Apple Fennel Salad

I have been making lots and lots of apple desserts, but this weekend I need a side dish to take to a pot luck picnic. I wanted to bring something healthy and seasonal, so I made this Apple Fennel salad.

  Apple Fennel Salad with Blueberries and Salad Turnips

This salad uses fennel, which pairs well with apples because it has a nice licorice taste.  The sweet blueberries and tart apples make a nice contrast to the crisp fennel, and the secret ingredient – salad turnips.Continue Reading

Gone Girl Movie $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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Disclosure: I am also receiving a movie prize package. All opinions are my own.

Gone Girl will be in theaters this week, opening on October 3rd.  Advance reviews of this movie have been fantastic, and I can’t wait to see it!

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

It seems like pumpkin is being added to all kinds of food, so why not chocolate chip cookies?  This recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies is a seasonal twist on my family’s favorite chocolate chip cookies.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips

It combines pumpkin and spices with dark chocolate chips, a winning combination.  The slightly bitter taste of the dark chocolate goes perfectly with the pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger flavorings.  I wish I could say I knew this would be a good combination, but actually I used dark chocolate chips because my teenagers raided the pantry and ate all the milk chocolate chips. I was annoyed when I realized the milk chocolate chips were gone, but it worked out for the best, because the dark chocolate makes these cookies delicious.Continue Reading

Adult Immunizations at Walgreens – Get A Shot and Give a Shot

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It is officially fall, which brings lot of fun things like apples, pumpkins and colored leaves. But it also brings other less fun things – like seasonal flu. Now is the time to get adult immunizations, before the flu starts spreading!

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Twelve years ago I got the flu when an infected child came to my daughter’s birthday party. It spread through the entire family, except for my husband, who had received a flu shot at work. The kids and I were miserable and even 12 years later I still vividly remember what an awful two weeks we suffered through. So I learned my lesson, and now I get my flu shot every fall.

And now my daughter is grown up and in nursing school, which means she needs a flu shot too. It is especially important for medical personnel to be protected from the flu, so they don’t spread illness to sick patients. My daughter will be working in a hospital in a just a few weeks, and a flu shot is mandatory.  So when my daughter came home from college for a weekend visit we headed to Walgreens to get vaccinated.Continue Reading

Delicious Apple Desserts

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One of the best things about fall is apples! We have two apple trees in our yard and love to pick the apples and turn them into tasty treats.  Last year we had more apples than we could use, but this year we have a smaller harvest.Continue Reading

Alexander Very Bad Day Giveaway

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be in theaters everywhere in just a few weeks on October 10th.

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This movie follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life.  The day begins gum stuck in his hair, and just goes downhill from there. Alexander gets little sympathy from his family about his disastrous day, until his parents and siblings all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one!  The movie stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Carrell as Alexander’s parents, and it looks hilarious, check out the trailer.Continue Reading

Into the Woods – New Poster

Into the Woods is not opening for quite a few months, but Disney is slowly releasing information about it, including this brand new poster!

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The cast of this movie is incredible, since it is packed with stars like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Johnny Depp.  This modern twist on Grimm’s fairy tales has been very popular on the stage, and I can’t wait for the movie adaptation! It doesn’t open until Christmas day though, but in the meantime you can Like Into the Woods on Facebook and follow @intothewoods on Twitter.  Check out the teaser trailer below.Continue Reading

Daily Planner for Homeschoolers – My Student Log Book Review

My Student Logbook is a company owned by a homeschooling family that is trying to help homeschoolers organize and record their days.  I have been homeschooling for 15 years  now, and one thing I have found is always true is that the  more organized I am the more smoothly our homeschooling day runs. So I was glad to have the chance to review a Daily My Student Logbook.

My Student Logbook Review
I received the dated Vintage Map Logbook to use with my 10th grade son.  The company has lots of styles and covers to choose from, so you can have your student pick out a favorite.  The available covers include dinosaurs, butterflies and many other kid friendly designs.  In addition to the dated style that I received you can also order a downloadable pdf or an undated log book.  The planner book I received retails for $15, and is designed to be used by children in grades 2 and up.Continue Reading