7 Fabulous Fall Menus

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One of my favorite things about Autumn are all the comfort foods I can make again. Most require the oven for preparation & it’s just too hot right now for that! This doesn’t mean I’m not preparing for cooler weather by saving recipes for my family to enjoy once Autumn arrives. Midwest Living has given me a week’s worth of great menu ideas for the cooler weather ahead!

Autumn Menus

Fall Cookie Recipes

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I LOVE to bake. The hot temperatures of summer stop me from heating up the house even more with heat from the oven! This is one of the reasons I look forward to the cooler weather in Fall. I can once again bake to my heart’s desire. For now, I am looking for new recipes to try. Midwest Living has helped with this collection of Fall cookie recipes, including these incredible caramel apple cookies. Can’t wait!

Autumn Cookies

18 Fall Slow-Cooker Recipes

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You KNOW how much I LOVE my slow cooker! Actually, make that slow cookerS since I have 3 of them, small, medium & large, that I use all the time. While I come up with most of the recipes I use in my slow cookers, I am always on the lookout for new ideas to keep things fresh. Midwest Living offers a variety of recipes to take you & your family into the cool Fall days ahead.

Slow Cooker

Casseroles: One Dish Meals for your Family

Casseroles were a staple in my family growing up. Raised by my mom & grandmother, casseroles enable them to stretch the food budget while providing the three of us with a filling and nutritious meal. Some of their casseroles were made with first time ingredients. Others used up leftovers, stretching a roast or chicken to make another meal.

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15 Pickle Recipes That Will Make Everything You Eat This Summer Taste Better

A few weeks ago, I was asking the women in my bible study what sort of classes they would like to take. I explained they didn’t have to be religious or church-oriented. I wanted to know the things they were interested in learning. The answers surprised me. Computer classes, how to use a smart phone, knitting & crocheting & canning, among other things. I am now working to schedule various classes here at our Simple Joy Cottage to meet their needs. Even the canning!

Country Living has provided me with a list of easy pickling recipes for summer, including asparagus, which was specifically mentioned. I really wanted to find a way to help women pickle food without making the process too complicated. If you are a beginner, canning can be intimidating. Plus, many people go overboard, buying dozens of jars & ingredients only to become hot & frustrated after their first attempt. I believe Country Living has taken the stress & fuss out of the process. So, it appears I will be in a pickle this summer… in the best of all possible ways! Enjoy!

Summer Pickles