Apple Cinnamon Crisp Recipe

I always look forward to Autumn and the delicious apples that come with it.  I love the smell of my house when this apple crisp is in the oven. My family says it smells like home when they walk in the door.  As I'm writing this post, the smell is awesomeThere is something special about apples and brown sugar.

  I used canned apples (just because I had them) and fresh apples. Here is the recipe I came up with.

Mix the following ingredients: 

  • 1 can apple cinnamon fried apples
  • 3 fresh apples, small to medium size
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons flour or cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup raisins
Prep a 9x9 dish with a non stick spray and pour ingredients into the dish.


  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter melted
  • 1/3 cup flour
Mix ingredients together until they crumble.
Sprinkle crumbles on top of the filling and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
 Great with a scoop of ice cream or cool whip.
This dish was not around very long.  My husband really loved it.

Fashion for Less

Since my weight loss I have had to get rid of a lot of clothes.  That means I've had to buy a lot of new clothes.  That can get very expensive since I still have weight to loose.  I decided to check out Goodwill.  I have been pleasantly surprised at the finds there.  Here is a jacket I found at Goodwill that is one of my favorites. 
I can wear this jacket with pants, skirts, and dresses.  Since I'm trying to save money on clothes, my rule before buying is the piece must be versatile enough  to make at least 3 outfits.   This sweet jacket was $3.99.
 Here I used the jacket with a sleeveless black dress. I had a black necklace that goes well with it.  To change it up, you can use a solid scarf or change the jewelry.  A long silver necklace changes the look entirely.
This jacket looks good with long black skirt, a white shirt and a solid scarf.  Add a pop of color if you are daring or stick with a solid black.
You can wear the shirt tucked or not. If you tuck the shirt, you can  add a wide black belt and still look slim.

Here is a super slimming outfit.  Pair black pants, black shirt, and a black belt. Silver jewelry looks great with this set.  You can also add a pop of color with a different color shirt.  There are so many ways to wear this simple jacket.  This is why this is my absolute favorite piece. 

Something else I learned at Goodwill is to group all my colors together.  I was amazed at the sets that just happened to appear.  This was the most important thing I did when I started buying clothes.  I also did my husband's closet the same way and we were shocked at the blue shirts he owned, so now we know not to buy blue shirts....ever again.  We are now focusing  on the colors he does need. We realized he didn't own a long sleeve white shirt.  It was quite the eye opener.
As you can see I love black, but I am adding some brighter colors like red, royal blue, and purple. The plus to this is they also coordinate with my black pants, black skirts, and black jackets.
 If you shop Goodwill, be sure to double check for holes and spots.  I have made a couple of purchases that I shouldn't have. But it is well worth it if you careful and check for flaws.

Inspiration for Fall Porches

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.   The colors are beautiful and I wish they would last all year long.  I have been gathering ideas for my porch.  Here are ideas that got me to thinking about dressing  my porch for fall.
Home and Garden
This wheel barrow with the welcome friends pumpkins is an awesome idea. I love pumpkins so much that my husband grew a field of them one year. 
 Our children were  young and I think this started their love of pumpkins too.  Their dad wrote
their names on a pumpkin.  It was so cool watching their names change as the pumpkins grew.   
  I also remember my sister and I  gathering our pumpkins in a wheel barrow. That was one of my favorite fall memories ever.
House of Hawthornes
 I love this fall arrangement  with the basket and  mums. And the cabbage in the tin bucket is just too clever.  This definitely says fall season is here. And how cute is the vintage truck with pumkins in the back.  It's the little things that make a difference.

Found on Pinterest
 How do people come up with all of these awesome ideas?  I don't even like roosters and I love this.  Oh my goodness, I will be looking for roosters the next shopping trip to Hobby Lobby.
 Love, love, love this entrance with the candles and pumpkins.  Two of my favorite things.  You can check out this very talented lady at Rattlebridge.

My Weight Loss Journey

I don't know why but I seem to be more successful at dieting when I start in the fall.  For 3 months I have been  the same weight.  This is both good and bad.  Good because I haven't gained weight and bad because I haven't lost weight.

This week starts another round of dieting and paying extra attention to what I eat.  I know that I will never be able to eat like I used to and I don't want to.  The thought of fried foods is nauseating, and sweets are too sweet.  These are positive signs that your eating habits are changing for the good.  

I have a beautiful dirt road to walk on,  but passing vehicles in  rural  areas make me very nervous, so I haven't been walking like I used to (and I haven't been losing like I used to).  Yesterday I decided to  walk a circle around my yard.  I timed myself for 30 minutes.  My pet babies always walk with me and sure enough they walked in circles with me.  They love running in and out of the woods as we walk.  It's amazing how motivated they keep me.

I've lost 43 pounds but it is time to move forward and get the rest of the weight off.  I just found a site with great recipes for weight loss.   They have a huge  section on salads, which I eat alot.  Their site is I Don't go to the Gym. I don't go to the gym either but I do believe in exercise and good eating. They have some very good tips to include movement in your day.

Hunting Season Widows

I can feel it in the air, Hunting Season is almost upon us ladies.
  How do I know? The hunting channel stays on all day, and hunting buddies   start hanging around your house. Now your husband is pulling out his hunting clothes and gear, and the conversation around the dinner table consists of how do you want the deer packaged this year....burger or stew.

The other day my  husband asked me, "you wouldn't like to sit in a deer stand with me this year would you?" My thoughts were, well you just asked and answered that question in one sentence. 

Even though I feel like a widow during hunting season I totally support his passion but sitting in a tree stand with no conversation  for hours does not sound like fun to me. 

 I would rather design hunting products than to hunt.  I have designed a series  of funny quotes for hunters. I have heard my husband say this many times (I'm a slave to the season). Deer hunters are sure to relate to this humorous saying.

This is my favorite mug.  It is black until you put hot liquids in it, then the image appears.  Pure magic. 

Funny Deer Hunter Mug
Funny Deer Hunter Mug by cooltees

Here is a great dart board that will give him hours of entertainment in his man cave.Darts included.
Funny Deer Hunter Dartboard With Darts
Funny Deer Hunter Dartboard With Darts by cooltees

Great apron for your favorite chef.  It will look great as he cooks the big buck he bagged. 
Funny Deer Hunter Aprons
Funny Deer Hunter Aprons by cooltees

Here is a great sweatshirt to keep your man warm while he's hunting.
Funny Deer Hunter Sweatshirt
Funny Deer Hunter Sweatshirt by cooltees

Cool pullover hoodie to keep him warm and in style.
Funny Deer Hunter Pullover
Funny Deer Hunter Pullover by cooltees

Fun cap for hunting 

Funny Deer Hunter Mesh Hats
Funny Deer Hunter Mesh Hats by cooltees

Spill proof travel mug
Funny Deer Hunter Coffee Mug
Funny Deer Hunter Coffee Mug by cooltees

This flask is a great gift for a deer hunter.  My husband keeps water in his, but any beverage can be easily transported.  
Funny Deer Hunter Fask
Funny Deer Hunter Fask by cooltees

Links to all of the Slave to the Season Products:
Deer Hunter Slave to the Season 

Duck Hunter Slave to the Season

Fisherman Slave to the Season
Turkey Hunter Slave to the Season
 Hope you and your family have a prosperous hunt this year.

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