Wednesday, October 1

Four Seasons :: Autumn Challenge {Day 1 of 30} NEW LINK-UP



Day 1 of 30
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:: while visiting my daughter's home the other day, I snapped this picture of how she does autumn and thought how fitting it would be to use this as my Day 1 ::

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Good morning and welcome to the third of four seasonal challenges I hold here at The Simple Woman's blog. I hope you will join us for the next 30 days and have fun while doing so with this lovely season! Please go HERE for all the details in getting linked up and ready to go.

Now, it your turn to add your Day 1 blog post link below. It will be your intention to take part in the next 30 days and have your name put in for the autumn gift-away drawing on November 14th.

Remember you only need to link up once to take part.
Please read the guidelines link above. Thank you!

(You must be linked-up below with your Day 1, NO LATER than Saturday, October 4th)

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Monday, September 29

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ September 29th Edition

Welcome!
The Simple Woman's Daybook is back at it's original home, The Simple Woman's blog.
REMEMBER you will need to change your link back from the old one at

 http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

to the new one here at

 http://thesimplewoman.blogspot.com/
(If you are new to the daybook or unsure since its been awhile you wrote one and linked up, you may go to this link to read over the guidelines.)

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For Today
September 29th, 2014

Outside my window... an overcast sky with a small promise of sunshine 

I am thinking... how hard it will be for my husband to take time off from work, in hopes his foot will heal

I am thankful... for the big bag of chestnuts from my son's tree

I am wearing... black Capri yoga pants, multicolored tee and black ankle socks

I am creating... several new paper cut journal pages

I am going... to meet my husband at his podiatrist's office to find out the next step in his care

I am wondering... about future decisions and what moving might look like and even more so, feel like

I am reading... (sharing more on Friday's post, which will also be the October edition of The Simple Woman's Book Club link-up)

I am hoping... to try out a new coffee/bake shop later this week w/ yummy scones and autumn sweets

I am learning... about glues, gels and mediums, oh my!

Around the house... stink bugs, need I say more...glad our house has been built nice and tight

In the kitchen...  dips for apples (picture and recipe in Thursday's 'This Week In My Kitchen' post)

I am pondering... Sunday's sermon notes

A favorite quote for today... "Today "Mother Earth" is routinely worshipped and the worship of the one true and living God is mocked and ridiculed. A global religion called "environmentalism" is sweeping our country..." 
Richard Hamm

One of my favorite things... those seemingly ugly weeds from summer that turn into some of the most brilliant red beauties come autumn

A few plans for this week: mixed-media art class, women's mini church group, day out with my girls and a long day at the annual Apple Harvest Festival

A peek into one of my days from this past week-end... 
getting ready for the race to begin
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If you enjoy writing up your daybook, you may enjoy the new Diary of 5

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Friday, September 26

Blog-keeping Notes

Instead of my usual Friday post (A Post Script Collective), I thought I would just post a few blog-keeping notes for those who follow along here. There are a few things coming up on the blog and beyond that you may be interested in, and I did not want you to miss the dates.

* First, Simple Autumn Bingo begins on September 30th, which is next Tuesday. You can find out more when you join the group here. I am currently working on putting together a little autumn-themed goodie bag for the winner!

* Then, on October 1st, which is next Wednesday, Four Seasons :: 30 Days Autumn Challenge begins right here on the blog. You can find out more if you look to the right sidebar. Here again, I am putting together a nice gift-away package for the drawing at the end. (names of all who took part in the challenge)

* Finally, October 3rd, which is next Friday, The Simple Woman's Book Club Edition link-up will be posted for the month of October. This is chance to highlight a good book you have read or are currently reading. Here again, you can find out more if you look to the right sidebar.

Have a wonderful week-end! Suppose to in the mid 80's in my neck-of-the-woods. See you back here on Monday for The Simple Woman's Daybook (September 29th Edition)

Thursday, September 25

This Week In My Kitchen



Hello girlfriends! 
I am joining Heather, over at Beauty That Moves for This Week In My Kitchen blog hop! Stop by, it is a nice way to be inspired in your kitchen!

(Here are my previous entries in this blog hop)
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The highlight of this week was:

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cheerio Bars


1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup crunchy almond butter
3 cups Cheerios
1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate
1/4 tsp. coconut oil

Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray
Heat medium saucepan over low heat and add in honey and almond butter
Stir frequently until creamy and warm.
Stir in Cheerios. transfer to pan and press to sides evenly with rubber spatula. Then press down firmly with your hands. 

To make chocolate drizzle, place shaved dark chocolate in small pan after adding the coconut oil
Stir til melted, drizzle over the bars. Place pan in freezer for 15 minutes to cool down and harden chocolate. 
Remove, cut into squares. Keep in frig to help keep bars more in tact.

Tuesday, September 23

My Paper Cut Journal {pages 10 & 11} 2014


Here is the link to all the other pages in my paper cut journal

  this paper cut turned out with lots of cool blue tones. i added a favorite, the Micron pen which is a must have if you enjoy drawing of any kind. pricey, but well worth the cost. 

seems i had lots of relaxing on my mind and light, ah, that morning light. don't you just love church shaped windows...