the milk and cream are hot, pour into the measuring jug over the chocolate.

5.  Whisk together until the chocolate melts.  

6.  Fill your coffee cup halfway with the strong coffee.

7.  Fill the rest of the cup with the milk mixture.

8.  Garnish with freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired.  

Enjoy!

{This is day 21 in a 31 day series celebrating autumn. Click here for more autumn ideas.}




October 20, 2013

October 19, 2013

31 Days of Autumn {Day 19}: Bake Bread

Bread Recipe

This is a white bread recipe which produces two loaves.  

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups warm water (110 F / 45 C)
2 packages active dry yeast (4 1/2 tsps)
3 tbsps white sugar
3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 tbsp salt
approximately 6 1/2 cups bread flour (this depends on humidity and temperature)

Directions:

1.  In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.  

2.  Stir in oil, salt and two cups of the flour.  

3.  Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.  

4.  When the dough comes together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, approximately 8 - 10 minutes.  

5.  Lightly oil a large bowl.  Place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat it with oil.  This prevents a crust from forming on the top of the dough while it is rising.    

6.  Cover with plastic wrap or a teatowel and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size (approximately an hour).  

7.  Remove the plastic wrap or teatowel and punch down the dough.  

8.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into two equal pieces.  

9.  Form into loaves by stretching the dough into a rectangle and then rolling into a log.  

10.  Place in two greased loaf pans, seam side down.

11.  Cover with a teatowel and leave to rise again until doubled in size (approximately 45 minutes to an hour).  

12.  While the loaves are rising, preheat the oven to 375F.  

13.  Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.  

14.  Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.  


Enjoy!

{This is day 19 in a 31 day series celebrating autumn. Click here for more autumn ideas.}