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November 21st, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Nontraditional Thanksgiving Recipes




Like many holidays, Thanksgiving is usually a time of tradition…same old turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes etc. For some of you, that might get a little stale year after year and it’s nice to change things up a bit. For those of you looking for some unique recipe ideas this year, check out some of these delicious dishes!

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October 25th, 2013 at 5:00 am

A Simple Jump in a Leaf Pile

fall-leavesI’ve said it before, I LOVE all thing FALL! One of my favorite Fall activities requires a little work though.

The raking of leaves leads to my all time favorite activities and this year my boys actually raked a large amount of the leaves up. How could the little boys shown in the picture actually get big enough to do the work. Every year, once we accumulate enough leaves off our big maple trees in the front yard, we create a big leaf pile. It’s been pretty rainy around here lately so this years pile was a little wet and muddy. That didn’t stop the fun.

First it started with a couple of jumps into the pile. Then there was hiding under all the leaves. It concluded with the boys having endless hours of Fall fun. They couldn’t re-rake the pile enough. Its the simple things…

I usually start with some pictures. Then I retreat inside… where I secretly watch them from the living room. I love to soak in the pure fun they have with those leaves. This year I loved to watch the brother bond. In the past it was more fighting… No, I get to jump first. This year I smiled while I watched them grab each other’s hands and run into those leaves together.

It’s times like these that I wish they would never grow up.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 17th, 2013 at 5:00 am

DIY Autumn Decor



In my opinion, fall has the best seasonal decor. There’s just so much you can do with the colors, holidays and seasonal pieces (pumpkins/gourds, leaves, etc.). While the stores take advantage of this great opportunity, there are so many options for DIY home decor that is fun to make and just as (or more) beautiful than anything store-bought. Here are some great projects to spice up your home with autumn accents.

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October 13th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

What I Love about Fall

DSC03901Do you ever take the time to just stop and enjoy the season? Fall is my favorite season and it is filled with so many things I love. Take this weekend to enjoy the pleasures that the Fall season provides…

  • Caramel apples
  • Layers of clothing
  • Football
  • Vibrant colors in nature
  • Jeans with boots
  • The crinkle of leaves under your feet
  • Smell of crisp, cool air
  • Hay rides
  • Chili
  • Snuggling under a blanket
  • Pumpkins
  • Pumpkin flavored treats
  • Sweaters
  • Hot drinks
  • Apples
  • Fall sunsets
  • Scaves
  • Flannel
  • Fires in the fireplace

Need some inspiration to enjoy Fall? Check out this past post with fun fall activities!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 4th, 2013 at 8:53 am

Childrens Books about Fall

It just can’t be said enough – reading with your child is important!  It becomes more fun when you mix up the book selections. You can only read that copy of Green Eggs and Ham so many times. A great way to mix up the book selection is by using the seasons. The colors of fall come to life in books. These are some of our favorites.

Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

How many seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

I Spy a Pumpkin by Jean Marzollo

Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Dorren Cronin

The Night before Halloween by Natasha Wing

Remember, your local library would LOVE to help you find these on the shelves, along with suggesting some new ones! Does your child have a Fall favorite?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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September 26th, 2013 at 11:42 am

Favorite Fall Recipes



Fall is here and to me, that means I can start making my favorite cold-weather meals again! Stews, chili, casseroles, roasts and pies are perfect, especially when you use seasonal ingredients like pumpkin and apple. There’s nothing like returning from a fun fall activity and enjoying a delicious meal to warm you up. Here are my favorite fall recipes:

Traditional Chili

Beef Stew

Pot Roast

Chicken Noodle Soup

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Chicken Pot Pie

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cider Doughnuts  (They’re BAKED!)

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October 17th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Everything Apples


Autumn is the season of apples…macintosh, green, and my favorite golden delicious! There are so many opportunities to use apples for fun, educational and YUMMY activities for you and your kids to do together.


Starting with the obvious, there are TONS of delicious recipes that call for apples. You can buy them from the store, but it’s more fun to go apple picking at the u-pick-em orchards! Here are some easy, mouth-watering recipes for your family to enjoy: Homemade Apple Cider, Apple Fritters, Bite-Sized Apple Pie, Baked Apple Chips.


There are a ton of apple crafts for all ages. Get everyone in the family involved and make a family handprint apple tree. It promotes great bonding time and you’ll end up with a masterpiece that everyone helped create! This simple paper plate craft is adorable and the kids will enjoy using the real apple seeds. Even adults can enjoy apple crafts with these apple candles that make great rustic decorations for your home.


Apples can be used to teach kids a variety of things… the alphabet, shapes, patterns, numbers, senses, science, etc. Kids will enjoy some fun songs and finger play that relate to the fruit. They’re also a good tool for learning about the science of plant growth and the process from seed to fruit. The apple matching game can help them learn their upper and lowercase letters. For the little ones, different types of apples can be used to learn colors and patterns.


There are so many great books about apples you can read to or with your kids. “10 Apples Up On Top” is a classic by Dr. Suess (Theo LeSeig) that teaches numbers and counting. “Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie” by Herman Parish continues the adorable and fun series with her autumn adventures. “Apple Farmer Annie” by Monica Wellington tells the story of a farmer who harvests a variety of apples, sells them, and uses them in a variety of recipes. “Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall shows how apples grow and how they can be made into an apple pie. Many of these books have activities that go along with them.

What’s your favorite apple recipe?

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October 12th, 2012 at 10:09 am

Family Activities to Make Fall Fun

Last Autumn I talked about making a Fall Bucket List. This is an activity that we do every season. As a family we talk about what things we want to do during the upcoming season. It can be Summer, Winter, Christmas, or even Spring Vacation. The fun part is finding some great activities to make the season fun and enjoy it for what it is. This year, I want to share some activities that you might want to consider for your list. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and holds both yearly standbys and things I would love to do one day.

  • Take a fall color drive
  • Stomp some grapes
  • Jump in a big pile of leaves
  • Buy a bag of candy corn
  • Go through a corn maze
  • Bake an apple pie
  • Go apple picking
  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Make pumpkin seeds
  • Carve Pumpkins
  • Decorate with Halloween/fall decorations
  • Make some leaf prints
  • Drink hot apple cider
  • Take some great photos of your family or kids (perfect for Christmas cards)
  • Go hiking
  • Make popcorn from a cob
  • Enjoy a bonfire with smores
  • Make a pumpkin dessert
  • Bake some squash
  • Buy a cozy blanket
I truly love Fall and all the activities that come with it. The crisp air on a football friday, pumpkin fields, the ever-changing leaf colors, and wearing cozy sweaters. What are some of your favorite fall activities?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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October 8th, 2012 at 7:26 am

Learning Right in Your Backyard

It is amazing all the things that nature can teach a child. The simple things like colors; the green grass, yellow leaves, blue sky, and purple flowers. It teaches patience; once a seed is planted it takes a while to grow. Or even creativity; ever stare up at the clouds and see shapes, or imagine a special place in a forest.

As the seasons change, it amazes me how my children experience such pure joy in nature. This weekend we raked the falling leaves and the boys jumped in piles for hours on end. In the spring, the sprouting of the first flower is always a celebration; just like the first winter snowfall.

Watching them experience nature can bring me pure joy. This weekend, as we cut down the dried flowers in the garden to prepare for winter, we came across a stalk of lilies that had dried. As it shook, it made a sound like a maraca and after we cut it we could shake seeds out. It was so exciting to watch the boys make a discovery like this.

Earlier in the week, we took a walk in a local nature center. Something as simple as an afternoon walk brought so many questions and discoveries. Our favorite part was the four turtles we saw floating on a log sunning themselves. Each one ranged in size, almost like a family of a mom, dad and two kids. Our discovery sent our minds spinning into stories of the turtle family and the adventures they have in the nature center.

Free entertainment is the best, and sometimes the most rewarding.

Do you ever take some time to just enjoy the outdoors?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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September 19th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Making a Fall “Bucket” List

Fall is my favorite time of year! What do I love? Pumpkins, apples, the colors, the chill in the air, and so much more. I live in Wisconsin so we get the beautiful changes in the color of the leaves, pick our own apples, and visit massive pumpkin patches. There is so much to fit in during the season of fall and I feel like every weekend is filled with fun things to do.

If you are anything like me you can name off all the great things you would like to do, but forget to do some of them while I am actually going through the season.  As I enter into the Christmas season I look back bummed that, once again, I forgot to make that recipe or visit a certain fall attraction!

So, I decided this year I am going to make a Fall “Bucket” List. I want to show you how to make one of these and how you can add it to your fall decorations.

First make a list with the family of all the different things you would like to do this fall. It can include certain foods, adventures, and even crafts.

Then, you can type those words into a word processing program, a graphics program, or if you want something quick you can use Wordle. I used Wordle which made this a super, easy craft! I found that when using phrases or words you want to keep together that you need to put a period as the space, otherwise it will separate the words.

Fix them to get the look you want  by manipulating colors, fonts, and more. Feel free to make it your own and you have your own personal fall “bucket” list. Here’s Mine:


Once it is all done you can post it on the fridge, hang it on your bulletin board, or display it. I like to stick mine in a frame and use it as part of my fall decorations.

A quick easy fall decoration that provides a purpose plus makes a great topic of conversation! What is on your fall bucket list?


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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