Recipe for Fall

This is for Arkansas Womens Bloggers BLOGtober.

When I think of fall all the normal food ideas come to mind. I look forward to anything pumpkin. If you don’t believe me just ask my hubby. As much as I love nearly pumpkin, my favorite thing to cook is totally off in left field. I have to great recipe my aunt shared with my mum and dad. It is my Grammy’s spaghetti. (That would be my dad’s mother) I have some great memories of my Grammy and Grandpa but I truly didn’t get to appreciate them since they both died when I was younger. 

Now I got this recipe after my aunt came down to visit with us and she made Grammy’s spaghetti. I was in love with this the first bite I put into my mouth. If you have never had homemade sauce then you are seriously missing out but don’t worry I am going to share with you. Back to the spaghetti…. We have all had the store bought spaghetti sauce and some of it has some good depth and flavoring however, Grammy’s tasted like nothing I had every had before. I could taste the love, time, and effort put into it. I knew then I must make this because there was no going back. 

It took me a few months to make this. I mean the amount of time you have the stove on huge. So I did not want to heat my house up during the summer. All summer I kept thinking how nice this will be to make when the weather cools off. As we know last year summer seem to have a permanent hold on most of Arkansas. It was well into fall almost winter before I got to make Grammy’s spaghetti. It was well worth the wait. From start to finish was five hours of smelling some of the best smells ever. Hubby and I would try to be the one who had to go stir the big pot of yumminess. 

Finally our wait was over. Here was the hardest/easiest thing I cooked. Hardest because it smelled so good and I could remember what how it tasted. Easiest because even though it took five hours to cook most of it was just stirring. 

Doesn’t it look yummy?!?! It was great!!! When the first bite was taken, I knew again never store bought sauce for my family. So who is ready to make this yumminess?? 
Well, I am going to share my own version of homemade spaghetti sauce. I am not at liberty to share the original sauce. 
Alicia’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
4 cans of tomato paste plus 4 cans of water
2 large cans of crushed tomatoes
4 garlic cloves chopped, medium to semi medium
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Italian seasoning
Salt to taste
Put oil in pot and cook paste for about five to ten minutes. Add garlic, water, crushed tomatoes, oregano and Italian seasoning. I don’t really measure seasonings. I just taste and add if need to. So yes it will turn out a little different each time. Cook for about an hour or hour and a half. 
 This is different from my Grammy’s. I really don’t have time to cook for five hours each time I want spaghetti. But this is super good. The last time I made this I did a double batch and now have some on hand so I can just thaw as I cook it. Let me know how yours turns out. 
Until we meet again,

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Revisiting the cutest Dancer

This is for Arkansas Women Bloggers BLOGtober
This post was first posted on April 2, 2011.

Maybe this picture looks familar to some of you who have been reading my blog. This is Glitter Bug going to her first 19th century dance. She had a blast!!! I hope you will go check out this post to see the rest of the pictures and even her main dancing partner. Click here.

Until we meet again,

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Putting out pumpkins

This is part of Arkansas Women Bloggers BLOGtober.
Traditions are a big part of the family I grew up in and the family I married into. Since we moved near my husband’s family Glitter Bug has been taking part of these traditions. I think this is great especially since she is getting to do all of this with her Great grand mother. Glitter Bug is sooooo lucky to get to spend time with all her grandparents and both of her GREAT grand parents. Nel-Nel (great grandmother) has this great empty field in front of her house that is right by the road. She uses this lot to celebrate seasons. In the fall she starts by putting out jack-o-lanterns. Well really I should say about 35 or 40 jack-o-lanterns. 
  This is Glitter Bug and Nel-Nel putting out the jack-o-lanterns. 
She also has this great tree she puts many different things in depending on the season. Right now it has homemade ghosts in it.
Glitter Bug thinking everything has to be just so. 
The last one going on with Nel-Nel looking on.
They also strung up lights and put them in the jack-o-lanterns.
 There is the great pumpkin that serves a double purpose.
Check it out!! After Halloween it becomes a huge pumpkin for Thanksgiving. Well really all the jack-o-laterns become reagular pumpkins.
 Nel-Nel and Glitter Bug wishing everyone a great fall. 

This is just part of the stuff which is put out. Just wait from Christmas Decorating. It starts after Thanksgiving and usually takes about a week and the whole family. Keep your eyes open cause it is kinda a huge deal around here. 
Until we meet again,
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This is for Arkansas Women’s Blogger BLOGtober.

I really don’t remember much about Halloween.  I know my two sisters and I went with our Mum but that is pretty much it. Besides the normal “you can’t eat the candy until I check it.” Every one’s mother I knew told their kids. I don’t blame them for doing. I still do check Glitter Bug’s candy and we don’t really go anywhere.

We also never did the hayride thing or corn/pumpkin maze. We just went to houses of family and friends on “The Road.” Our Mum could pretty much let us roam knowing we were not far from home. It was a more friendly time, everyone on “The Road’ knew who we were since no one had moved away for years. (My parents still live on “The Road”)

I will not forget the first time we took Glitter Bug “trick or treating. She was such a  witch. I am sorry to say I don’t have pictures of it anymore. I remember her being hot( it was like a giant oneis) so she only had to when we went to her Great grand parents and her Grandparents.

This year she wants to be “Iron Woman.” (This kid is all about calling things how she sees them) I guess we will have to see if she changes her mind .

Until we meet next,
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Lone pumpkin

Last  year was the first year we were in our own home, so I thought to myself I am doing to decorate for fall/Halloween. It will be great since it is our house. I can put lights up (yes they make black string lights.) put pumpkins in the yard, maybe even make a “spider’s” web with a candy treat in my Glitter Bug’s room. Here starts planning and getting my list together to buy what I need to make these great ideas happen.
The first couple of weeks in October go by and I am still thinking I have plenty of time to get going, right? I mean I should be able to crank this out on one of my weekend days in between getting the house clean and taking care of Glitter Bug.
The next day I make the run to the store with a four year in tow who did not want to leave the house. We get to Wal-Mart and the first melt down happens. We get that patched up, hopefully until we get home, and head to the craft section. After picking up the basics it’s off to the Halloween section. Now meltdown number two happens. I figure I am pushing my luck and should just grab a couple of things and make a run for the checkout counter. After checking out we head back home for a nap and some “Mom” time to get this done.
Two hours later, I wake up for the nap I didn’t even mean to take. Glitter Bug really wanted me to lay down with her so she could have Mommy nap with her. I only meant to lay there until she drifted off to the land of dreams. No big deal I can still get this done.
Needless to say I mucked decorating up. I never really found the time after that day. It was one minor crises after another. I vowed to decorate this year. Nothing will stop me.
Here is it, time to get my self into gear. I start to find all the craft stuff and Halloween items. I check the normal places with no luck. Maybe I moved it with the Christmas stuff. Nada. After two days of trying to find them I come to point I used them some time in the last year. Great. The only thing I have to show for all the looking is one little pumpkin with fall flowers in from my mom. I guess with it out on my bar I am done decorating.


I hope to add to the lone pumpkin when the sales start or the next time I have a free day.
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