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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3889 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2013 :  7:22:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember doing this as a kid!

Connie
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2013 :  8:07:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Giggle...Giggle... Whaddyamean, Connie? I still do that NOW!!! :)

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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LadyInRed
True Blue Farmgirl

6385 Posts

PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
6385 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2013 :  10:18:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Me too Connie...but now I check for dog poop first. Ha Ha!

Love and Hugs,
Peggy

Farmgirl #1326
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"Leave Your Cares Behind...Join Us On The Porch"

"I'm only as strong as the caffeine I drink, the hair-spray I use and the Girlfriends that I have."

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Oct 26 2013 :  03:53:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh my gosh, Peggy - that's too funny! LOL! SO true!!!

Farmgirl Sister #1974

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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

3889 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3889 Posts

Posted - Oct 26 2013 :  09:51:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love it! Peggy and Nini! Now I walk thru the leaves instead of run! Remember raking them up into big mountains and jumping into them! After a while my Paw would say now we got to put them in the wheelbarrow!

Connie
Imagine....#3392
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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

3889 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3889 Posts

Posted - Oct 26 2013 :  10:53:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hugs!
Connie
Imagine....#3392
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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

3889 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3889 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2013 :  2:34:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



Connie
Imagine....#3392
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kysheeplady
True Blue Farmgirl

1291 Posts

Teri
KY
USA
1291 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2013 :  2:51:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie,
Oh my I can see why blue and orange are complementary colors! Perfect together!
Beautiful photo, yours?

Teri
"There are black sheep in every flock"

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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

3889 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3889 Posts

Posted - Oct 29 2013 :  7:21:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Teri no,not my window! I wish! I do have the blue bottles on my bottle tree in my garden, now I want to make a wind chime!


Connie
Imagine....#3392
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Calicogirl
True Blue Farmgirl

5195 Posts

Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
USA
5195 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2013 :  09:27:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love that blue and orange Connie! Beautiful!

Oh Peggy, you crack me up!

I have been out of the loop ladies and hopefully can contribute more. It has been a busy month.

Today is a rainy/snowy day so my honey just made me a Hot Cocoa and served me an Entemann's Pumpkin Doughnut :)
It has been wonderful seeing the leaves change color and drifting from the trees. One thing I love in the Fall is driving and have leaves blowing into my truck :)
I was sitting outside the other day and picked up some Cottonwood leaves that had fallen. I crushed them in my hand and smelled them and it was so nice :) (I know it probably sounds weird :))

I saw that Thomas' brand has Pumpkin Spice English Muffins, Cranberry Muffins and Pumpkin Spice Bagels :)

Farmgirl Sister #5392

By His Grace, For His Glory
~Sharon

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2013 :  10:02:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We just polished off our Entenman's Pumpkin Donuts this morning, Sharon! SO good! So BAD, but so, so GOOD!

Where did you find those English muffins? I wonder if they're any good...

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Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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Calicogirl
True Blue Farmgirl

5195 Posts

Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
USA
5195 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2013 :  10:51:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They are so good Nini!!!

I saw the English Muffins at our City Market grocery Store (Kroeger's Fry's)

Farmgirl Sister #5392

By His Grace, For His Glory
~Sharon

http://amerryheartjournal.blogspot.com/
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2013 :  12:21:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmm.... I haven't seen them here. I'm going to look, though. My Mom has a Kroeger's near her home in Maryland, so I'll see if she can find them, too. YUM!!! :)

Farmgirl Sister #1974

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Calicogirl
True Blue Farmgirl

5195 Posts

Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
USA
5195 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2013 :  1:30:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Let me know if you try them Nini :)

Farmgirl Sister #5392

By His Grace, For His Glory
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4270 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4270 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2013 :  1:40:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am back from my visit up to Virginia and North Carolina to see my sisters and daughter. We had wonderful crisp fall weather, gathered apples, wore warm clothes and shivered on mountain tops!! It was wonderful in every way!

Today, I am getting caught up here at home and started to get ready for Halloween tomorrow night. Do you all remember Tasha Tudors delightful children's Halloween story called Pumpkin Moonshine? I have a paperback copy but it has always been one of my favorites since I found it when my children were little. So, here is my version of Pumpkin Moonshine.



I started by scraping out the meat of the pumpkin and cooked it for fresh pumpkin to make pie or pumpkin bread. Not sure what I will do tomorrow, but I will make something yummy!






Girls, once again, this site insists on turning the pumpkin photo upside down!1 I have resized, resent, redone and nothing works. So, I apologize for you having to look upside down once again. Does anyone else have a Mac computer that saves a photo from your iPhone correctly, but refuses to post here on this site correctly. I am totally baffled here.

Anyway, Trick or Treat!

Winnie #3109

Edited by - Red Tractor Girl on Oct 30 2013 2:10:37 PM
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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

3889 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3889 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2013 :  4:45:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Winnie ! I love the upside-down pic! LOL!!and the Pumpkin Moonshine! We drove 10 miles to get Pumpkin Spice Donuts today! They have been making them since the 1960's! Oh, they were sooooooooo good! I am glad they are 10 miles away and not right down the road! LOL!! Getting ready to carve my Pumpkin after supper. Some of my Vintage Halloween stuff. Hugs!


Connie
Imagine....#3392
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4270 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4270 Posts

Posted - Oct 31 2013 :  07:03:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ohhhh, Pumpkin Cider or Pumpkin Spice donuts are my favorite!! We had some warm ones when I visited Carter's Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville, VA. last week on vacation. With a cup of hot apple cider, they were the cat's meow. Plus it was windy and cold up there on the mountain that day so I was just in heaven!! I love your little Halloween set up, Connie! Post your pumpkin all aglow tonight. Farmgirl Halloween celebration coast to coast! Whoop!!

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Nov 01 2013 :  04:27:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning, girls! It's so cold and rainy and windy here this morning. HUGE windstorms came in last night and knocked down power lines and trees everywhere. LOVE the drama (not the danger) but we slept through the whole thing! When I came down to let the dog out, it looked as though it had snowed leaves! Everything on the deck had moved - even the heavy grill! (I was very grateful that our son forgot to take the garbage to the curb last night - if he had, we'd have quite a mess on our hands this morning.) Everything smells so fresh and clean from the rain, though - I just love that, don't you? Like the earth just took a wonderful, cleansing shower. Ah, wet leaves and rain... I know how treacherous it was last night for some, but this morning, it's so beautiful out there. I just pray everyone made it through the night unscathed, and that anyone on the roads this morning stay safe - they say clean up is going to be quite a chore.

I feel kind of bad this morning, too. Last night was Trick-or-Treat night in our town from six to eight. This is kind of unusual because, as I mentioned before, all the local communities hold it on different nights, and very rarely do we see it actually take place on the actual night itself - especially when Halloween falls on a school night. As six o'clock rolled around, I heard a few kids running down the sidewalk, but it was still really quiet out there. It was VERY odd because our streets are usually inundated with trick-or-treaters. Around 6:30, I looked out the window and noticed that many of the homes were darkened. There was a slight drizzle out there, but we've had so many rainy or snowy Halloweens - that has never stopped anyone before... And my husband and I realized that the night before we never heard a peep about the annual Halloween parade downtown which usually takes place the Wednesday before the celebration. (We live so close to the parade route that we always hear the bands, the drums, and the fire truck parade; but this year, we didn't hear a thing!) As the night went on, I heard a kid say, "Awwww, C'MON! Dad! Where IS everyone? Is ANYONE giving out candy this year?" I waited to hear their tromping feet pass, then opened the front door. There were hardly ANY people participating this year on our street, let alone on our block. All the usual decorations at the "do it big" houses just weren't there this year. Ugh. My heart really went out to the kids. I started to feel really bad. I didn't want to steal the fun away from the little ones! This should've been a fun night but all of us fuddy duddies ruined it for them. :(

Then my husband and I started talking. There was a parade scheduled, but somehow we missed it. And with regards to the lack of participation in the trick-or-treating, over the past week there had been several news reports warning of candy laced with drugs, yes, the economy is probably a factor. But there had been a HUGE drug bust in our town over the past couple of days, not to mention that warring drug mongers have weaseled their way into our community and we have had several shootings over the past couple of months. Eghads. And this is the place we call home?! Granted there's none of that up here in our end of town (that we KNOW of) or in our neighborhood, but it's really no wonder people didn't take their kids out or open their doors. Who wants to be exposed to any of that?!

The local newspaper online featured a church in town that was opening their doors for a costumed walk through history, which is pretty cool. The kids would parade from room-to-room to visit members dressed up in historic costumes, hear tales from the past and collect treats. I thought that was a brilliant way to deal with the situation. I hope more churches in town will participate in similar activities in the upcoming years (despite the ugly parts, our town is LOADED with active churches full of faithful members!). I also hope that parents will consider hosting Halloween parties for the kids - with all the old-fashioned games, like clothespin in the bottle, pop-corning (everyone takes an ear of Indian corn and smashes it on the table until one person wins, having all his or her kernels pop off first), bobbing for apples (in water or hanging from string), pumpkin rolling races(real or garbage bag pumpkins), musical pumpkins, singing the old songs, etc. Right now, there's so much more to consider than just the complaints I made in my earlier post. It's just not safe here for the kids OR for homeowners. It would be such a shame, however, if the kids got gypped of their Halloween fun. And you know, as we reminisced about trick-or-treats past, I remembered the joy the celebration used to bring to all the older people on our block as they greet the little costumed kids at their door every year. One elderly woman didn't give out candy: instead, all year long she saved up her change in a big jug and when the kids came, she'd just grab a bunch of coins, tossing them into their sacks. All the kids would get so excited - they felt "rich" after visiting her, and she delighted in receiving her annual fill of big hugs from the little ones, too! There's a lot to say about the hospitality and "getting to know you" part of the holiday. How terribly sad that people of all ages are missing out on the joy of being a community. There just has to be a better way to deal with this. There just has to be a better way.

So, today, my son and I will enjoy OUR Halloween fun by taking our annual trip to the grocery store after school. We've been saving candy coupons since they started popping up at the end of August in order to stock up at the after-Halloween candy sale. The stores double the coupons which will make the candy dirt cheap. That's THE trick to our big treat! ;) Now that I'm all grown up, this is the "funnest" part of Halloween for me. The guys get the treats they really want most, and I'll have a little socked away for holiday baking. Win-win!

Have a great day girls! Try not eat too many treats! Remember: Christmas parties are just around the corner and we've got to fit into those special outfits! ;)

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Nov 01 2013 :  04:28:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh! And Connie! Just love your Halloween vignette!

What is pumpkin moonshine???

Hugs -

Nini

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God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4270 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4270 Posts

Posted - Nov 01 2013 :  06:19:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Nini! Pumpkin Moonshine was the name of Tasha Tudors children's book about Halloween. It is a very sweet story about a little girl and her big pumpkin she got in the patch and carved with the help of her grandfather. Check it out sometime at your local library in the children's section.

As to your unfortunate experience in the neighborhood last night with Trick or Treaters, I think the decline and changes have been happening for awhile now. At least that is the case in Florida. Some years we have more kids than other in the neighborhood. Last night was pretty good but then again we had warm and dry weather. The drug thing has always been out there for a few decades now and I think the changes are coming about because parents and kids are so busy . It is just easier to go to some event at the mall where you can park and it is all indoors. Or if you attend a church that has something, then it is easier to just do that . No hassles about parking or being in neighborhoods at night with kids running in the street and falling down in costumes. Neighborhoods now are often just homes where nobody really knows their neighbors or kids hang out together. Kids are now involved in lots of sports and after school activities and homes are just where everyone comes at the end of the day. IT was so different in the 1950s and 1960s when we were doing Halloween in our neighborhoods. Also, there are more single parent homes now and those moms are working and trying to do everything at once. Halloween is just hard to fit in with so much going on.

The advertisers say that Halloween is a multi billion dollar industry these days and one of America's favorite holidays. I think the celebration is alive and well but it has moved into different venues of celebrating. There are more adult private parties than I ever remember growing up. Plus students on university campuses host big events for children to come trick or treat ( sorority and fraternity houses). Or they do big fund raisers for charity at Halloween. So, I think if we measure the celebration strength by our older standards, we will think the holiday is falling apart. In reality, it has morphed into many new venues outside of the neighborhood that seem to better meet the hectic lives and schedules of today's families.

Good luck on your post Halloween candy gatherings!

Winnie #3109
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Nov 01 2013 :  07:25:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent insight, Winnie - thank you! :) You made so many good points, I'm starting to feel a lot better. :) And I'm definitely going to find that book - never heard of it before! Sounds wonderful! :)

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

1505 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
1505 Posts

Posted - Nov 01 2013 :  10:24:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nini,
I think it's wonderful what the church in your town does. There's a church in our town that has "trunk or treat" where people come park in the parking lot and the kids go around to the cars. I think it helps everyone feel safer. It's held during the daylight too.

It is kind of sad that trick or treating and Halloween is evolving. I remember getting some popcorn balls and cookies when I was younger, but nowadays they would say not to eat them. I guess it's like everything else though - "Progress" right? But, with that said I think it's also like Winnie said. I think it's that today's "community" is much different than it was before. We did a trick or treat in our dorm when I was in college. All us college kids bought candy and the kids from the community came through in their costumes. This year I celebrated Halloween with a bunch of Mary Jane's farmgirls through swaps and letters, and I would call many of them friends, but I've never met any of them! I bet that didn't happen in the old days :)

Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Nov 01 2013 :  10:29:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amen to that, Heather! You are so right! Thank you for sharing your perspective, too. I think maybe I was just getting all gloomy over the passing of the old. I needed to be reminded that the new is just as wonderful in its own right! :)

I just love you, girls!

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

3889 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3889 Posts

Posted - Nov 03 2013 :  10:18:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy Sunday! It is a beautiful Fall Sunday here! Feeling Blessed today! Thank you Lord! High temp in the 60's and sunny!

Connie
Imagine....#3392
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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

2673 Posts

Judy
KY
USA
2673 Posts

Posted - Nov 03 2013 :  2:22:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Beautiful Ms. Connie!

Hugs!

Judy

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Farm Girl of The Month September 2013
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