Happy October! 

Happy October, friends! Definitely one of my favourite months. And without a question, Fall is my most favourite season. Beautiful colourful leaves, cozy sweaters, and everrrrrything pumpkin! 😀


I’ve had some fun decor out since mid September and it feels all homey in here (I mean, is there really enough time to enjoy Fall decor before Christmas stuff comes out otherwise?!). The leaves are just starting to get some colour in them and the temperatures have been dropping to the most comfortable degree.



We had our first family outing to a local orchard yesterday and Levi had so much fun.  It’s his first Fall (cannot BELIEVE he’s going to be ONE in November! 😦 ) It was great to take him on the hay ride, and see the pumpkin patch – he was smiling from ear to ear! ❤


  
We got a bag of delicious honeycrisp apples and I’m looking forward to baking with them and making some homemade applesauce for Levi!

Tonight I’m going to be making some pumpkin cookies with cinnamon frosting – I tell ya, all the best eats are in the Fall 😀 ! I’ll be sure to share the recipes. 😉

In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my past Fall posts! DIY wine cork pumpkin, and fall treats! ❤

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?


Pumpkin Pie Spice

Happy Sunday, friends and followers! It’s a B-E-A-Utiful sunny day here today. The temperature is cool and comfortable and I’m just sitting here enjoying a homemade pumpkin spice latte (more on THAT later 😉 ), listening to one of Elevation Worship’s albums. I hope today is your day of rest, too, and your time can be spent amongst your family and friends.

Last night as I was perusing through good ol’ Pinterest, I came across a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice recipe, and I wanted to share it with you. I made a few adjustments of my own, made a couple pumpkin spice lattes with it and believe me – tasty!

Why bother to pre-make a pumpkin spice mix? Well, for one thing it’s super simple, and if you love all things pumpkin (like me!) at this time of year then it’s handy to have ready-made! Secondly, it’s economical and good to know what’s going into your food. PLUS, this spice can go waaay beyond its namesake. Sure, you can make a delish pumpkin pie with it, but it can also be used in other baking recipes. It’s yummy in smoothies, on oatmeal, in lattes, mixed in whipped cream, in pancakes, on toast, and as a pumpkin seed or popcorn topping – among other things! I’ll post some recipes below to show more examples. So versatile. 😀

Pumpkin Pie Spice

I have a few spice jars on hand that I bought at my local dollar store awhile back, but there are other really cute ones around that you can purchase (Williams and Sonoma)! One day when I’m feeling particularly OCD and ambitious, I plan to make chalkboard labels for all of mine. Right now, I just have a taco seasoning and the pumpkin pie spice, and so far haven’t gotten confused yet by my laziness unlabelled jars (although that would be a pretty awful tasting latte if I were to get them mixed up!) 😉

ANYWAYS! Onto the recipe:


Pumpkin Pie Spice

Ingredients:

1/4 c. (4 Tbsp.) ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp. ground ginger

4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 tsp. ground all-spice

2 tsp. ground cloves

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients until well-blended. Store in an air-tight jar.


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Mmm! Pumpkin season is my favourite! ❤

**If you make this let me know what you try it on!**

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year, all! 2015 – Crazy how fast time flies, isn’t it? I hope your celebrations last night rung in the new year with fond memories of the last year and left you hopeful for 2015. We got all bundled up and went to down to Niagara Falls for the concert! It was freeeezing!! We came back to Matts parents place just in time to watch the ball drop and warm up with some hot chocolate.

2015

I’m sad Christmas is over, but really glad to start a new year. Always feels like a fresh start, doesn’t it? I’m so grateful for all 2014 brought us, but we are REALLY looking forward to 2015 and ready to embrace it! Matt graduates this March and is so stoked to start finally working as a firefighter. We are eagerly awaiting our pending posting… And ready to see what God has Im store for us. There’s also goimg to be some changes on the blog, as I will befollowing more of a schedule. I also am getting more used to some of the “techie” stuff blogging entails. So be on the look out!! 😀 Have a wonderfully relaxing New Year’s Day.

December – Advent

Advent
ˈadˌvent/
noun: advent; plural noun: advents
1. the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
2. the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.
Synonyms: arrival, appearance, emergence, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise, development, approach, coming
Christian Theology
the coming or second coming of Christ.

Making Christmas meaningful…or NOT making Christmas meaningful? I try to make an effort every day to pause for quiet reflection on Jesus. So as not to have this Christmas  “like every other”, merely emphasizing on decorations and gifts. I want to strive to live an intentional life, pausing on the reason for the season.
It can take me days to set up and decorate, getting things just right (ok, I may be a tad OCD and go slightly overboard 😉 ). Between the lights, the tree, the shopping and baking and wrapping…it’s no wonder I usually wait until Christmas Eve to ponder the true meaning of the holiday season!
25 days of christmas
I came across this “25 days of Christmas” advent book that I had, but I never really took the time to read, and decided there’s no time like the present! It’s great because it gives 5, 10 and 25 minute options! Here’s a blurb from today’s reading:
Today’s Scripture:
Luke 2:7 ~ And she gave birth to her first son. Because there was no rooms left in the inn, she wrapped the baby with the pieces of cloth and laid him in a box where animals are fed.
Suggested Longer Reading:
Luke 2:1-7
God Came Near
Max Lucado
We must be careful lest we romanticize the birth of Christ beyond reality. Nativity scenes have a way of making Jesus’s birth unreasonably fairy-tale-like. What Jesus really endured in becoming a human being was to enter this world of harsh reality…Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable…
There is something majestic about the birth of Christ. There is something safe about it, as well. If we keep Jesus a baby in our minds, helpless and small, we can control him, and not give him control of our life. Giving up control is not an easy thing to do, no matter how much you love the Christmas story.

 My Prayer:
We are two weeks away from celebrating Jesus’s birth! My prayer is that I’ll be mindful of the true reason for the season as the days get closer and the holiday rush is upon us. I pray that I’ll be thankful for the presents, but more so for His Presence. And while I love Christmas lights, I’ll be most grateful for the light of the world. I also know that while I love decorating, I don’t need to decorate my life before coming to Him – that He is only concerned with the internal. I pray that everyone would recognize who Jesus is…that I could show them…and that we would all strive to make room in our hearts and in our lives.
“Christmas is not a day or a season, but a condition of heart
and mind…”~ James Wallingford
NO ROOM
Kathryn Slasor
“No room for Him,” the keeper said
That night so long ago,
“My inn is crowded, don’t you see,
The rooms now overflow. “It’s just a Child,” he must have thought,
A family, poor and plain:
My inn is filled with paying guests.
How could I dare explain?” And thus, he turned aside from One
Who chose a humble birth
To enter into human form
And save all men on earth. But lo, the shepherds in the hills
Were called, the Babe to greet;
They followed then the brilliant star
And worshipped at His feet! “No room for Him,” cry men today,
As through the world they plod;
“My life is crowded, don’t you see?
I have no room for God. How could I dare explain to all
My friends who question me,
That Jesus came to save my soul
From sin, to set me free?” O God, forbid that we become
As keepers of the inn,
And have our lives so crowded
That we have no room for Him. But now may we, Thy children dear,
Unworthy though we are,
Become as shepherds long ago,
And follow now His star.
Advent

Fall Harvest

Hello October

Ahhh, yes –  it’s my most FAVOURITE time of year…FALL! I’ve been walking on the gorgeous trail we have here on the base, and the trees are in their colourful, Autumn glory! My sister was up to stay with us a couple weeks ago, and everything was very much Fall-like then too. There’s just something so wonderful about this time of year…getting cozy in a warm blanket with a good book and a hot cup of tea is honestly one of my favourite things! 🙂 Tonight, I am going to make a trip to the nearest city (it’s about a 25 minute drive) with a couple of my new friends (I met them on the military base) to go to a craft store and purchase some yarn. Along with blogging, I hope to learn to knit this season. I’ve been having a bit of a difficult time finding work since moving here, and I am needing some new hobbies to keep me busy. I think it’s best to challenge ourselves, to learn new things and I do have a loooong list of hobbies, so I might as well get crackin’! 😀

The years last loveliest smileSo Glad