Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Fall Y'All~ Caleb Returns To Children's Mercy

Oh ~ I am so excited! I just love Fall. It is a grand thing that I live in the Midwest because I love the start of a new season~each and every time. Although Christmas is my favorite Holiday~ Autumn is my favorite season~. I love crisp cool mornings~It gives me an excuse to sip my coffee a little longer. This morning it is mixed with a little Hazelnut creamer~Mmm! It's time for apple dishes, chili and bonfires. Don't forget the hot apple cider!

The Bible has much to say about the changing of the seasons during the year and during our lifetime. I am simply amazed at Creation~ the master mind behind it all planned it so well. I am praising My Heavenly Father this morning as we celebrate the first day of Autumn~ God is so good!

Genesis 1:14 (King James Version)

 14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Psalm 1:3 (King James Version)

 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 104:19 (King James Version)

 19He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

Galatians 6:9 (King James Version)

 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we 
faint not.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 (King James Version)

Ecclesiastes 3

 1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
 2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
 3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

First Day Of Autumn Menu~ 
Let's Celebrate!

Mexican Pork Chili
Navajo Fry Bread
Apple ~Caramel Dip

Mexican Pork Chili


  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds pork loin or lean pork shoulder, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large can (28 oz) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can of Retell type tomatoes with the hot peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • minced jalapeno or other hot chili pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin


In a large skillet, brown pork cubes in hot oil over medium heat. Drain. Place pork in crockpot; add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Serve with flour tortillas~ and a side of Spanish Rice~YUM!!
Serves 4-6.

Navajo Fry Bread~
4 ½ cups flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ cups water
½ cup milk

Oil for frying

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir in water and milk. Knead several times. Roll onto 5-inch circles. Make a small hole in the center with your fingers. In the skillet, fry in several inches of hot oil at 375 degrees. Dough will puff and bubble. Turn when golden brown Drain on paper towels and serve hot for tacos and honey and powdered sugar for dessert.

Here is our favorite Crockpot Hot Apple Dip~ Farming On Faith's recipe will be featured in the  new Mary Engelbreit ~Winter 2010/2011 Cookbook. It will be on sale the first part of November. I am so excited to get my autographed copy! It looks wonderful from what I have seen of it so far!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix together all ingredients and put in crockpot on low. Cook for about 3 hours! Enjoy~ 

October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came -

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,

And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes.  Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.  ~Samuel Butler

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.  ~Elizabeth Lawrence


Caleb Update~

Can you believe this incision?  

Caleb is doing remarkably well. We went to get another x-ray yesterday and all is healing well. Although they took the cast off he will need to wear his sling for about 6 more weeks. The 13 screws and 2 plates they put in are acting the same way a cast would. He can not lift anything heavier than his toothbrush. For a teenage boy who likes to clean his room as well as any teenage boy~he is using it for all it is worth. Today he is real sore and has began trying his physical therapy exercises.  It is crazy how weak that arm is~ it will take work for sure. We still can see the brakes good and clear among the metal. 

Caleb works at Hunt Orchard each Fall in the Petting Zoo. The Surgeon was not so hip on him starting that this weekend ~due to the possibility of infection. However~ my debater talked her into it. We will cover it good~ this Momma is praying we get no infection.

Well I am off to get this first day of Autumn moving~Have a lovely Autumn's day!


Sue said...

Well I love chili and anything with apples! Thanks for the delicious recipes.

So glad your Caleb is doing well. What an incision that is. So thankful to God we have screws and plates that help us to heal up. My mother is wearing her share of them :)

Happy autumn!!

mommyx12 said...

Wonderful that Caleb is doing so well. Vitamin E will do wonders on that scar if you do it several times a day.

We love navajo fry bread. We make it often. My children prefer eating it with whipped honey butter.

I am going to try your apple dip. Sounds delicious.

melanie said...

The chili recipe looks yummy ~ and we love fry bread. I've only made it once though :-(

Yowsa! for Caleb's arm... How nice to get the cast off so soon! He will be able to "feel" the weather with that metal in his bones.

Treasures Evermore said...

Thanks for the recipes...good idea for tonights dinner. Will also be praying for Caleb so that he doesn't get an infection.


Nezzy said...

MMmmmm, some good soundin' recipes. I have red beans and rice simmerin' right now.

I'll sure add Caleb to my prayers that he heals quickly without any infection. He sure is a handsome dude! How cool to work at the petting zoo!

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

momoflots said...

Yummy recipes!! Definitely a chili and fry bread day here - raining and cold. I'm celebrating Fall by having delicious squash for lunch - one of the best things about Autumn - the yummy veggies!! So glad Caleb is doing better - with that scar he should be able to tell people he wrestled with a shark or something!!! Continuing to pray for complete healing!!


Marydon said...

Nummy! I am in the mood for chili, hot tea & fresh baked goodies! So glad Caleb is doing well. Hope he is going to be fine working, tho.

Have a great eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The recipes sound wonderful and I'm so glad Caleb is doing well. They sure do things differently now, don't they? I remember when I was a kid, it seems like casts would stay on for weeks.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

That is just wonderful...great answer to prayers! Enjoy your fall!!

Regan Family Farm said...

Wouldn't it be just great to sit on the porch and enjoy some coffee together? Still praying for you...

Cheryl said...

Your apple dip sounds very good, will give it a try. So glad Caleb is doing so well, God is good!

Mrs.C said...

Praying that his arm avoids all bacteria!

Hopefully soon we'll be sharing in more Fall-like temperatures, the weatherman has assured us they are just days away. We can only hope.

May you have a very blessed weekend.

Thank you for all your precious comments, someday I need to email you, we do have a lot in common.

Love you dear lady!



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