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The Most Wonderful Time Of Year 
Sep. 24, 2012 11:56 am 
Updated: Sep. 29, 2013 1:54 pm
Is finally here! (Yes, Autumn, at least in our book ;) ) So happy it's upon us, been waiting all year for cooler days, nature walks, pie baking and anything else I can come up with to ring in the season. 

This year, we found a neat little list online (I take no credit for this but sadly I have no idea who made it originally.) It's called the Fall Bucket List. It sums up just about anything you can think of to do during the season. I printed a copy out and marked down in my agenda all the dates that we can do various things on it. The minions are so excited! On top of that, we have the circus, Raylroad Daze, Coastal Carolina Fair, Sting Rays hockey game, corn maze, 7 birthday parties, multiple Boy Scout meetings & our anniversary trip to Talladega coming up. Such a busy time!

So far, we've checked off 3 things (not too bad for only two days!) We had a bonfire Saturday night, complete with s'mores for everyone. Yesterday we went "apple picking" (aka grocery shopping, as there are no apple orchards within 75 miles of us) and today we made candied apples. I know the bucket list calls for caramel but the boys eat caramel dipped apples all the time for an after school snack. Not perfect but we have a good feeling we'll be able to do most of it by the time Winter arrives (all of it if I have anything to do with it!)

With that being said, what are YOU doing for this Fall? Do you have any yearly events you participate in? Inquiring minds want to know =D

Fall Bucket List - 2012
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Aiden Nomming S'mores - 2012
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About Me
Hello! I'm Faith, a 27 year old work from home mom to two sons (8 & 5.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for 10 years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
My favorite things to cook
Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "up" category. I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients, I am willing to try anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
My cooking triumphs
Barbecue pulled pork, venison meatloaf & homemade butter biscuits.
My cooking tragedies
I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or grilled cheese sandwiches. It had too much basil, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
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