The Internet Ate My Post

I hate when that happens!  Just as I was finishing up today’s entry, my browser crashed and poof… it’s gone.  Anyways, I was sharing our busy weekend.

When Ken returned home from Alaska, he noticed how much the fall colors had popped out and suggested we take a fall color tour.  Saturday was the perfect day for it!  We drove for hours (5 1/2 to be exact) and took in all the beauty.  The only thing I would change about that day… take his vehicle instead of mine.  Apparently, the comfort level in my car is completely gone after 3 hours.

fall colorsRachel officially moved out of her apartment in Green Bay on Sunday.  She is so happy to have her own place again AND have PhatCat with her on a regular basis!  Ken and Aaron headed to Green Bay and loaded up then I met them at Rachel’s apartment in town later in the day.  (I didn’t think my back could handle another long drive.)  It’s amazing how much stuff she accumulated the past few years!!

Even though my body hurts just about everywhere today, it was a pretty good weekend.  Quality time with Ken and the kids makes it worth the aches and pains!

Check That Off The List

When Ken returned from California about 6 weeks ago, he said he was hoping while there he would have experienced an earthquake.  That was something he had always wanted to experience.

Did you know there was a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Alaska today?  Did you know that Ken is in Alaska?  The earthquake happened at 1:51 p.m. (our time).  I received this text from Ken at 1:53 p.m.  (Excuse the language… he was excited.)

earthquake_textIt freaked me out a little when I read it but he kept texting me and he assured me everything was okay.  He is in Anchorage and center of the quake was approximately 80 miles north.  Ken said now that he experienced one, he doesn’t need another one.

Ken also saw some pretty amazing northern lights there last night.  Wish I could have been there to share that experience with him!

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Photo courtesy of Ken

I should have asked him which was more exciting.  I know which one I’d choose.  :-)

Jammin’

Caramel apple jam.  Doesn’t it sound yum?  This has been pinned on my Pinterest board for nearly a year and I’ve just gotten around to trying it.

The recipe is fairly easy to make.  The only thing though, somehow I missed the part where I had to mash the apples before adding the other ingredients.  You should have seen me scrambling to get them kind of mashed before the last rolling boil!  As you can see, they didn’t get mashed very well.  AND… I didn’t even taste it before I sealed up the jars.  Geez Louise!  If it turned out good, I do plan on making it again in the near future.  I’ll let you know.  :-)

Caramel Apple Jam
Ingredients
  • 6 cups diced peeled apples (tart and sweet in combo)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 package powdered fruit pectin
  • 2 cups cane sugar
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a dutch oven combine the apples and water. Cook and stir over low heat until apples are soft. Stir in pectin and bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Mash or use an immersion blender if there are bits of apple that have not cooked down into the jam. In a bowl while you are waiting for the rolling boil, measure the sugars and spices. Add the measured ingredients (sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and return to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from the heat and ladle hot jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving ¼-in. headspace. Using your bubble remover or plastic spatula remove any air bubbles and refill to proper headspace. Using a damp papertowel wipe the rims of the glass and then add the hot lids/rings. Tighten the lid "finger tight". Add to water bath pot with a rack on the bottom and process for 10 minutes in a water bath at a full boil. Makes 5 half pints.

 

When I’m By Myself

When I’m by myself… I get paranoid about every little noise I hear outside.  And even though the dogs are with me, I sleep with the television on a majority of the night.

When I’m by myself… I find watching football games isn’t as much fun.  There were times during yesterday’s game where I would holler and clap loudly and the dogs would give me looks like I was weird.  Even though the Packers lost their game yesterday, Rachel and I were winners on the football pool.  Between both of us, we won half of the cash that is paid out!  Cha-ching!!

When I’m by myself… I don’t usually cook meals.  It seems like a waste.  I will usually throw a pizza in the oven, make a sandwich or get food from town.

When I’m by myself… most of the time coffee will go to waste.  I can’t drink a whole pot and have yet to master making just a half a pot.

When I’m by myself… I am more productive around the house.  I have learned to limit myself when I get those bursts of energy so I don’t make my back hurt.

When I’m by myself… my creativity goes up.  Yesterday I tied a new fleece blanket for the dog’s bed.  Isn’t it cute?

puppy_blanket