Let’s Think Fall

    With the August heat, thinking about fall is refreshing.

    I enjoy thinking ahead for fall decorating and I’m even open to Christmas decorating. Now is the perfect time to be looking ahead.FallTree

    I enjoy the different seasons of the year . . . fall being my absolute favorite. I love thinking about the falling leaves and the pumpkins and that slight nip in the air. The transition from summer to fall is always exciting for me.

    When I saw this fall tree, I thought it was perfect. A great project to get started thinking about. Gathering up all kinds of goodies that represent the season to me. Pumpkins, candy corn, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns . . . witches, scarecrows . . . muffin tins, pie tins . . .

    I’m sure your tree would be unique. Just as mine may be, too. I don’t think “gingerbread” men cookies, but I’m not one to criticize. I might want more cooking utensils and maybe an old hat and boots . . . a few of my favorite books that represent the season . . .

    Such a fall tree could go through the process of the kids starting back to school and then moving into Halloween and moving into Thanksgiving. I wonder if this tree would make the transition into Christmas . . . something worth thinking about.

    Fall is a process. It’s a time of harvest . . . so there would be corn and pumpkins along with other fruits and vegetables. There may be scarecrows and black crows . . . maybe a raven . . . skeletons and who knows what represents fall to you.

    Fall is an interesting transition period. It seems to be as colorful as spring .  . yet in a different way. It offers two celebrations . . . Halloween and Thanksgiving. Both times of pumpkin pie and other sweet treats. Caramel corn, caramel apples . . . dressing up in costumes to run around the neighborhood . . . maybe getting scared by someone coming out of the darkness . . .

    We do see school buses and children walking to school carrying books or wearing backpacks. It’s a new school year . . . trying out new recipes of pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins and apples — baked and put in pies and cakes and cookies.

    The trip to the pumpkin farm is always delightful . . . picking out the right pumpkins to carve for Halloween . . . Then picking out your costume . . . and the planning of your own Halloween party . . . or one for the kids . . .

    Fall is definitely an exciting time of year.

    And during this latter part of summer we’re preparing for the children to get ready for a new school year. Some of you may be planning the last vacation of the summer. Hopefully, you’ll be visiting family and they will be visiting you. It’s fun when all the cousins get together.

    Family is wonderful. It’s great to spend time with them . . . Taking a bit of a break from all our busy routine to relax and enjoy the company of family we haven’t seen in awhile. This is usually great for all concerned.

    It’s a time to discover that you do have more in common than you once thought. That’s why these times between holidays are important to get together. It can be much more relaxing and casual.

    This would also be a great opportunity to collect items for your fall tree . . . things from your summer vacations and things you learned from loved ones. It is all part of you and what these seasons and holidays represent for you and your family. We are definitely a product of our ancestry.

    These are just some thoughts.

    It’s important to take a moment out of our daily schedules and think about fall and other seasons. It’s also good to observe how others view the season and what the stores stock up on and what may be missing . . .

    I’m always looking for things that aren’t usually stocked . . . but they have plenty of other stuff I have no interest in at all. Do you find that, too.

    Enjoy your remaining days of summer . . . and recognize how fall is creeping up on us . . .

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon

    July Is Coming To A Close

    July, 2016 has been memorable.

    Being an election year for those of us in the United States of America, both parties selected their candidate for President along with their Vice President.

    The campaigns may be heating up for the final outcome in November.BackToSchool

    But before then . . . we’ll be getting the kids off for another school year and Halloween!!!

    There are still some days of summer to enjoy, though. Maybe a last trip someplace. Getting more swimming in and enjoying the warm temperature.

    I don’t know if that dreaded essay of “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” is still asked. If so, now is an excellent time to get thinking about that. Helping the kids by hitting the highlights of those who had a very active summer . . . and for those who didn’t . . . thinking of ways of making at least one thing you did with your family sound interesting.

    When I think back on summer vacations, I think of all the time in the car. Yes, we saw lots of things and had fun at a cabin on the lake or going to National Parks . . . and even visiting relatives . . . The task of sitting down to write about it took all the fun out of what fun we did have.

    And, the absolute worst part was reading them aloud . . . Yes, that was torture listening to what others did . . . some were as lame as my summer vacation.

    I’m way past that . . . but I do get a cold shiver down my spine when school opens each year . . . even though I’m definitely not involved. Maybe I’m having empathy for all those students . . . Times have definitely changed . . . but those “first day butterflies” may still remain.

    There are old movies about this . . . I was wondering if there was a jigsaw puzzle . . . or some books:

    I’m never disappointed! There is always something available to help me out.

    Honestly, I was thinking of doing a kick-start into Halloween. . . I know it’s still too early . . . so I went with the back-to-school theme. But don’t be surprised as you’re shopping in preparation for a new school year, you don’t see Halloween stuff . . . The stores always seem to start early . . . and by the time I may be ready to think of buying stuff . . . those shelves may be getting a bit bare . . .

    Strange isn’t it? We’re always being pushed to the next season and the next holiday.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Enjoy your remaining days of summer!

    Sharon

    Are There Things To Celebrate This Summer?

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    National Root Beer Float Day is August 6

    Earlier I posted What’s Next https://twocansonastring.com/whats-next/ and then found out Amazon is having a great Prime Day on July 15 with bigger and better sales than Black Friday . . .

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    You’re definitely going to want to get in on the great bargains coming your way with Prime Day!

    And, of course, I already mentioned National Root Beer Float Day on August 6.

    Then there’s Labor Day the first Monday in September . . .

    But from now until Labor Day there is always the need to get ready for a new school year. Some schools are beginning sooner than you may think . . . I know, it seems like summer vacation has just begun, but it’s always good to be prepared Moms and Dads. And Amazon is an excellent place for you to go for all your back to school necessities.

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    And some of you parents may be seeing your kids off to college . . . or even returning to college and you have your shopping to do for them, too.

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    Oh my! I can hear you saying, “Already?” Well, I’m not one to wait until the last minute, but I do know there are some of you who love the last minute thing . . . it’s the way you do things . . . and that’s fine . . . so let’s see what I have for you to enjoy your summer . . . and you never know what bargains Prime Day on July 15 has in store for you to get your youngsters ready for the coming school year and college, too.  But I digress . . .

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    Hopefully, I’ve got you covered for family summer fun and school/college necessities . . . and don’t forget about July 15 and August 6. These are great ways of getting your summer shopping done. And maybe, depending upon Prime Day on July 15, you may get a head start on birthday and holiday shopping.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Still In The Heat Of Summer

    August is one of those months without a “holiday,” but it is a big month for many throughout at least North America. There’s going back to school, preparing for the change of season, getting ready for Labor Day — just one last trip to the mountains or a family BBQ.

    There may be many of us in the southern regions who are concentrating on keeping cool. Our days may be warm, but our nights cool down nicely.

    My thoughts turn to fall and a nice cup of cocoa with family and friends with conversation. Or maybe break out the graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars to make a gooey treat.

    I’m sure if I put my mind to it, I could come up with 101 variations of making S’Mores. I do wonder where that name came from.

    No one has announced that they’re the original creator of S’Mores, but back in 1927, a recipe was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Loretta Scott Crew is credited for  what she called “Some Mores.” She evidently made them for the Girl Scouts by the campfire.

    I imagine, they were roasting marshmallows when Loretta got the brilliant idea to add the chocolate to a graham cracker with the toasted marshmallow and make a sandwich cookie. Or maybe it was one of the young ladies.

    Well, the tradition definitely took off! I don’t know who changed the name to S’Mores, but that has caught on quite nicely.

    Then people decided to mess with the recipe, but keep the authentic taste. It can be made with all kinds of chocolate candy mini bars. Roasted marshmallows have remained as have the graham crackers.

    I’m sure if you search the net you’ll find someone who gave s’mores a complete makeover. You may have your own variation that you share with your family.

    If you haven’t had S’Mores this summer, I suggest you give them a try. Or at least roast/toast some marshmallows.

    Thanks for stopping by!