Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bloggy Giveaways Time and last nights dinner



It is that time again and I am excited to participate in the Quarterly Bloggy Giveaways! I will be giving away, to a Random Winner, a jar of my "famous" candied walnuts and a Fall Leaf bracelet. All you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite Fall tradition. Winner will be announced on Saturday, November 1st.




Good Luck!



I wanted to share a dinner I made last night. We recently were gifted a twice monthly delivery of farm fresh organic veggies and fruit (can you say heaven?!). Friday, early morning, we received as huge box including kale and butternut squash. So tonight we had roasted butternut with shallots and fresh rosemary, sauteed, garlic kale and balsamic porkchops with carmalized onions, yummy!

151 comments:

Shawnee said...

Having a fire in the fireplace all day Sundays has become our new tradition -- it is SO cozy!

Thanks for offering this beautiful bracelet -- hope #1 is lucky this time!

Amber said...

My favorite fall tradition is toasting pumpkin seeds with my family!

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Elizabeth said...

No matter how old the kids get, they still want to "BOO" the neighbors every year. We spend a good amount of time making cute gift packs.

Wendy said...

I love going apple picking in upsate New York. We go every year- we get up early, and drive about 45 minutes away and feast on warmapple cidar donuts, and then pick dozens of apples to eat,a nd be made in to applesause.

Thanks for hosting a great giveaway,and your dinner looks GREAT! I love to pick up my veggie box each week from our CSA- looking foward to squash!

koopermom said...

My favorite fall tradition is carving pumpkins!

Rebecca said...

I love all the baking and freezer meal cooking that starts up in the Fall. Lovely bracelet!

Alissa said...

well aside from the usual pumpkin carving I love making pumpkin pies and cooking the left over seeds from carving. Also, I love going out and making leaf wreaths from the pretty fall leaves.

two hippos said...

My favorite fall tradition is apple picking and the ensuing baking. My favorite fall moment is the first night I can smell the smoke from people having fires in their fireplaces.

Kelly said...

Being in Florida it is difficult to really have a "fall"...so the best part is having one cold snap day where the windows can be opened and make a pot of chili...like today.

Jill said...

Our favorite Fall traditions are going to Apple Hill and the Pumpkin Patch. The Kiddo's have so much fun and I enjoy the crafts and food!!

The bracelet is lovely!

Nise' said...

Getting the sweaters out and eating anything with apples.

AmandaSue said...

My favorite tradition would be carving pumpkins and baking the seeds and making pumpkin pie!

Jenny said...

Toasting pumpkin seeds! Although I burned the latest batch really, really badly.

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Dee said...

Oh YUM that looks good!!! I love that bracelet...can you send some left overs with it?

My favorite fall tradition is carving our pumpkins! Its so much and something we can all have a hand in! THANKS!

409cope said...

I like to drive through the country to look at the leaves changing color.

Whimsical Creations said...

Our favorite fall tradition is taking our kids trick or treating with our best friends and their kids. We all have a blast.

=) melanie
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Laura said...

My favorite fall tradition is spending Thanksgiving with my family. Your "famous" candied walnuts sound divine! Thanks for the opportunity.

EllyBean said...

I love going to the local farmers markets with my family! We hunt their fields for the perfect pumpkin and return home with some yummy fresh made apple cider!


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Jessica said...

I love drinking hot chocolate and reading a book!

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Kimberly said...

Oh your dinner looks yummy!

My favorite fall thing to do is go apple picking, pumpkin picking and drinking hot apple cider!!! Toss in a hay ride or two and I'm a "happy camper". LOL!

Thank you for a great giveawa! That is a beautiful bracelet!

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rainydaygirl said...

We go pick apples and then go to a restaurant nestled in the mountains afterwards. I start looking forward to this during the dog days of August.

Bunny B said...

I don't have Autumn where I live. That bracelet is beautiful!

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Katie Stacey said...

I love drinking wassail.

cdziuba said...

Thanks for this nice giveaway. cdziuba@aol.com

Crochet by Momma J said...

Great giveaway! I love in the fall when we rake up the leaves into huge piles and let the kids have at it jumping into them - such fun!

Marianne
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Bebemiqui said...

I always make fudge and divinity with the kids and we all highly anticipate it!
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nina.rockz at gmail .com said...

fall tradition is trick or treating hehe

that bracelet is beatiful!

good luck everyone

the schros said...

we always go camping in the fall. delicious

seemommysew said...

I like to go with the family to the corn maze

rebecca said...

I love to go on brisk walks with my family to see the leaves. :)


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Tiffany said...

Well, we had hoped to make a corn field maze and pumpkin patch a new tradition, starting this year...but it hasn't worked out yet. Maybe this weekend!!! Thanks for the chance to win!
give_me_a_latte at yahoo

samsakara said...

I would have to say watching my kids carving there pumpkins is a great fall tradition.

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§wanny said...

making pumpkin bread!!1 we love pumpkin stuff here

CrystalGB said...

Building a bonfire and making smores.

Fantacy so Sweet-n-Stuff... said...

My absolute favorite fall tradition (other than Thanksgiving ones) is when we take the kids to a VERY small pumpkin patch near my mom's house. They don't have hayrides or corn mazes or anything fancy like that, it is just a bunch of pumpkins priced & separated by size. The kids get to pick one big pumpkin (has to be less than 6 dollars) and then they go to the 50cent table and pick a few little ones...When you go up to pay, the little old lady always lets the kids pick a special pumpkin for free, even though they already have pumpkins, there is something magical about the one that they get for free lol. We have went there for the past 11 yrs (since my oldest was 2) and it is a tradition I would miss as much as carving the said pumpkins & eating the roasted seeds!
Ty for the chance to win (and for suffering through my novel of an answer!) I love love love that bracelet!

Katy said...

My favorite fall tradition is having my inlaw's annual fall festival and helping at that! it is sooo fun! :)

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Deedles said...

I love raking the leaves and watching my dog play in the big pile of them.

Kim said...

I love going apple picking with my husband and kids. It is so much fun!

momofmhasr said...

I watch the girls rack leaves, jump in them and repeat the process. I personaly love being able to cook soups again.

Suzanne said...

Pumpkin pie and apple cider

TXsunlover said...

My favorite fall tradition is going to the pumpkin patch to choose just the right pumpkins! Some are used for decor but one is always carved into a jack-o-lantern. Then we roast the pumpkin seeds and they taste so good! I also love apple cider! Thanks for the chance to win your great giveaway!
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Becca said...

My favorite fall tradition is going to our friends Halloween walk up their quarter of a mile driveway.

MariaJoy said...

I love taking fall pics when the leaves are all the different pretty colors!

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World's Greatest Mommy said...

My favorite is making a leaf pile. I don't jump in anymore...but I enjoy watching the kids pile in.

michelle said...

My favourite fall tradition is celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving (the second Monday in October), while living here in the U.S., which gives us the opportunity to invite friends over to celebrate and share our Thanksgiving meal with us.

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

Kathy - mom of many said...

Well, we don't really experience the fall season here in South Florida. I guess I would have to say that my favorite tradition around this time of year is going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. :)

christel said...

That is a beautiful bracelet.

My favorite fall tradition is going to the pumpkin patch with my family.

Anonymous said...

my favorite fall tradition...going to the pumpkin patch with the family.
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Marie said...

My favorite fall tradition -- there are so many to choose from! I would say crock pot dinners -- when you walk into the house and it smells so good. And holiday/fall baking -- which also makes the house smell good. And fires in the fireplace and jumping in the leaves -- oh wait, I was only supposed to give one wasn't I :-)

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frugallm said...

My favorite fall tradition is carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds.

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Not the Queen said...

Toasted pumpkin seeds. Mmm! Beautiful bracelet!

Kristin Wynder said...

what a great giveaway. we love dropping off yummy treats to our neighbors doorsteps making sure they don't know who sent the treats and give them a poem encouraging them to do it to someone. it's really fun!
thanks again for the giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

carving pumpkin contest
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paula h said...

I love visiting our local Pumpkin Patch. We have gone since my 8 year old was a baby. This year we took our son for the first time.

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The Barnharts said...

i just started one- making Paula Deens pumpkin bars- too die for!
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Mama Hen said...

I like to help my kids come up with their costumes and go to the pumpkin patch.

Crayl said...

We don't have many fall traditions. It always depended on where we were living...if there was a apple orchard near by we'd go pick apples, a pumpkin patch, we'd do that. The bracelt is beautiful, and your dinner looks delectable!

Sandra said...

I don't know if it would be considered a tradition...but we just get everything ready for the first snowfall...rake and play in the leaves, clean up the garden and process veggies, put away hoses and get out snow shovels...once it is all done it can snow.

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Kerri said...

Baking. We start major fun baking in the fall that it is too hot to do during the summer.

Kristan said...

pumpkin carving, for sure! your dinner looks SO good..i'm jealous!
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Nicole said...

pumpkin carving for sure!!

AudreyO said...

Pumpkin. I love making pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie etc. The smell of pumpkin is wonderful!!

Amy said...

My favorite Fall tradition carving and roasting the seeds from pumpkins. I make a sweet/savory recipe for the seeds that I found on Martha Stewart's website here:
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/sweet-and-spicy-pumpkin-seeds?autonomy_kw=pumpkin%20seeds&rsc=header_1

Suzie G. said...

Getting ready for Halloween

TJNMBT said...

My fave fall tradition is roasting chestnuts - even though no one else in my family will eat them. The bracelet is beautiful and I the recipes on your site look delicious.

Anonymous said...

Love the bracelet! I love when its time to drink hot chocolate. monk5@charter.net

Michelle said...

I love gathering the pecans from our tree in the front yard and baking a yummy treat with them. This year I'm going to try a southern pecan pie! What an awesome prize, thanks for the chance to win!

Shannon said...

We love jumping in big piles of leaves! over and over

shannon
palmersf@bellsouth.net

mom2boys said...

I love baking in the fall. I love this bracelet. Thanks for the giveaway!

Julie said...

My fav fall tradition is taking a drive up the mountains to see all the leaves changing!

Reva Skie said...

Going apple picking.

Melissa B. said...

We build a fire outside and roast marshmallows and weinies.

Karen said...

My fav fall tradition is all of the yummy foods to eat!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

our tradition is to rake the leaves and blanket them on all our flowers to protect them until next year. all along with a fire in our pit and we drink hot chocolate.

Diana Dang said...

My fave tradition is to celebrate my birthday!

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Becca said...

We have a pumpkin patch we go to every year..What a treat to win! Thanks! cross_home2001 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sandy said...

apple picking would love to win...looks great, please enter me...mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Genevieve P said...

Pumpkin pies made from fresh pumpkin! Yum!

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jnmacdonald said...

I love going to pick out our pumpkins from the local orchard each year before Halloween.

HeatherLow said...

I love taking the kids to a pumpkin patch.
Heather

Megret said...

Yum-O! That dinner looked delicious, by the way. Organic veggies do taste better, don't they?

Our fall tradition is to take nightly walks after the kids are washed up and in their PJs - they simply ride along in the strollers, bundled up in blankets,and my husband and I get some exercise and talk time. :)

Thanks!
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

miss bliss said...

We just have the best time at our local you-pick-em pumpkin patch!

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mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Oh, let's see...I love carving pumpkins, pulling out the fall decorations, and making that first pot of soup. Oh, and baking a batch of caramel corn. So many fun fall traditions!

ahiltz said...

I love looking at the gorgeous fall color change that goes on here in Michigan! I love going for walks and kicking up the dried up leaves and listening to the crunching sounds it makes! Thanks so much for doing this giveaway for us!
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eyeslikesugar said...

I love to carve pumpkins and roast the seeds. Salted or cinnamon sugar. How fantastic! Thank you for this giveaway; I hope I win :)
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Cherie J said...

Favorite fall tradition is baking cookies, muffins, bread,etc. I live in Florida so I have to wait until to start my baking and I freeze some for later.

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karen and co. said...

We're eagerly awaiting our leaves to fall so we can make a scarecrow for our yard!

Jeanette J said...

My favorite fall tradition is going for a drive, preferably in the country, to see the trees with their fall colours

Karen said...

Taking a long drive over the mountain to look at the leaves is one tradition we do every year.

Lisa said...

Where I live, the leaves don't really change color, but what remains the same are the fall winds. I love to take walks ... anywhere in the early evenings by myself, sometimes with someone special... and just enjoy the breeze bringing back the nostalgia of elementary school and the trifecta of holidays...
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Chantelle said...

I love decorating for the holidays with the kids! Awesome Giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win :)

Robin M. said...

My favorite fall tradition is raking the leaves into a big pile and letting the kids jump in them :)
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cgogis said...

My favorite fall tradition is going to the pumpkin patch and having my son pick out his own pumpkin.
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Marilyn said...

Oooh, I just love that bracelet! Every fall I look forward to picking apples and pumpkins then turn them into yummy desserts and carving the pumpkins. I also enjoy taking a ride down the Blue Ridge Parkway during the fall season the views are breath taking.

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Marilyn
Yummy Things & Cupcake Dreams

jenna said...

We don't have much of a fall, but one thing I enjoyed doing with my son last year and hope to continue doing is go to the pumpkin "patch" (read: parking lot) and pick out some pretty pumpkins!
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ShaunJoy said...

We love to go hiking in the fall while the leaves are changing colors. Also, I tend to make multiple pans of apple crisp. Thanks for hosting this giveaway -- are you offering to send us supper too? Looks tasty! :)

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sarah said...

we do a lot of baking in the fall...mainly apple pies and peach cobblers!

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Neen said...

What a beautiful bracelet.

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is take my girls to the Great Pumpkin Farm, it is like a mini carnival held on the weekends at a local farm. There are foods, rides, games, a magic show, many contests, crafts, and of course pumpkins!

Jesica said...

We like to go for a long drive in the country to look at the pretty leaves changing.

I also really like the day we switch out our summer clothes for winter clothes. It's nice to see my cozy warm clothes again.

Katrina said...

baking! and going to the pumpkin patch! =) I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

Becca Ann said...

drives to look at the beautiful leaves!

Chicago Saver said...

I really love the Halloween bonfire we have every year at my aunts house.

The Heller Family said...

Our family goes to "Grandma and Grandpa's Pumpkin Patch" (my parents back yard!) and pick all the pumpkins our little car can hold. Then we follow it up with a hay ride (courtesy of a farmer neighbor) and end with homemade donuts and hot apple cider by the bonfire.
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Kirby McCauley said...

I love digging out pumpkin seeds with the rest of my family so my dad can roast them. Yummy!

Ginny said...

Going to the cider mill

blueviolet said...

I think it's the day we go out to the pumpkin patch and then make homemade applesauce and caramel apples! It's a big day but so much fun!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

aahcoffee said...

We take our kids to a pumpkin patch and go on a hayride and pick out our own pumpkins. Such fun!

noreen said...

my bday (it was sunday) and collecting all the different colored leaves

Brandy said...

We love to play in the leaves.
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Chi said...

Thanksgiving dinner! That's the best part of this season. The only time I eat turkey :D

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Jodi said...

Gosh your dinner looks great!!!

I love the changing colors, the bonfires, hayrides, curling up with a blanket and good book.

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micaela6955 said...

gee, I wish you'd have asked me over to dinner-that looks really good! My favorite fall tradition is carving a pumpkin and roasting the seeds, oh, and I also like jumping in leaf piles too.

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Nissa said...

My favorite fall tradition is baking. Time to make lots of banana bread, muffins, pumpkin breads, and cookies. :)

Lalycairn said...

I start baking again in the fall, and making my own noodles for comfort food like Chicken and Noodles. :)

Thank you for the drawing!

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Mia J. said...

I love doing some baking and also going trick or treating in the neighborhood.

Stacy S said...

Mine would be baking. For some reason I like to bake more in the fall/winter.

The bracelet is lovely.

ikkinlala said...

May Canadians enter? My favourite fall tradition is baking pies (apple and pumpkin, mostly).

rlgrady said...

My favorite fall tradition is to curl up on the couch with a good book, blanket and hot apple cider.

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Angie(quillysilly) said...

Making pumpkin pies from SCRATCH! Crust and all!!!

Thanks,
Angie

Nurse Mommy said...

butternut squash is honestly one of my favorite foods!!

Molly C. said...

Using our crockpot ALOT! Gives us more family time to watch movies together.

itsahumanzoo said...

My favorite fall tradition is taking my family to the pumpkin patch!

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Baking in preparation for Christmas and THanksgiving. Which are Dry Runs for the actual festivities :D

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Kammie said...

My favorite fall tradition is apple picking. We make it an all day event with friends and family.

I enjoyed browsing around your blog. Thanks for having the giveaway. kammie2u (at) ameritech (dot) net

Jeni said...

My Favorite fall thing is whating the leaves change pretty colors and taking pictures of my kids outside

Gina said...

My favorite tradition is raking up the leaves to let the kids jump, and getting lots of photos of them doing it.

kamewh said...

Going apple picking with my kids :)

Thank you for the great giveaway!

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Becky said...

Baking banana bread with my MIL. Gives us time to catch up with each other and the banana bread is oh so good. Will you come and cook for me? That dinner looks YUMMY!

Thanks so much.

Stacy said...

My parents host a Fall party at their house on the 3rd Saturday in October. The party is always filled with good food, fun and family--what more could you ask for? Thanks for the chance to win.
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dani said...

I love going on hay rides with my kids and to the pumpkin patch!

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Mama Zen said...

Evenings by the fire!

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buzzd said...

In the fall we take a ride to the mountains to see all the beautiful leaves that change colors

Bettina said...

Our newest tradition is going to the pumpkin patch for pics!

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Carrie Poisel said...

Beautiful bracelet! My favorite fall tradition is "crunching" leaves, stepping on the dry, curled up ones to hear them crunch under my feet. Thanks!

Blessings,
Carrie

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jennem said...

My favorite tradition is building a big pile of leaves, then jumping in it with my husband and daughter.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Charlotte said...

I love having fires in our fireplace! We just got a new load of firewood so we've had it going a lot lately.

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Mommy to those Special Ks said...

My favorite fall tradition is going with my kids to the Pumpkin Patch! We always have such a great time seeing the animals, going on a hay ride and picking our pumpkin. It's what we all look forward to when the leaves start turning!

pinklady said...

I really enjoy pumpkin carving and seeing kids dressed up for Halloween.

Jessica said...

Going to the pumpkin patch every October. I love fall. I love all the colors as the trees change colors.

Jennifer said...

Every few weeks in the fall we go to the cider mill and have fresh cider and donuts, yum! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Lori said...

our favorite thing to do in the fall is pick pumpkins.

Becky N. said...

What a great prize, thank you for the chance to win!

We don't really have any fall traditions yet, unfortunately, but we do make our best effort at getting and carving pumpkins every year!

Amanda said...

We always go to the pumpkin patch with our boys - it's nice to remind the kids that things don't grow in the grocery store!

Gardening Mommy said...

I love pulling out the fall decorations, hanging the wreath I made on the door and drinking that first mug of cider! This year, we went to an apple orchard for the first time--think we've started a tradition! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

We love carving pumpkins. Thanks for offering this!

Jen
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janetfaye said...

My favorite Fall tradition is decorating the house for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Thank you!

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Jackie B. said...

Is eating a Fall tradition? I love me some pumpkin pie!!!!

Jinxy and Me said...

I loVe apple picking! Thanks for the giveaway!

Peggy said...

My favorite fall tradition is baking apple and pumpkin pies. Count me in

Lia said...

Well racking the leaves and Changing the Furnace filter, we always do this in the fall so I guess it's like a tradition now.
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Candie said...

We love to go on Sunday walks to our walking park. It gives us a chance to bond as a family