Autumn Family Fun Bucket List 2018 With Printable

Autumn is here! Not my very favorite season, but it is a lovely one. My favorite things about it are the lovely colored leaves and pumpkin everything!
Our goals for intentional memory making this autumn #autumn #familytime #fall #pumpkin #bucketlist @godschicki
Making memories is important to our family. Here are some of the goals that we have set for the autumn. We may not get through the whole list, but it gives us something to aim at.

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Do you have any plans for intentional memory making this Autumn? You can get my printable list to make your family fun bucket list by clicking here.

Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Just a friendly reminder in this crazy week: you are the salt and light Jesus talks about. As Christ followers, we are called to be Peculiar, Drunk (in the Spirit), to have Grace Filled Speech, and to Dress for each day. (As well as Overflow with Thankfulness if you missed last week’s post)
I know I often need that reminder when dealing with the crowds of people with seemingly no Christmas Spirit (or maybe just a me, me, me Christmas Spirit?). People can stress us out.  Remember to put on love. It binds all things together. It covers a multitude of offenses.
As you are preparing for your gatherings, remember to take time with God and feed your soul. You cannot pour from an empty vessel. Do not let your business eclipse God in your life this week! Take some time to be still in His presence.
If you are looking for natural ways to make your home smell good for your guests, you can put on a pot of Wassail, or check out these other ways to make your home smell good. There are a bunch of diffuser ideas for autumn that you can use, or maybe you want one to boost your mood and energy before your guests come.
Do not forget the importance of sleep and hydration! It is so easy to forget to take a water break, and buy into the “we can sleep after _______” mentality so prevalent in our society.
I shared my how to have a productive day last week, but there it is if you missed it. I know I need today and tomorrow to be very productive!
Life has been crazy here, but I am trying to remember that it is my mission field. I am more than just a mom. I am a stay at home missionary.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
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The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
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Thanksgiving Reflections and the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

This is a bit late today, very sorry for that. It has been a busy week, and yesterday was one of those days. Baby cutting teeth, big kid finding their big Christmas gift, pregnancy hormones, anniversary of Granddaddy’s passing, bad news about an elderly neighbor from my hometown, rain, a girlie pushing her limits, mount laundrious not getting folded…I completely spaced the linkup.
I wanted to share this Thanksgiving Challenge with you again. You can really start it anytime, and do it as long as you like. I want to see who will do it with me next week, for the entire week.
As things get crazy next week, let us remember to overflow with thankfulness. Remember as you are braving the pre-Thanksgiving grocery store, running around the kitchen cooking, or Black Friday Shopping, you are representing Christ. Be different. Be kind. Courteous. Respectful. Be the Light in the darkness.
Need to make next week more productive? Check out How to Have a More Productive Day. You can apply the principles to the whole week, planning it out and preparing as much as you can.
Want to make grocery shopping easier next week? Here is how I do it, with little kids.
Christmas is coming up, if you need gift ideas, please check out Gifts That Support Families and Gift Ideas for Essential Oil Users.
 
What are some of your Thanksgiving Traditions? How is your autumn bucket list coming?
 
On to the linkup!

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“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

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The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
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Gluten Free, Real Food Pumpkin Recipe Roundup

I have this thing for pumpkin. September to early December is pumpkin season in our house. I try not to go too crazy since hubby does not love it as much as I do, but I get it in where I can. We try to eat real food (less processed), and we eat gluten free as well, so I wanted to make a round up of gluten free real food pumpkin recipes.

Key

With the exception of one or two that can easily be modified to be gluten free (GF), these are all gluten free. If there are other bits of info about the recipe, I have included them. Some are paleo, keto, dairy free (DF), sugar free (SF), vegetarian, vegan, and soy free.
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Basics

Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Pressure Cooker Sugar Pie Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Main Dishes/Soups/Sides

Flourless Pumpkin Waffles (GF, Paleo)
Pumpkin Broccoli Soup
Roast Pumpkin Mediterranean Salad
Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Spiced Pumpkin Risotto
Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats(GF, DF options)
Kale Mushroom Pumpkin Alfredo (Not Originally GF, but you can easily substitute GF pasta)
Savory Paleo Pumpkin Soup(GF, DF, Paleo)
Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Curry Chicken
Roasted Apple Pumpkin Soup with Potatoes(GF, DF, Vegan)
Meatless Pumpkin Lasagna (GF, Vegetarian)
Quick Vegetarian Chili
Pumpkin Soup
Slow Cooker Thai Pumpkin Sweet Potato Yellow Curry (GF, Paleo)
Quick & Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Chestnut Pasta (GF, Vegan)
Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani (GF, Vegan)
Pumpkin Cranberry Quinoa Salad (GF, Vegan)
Vegan Miso Pumpkin Soup (GF, Vegan)
Savory Pumpkin Casserole
Pumpkin Soup With Bacon (GF DF)
Vegan Pumpkin Curry(GF, Vegan)
Super Spicy Pumpkin Soup
Slow Cooker Beef & Pumpkin Stew (GF, Paleo)
Pumpkin Sauce With Meatballs(Not GF, but can sub GF bread crumbs and pasta)
Maple Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal(GF, SF, Can be DF)

Breads

Pumpkin Pie Protein Bake
Pumpkin Donut Recipe
Light & Fluffy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF, DF)
Pumpkin Muffins
Healthy Pumpkin Muffins (GF, SF, Paleo)
Sugar Free Pumpkin Bread (GF, DF, SF, Paleo, Keto
Sour Cream Pumpkin Butter Muffins
Pumpkin Pie Snowball Cookies
Pumpkin Apple Harvest Muffins
Pumpkin Fritters/Gulgula
Oat Flour Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
Grain Free Pumpkin Nut Bread

Desserts

Easy Pumpkin Fudge(GF, DF, SF, Paleo)
Keto Pumpkin Pie(GF, SF, Keto)
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Dessert Nachos (GF, Paleo)
Pumpkin Spice Frosted Brownies
Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Swirl Cake
Crustless Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie
Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Pie From Scratch
Pecan Pumpkin Shake (GF, Vegan)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Cobbler with Brown Butter Streusel (Not GF, but could easily swap a GF baking mix for the flour)
Caramel Stuffed Pumpkin Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting(GF, DF, Soy Free)
Healthy Wheat Free Pumpkin Cookies
Magical Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars(GF, Paleo)
Pumpkin Date Cookies

Miscellaneous

Savory Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (GF, DF)
Pumpkin Popcorn Balls
Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
Pumpkin Spice Hummus
Coconut Oil Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Sticky Pumpkin Wedges (GF, Whole 30)

What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin?

Aprons & Pearl Linkup

Nothing too exciting this week. I have a couple of posts that are almost done, so keep an eye out for those. Other than working on them bits here and there, I have been trying to declutter and clean up, and balance doing stuff with the kids. Trying to have more productive days. Working on getting better sleep and staying hydrated.
Autumn is in full swing.  I have been alternating between energy boosting oils and autumn scents in the diffuser, and putting on pots of citrus peels and spices to make the house smell like autumn. The weather has been nice so I have had the windows open when I can.
I have so many ideas…just need time to get them into post form!
 

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
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The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
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Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Can you believe autumn is just around the corner? Where has this year gone?
I have some exciting things that I hope to share with you in the next couple of months. I have so many posts I want to get written. Since our youngest is running (literally) around at 10 months, I do not know how fast it will happen.
What are your favorite autumn activities? I am making our Autumn Bucket list this week. I will be sharing that when it’s done.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
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I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
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Introducing The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

I have been thinking about setting up a link up for quite some time, and I finally made a graphic that, while not quite what I envisioned, will work until I find that perfect image.

About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This will be a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three links to posts that are:
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Wassail

dc3ffd22-d748-4865-84a0-b04e215b7547Wassail is a lovely spiced cider. I have made this recipe on both the stove and in my crockpot (though doubling the recipe in the later is tricky). Easy peasy stuff.
Wassail brings to mind the music minister’s wife at church. Well, he has since retired, so former music minister. His lovely wife made hundreds of gallons of wassail over the years for the choir members before performances.
It is nice for a sore throat or just as a way to warm up on a cold night. Bonus, it leaves your house smelling lovely.

Wassail

  • 2 quarts apple cide
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 12 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar to taste (Optional. You can use honey, but that would be better added to the cup after heating)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot (if doubling the recipe, which I always do, I find it is better done in a large stock pot or dutch oven). Bring to a nice simmer for at least 30 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
You can put cloves and cinnamon stick in a bit of cheese cloth if you do not want to bother with fishing them out (which is not hard with a nice slotted spoon).
I usually store left overs in the apple cider jug and heat up a cup at a time in a small pot on the stove.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Overflow With Thankfulness

This time of year it is fairly common to ponder things we are thankful for. I am usually a glass half full kind of gal. I like to try to see the bright side and the best in people. I am human and I do fail a lot though.

Overflowing With Thankfulness @godschicki

I was recently studying Colossians when I hit these verses:

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7

(Emphasis mine)

Wow. Do you overflow with thankfulness?

When we put our roots into the Lord, into His Word, our faith is strengthened and our vision, our focus changes.

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:15-17

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Colossians 4:2

(Emphasis mine in above verses)

When we let God’s peace rule our hearts, it’s a lot easier (note that I did not say easy, but easier) to be thankful, no matter what is going on in our lives. We know who is in control.

Be always thankful. Sing to God with thankful hearts. Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God.  A thankful heart. Catch a theme in Colossians?

 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Easy? No, but we were told this path would not be.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

James 1:2

Consider it an opportunity for great joy. Consider is more of a mental exercise than human nature. for it to become habit to look for the good, we have to consciously make that effort.

Why is it so important to have a thankful heart?

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

Philippians 2:14-15

The world is watching. If we do not have the joy of the Lord, why would they want to know Jesus? HIf we are always complaining. Always arguing. Where is the difference between the followers of Christ and the people of this worldly generation? Where is the light? The salt?

To do everything without complaining is a tall order, one I fail probably daily. Multiple times. Yet, I have found that if my heart is focused on Him, the more I give thanks, the more I overflow in thankfulness, the less room for complaints.

I am excited to be able to co-host the Loft once again. The theme for the month of November is Thanksgiving.
The Loft: A weekly Hangout and Link Up for Christian bloggers
Graphic by Kerry Messer

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To Participate:

1. Be creative. We provide the prompt. You feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly prompt.

2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.

3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other.

4. Write like Jesus would write. We are a Christian link-up. Offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted. No questions asked.

5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single prompt. Please make sure your post is on topic.

6. Link-Up. Each Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 6 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s prompt. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.

The Loft Link Up
November Prompts: The month of November will be all about Thanksgiving and being thankful. Any post, picture, poem, song about thankfulness is what we are linking up in November.
NOTE: The Loft will be closed on November 25th so that we can celebrate Thanksgiving and spend time with family.
I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft Link-Up.
Now, it is time to link-up!!


Thanksgiving Memories and Traditions

This month at the Loft, we are focusing on Thanksgiving.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations
Psalm 100

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I have so many thoughts on thanksgiving, I have some weeks to cover them, but where to start?
Maybe with Thanksgiving Memories and Traditions.
I grew up in a big family. I mean, my mom was one of seven kids. Then there are their spouses. Then I am one of my grandparent’s 25 grandkids. I have lost count of how many great grandkids they have now. My kids are two of many more great-grandkids.
At Thanksgiving, my aunts, uncles, cousins and my family would all head to Grandma and Granddaddy’s house. For some it was a short drive. For others much longer.
We would have dinner after Granddaddy blessed the food with the blessing he always prays over meals. Lots of yummy dishes. Eating until we were stuffed. Turkey, sometimes ham, rolls, green beans, yams, collard greens, butter beans, corn, stuffing, gravy, and a whole host of desserts.
After dinner, the adults would sit and talk around the table, or put on the football game.
Us kids would go outside and build a big fire and catch sticks on fire in it…. really anytime we get together at Grandma’s we would build a fire weather permitting. It was really fun at Christmas because we would burn the wrapping paper and watch the flames dance in a rainbow of colors.
Granddaddy started it. He was always burning pine straw and leaves and such. I remember at 5 years old, he would start me a fire and go mow the lawn! He had taught me fire safety, but as a parent now I cringe at the thought of a five year old playing with fire while the grown up outside in in the front yard! But I am getting side tracked here.
We would draw names for Christmas gifts (because, with so many, it would cost a fortune to get everyone a gift). Cousins would draw from one pool and aunts and uncles from another.
We would set up and decorate grandma’s Christmas tree.
We used to do our gatherings the Saturday after Thanksgiving so the the actual day could be spent with in-laws and the other sides of the family.
Sighs.
Those were the good old days.
But people grow up. What was once a tight-knit bunch of cousins, is now a loosely woven family. Gone are the days of seeing everyone at the holidays. With such busy lives, family is not the priority it once was for most.
How I wish we still did all of that! I hate change.
But I am so thankful for those memories and my sister and I are trying out best to make sure our kids grow up close and we carry on what traditions we can.
For our family, we usually do two Thanksgivings. I make a meal for my husband and children either Thanksgiving day, or the Saturday after, whichever day we do not have the extended family get together. I make a turkey (Good Eats style), cranberry sauce (Good Eats style), green bean casserole (with real food ingredients), frog-eyed salad (sort of a watergate type salad), butter beans, sweet potato biscuits, stuffing (I want to make that real food this year) and collard greens (though, I am the only one who enjoys them)…sometimes I make other dishes, but with just the four of us, we do not need a lot. I also make pecan and pumpkin pies.
I really need to start planning it out and seeing what I can make ahead.
I want to do some sort of thanksgiving tree this year. With the kids so young, crafty things are a bit above their heads, but mayhap if we start this year, next year they will be more on board with it.
We also watch the Charlie Brown specials this time of year. Charlie Brown rocks.
After our little family Thanksgiving, we put up our Christmas tree while watching a Christmas movie. That is probably my favorite part. I love Christmas time!
What are some traditions you have? Do you do crafts? Have favorite recipes?

The Loft: A weekly Hangout and Link Up for Christian bloggers
Graphic by Kerry Messer

#TheLoft

To Participate:

1. Be creative. We provide the prompt. You feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly prompt.

2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.

3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other.

4. Write like Jesus would write. We are a Christian link-up. Offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted. No questions asked.

5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single prompt. Please make sure your post is on topic.

6. Link-Up. Each Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 6 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s prompt. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.

The Loft Link Up
November Prompts: The month of November will be all about Thanksgiving and being thankful. Any post, picture, poem, song about thankfulness is what we are linking up in November.
I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft Link-Up.
Now, it is time to link-up!!