Whoa…already?

I’m not one for reading too much of the news usually. Sure, I’ll read my Sunday paper, but that’s mainly because I pay for that edition. Otherwise, I don’t subscribe to any local newspaper because I can read up to date news at the Journal Sentinel website. But…this caught my eye tonight. I knew it was getting cooler faster than it normally does in Wisconsin, but frost? Already? Granted, I live in the southern part of Wisconsin, but frost? In September?I’m glad to see the 90 degree heat go away, I’m not a huge fan. And don’t get me wrong…I LOVE fall. I glory in it. Apple pies, pretty burnished leaves, new classes starting…but an early fall means winter gets here quicker. I like winter too…I love snow, I love hot cocoa and snuggling up on the couch next to my hubby. I just hate the icing of the roads, being trapped indoors, and getting stir crazy right about February.

At any rate…I’m looking forward to fall starting. Now that Munch is 1, going on walks, poking in the dirt for bugs, looking at the trees that have already put their Autumn ‘wardrobe’ on, and even going apple picking are all much more enjoyable than last year. Come to think of it, this time last year, he was only 16 days old. 16 day old babies are sweet, but they aren’t too, well…active. He’s pretty good at playing and entertaining himself too – the latest game is trying to open the cabinets in my kitchen that now have baby locks on them. He’s not a fan, considering he pretty much had a free run of the apartment when we still lived there. But the Hubster and I felt that owning one’s own home meant a slightly higher level of decorum in terms of kitchen supplies NOT being strewn about the kitchen on a daily basis. But, Munch can still get in the Tupperware cabinet. To deny a baby that glorious chance to play is just….mean. 😉

And speaking of Fall…I LOVE to bake and cook. Most of you know that if you go to other sites and blogs I comment at. And my disclaimer…just because I comment at a blog or you come from a blog does not mean I necessarily agree with what is posted at said blog. I’m really quite nice, laid back, and non-confrontational. But I’m also not a doormat. And frankly, I’m about as middle-of-the-road, whitebread, Midwestern-college-educated-girl-turned-Mama-and-grad-student as can be. You’ll never really find me in a skirt unless someone’s died, and I think that everyone should have some kind of public education if they so choose, meaning…I think EVERYONE should at least TRY going to college/university. To deny someone that right just because of their financial situation, sex, or whatnot is a true social injustice. Regardless of whether you are a Christian or not. I went to a state university. And I survived, with my faith intact. But…moving on from that rant…

Anyway…I’ve recently starting perusing the King Arthur Flour blog. I LOVE it. There are people out there who are as passionate as I am about apple pie! My husband is absolutely flabbergasted that there are, but I kept telling him that….he didn’t believe me. 😉 Being that I’m a good ol’ Wisconsin girl, I’ve grown up using Gold Medal flour for the most part – it is usually on sale, and I’ve always had good results with the stuff. My forays into shopping at Aldi from time to time finds me buying their brand of flour if the sales haven’t been that great at the regular supermarkets – I just don’t think that paying $3-$4 a bag for standard, all purpose flour is necessary. But then I received two coupons for two bags of flour from the kind folks at King Arthur Flour (thanks MaryJane!!). A local Sentry store has them for $7.95 a bag – yowza! There’s a lovely disclaimer at the KAF site that they’ve been able to lower their prices on flour – unfortunately, the Sentry in Burlington didn’t get that memo. 😉 I’ll be ordering my flour from them from now on though; their store is AWESOME. I joined their Monthly Mix club, because really, I’m obsessed with their products now. Sure…I can bake the stuff without a mix. I don’t need to use a mix at all. But after having one of the molasses whole wheat cookies from this month’s selection, well…it ain’t no Betty Crocker mix, that’s for sure. It is whole wheat goodness, that tastes like true junk food. I’ll pinch my pennies and get free face wash, free frozen veggies, inexpensive meat and cheese that is on sale, and even switch makeup brands to whatever is the free product with coupon. In fact, I’d coupon until the cows come home. But there’s no way I’d pass up an opportunity to buy their products again. They also have a Recipes section: try it out! I highly recommend their Guaranteed Biscuits recipe – it is made with whipping cream…yum!

Back to those molasses cookies, and the Brewer game. Go Ray Durham!! Whoo!

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