Monday, October 27, 2008

I've been Boo-ED........


Guess What? I've been Boo-Ed!


What fun! Well, this is exactly how it happened. I couldn't sleep so of course I headed to the computer to see if anything new was happening in blog land and that's when I found out that I had been Boo-Ed by my friend Shelia at http://notesongs.blogspot.com/ Now I am supposed to Boo as many friends as I can. I am very excited because I have a head start! He, He, He.....
Here are the rules:
"Go to as many friends as you want and tell them they've been Boo-Ed." Have them link back to your blog to pick up their Halloween treat (picture) and tell them to Boo their friends. (Then put the picture in your side bar so everyone knows you've already been Boo-ed and to send the picture to someone else.) Are you scared yet!!?? Boo!"
I have to get going..... I have a lot of Boo-ing to do...

It's time to light the pumpkin!.....



It's time to light the pumpkin and get ready for some fun because Halloween is upon us..........
We like to carve pumpkins and have a family party to celebrate Halloween. We won't be doing that this year, but I did want to share at least one of our fairly recent family traditions with you....
If you decide to carve a pumpkin at your house don't throw away those seeds......
I have a delicious pumpkin seed recipe to share....
I originally found this recipe on the Martha Stewart's web site and it's always a big hit at our family Halloween parties.....
SWEET AND SPICY PUMPKIN SEEDS
Dry pumpkin seeds completely in oven before combining spices.
1 medium pumpkin
5 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper to taste
1-1/2 tablespoon peanut oil
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut pumpkin open from the bottom, removing seeds with a long handled spoon. Separate flesh from seeds. Pumpkin should yield one cup of seeds. Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, about one hour. Let cool.
In a medium bowl combine 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne. Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add pumpkin seeds and remaining sugar. Cook until sugar melts and the pumpkin seeds begin to caramelize, about 45 to 60 seconds. Transfer to bowl with spices, and stir well to coat. Let cool. These may be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.

We have been busy at our house packing up candy and other goodies for our grandchildren......
How do you and your family celebrate Halloween? We look forward to hearing from you.....
I am probably not going to be posting as often for the next couple of weeks, and if you leave a comment, I may not get back to you as quickly as I would like to. I will get back to you as soon as I can though. In the mean time, if I don't get another opportunity, Charli and I would like to wish you and your family a very HAPPY AND SPOOKY HALLOWEEN!
Our warmest regards,

Blue Monday.....


Welcome to Blue Monday, a post which is hosted by my good friend Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ Every Monday a group of us gals get together to write a post about something blue. If you would like more information about us, or you are interested in joining our group, just clink the above link to reach the official Blue Monday web site.....


This week I decided to share my very favorite pretty blue button with you. I wore it proudly on my lab coat every time one of my grandchildren was born. I was so excited and thrilled to be a grandmother! Three of my grandchildren were born right at the hospital where I worked and one was born at the hospital in the town where I live. Fortunately, all of them live close by. .........
You know how us grandmother's are... We can never stop talking about our precious grandchildren!......
I always like to pull my button out, show it to them, and tell them how special they are. Now that some of them are older, they will sometimes say, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know you love
us " but they will never know just how much because I couldn't even begin to find a way to express it. My grandchildren are all just the most special people in the world to me. My husband and I are so blessed to have them. Now we have our darling great-grandchild to love, and another one, or maybe even two on the way. Oh boy! I just can't wait for that ultrasound!........
I hope all of you are having a Happy Blue Monday morning.... I look forward to reading all of your posts.....
With warmest regards, Carol

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Willcott Mill.......



WILLCOTT MILL.......
Today was sort of an overcast day but my husband and I decided to go walking out at Willcott Mill any way. Of course Charli was the first one in the car........










Willcott Mill is such a beautiful place to go walking and especially in the fall. It is part of the Metro Park System here in Michigan and is located along the north branch of the Clinton River. There are several trails you can walk along in the woods or you can take a stroll over the wooden bridge to take a look at the old mill. Many photographers come here to take pictures because the old mill area has so much beauty and charm......

There is an is a activity center on site where you can host parties for up to two hundred guests. Could you just imagine how lovely a fall wedding would be with a reception following on the grounds of the park.

The park also hosts activities like Civil War Enactments, Veteran's Appreciation Day, Thanksgiving Holiday Appreciation, and Heritage Holidays where you can come and visit Santa......
















Many people go walking through the woods and then stop to have a picnic by the side of the river........













































I hope all of you are doing something special with the people you love today......


It was only about an hour after we got home that the winds picked up and we had a thunderstorm with hail! That's Michigan weather for you but I just couldn't imagine living any where else.....
Our warmest regards,

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween is coming!.......


All Halloween images courtesy of
http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/halloween/
HALLOWEEN IS COMING!......
A man is walking home alone late one foggy night.....
When behind him he hears:
BUMP....
BUMP....
BUMP.....

Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him....


BUMP......
BUMP......
BUMP......


Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him....
FASTER.....
FASTER...
BUMP....
BUMP......
BUMP....
He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him.....
However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping.....
Clappity-BUMP...
Clappity-BUMP....
Clappity-BUMP....
On his heels, the terrified man runs......
Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in...
His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps...
With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door.....
Bumping and clapping toward him.....
The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of cough syrup!
Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket...
And,

(Hopefully you're ready for this!!!!!!!.....
The coffin stops....... He, He, He......

Scarecrow fun in Ortonville.......


SCARECROW FUN IN ORTONVILLE......



The people in the very small town of Ortonville, Michigan really know how to scare up some fun! For the past three years they have
been having a scarecrow contest in order to promote businesses and decorate the town for Halloween. Hay stacks and scarecrows have been popping up all
over the place! Businesses, and residents a like, can enter the annual Ortonville scarecrow contest. The cost is ten dollars to enter and to receive a scarecrow frame. For fifteen dollars you are provided with a selection of costumes in which to chose from. Prizes are given for the best scarecrow, and include gift certificates, and ribbons. Scarecrows are judged in several categories including most unusual, funniest, and scariest, etc....














































Approximately fifty scarecrows are expected to be entered this year. The contest runs through October 31st. On Halloween some of the village streets in Ortonville are blocked off for for trick or treating. After trick or treating everyone who has entered the contest brings their scarecrow to the DPW garage to be judged. The community is also invited to have doughnuts and cider as they enjoy a bonfire in front of the garage. What a wonderful ending to Halloween festivities! It makes me wish I lived in a small town. What kinds of celebrates do you have in your area? Of the scarecrows posted, who do you think will win the contest? I really like the lady in red!.... Charli thinks the witch should win and my hubby is being non committal LOL...
The above information courtesy of The Oakland Press....... Photo's by Charli and Me......
I hope your off enjoying a wonderful fall day!
With warmest regards,
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