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October Days

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love crisp days and crunchy leaves underfoot.

Saturday we picked Concord grapes to make grape juice and jelly.  My kids pulled the grapes from the stems to get them ready for the steam juicer.  We ended up with 2 gallons of juice and today I’ll be making grape jelly to give as gifts this Christmas (and some for us to enjoy, of course).

I love food this time of year.  I’ve been making wheat bread and soups, chicken stew with biscuits, and hot cereal for breakfast.

This morning I made baked oatmeal for the first time.  It took longer to cook (35 minutes) than regular oatmeal, but it was fast and easy and warm and delicious.

I used this recipe from Our Best Bites, but cut down the brown sugar to just under 1/2 cup, replaced the 1/2 cup of butter with a 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup applesauce.

Even after altering the recipe to make it a bit more healthy, it was seriously yummy.

Along with grape jelly today, I’ve got lots of sewing to do.  I’m working on a new pattern and Halloween costumes are looming.

For 5th and 6th grade at our school the kids don’t dress in traditional Halloween costumes.  Instead they are asked to dress like a historical character for a school wax museum.  They write a report about that character and share information when parents and students come through the museum.

Emma has chosen Eleanor Roosevelt, so 1930′s dress is on my list to sew.  Yeah!  I’m going to make a dress that will be great to wear after Halloween.

Lily is giving me heartburn, since she picked Clara Barton.  I love that she has chosen such a brave and influential woman, but when I suggested we make a simple nurses costume, she said, “Oh no Mom, Clara Barton wore a hoop skirt!”  Why, oh why, did I ever let my girls watch Gone with the Wind?  On one hand, I’d like to say a hoop skirt is just not happening.  On the other hand, my days of making fun Halloween costumes are quickly coming to an end.  Should I just savor it?  I was lucky enough to have my mom donate about 6 yards of Civil War fabric to Lily’s cause. So the cost excuse is out. Hmmm. I’m guessing I better check into how to make a hoop skirt.

Ben, in true fashion, is still trying to decide what he wants to be.  Since he needs to be a character from Ancient World history through the Renaissance, I thought it would be funny if he were William Wallace (of Braveheart fame).  We could paint his face with blue paint and he could wear a kilt.  But so far he’s not too keen on wearing a skirt.  I’ve had no luck with talking him into being Leif Ericson or Leonardo Da Vinci either.  I think I better give him a deadline or we’ll both be scrambling late the night before.

Despite being busy and having a lot on my plate, I love October.

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3 Responses to “October Days”

  • Autumn is my favorite time of year too. Good luck with the costumes I hope you share them. My daughter has me creating a hunter / goddess costume.

  • Caedwin:

    for a hoop skirt, just make it a really full skirt; IF she seriously wants to wear a hoop, tho’ you can find one for a child at a civil war re-enactor web site. (Just tell her that when (and if) she gets to sit, that she has to NOT sit on the hoop or it will billow up in her face and everyone will see her bloomers! So, what you do, is to not sit on the hoop, just bunch it up behind her and it will just flow beautifully around her.)

  • Maybe she would be willing to wear a full petticoat instead of a hoop. It could have a similar appearance without the hassle.

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