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Seasonal Changes

Copyright 2010 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

The changing seasons are regularly occurring transitions.  They happen every year — four times.  Yet each transitions is different, with each season having it’s own unique blessings and challenges.

As I get older I find myself more and more in tune with the changing seasons.  Perhaps when I was younger I thought I was too busy to listen to messages from our mother the earth, or maybe I thought doing so would make me seem weird.  As you get older, being weird doesn’t matter as much.

While I love Spring and Summer with clear days and lots of time spent outside by the lake, I have to admit that  Fall and Winter have been more productive.  As the temperatures cool and my thoughts turn to naps and nice bowls of piping hot homemade soup I also feel my mind and body start to calm down and get ready to receive inspiration and to work.

Winter is the time much of my art gets created.  For me preparation for winter includes not only winterizing the house and car, stocking the pantry and getting out the winter clothes.  My winter preparations would not be complete without stocking up on art supplies.

Listen to the wisdom of the changing seasons.  This is mother earth’s way of preparing us for what lies ahead.  We already know what we need to weather the upcoming changes.  We just have to listen.  These regular transitions can help prepare us for the unexpected ones if we just let them.

Fall Fun: First Pot of Chili or Soup Party

Veggie Chili Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Veggie Chili
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Bob and I always celebrate the first pot of chili of the season.  A soup supper is fairly easy to set up and host.  Using slow cookers you can set up your soup on your island, kitchen counter or table.  You may serve the soup or allow the guests to serve themselves.  Provide any garnishes you wish such as cheese, croutons, sour cream, etc. and bread or crackers if you wish.

Add your favorite people, beverages and dessert and you have a party.  You could make this a pot luck dinner and invite guests to bring soup or dessert to share if you desire.

Fall Fun: S’mores

Source: morgueFile
Source: morgueFile

In case you are not familiar with S’mores they are a toasted marshmallow smooshed between two graham cracker halves with a nice piece of a chocolate candy bar.  The hot marshmallow melts the chocolate and makes for a decadent, ooey gooey treat.

Why are they called S’mores?  Because after you’ve eaten one you want s’more.

The marshmallows are traditionally toasted over a campfire (remember summer camp or hayrack rides ending at a campfire?) but you may also use a burner of a gas stove or a kitchen torch (please be careful).

If you are gluten free there are gluten free versions of graham crackers available, or you can make your own.  Of course they technically aren’t “graham” crackers because “graham flour” is a form of wheat.  But they still taste good.

Fall Fun: Fall Leaf Crafts

Fall at Chalco #8 Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Fall at Chalco #8
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Remember when we used to press fall leaves between sheets of waxed paper? Well there are now new techniques to preserve leafs and lots of new craft ideas. These are just a few of those available around the web.

Roses from Fall Leaves

Easy Fall Crafts from Leaves from Better Homes and Gardens (these include projects for grown ups)

Tree with Real Laves from Fun Preschool Activities 

Leaf Crafts from About.com Family Crafts

Anyone have a favorite fall leaf craft project you would like to share?




Fall Fun: Apple Picking

Source:  morgueFile
Source: morgueFile

Have you ever been to the orchard where apples are grown? Check to see if there is an orchard that sells direct to the public in your area. Whether you pick your own or buy already picked this a good way to teach children about where their food comes from.

This is something Bob and I used to do around the time of our anniversary. We bought a box and then I took them home and made applesauce. There is nothing better than homemade applesauce.


Fall Fun: Take a Fall Foliage Tour

Copyright 20012 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 20012 by R.A. Robbins

If you live where there is beautiful fall foliage be sure to get out and look at it. Whether a drive through your own neighborhood, an older part of town with large trees, a park, through hills or mountains, or just down a country road a fall leaf tour is a fun and relaxing activity.

Take your time. This is not something to be rushed through. Pack a lunch and make a day of it. Take the kids along and help them identify the types of trees by the leaves. You may even want to collect a few leaves for craft projects.


Fall Fun

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

Scattered throughout the month of October you will find fun activities to help you welcome Fall or Autumn (whichever your prefer).  As usual these activities will be family friendly.  They will be brief little tidbits scattered among the October blog posts like falling leaves.  I’m sure you will want to check back to make sure you don’t miss any.

The First Pot of Chili

One of our favorite ways to welcome Fall is with the first pot of Chili of the year.  This is one of my favorites.  I call it Genie’s Slow Cooker Veggie Chilli.  Enjoy!

A big bowl of veggie chili
Photo copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins
1 onion chopped
2 carrots peeled and sliced thin
1/2 cup lentils
 1/2 cup dry garbanzo beans (chick peas) soaked overnight and cooked
1/2 cup dry black beans soaked overnight and cooked
1/2 cup dry navy beans soaked overnight and cooked
1 cup corn kernels fresh or frozen
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf (discard before serving)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups water — more if needed.
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low all day — no less than 6 hours. Chili is better the longer it cooks. Discard bay leaf before serving.