Posts in category "autumn"

I wore a gaiter, and I loved it

I wore a gaiter, and I loved it
I’ve been keeping up with this cold weather running thing and guess what? It’s getting colder! Yeah, yeah, I know it’s December in Chicago. Back when I was reading about what I should wear while running in cold weather, I learned about neck gaiters. This is like a tube shaped scarf. Okay, I’m not the... Read more »

We're getting nuts for squirrels

We're getting nuts for squirrels
It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and you might say we’ve been getting squirrely around here. You might even call us nuts. When I was in college, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving called for getting together with friends at the bar. Now, it calls for some good old fashioned squirrel feeding. We have these pecans in their shells... Read more »

Cold weather running challenge: before and after pictures

Cold weather running challenge: before and after pictures
I’m an on and off jogger. I usually like to sign up for some sort of race so I can follow a training schedule, otherwise I start to slack off and lose all motivation. This means, when I am jogging, it’s usually in the spring and summer. Running in the winter has never been my... Read more »
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Persimmons: the must-have other fall fruit

Persimmons: the must-have other fall fruit
Today at the grocery store, we came upon a display of persimmons. Lilia thought they were a some type of tomato. I had thought they were supposed to be sweeter, but that’s where my persimmon knowledge ended. Nobody in our family had tried one before, so voila, our new adventure for today was right there... Read more »

5 easy steps to make unique pumpkin vases

5 easy steps to make unique pumpkin vases
Looking to do something with those pumpkins left over from Halloween? Here’s a fun and easy way to make unique pumpkin vases. Materials: 1 small-medium pumpkin pumpkin carving knife 1 glass jar small bouquet of fresh or artificial flowers Procedure: 1. Cut a hole around the pumpkin stem, big enough to fit the glass jar.... Read more »

When your kid won't wear a Halloween costume

When your kid won't wear a Halloween costume
I’m writing this post in between answering the door for trick or treaters, taking bites of pizza and stealing chocolate from the kids candy supply. I heard Halloween was postponed until tomorrow night in some of the suburbs due to the rain. Not so around these parts. Everyone is decked out with ponchos and umbrellas... Read more »
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5 fun ways adults can celebrate Halloween

5 fun ways adults can celebrate Halloween
Tonight Fran and I are hitting the first Halloween party we’ve been to since before we had kids. I love Halloween, the decorating, carving pumpkins and all that spooky autumn fun. These past seven years I’ve been more interested in finding cute Halloween costumes for my kids. I have a pair of cat ears that... Read more »

Goebbert's Farm is not all it's cracked up to be

Goebbert's Farm is not all it's cracked up to be
Today we went to Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center for their annual Fall Festival. We’ve never been there before and normally we would go somewhere local. However, in the spirit of trying something new, we took a little field trip to South Barrington, IL. My first thoughts were, “Whoa, this place is huge and yikes,... Read more »

When life gives you apples, make homemade apple cider

When life gives you apples, make homemade apple cider
Although I haven’t had it in awhile, I love apple cider. The other day I was having a conversation about this when the question of what is in apple cider came up. “Hmm, I think it’s apple juice with spices. Or maybe just fermented apple juice?” I clearly was not an expert on apple cider.... Read more »
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Get ready for autumn, the Harvest Moon is here

Get ready for autumn, the Harvest Moon is here
Tonight Lilia and I got a look at this year’s Harvest Moon and we took some photos. The Harvest Moon is the name given to the full moon that occurs nearest the autumnal equinox, or first day of autumn, which occurs on September 23rd of this year. Honestly, I wasn’t exactly sure what the Harvest... Read more »