October 2011

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by GettingFreedom on October 21, 2011

Having problems with your children bickering non-stop?   Yes! Implementing a reflection journal just may be your answer!

Write to Your Children. “A gift that won’t impress them now, but it may when they are adults.”  The thought of it just brings a smile to my face!

“Let’s make a difference for the different!” Teaching Love for Others

DIY Magnetic Kids Chore Chart Love this!

This is perfect for potlucks and family gatherings! Low Fat Pumpkin Trifle


Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Bagels

by GettingFreedom on October 17, 2011

Fall is in the air and pumpkin everything is calling my name! These pumpkin spice bagels are sure to warm your toes on chilly mornings. Serve them up plain, with cream cheese or topped with homemade pumpkin or even apple butter.

I played with the original recipe and subbed in some fresh ground white whole wheat flour to bulk up the nutrition value. If your family isn’t a fan of whole wheat, you can use all all purpose flour.

Don’t let the length of this recipe deter you from trying it. Most of the time in this recipe is spent waiting on the next step.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Bagels

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups white whole wheat flour

4 tsps yeast

1 cup warm water

1½ tsp salt

½ cup brown sugar

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

2 tsps cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

1 egg

1 Tbsp water

Water Bath::

1 gallon water

1 Tbsp Sugar

Combine the all purpose flour and the yeast in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl combine warm water, salt, brown sugar, pumpkin and spices. Combine this mixture with the flour and yeast.  Beat together for about 3 minutes, while adding as much of the remaining whole wheat flour as you can.

Knead until smooth and elastic with your Kitchenaid Mixer or on a lightly floured surface.  Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.

Divide your dough into eight balls, and punch a hole in the middle with your floured finger and stretch until the center is about 2 inches.  Place on a greased baking sheet, cover again and let rise for 20 minutes.  While your bagels are rising, heat your oven to broil, prepare your water bath and get it to boil.

Broil your bagels for 1½ minutes on each side.  When finished, place bagels in water bath {I was able to do 3 at a time} for 1 minute on each side.

Drain and place back on the baking sheet and brush with egg wash.  Bake at 400° for 25 minutes.

Serve with cream cheese or homemade pumpkin/apple butter.

This post is part of Tasty Tuesday.


Menu Plan Week of October 16th-22nd

October 16, 2011

After having a few weeks of warm-ish weather, our forecast is calling for some drastically colder days. Bring on the soups! We’re also going through another big change around here.  As of last week, I’m now officially a homeschooling mom!  After much deliberation and prayer, we decided to pull our oldest out of public school […]

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Refurbished Retro China Hutch {Salvaged Sunday}

October 15, 2011

Roughly 9 years ago Willie’s Aunt and Uncle gave us an old retro china hutch to use in our first home together which was lacking in kitchen cabinets.  It wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world, and was actually missing a leg, but it was functional.  Functional was our goal. Many years and 2 long […]

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October 14, 2011

Decorating your home for the seasons and entertaining guests for those holiday celebrations doesn’t have to break the budget. This week’s Extra! Edition features fun eats and some creepy decorations for Halloween! Decorate your Serving Table like a Witch Source: bubblegumandducttape.blogspot.com via Phoebe on Pinterest Hang up some DIY Ghost Lights Source: burtonavenue.blogspot.com via Phoebe […]

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Our Propane Cooktop

October 14, 2011

After 3 months of not having one {again!}, my {working} propane cooktop  is a sight to celebrate!  Let the cooking and canning resume! Which means that me and my best friend, the Electric Skillet, won’t be seeing quite as much of each other these days. Now let’s just hope that this one doesn’t decide to […]

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Apple Cranberry Bread

October 10, 2011

I first made this bread a few years back and it instantly became a favorite, not only did my husband request it often but so did the children. With fresh apples, cranberries and walnuts, how could I not answer their pleas with a slice?   Apple Cranberry Bread 1 ½ cups flour {can use whole […]

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Jack O Lanterns made from Recycled Materials

October 8, 2011

Looking around my house, and through my “Oh, I have to make that!” list–I’ve realized that I have bona fide infatuation with pumpkins! I like to eat them and decorate with them. I’m not sure which one is worse, my snowman addiction or my pumpkin addiction! And come to think of it, sometimes I eat my […]

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October 7, 2011

  Fall not only feels nice, it tastes nice, too. Eat at Home has 75 Recipes that Taste Like Fall.  What will I try first–the Apples and Cranberries baked in a Pumpkin or the Apple Pecan Sticky Rolls?  Do you ever get confused by all the different names for the same cut of beef?  Moms […]

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Homemade Granola

October 6, 2011

Oh granola, how I love thee!  However store bought granola was breaking our bank at a rapid pace.  Thankfully homemade granola is super easy and recipe that every one needs in their back pocket! Homemade granola is great on fruit and yogurt, to top ice cream, to eat by the handfuls as a snack, or […]

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