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Promoting creativity, peace and a positive lifestyle, one thought at a time and having fun along the way.

A Great Halloween Alternative

English: United Nations postage stamp
English: United Nations postage stamp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you remember Trick or Treat for UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)?  Perhaps you went door to door with your orange box on Halloween when you were a child.  While trying to come up with some new ideas for alternative celebrations I found myself thinking, “do kids still Trick or Treat for UNICEF?”  The answer I discovered was yes, they do.

The Halloween fundraising effort of the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund is alive and well with new ideas that don’t involve going door to door.  For more information visit the resource center at the UNICEF website.

Thought for Today

Brown Eyed Susans
Copyright 2008 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse

I just noticed this it the 100th post.  My how time flies when you’re having fun!  You know the best part about writing this blog?  Our followers.  You guys are great!  Thank you for following.

Time to Kill the Fatted Pumpkin

Scooping seeds from pie pumpkin
Copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

Every year around this time I go through the autumn tradition I call killing the fatted pumpkin.  This is when I cook wonderful fresh pie pumpkins and freeze the puree for  the rest of the year.

Cooking fresh pumpkin is easy:

1.  Choose a nice orange pie pumpkin.

2.  Cut pumpkin in half.

3.  Scoop out seeds.

4.  Place cut side up or down (either works) in a baking dish with about 1/2 – 1 inch of water.

5.  Cover with foil and bake 1 hr. at 350 degrees.

6.  Remove from oven. When cool enough to handle scoop out cooked pumpkin.  Mash pumpkin or if very soft just give it a good stir.

7.  Prepare 1 and 2 cup containers of pumpkin for freezer.

8.  Freeze and enjoy homemade pumpkin goodies all year.

This recipe is part of the Sugar and Spice Link Party.

 

Thought for Today

Surprised by orange.
Copyright 2008 by R.O. Robbins

“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” — Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905

 

 

Life in Six Words

Lower Pay But Much Longer Life
Lower Pay But Much Longer Life (Photo credit: Keoni Cabral)

If you had just six words to tell your life story, or even a small part of it, what would they be?

This is a “six word memoir” I wrote awhile back:

I wanted revenge. Karma was better.

Believe me, it was.

So what’s your story?  Do you have six words to share?

Thought for Today

Branches from window
Copyright 2008 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.” —– Stanley Horowitz 

We don’t usually talk about how our photos were taken, but if you are wondering, yes this is a photo.  It was taken from the window of a moving train.  The only editing done to this photo was cropping out some of the black background from inside the train and resizing it for the internet.  While it may not be a perfect photo in the technical sense, we like the effect.