Fall Trees Craft

Everyone knows I’m all about getting crafty and letting McKinley get messy.  

Here is a quick & simple activity to put together. I’ve laid out different materials for her to create her own “Fall Tree.” 

Materials:

  • Apple stamps & paint
  • Stickers
  • Sparkle ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Leaves 
  • Glue stick 
  • Paper roll 

  
 

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Monday Monologue: Shed and Shred

Dark, cloudy, mysterious sky. Colorful trees. Cool breeze.  Yup, fall is finally here. And that means that Moccamus is here too! We took our annual trip to Lynd’s Fruit Farm!

McKinley last year with PaPa at Lynd's Fruit Farm

McKinley last year with PaPa at Lynd’s Fruit Farm

 

McKinley and Dada at Lynd's Fruit Farm 2013

McKinley and Dada at Lynd’s Fruit Farm 2013

Fall days cleanse me. I don’t know why? Probably because fall days match my personality the most.  I know that sounds strange. But, you already know that Fall is my “New Year.”  It’s that time of year for me to shed my woes.  And holy crap… I have some shedding to do.

I’m letting my burdens, my guilt, and my worries slowly fall like the leaves.  I’m trying to anyways. Wouldn’t it be nice if things were that simple?

*Poof* no more worries.

Nope. Letting go is extremely difficult.

I want to let go of my mistakes from my past, the people I’ve hurt, the things I should have, could have, and would have done.  I want to let go of my worries for the future, my worries of judgment, and my worries of life without my father.

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I want to open the doorway for new friendships, new opportunities, and new ways of thinking.

Phase One: Write a list of the things you need to let go.

Phase two: Shred the list.

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Coconut Chicken Curry

This is a fabulous recipe filled with Fall time colors!! As we head into the cooler months, now is when we crave those warm stews and soups! You may even want to consider cooking this meal in bulk for the week! This Coconut Chicken Curry recipe is best served with brown rice or quinoa. You could also just eat as a soup/or stew. If you rather make a soup- add 1/2 can more of coconut milk and cook 10 minutes longer.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken for 4 or 6 (Cut into chunks)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tsp of Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp of Curry powder
  • 1 can of light Coconut Milk
  • 4 tbsp Almond or cashew butter
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • fresh grated ginger or 1 tsp of ginger powder
  • VEGGIES (any kind works!) (3 yukon gold potatoes, 3 carrots stalks, 1/3 bag of green beans, 1.5 cups of cauliflower- Chop everything up into small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup of water

Directions:

1) Gather all of your ingredients/most of your ingredients.

2) Chop all vegetables and set aside. Then cut chicken into bite size pieces, and throw in a skillet with a bit of olive oil.

3) Heat another pot with olive oil, add mustard seeds and cumin.

4) When seeds start to pop then quickly add red flakes & curry, then the coconut milk & water. (Have it ready!!!)

5) Next add in the almond or cashew butter. Use a whisk to help mix it in.

6) Grate in fresh ginger, or throw in powdered ginger.

7) Now throw in your veggies, and let it cook for 25-30 minutes.

8) Then throw in your cooked chicken, and let cook for another 5 minutes.

9) Serve over Rice or Quinoa. 🙂

~The change for growth is infinite~ Georgia

McKinley’s First Moccamus!

This year, Moccamus was held on Saturday, October 13th.   A beautiful morning.  Moccamus falls on the second weekend of October.   It is a holiday my husband and I created three years ago.  The traditions on Moccamus as follows:  1) You must wear Moccasins for the day, or at least at some point in the day.  2) It’s a time to be with family and friends.  3) You must do something educational.  4) You can exchange gifts if you like (but you don’t have to).  Usually my husband and I exchange a gift for Moccamus and then write each other letters for Christmas.

We created the holiday, because to be frank my husband and I felt Christmas was steering away from true holiday spirit in becoming more commercialized.   The name Moccamus did not originate to “mock” Christmas.  We feel that Christmas is a fine holiday.  The name merely came from the idea that during Moccamus you must wear moccasins.

Here is McKinley on Grandpa’s shoulders sporting her adorable moccasins grandma bought her from Northern Ontario last year (while I was pregnant). 

 For our educational experience we participated in a 5K Dyslexia Dash.  McKinley’s first 5K!  It was quite the brisk morning, but she was bundled and ready!

Last year for Moccamus, Jordan and I went to Lynd’s Fruit Farm.  We enjoyed our adventure, so we decided to go again. Picking apples this year was a bit more challenging, because the apples were scarce, but thankfully we still managed to fill our bags!

We also went to the pumpkin patch. (Pumpkin carving contest to follow).

Last Moccamus I made homemade apple pie, but this year I made warm apple crisp with rolled oats!  (Sorry folks no photo of that yummy goodness!)

Pretty-Fall Day & The New Year!

It’s a pretty-fall day.  And when you say it out loud, it sounds like beautiful day, in a sort-of odd way.  Gosh, I love this time a year.

Most people think of January 1st as the start of the New Year.  Yes, it’s the start of the new calendar year. I think about the year in terms of seasons though.  So, Fall is my New Year.   A time of reflection, renewal, and shedding.  

As the year comes to a close– the leaves start to shed.  And, we start to shed too.  Shedding away woes and worries from the year.  If you look at the ground you’ll see hundreds of leaves at first glance, but when you look deeper, you’ll see memories from the past 11 months (going by season year) blanket the ground in color.  It’s rejuvenating.  And, It’s renewal to see all the things you’ve experienced.

If you are someone who has been carrying a weight on your shoulder, or have had harder times these past 11 months, perhaps a therapeutic intervention is needed.  Scoop your colorful woes (or leaves) up; Throw them into the air and as the leaves fall, let the burdens fall too.

Some people love winter.  I’m not one of those people.  Winter is the hardest time of the year and why Fall is a cleanse for me.  I must recharge and gear up for the next months, which are kicked into overdrive with family functions, holidays, cold long days, and just pure exhaustion.   Don’t get me wrong; I look forward to the holidays, family time, and rocking moccasins while drinking hot chocolate.  It’s the cold weather that takes a toll on my mood.

Cheers to the New Year!  (The Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a refreshing Fall beverage).  Happy Shedding friends!

Until next post ~ Spread Love where you can, and spread Forgiveness where you can’t. – Kevin H. Michael