I was at Lowe's yesterday (picking up some supplies for the cornice boards that I'm making) and they had mums for only $4. I couldn't resist! It's been fall-ish weather here & what's fall without a mum? I wrapped newspaper around the ugly plastic base & put it beside our fireplace.
Saturday morning we had a 2 hour delay to WCA Soccer League due to rain. The second Saturday in a row with rain! Jake & I took advantage of it and went to Cuppy's Coffee for a breakfast date. It was so nice to enjoy coffee & a muffin together. We talked while working on a crossword puzzle from the paper--it's still only half-way done. The best part was that our coffee & muffins were FREE! Yay for coupons. We received this coupon in a new move-in packet. We also used another coupon for 3 FREE movie rentals from Hollywood Video. What's better to do on a rainy Saturday than to relax with the one you love & watch movies? :)
Last night, at the Carnival, they announced that soccer league was cancelled for Saturday morning-due to rain. YAY! It was a late night with clean-up so we were glad for a morning off. Jake & I are enjoying a relaxing Saturday. We slept in, I made breakfast in bed, & now we're watching football. . .WAITING. . .for the Notre Dame vs. NC Tarheels game. Jake tried to get us tickets to the game, but it didn't work out. Maybe next year.
I'm loving this rainy Saturday--relaxing with my husband! Here is the new oatmeal recipe I tried this morning:
Oh-So-Good Oatmeal Taste of Home, Healthy Cooking October/November 2008
3 cups water
2 medium tart apples, chopped
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
Dash of salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped almonds
In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water to boil. Add the apples, oats & salt; cook & stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon & vanilla. Cover & let stand for 2 minutes. Sprinkle each serving with almonds.
Fall in North Carolina isn't quite the same as fall in Minnesota.
We have been waking up to temperatures in the high 50's to low 60's most mornings this week, but no leaves are turning and the temperature climbs throughout the day. It does feel great to turn the AC off & sleep with the windows open.
Love that crisp & cool air! You know it's fall when . . .
Pumpkin Bars are coming out of the oven. Pumpkin bars are a Tuttle family favorite. I'm hoping that it'll become a Flaming family favorite too!
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Blend sugar, egg, pumpkin & oil.
Mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt & spices. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Once cooled, frost with the following frosting recipe: