Wednesday, October 5, 2022

October 2022 Goals

October is here and it's time to set some goals for the month!  

(Updates throughout the month will be added in red, so check back often to see how I'm doing.)

Since fall is finally here, it's time to start enjoying some 'fall' dishes.  I want to bake and enjoy 2 foods using pumpkin.  Done!

The first dish we're currently enjoying, and I do mean enjoying ... it is delicious, is this pumpkin crisp (pictured).  Here's where I got the recipe.

Hubby asked for a plain old-fashioned pumpkin pie, so I made him one.  You can read about it and get the link to the recipe HERE!

Send grands an ‘October’ package via mail.  Done! We sent the grands something different then we put together for the local little people in our lives.  I think our grands are going to be quite pleased with theirs, sorry, I didn't get any pictures!  The picture here is little black plastic caldrons filled with candy and tied up in a baggie with season related ribbon.  The plastic caldrons, baggies and ribbon all came from my craft stash!  

Take part in Sew Your Stash by Whitney Sews ... Done!  I gathered and prepared fabrics from my stash for my sister and I's winter quilt-along!

Schedule and complete 15 minutes of reading time (for hold in your hands books) 4 days per week.  This is what I call 'habit training!'

10/9:  I met the goal for this last week!  I enjoy reading a lot, so it was just a matter of me being mindful of my 'downtime' snippet of times and filling them with reading.  I finished The Seekers by Wanda Brunstetter and started The Blessing by the same author.

10/16:  Another successful week of reading at least 15 minutes, 4 days this week!

10/30:  I finished The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter.  While I didn't read at least 15 minutes on 4 different days, I did sit down for about an hour and finished the book!

Add 10 freezer meals to the freezer part of my pantry Done!

Stuffed Pepper Casserole  (1 meal)

Sourdough Pecan Pancakes  (5 meals)

I cooked sausage patties and froze them in packages of 6.  (3 packages)

I made and cooked 2 meatloaves for the freezer.  They were big enough that I was able to individually freeze 4 separate meals from them.  (4 meals)
They are ready to thaw, heat and eat!

Bake 2 of our favorite holiday cakes and freeze ... Didn't get done!

Make 5 different things using sourdough starter.  Done!

1.  Sourdough Pecan Pancakes

2. Sourdough Seasoned Crackers  This are really good and will become part of my weekly sourdough baking.  I seasoned these with garlic and pepper (pictured)

3.  I made 3 more batches of Sourdough Seasoned Crackers.  This time I changed up the seasonings:  I made rosemary crackers, parsley crackers and another batch of garlic and pepper crackers.  These things are like chips, only they're healthier!  I will never discard sourdough discard again!!!

My sister and I have decided to do another Christmas quilt-along this year.  Last year we laughed, giggled, and made precious memories working on our individual quilts even though we live 12 hours apart.  We’ve already decided on the pattern for this year and are gathering our supplies.  We’re both committed to using what we have on hand.  This month we need to set a start date and get everything ready to begin.  Done!

We set the start date for the first of November!

Finish purchasing the Christmas gifts that have to be mailed.  Didn't happen!

My fitness journey challenge for the month is to weigh the same or less the last day of the month as I did the first day of the month.  Nope!  I gained .4 of a pound.  It's a minor difference, but it was enough to mean that I didn't reach my goal!  I should have left off that second helping of chocolate candy from Halloween!!!

To see how I'm doing on my overall 'Goals for 2022' click HERE!

Until next time, 


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  1. The pumpkin crisp looks delicious and something I'll be sure to make soon. My October goals include finishing harvesting the container gardens, sifting the soil to remove any roots and debris and to take kitchen scraps, puree them and dig them into the soil to enrich it over the winter. Add more prepared meals to the freezer , construct boxes that will be used for Christmas gifts, make lotion bars and melt and pour soap using what I have on hand. Finish Halloween cards, October birthday cards and start Thanksgiving and Christmas cards

    1. Cookie, your October goals list is inspiring! I look forward to hearing about your progress.

  2. I have apple bread on my to do list. We had a pot of ham bone vegetable soup over the weekend and really enjoyed it.

    Finish storm cleanup.

    Empty flower and vegetable pots and put them away. Get the plants we will overwinter ready to go into the garage.

    Put away all the canning equipment since it seems we are done canning for now.

    Declutter and put away all the things in this house that we have just been ignoring.

    Get everything done and off to the lake for the second half of the month.

    Enjoy the time away! Sometimes we just don't settle down and rest.

    Work on stocking stuffers and gifts while we are away and have the time to do it.

    1. Lana, your comment reminded me that I have a ham bone in the freezer that would make some good ham bone vegetable soup. I'm going to put that on the menu! There are some things on your goals list that I need to do here as well and I agree, sometimes we need to get away in order to be able to truly settle down and rest. Enjoy your time away.

  3. Could you share what you send your grands? Ty! That is something I would like to do.😊

    1. Angela, I will be glad to share! When I get them done, I'll make a post showing what I did.

  4. Will you share the quilt a long your sister and you are going to do? I might like to do that with a friend.

    1. Debbi, I'll be sharing about it as we go along! It's lots of fun!


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