Pumpkins galore

These have pumpkin and milk, which makes them healthy, right?

I went to Trader Joe’s on Friday to do my weekly pre-weekend hunting and gathering. Such an excursion is necessary when one has teenagers, as their need to eat is frequent and vast.

This feeding frenzy is compounded and multiplied when teens are in groups, and since there are frequently extra teens here at Jenworld on the weekends, my kitchen is often under attack.

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It’s Homecoming Week at my girls’ high school. The football game is tonight and the dance is tomorrow night. All week, every day, there have been different Spirit Days for the students to participate in — Nerd Day, Superhero Day, etc. Today is School Spirit Day and everyone is encouraged to wear school colors (black and orange).

1986 or 1987. At a marching band competition. I'm the second from the right in the oh-so-stylish ivory double-knit polyester vest and shorts.

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One of the best books I've ever read.

I was talking with a dear friend earlier this week and we got onto the subject of books. Specifically, the books my teens are reading in high school, as well as the ones my friend and I read back in the day.

Like many of you, I’ve read a lot of the classics — Austen, Poe, Vonnegut, Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, Kafka, and so on. But there are some (too many, really) that I still have not gotten to, including Fahrenheit 451 and A Brave New World.

*hanging my head in shame*

I need to remedy this. How else are we to grow as humans if we don’t continue learning? I am working on a list of classics, 12-ish of which I plan to read over the course of 2015. I want to compile a list of those books that every person should read. These might be Pulitzer winners or maybe they’ve won no prizes other than the admiration of millions of readers. They might be old or they might be new to the literary scene.

I need your help: What classic books have you most enjoyed and which ones do you wish you’d read?

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Our front door on the night of Grace's Sherlock-themed birthday party.

We’ve reached that part of autumn where I can finally stop and take a big deep breath and then relax a bit.

We’ve gotten through the birthday festivities here in Jenworld — three in two weeks — plus the related birthday parties for both girls AND Pete’s and my anniversary.

Grace is practicing driving as often as we can make it happen, which is usually two or three times a week.

Ellie seems to have settled into high school without any difficulty.

We got a new-to-us freezer from my in-laws, who upgraded to a full-size one in order to store more bounty from their farm. I am ridiculously excited about having a stand-alone freezer and have commenced making as much crockpot applesauce as I can while apples are still super cheap and in season. Next up after that will be batches of soup bases (both chicken and vegetable), plus various kinds of muffins that the girls can quickly defrost for breakfasts and snacks.

And the weather has finally turned — once and for all, I hope — from summer to fall.

This is my favorite time of year.

What’s new in your world?


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Jen’s faves: Decorative gourd season…

Photo found on BHG.com.

Since it’s October, I though I’d share a few of my favorite pumpkin things.

Fear not, I have not jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon.

Pumpkin spice lattes are NOT among my favorite things. If PSLs are your thing, I’m happy that you are happy.

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