Baked Acorn Squash

I want to share one of my all-time favorite autumn meals, thanks to my momma...BAKED ACORN SQUASH.

There really isn't a recipe.  Just cut the squash in half, gut the seeds, put butter in the center, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 400 for an hour or until tender.  DELISH!

By the way, remember the pumpkin seed post?  I'll now be answering to the name Culinaire Extraordinaire! I'm  Kidding!  But they are too good not to mention again!  I have a few more pumpkins that I will be stealing seeds from after Thanksgiving.


Boo at the Zoo!

Today, we went to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler for Boo at the Zoo! It was really nice and the girls LOVED it!  We will be going back more often for sure.

I know, I know....once you've seen one picture of an animal,  you've seen them all, right?  But, for documentation purposes, I will show you mine....National Geographic, prepare to be impressed.  I jest!

{my} AnImALS!

Edward Cullen, eat your heart out!



 How sweet is that????  Melts my heart, I tell ya.
 Gawgeous (see Urban Dictionary), Darling.
Simply gawgeous!

Note to self:  Don't tint the girls' hair on Halloween--family pictures on Nov. 1. [WASH OUT IN ONE WASH....LIES,lies,LIES!]  I'm still finding traces of RED!

{easy} Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

For years, I have tried to roast our pumpkin seeds only to be disappointed.  This year, I was determined to have well-seasoned, CRISP, gOLdeN, tasty seeds. For the record, I SUCCEEDED.

I'm writing this down for next year!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

2 cups of pumpkin seeds (thoroughly washed)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 stick of butter
seasoning I use:
season salt (to taste)
garlic salt (to taste)
Cajun seasoning (optional)
dash of pepper
(optional: crushed red pepper)

1.  Preheat oven to 300
2.  Melt butter in a bowl.
3.  Add pumpkin seeds and seasonings
4. Pour seeds on a cookie sheet
5.  Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown (stir occasionally)
6.  ENJOY!

These seeds are Won-der-FUL!!!!  I feel/smell a tradition coming on!

Carving Pumpkins

Pumpkin Showcase

I just love family traditions! Especially the one we keep on Nov. 1--smashing pumpkins!
Last year's pumpkin, click HERE.


Day at the Park

Wednesday was MOPs annual Day at the Park.  Here are some of the pictures from our fun day...

Scarecrow Trail

The city of Jacksonville puts on a scarecrow trail each year.  People, businesses, churches make scarecrows for the viewing.  

We went with some friends to check out all of the scarecrows.  As we entered the trail, we noticed a sign that read: "PLEASE DON'T TOUCH THE SCARECROWS!" Question: How's that workin' out for ya!?!  Our kiddos touched every.single.one.

Check out the pics of the scarecrows AND the rebellious children we are raising! :)



Ladybug Pics

My friend, Ashley, had a photo booth at the Fall Festival and took these pictures of the girls in their Halloween costumes.

Aren't they cute?  

Thanks, Confetti Photography, for the awesome pics.  I am looking forward to our family photo session in a few weeks.


Tears of the Saints

 I dare you to watch this video--this is an emergency...

Are you a Christian?  If so, YOU ARE CALLED.  Are you ready to LOVE.....GIVE..... MOBILIZE.....GO..... PRAY.....????

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20 ESV

Thank you, Becky for reminding me of this video.  I don't normally do this, but I encourage my blogger friends to repost.  Until Christ returns we have a job to do!!



The cooler temps have meant more coffee and...

more time to read outside on the swing.

Last week, we got some major rain and the girls finally got to break out their rain boots.

I need a new fiction book to read.  Any suggestions?


Fall Festival 2011

Fall festivities have official begun and we are L-o-v-i-n-g IT!!  Today was our annual Fall Festival at church and the girls had a ton of fun except that neither one of them had a nap, which made it hard on me.  
Little Ladybugs
FUSSY little ladybug #1
little ladybug #2

Tat came down for the day to go to AG's soccer game and a little bit of the festival.  The girls were thrilled that he shared in their day!
Off to trunk or treat!

Graham handled our trunk while I kept up with the girls.  

What a sweet picture of a sweet girl.
FRIENDS....and that's how it shall remain.
What's a fall festival without a hayride?

Since there is a burn ban in our county, we had a make-shift campfire!
I'm here to tell you, this is one worn out little ladybug.

 I love getting together with my church family for fellowship.  We had a wonderful Fall Festival!


Spooky Maze

I wanted to share a few pictures from the {SpOoKy MaZe} at Six Flags...

I thought the fam would enjoy these pics of the girls!  Am I right?

Thrills by Day

Last weekend, we went to Six Flags over Texas for Thrills by Day, Frights by Night.  
Graham rode the Superman ride!  Do you see how high that is???  I passed.   If I had been eighteen, I would have jumped right on, but I ain't eighteen no more.
Edy got to ride a few rides and had an absolute blast!
Yosemite Sam's is AG's favorite ride.  It's an indoor floating-type ride--kinda like "It's a Small World" at Disney World.  Edy rode it this time and...
Check out this face!  She was taking it all in, but loved every minute of it!

To end the day, we watched a very cute show before heading back to East Texas.

You gotta watch AG doing Scary-oke...