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Free Fall Printable

One of my favorite things about fall is the colors.  The rich oranges, purples, and yellows of the falling leaves are a beautiful sight to see.  Since we are already starting to bring out the fall decorations, I figured it would be nice to create a free fall printable to frame on our wall.  I wanted to incorporate those gorgeous colors we see around this time of year, and do it in a way that makes me appreciate the season even more.

Free Fall Printable by PioneerMomma.com

I found a beautiful quote from Albert Camus that I though would be absolutely perfect.  It describes the season just wonderfully, and is almost poetry.  When you think about it, the leaves really are this season’s flowers!

This printable is made in a 5x7in. size, so I may even be placing it on my desk for inspiration through the season.  Click here or on the picture above to grab your free fall printable!  Enjoy :-)

 

October’s Book of the Month is…..

Are you ready?  I know I am!  After much consideration, I finally chose October’s book of the month for our Friday Book Club.  Drumroll please….. It is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I came across it accidentally, as it isn’t usually a book I would read myself.  Perusing the reviews made me change my views a bit!  Almost every reader said that they absolutely loved it, and while it uses some dark humor to add to the story a bit, there seems to be some messages about parenting and schooling today.  I am totally excited!

Here is the publisher’s summary, pulled from Audible.com (I’m not affiliated, just enjoy my account with them):

Coming July 29, 2014, the new novel from Liane Moriarty, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Husband’s Secret.

“What a wonderful writer – smart, wise, funny.” (Anne Lamott)

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder.

In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families. And in her pitch-perfect way, she shows us the truth about what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.

©2014 Liane Moriarty (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Again, I am going to be listening to mine on audiobook, and we will do the same setup as last month.  Tuesdays will be question days, and Fridays will be conversation days.  The questions will be at the end of the Tuesday blog posts, and you can email me your answers or thoughts here to be included in the Friday posts.

So get to reading, and send in your initial thoughts for our first Friday Book Club post of October! :-)

 

What’d You Do This Weekend? #47

Welcome back to another fun week of sharing and discovering :-)  Fall has officially started, and I for one, am totally glad that the weather has agreed this weekend.  It has been pretty dang nice, and I really hope it stays this way!  Hubby and I have been making bets on whether or not this fall and winter will bring cooler temps than last year.  I hope so!  I think I only wore my coat once or twice, and it’s too cute to be kept in the closet!

Bubba is totally enjoying school, and our after dinner trips to the park.  We found a new one last week, with a really awesome climbing wall.  Where was that when I was a kid?!  He hasn’t gone too far on it just yet, but we will be helping him gain the courage to try.

Along with us running around this week, I also shared the Book Club Friday post for the end of September.  That book was amazing!  I am still taking suggestions for next month’s book until Tuesday.  Have any? :-)  I also shared a look back at fall posts from last year, and this week’s Weekly Worksheet.

On to the features!  As always, I love to see what everyone’s been doing, and Stumbled, pinned, and shared many of your posts.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa for her favorites of the week.  Here are mine:

MOST VIEWED THIS WEEK: APPLE COBBLER BARS BY THE SEASONED MOM

Apple Cobbler Bars by The Seasoned Mom

Apple Cobbler Bars by The Seasoned Mom

FEATURES:

Honey and Date Syrup Swiss Roll by Something Sweet Winnie's Blog

Honey and Date Syrup Swiss Roll by Something Sweet Winnie’s Blog

Easy DIY Fall Wreath by Luv A Bargain

Easy DIY Fall Wreath by Luv A Bargain

A is for Apple: Do a Dot Printables by Crystal & Co.

A is for Apple: Do a Dot Printables by Crystal & Co.

The winner of September’s ad spot winner for both Pioneer Momma and Tumbleweed Contessa is Letters From Sunnybrook!  Everyone be sure to stop by and show some bloggy love  :-)

 

Letters from Sunnybrook

 

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Now, let’s get on with this week’s linkup!  To old, new, and future bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.

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2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 40

Weekly Worksheet: 2014 Week 40 (free printable) by PioneerMomma.comLast week was super busy.  I did manage to finish up my testing for my nursing license renewal, and had to get re-fingerprinted for work.  Along with a bunch of other side trips.  I’ll consider it an overall successful week, in terms of home and life business.  Blogging is another story, but we all have those times where we need to focus on other things.  I am thankful that we are done with all we needed to do, and are just playing the waiting game.  Hubby’s surgery is STILL on hold; we are waiting for the correct referrals.  Again, I’m trying to tell myself that everything happens for a reason and that the surgeon was going to sneeze into his knee or something.

Other than that, everything is peachy.  Bubba is totally enjoying fifth grade, and he made three strikes when his class went bowling.  Topic of the night :-)  He’s doing super well, and I am incredibly proud of him.

Fall has officially started, and the colors of the leaves are changing.  I really love this time of year, and it signifies the beginning of a very active and wonderful season.  From now until January first is filled with fun activities, yummy treats, family activities, and lots of decorations.  I’m already planning how to decorate our Christmas tree!

Let’s start planning.  Here’s how our week will look:

What’s For Dinner?

Sunday – Sandwiches in the park

Monday – Taco night

Tuesday – Lumpia and rice with veggies

Wednesday – Company picnic

ThursdaySlow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday – Boy’s Night

***

This Week’s Goals:

Home – Take donations to Goodwill

Personal – Read through natural healing books from library sale

Blog – Update new blogging planner

Tackle – none this week

***
Focus Word:

“Release”

I chose this word because I’d like to focus on releasing any negativity that has built up over various issues.  It’s not healthy to keep in, and I’d really like to just clear it.  So I will :-)

Ready to plan your week?  Click here or on the picture above to print out your free weekly worksheet!  Happy planning!

Let’s Welcome Fall!

I am so totally excited that the official start of fall is here.  That means it’s time to bring out the spiced candles (let’s pretend I haven’t already had them out all month…) and roll up our sleeves on some pie baking and fall crafts.  Bubba is going back and forth on what he’d like to be this Halloween, and that pretty much means unless he can find the costume through thrifting, we will be DIYing it.  So far he’s chosen a ninja, a vampire, a werewolf, a Jedi, and a few others.  We will see what his final decision is :-)  Whatever his decision, he’ll still be using the DIY Trick-or-Treat bag we made last year.

DIY Burlap Trick-or-Treat Bag by PioneerMomma.com

We’ve started decorating already for Halloween, with a few knick knacks here and there.  Remember the DIY Halloween Characters?  Yup, those will be up on our holiday wall this year as well.

how to make your own halloween decorations halloween crafts for kids

Fall is also the time where we go pumpkin crazy.  We have two new pumpkin plants in our garden at the moment, which I am hoping will yield more than ten pumpkins, overall.  Pumpkins have so many great vitamins, and my favorite way to store them to use throughout the year is roasting and pureeing them.  Did you know you can sneak a few spoonfuls into lots of recipes to add the nutrients but not worry about changing the taste?  Yup :-)

How To Roast Pumpkin (for puree) PioneerMomma.com

Along with using the pumpkin puree for baking and sneaking into sauces, we also love to use them in our coffee.  The DIY Pumpkin Spice creamer will definitely be made soon, along with an idea I have for one with hazelnuts.  That one will be a surprise for Hubby’s mom.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Creamer by PioneerMomma.com

Just because fall is officially here doesn’t mean we automatically have cooler temperatures (although it is really nice and cloudy out right now!).  Throw some pumpkin puree into some homemade ice cream for a delightful treat the kiddos will love.

Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe - PioneerMomma.com

I am super excited for all the projects and recipes I have planned for this fall and can’t wait to share them.  What are you planning?  What is your favorite part about the start of fall?

 

Friday Book Club: The Lantern (Ending)

The Lantern: A Novel, by Deborah LawrensonOh.  My.  Gosh.  That was quite the suspenseful ending.  I had to explain my audible gasps a few times when the story took this turn and that.  I have to say, some aspects of the tale didn’t turn out as I had expected!  I didn’t think that the bones under the pool would be Martha and Annette, I did think that Dom had killed Rachel, I had no idea that Pierre would be the key to Martha’s disappearance, I was shocked to hear about Rachel’s true personality, and I thought that all the ghosts were coming back to Benedicte for revenge of some sort.  Oh yeah, and I was pretty sure Eve was going to get thrown off that cliff.  Wow.

I think the only thing I did call was that Benedicte was already a ghost.  Other than that, totally surprised!  I thought the ending of The Lantern was great.  Everything was explained, and there was even a moral to the story: be wary of creating connections where there are none.  The suspicions and curiosity can end up disastrous.

I still think that, were I in Eve’s position when the bones were discovered, I would have left Dom right then.  Regardless that he turned out to be a pretty good match for her, it’s not worth it to me to put myself in a potentially dangerous situation just to ride it out and see what happens.  I’m glad that their romance turned into their perfect love story and they rekindled the feelings and happiness they had in the beginning, but it took forever!  When all Dom had to do was tell Eve the truth!  Seems like a torturous length of time to create imaginative stories.

So here’s my overall look at The Lantern, by Deborah Lawrenson:

POINTS I LIKED:

  • I like the connection between the female lead characters, and them all being pregnant.  Well, Rachel wasn’t really pregnant, but we found that out later.
  • I LOVED the epilogue, and the additions from Benedicte about the “visitors”.  It is a little sad that she doesn’t seem to know that she has passed, but she seems very happy at that point, and I like that the couple’s baby notices her, and brings her joy.
  • The descriptions of the beautiful scenery and various scents were amazing.  The writer really brings you into the story and plants you right into those hillsides.
  • The dual sided story was great.  I lose focus easily, and it was nearly impossible to do with this book.  The reader gets two stories, told equally as beautiful, at the same time.  And the chronological aspects of Benedicte’s life tale was something I appreciated.

POINTS I DIDN’T LIKE:

  • UGH I was really irritated with Dom.  As if you don’t know already, I would have been long gone in the middle of the story with him.  He never shared anything, and seemed like he was just interested in wallowing.  Totally my opinion, I know he was going through a lot of guilt, but it was rough just hearing (audiobook) anything about him at a certain point.
  • I would have liked to know a little more about Andre’s story and what happened.  It seemed to be cut a little short, even though it was revealed he had a secret family.

I’m a little torn on Pierre.  He was a strong and vicious character, and not someone I’d want to be associated with.  However, with as much as I disliked him, I think he was a great addition to the overall story and a strong point in telling Benedicte’s history and reveals a lot about why she became a recluse.  I’m also not sure how I feel about Rachel turning out to be a not so well person, who may have narcissistic personality disorder.  Just wasn’t sure if that went with the flow of the story as well as maybe just something a little simpler.

All in all, this was a great book, which I will be happy to indulge in again.  What did you think?  Were you surprised by the ending?  What points did you like or dislike?  Be on the lookout on Tuesday for the announcement of October’s Book of the Month!

What’d You Do This Weekend? #46

Welcome back to our weekly linky party!  I love this time of the week and seeing what everyone has been up to.  This weekend we did some work in the garden and made a trip to Costco.  Totally exciting, I know :-)  The temperatures have been dropping, and today was the coolest day in such a long time!  We loved it and plan to take advantage of it and start running at the local track this week.

This week I shared the Book Club Friday post and my recipe for Gluten Free Peach Berry Cobbler.  It is super yummy!

Gluten Free Peach Berry Cobbler by PioneerMomma.com

On to the features!  As always, I love to see what everyone’s been doing, and Stumbled, pinned, and shared many of your posts.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa for her favorites of the week.  Here are mine:

MOST VIEWED:  SIMPLE SPINACH CASSEROLE BY THE SEASONED MOM

Spinach Casserole

Simple Spinach Casserole by The Seasoned Mom

FEATURES

Eucalyptus Oil Uses - Little House Living

Uses for Eucalyptus Oil by Little House Living

Walking Tacos by A Mitten Full of Savings

Walking Tacos by A Mitten Full of Savings

Honey Lollipops

Honey Lollipops for Colds by Gator Mommy Reviews

The winner of September’s ad spot winner for both Pioneer Momma and Tumbleweed Contessa is Letters From Sunnybrook!  Everyone be sure to stop by and show some bloggy love  :-)

 

Letters from Sunnybrook

 

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Now, let’s get on with this week’s linkup!  To old, new, and future bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.

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Book Club Friday – Who is it?!?

The Lantern: A Novel, by Deborah LawrensonOh, Mylanta.  I had to really pull myself away from this book this week, so I wouldn’t sneak in any knowledge from the last 1/3 (that’s for next week!).  It is so intense right now!  I had begun to think that I preferred Benedicte’s story more than Eve’s.  With her and Dom’s relationship cooling, I was getting rather miffed that she was still there.  If my whirlwind romance partner stopped interacting with me and wouldn’t tell me anything, I’d be gone pretty quick.  Plus, I’m just nosy, so I wouldn’t be able to handle the curiosity anyway.  I had almost had it when he left the house for a while, only to come back with the story about being drunk and his license getting taken away.  Because of the story Eve was writing!  What?!  And not to mention, that was probably the most he had said in some time!  Goodness.  Benedicte’s tales of the lavender fields were way more intriguing to me.

Then they found the bones.

Uh oh.  Finding the bones, Dom’s secretive attitude, Sabine’s urgent messages, Benedicte’s ghosts, the missing girls; everything seems to be building up into quite an explosive ending.  Or at least, I hope so!  Personally, I believe that Dom had something to do with it.  The timing is right, with Rachel writing about the first missing girl right before she went who-knows-where with her unborn baby.  Was it ever born?  Is she the woman in the gray blue dress?  Who’s fifty year old bones are under the pool?  So many questions to be answered.  I was literally on the edge of my seat listening to the story (audiobook).  And we were introduced to a new character, Benedicte’s fiance.  Where does he fit in to everything??  What happened to him?  Some part of me is convinced that at the time of Benedicte’s story, she is already a ghost.  Hmm….we’ll see.

Another thing I really enjoyed, although it was sad to hear about how Benedicte’s sister lost her sight, was all about the lavender fields.  The writer takes you right smack in the middle of them, as Benedicte is assigned to describe every aspect for her sister.  You could almost smell those flowers yourself!  No joke, they had some pretty good essential oil ideas in there, too.  Might have to try a few out!

So this week’s question was:

Put yourself in Eve’s shoes.  What are you thinking about her current situation?  What would you do?

My answer is pretty much explained already.  I don’t know about you, but if I had ANY inkling that my mysterious boyfriend could have anything to do with the murders of missing girls, I’d be out of there last week.  Here’s what two readers had to say…

I think that she has every right to have suspicion and I’d get out of there fast.  Hunky rich guy, or not! — Lauren

He just needs time to deal with his issues.  Maybe he isn’t ready for a relationship yet, after his ex.  He deserves some time. — Jamie

What do you think?  What would you do?  I’d love to hear!

 

 

Gluten Free Peach Berry Cobbler (and this week’s Book Club question!)

Gluten Free Peach Berry Cobbler by PioneerMomma.comIn honor of the start of fall (although we are still hitting some pretty high temps here), I’d like to share a cobbler recipe with you.  My gluten free peach berry cobbler isn’t the traditional sort, where you have the pie-like crust on the top.  Since this one is a gluten free recipe, I used more of a crumble topping.  We actually enjoy it better, especially when you get those tasty pecan pieces in a spoonful.  The special part about this recipe is that we include a nectarine in with the peaches.  The sweetness of the nectarine really plays well with the tart blueberries and juicy peaches.  It was because of this that I couldn’t figure out a name for the cobbler!  Bubba ended up coming up with Peach Berry Cobbler, and it stuck :-)

The end of summer and beginning of fall is bringing the peaches out of the woodwork.  This is a great way to use some of those up!  It’s not too sweet, and it is delicious whether you add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of fresh made whipped cream, or even just eat it by itself.

Slice up 2 large peaches (leave the skins on) and put them aside, in a medium sized bowl.  Dice one nectarine and throw that in, as well.  Mix in a squirt or two of lemon juice to keep everything from browning.

Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a large pot.  Add in the peaches, nectarine, and one cup of blueberries.  Stir in 1/4 cup water, 1/2 sugar, 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp nutmeg.  Bring to a boil and simmer for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

Gluten Free Peach Berry Cobbler by PioneerMomma.com

In another bowl, mix together 1/2 cup dry oats, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 cup pecans, and 2 Tbsp butter.  It should look crumbly, just like this:

Gluten Free Peach Berry Cobbler by PioneerMomma.com

Layer the fruit mixture on the bottom of your dish (I used a smaller sized glass casserole dish).  Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit.  Bake in preheated oven (350 degrees Farenheit) for about 25 minutes.  Oh, and you know all that juice left over from simmering the fruit?  It is super delicious when you reduce it down a little and use it as pancake syrup! :-)

Gluten Free Peach Berry Cobbler by PioneerMomma.com

Enjoy!

 

**Friday Book Club question:  Put yourself in Eve’s shoes.  What are you thinking about her current situation?  What would you do?  Email your answers to me here to be included in Friday’s post!

 

 

 

What’d You Do This Weekend? #45

It’s time to share!  The linkup has been doing wonderfully lately, and I want to thank each and every one of you for coming back every week and sharing your awesome ideas and projects!

This weekend we kept it pretty low key, and it looks like this coming week will be similar.  Well maybe not that we won’t be doing much, but it will primarily be inside the house.  Holy cow, have you seen outside?  We’ve got some hot temps coming this week.  Will definitely be upping the water at the garden so our new plants don’t wilt, and I have a few other things to finish as well.  Maybe we could try that “cooking an egg on the sidewalk” thing…. :-)

This week I shared:

5 Ways to Curb Writer’s Block

Breakfast Power Smoothie

Friday Book Club: September #2

and Weekly Worksheet: 2014 Week 38

On to the features!  As always, I love to see what everyone’s been doing, and Stumbled, pinned, and shared many of your posts.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa for her favorites of the week.  Here are mine:

MOST VIEWED THIS WEEK: BARB’S APPLE DUMPLINGS BY BUNNY’S WARM OVEN

Barb's Apple Dumplings by Bunny's Warm Oven

Barb’s Apple Dumplings by Bunny’s Warm Oven

 FEATURES

Calendula Lavender Salve for Calm Skin by Happy Mothering

Calendula Lavender Salve for Calm Skin by Happy Mothering

Snickers Dip by A Worthey Read

Snickers Dip by A Worthey Read

Project Buy a House {Income Streams} by Going Reno

Project Buy a House {Income Streams} by Going Reno

The winner of September’s ad spot winner for both Pioneer Momma and Tumbleweed Contessa is Letters From Sunnybrook!  Everyone be sure to stop by and show some bloggy love  :-)

 

Letters from Sunnybrook

 

 By linking up, you agree to let Pioneer Momma use the picture linked by you, in the case of a feature.  If I am unable to grab the pic from your page, you will get an email from me in the couple days ahead of the linkup requesting a pic file to use.  Each feature pic includes a link back to your original post.  The features are pinned and shared on various social media, each linking directly back to your original post.  Thanks for linking up with us!

Now, let’s get on with this week’s linkup!  To old, new, and future bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.

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