Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sweet Potato Crescents

Today I wanted to share another recipe.  This is my family's favorite Thanksgiving recipe and it is always requested for family get-togethers.   I came up with this one about 20 years ago and I actually entered it in to a Taste of Home contest and won runners-up! I was awarded a cookie jar and two cookbooks, both which I still use to this day!



Over the years I have tweaked it a bit.  I now use coconut oil instead of the shortening, and at times I have made them with whole wheat flour, although we prefer the taste of white. I have also substituted sucanat or honey instead of the sugar the recipe calls for, with good results. I often use the dough for cinnamon rolls, which make a great Thanksgiving morning breakfast!

Because this recipe is now property of Taste of Home, I can only share the link to the recipe.  As you can see from the description though, it's mine with my former married name.

See the recipe in the link following.  Sweet Potato Crescents

Happy baking!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall at the Farmhouse

What a lovely October we had here at the farmhouse! Since returning from Chicago at the end of September I have really packed in the work and play.  Here are some highlights!

This is my current yard.  We have been getting rain so the grass is still green, but the leaves are red, yellow, and gold. We still need to do a final mow and raking of the yard once the leaves have fallen.

The back yard view. Look at that color!

Chad went on a 4 day domestic mission trip with a group of students to DC at the beginning of October, and while he was gone I painted!  Even though we only rent our home, we plan to live here until Remington graduates, so our landlords are paying for some updates as long as I do the work. 

Here is our freshly painted office/school room.....

Our home is pretty simple, but it's amazing how much a coat of paint makes it look better!  I am still hoping that someday our landlords will redo the floors, but painting really changes the look of the room!

 Here is the office before.  Lovely 80's style paneling with flowers......throughout the whole house. 

We also painted the kitchen and Remington's room.  I want to try to get the living room done before Christmas.

The Kitchen


I would love to paint the cabinets and tile the floor....but then I remember this is a rental! Haha!

So after the painting was done it was time to celebrate my birthday!  The weekend after my birthday was a brisk, cool sunny time and the leaves were amazing!  We took a little road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoyed the fall colors!





The following day we went to the apple orchard with a group from our church gathering. While Chad and I felt like the old people of the group, we had a great time and have made so many dear friends with these people!


While it was very cold that day the scenery was gorgeous! 

After apple picking, we went into Charlottesville for supper.  Just like when Chad and I were there in the spring, the music man was on the street with his various instruments.  We found out he does it full time.  What a fun way to make a living!! We enjoyed his music while we waited for our table at the restaurant.


After we went to the apple orchard I really felt like fall was upon us!  I took the apples we picked and went home and made a fabulous pie!!
So much for eating gluten free.  It is SO hard during the fall and holiday months!!


The weekend before Halloween was homecoming at the university, so Chad was busy all day with the float and tailgate.

I think the Banker in Chad still has a hard time believing he is able to do what he loves, working with this group of crazy people!

My friend, Amanda and I were able to slip away from our teenagers and husbands for awhile and indulge in the festival food!


Finally, to wrap up the month of festivities we went to the last outdoor Farmer's Market of the season and took a Halloween walk with Koda along the trails nearby.

The waterfall was so pretty!

The tunnel was also cool to walk through!

My new boots for fall and winter!

I noticed as we were walking that a lot of the leaves had fallen since I had done the walk just the week before.  We are about to the end of the foliage season, but this is one of the first years I feel I have really got out and enjoyed the colors and change of the season.

I have put myself on a strict budget for the month of November. With all the running around I've done over the summer and fall our budget has really been put on the back burner. My cash system is back in play and lots of cooking will be done at home to avoid eating out. I have gone through my closet, AGAIN, as well as Chad's and sorted out some things to sell. Household items are also having a thorough going-over as well.  I feel like it is time to prepare my little nest for the long months of hibernation. 

Well, friends, that is the fall wrap up! Have you done any fun fall activities?