Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween...Monday Mail Call...College Game Day Report...

I hope you are all having a spooky good time tonight.


Check out the size of this package that arrived 
while we were out of town this weekend.
It was from my PAFA team swap partner...

The most fabulous Halloween cat was inside...
I just love...love...love her!

She just made herself right at home on my dining room table.

Where the Weekend Went...
 and College Game Day Report.
Hubby and I spent the weekend visiting Emily.
We had tickets for "the game"...
#3 Bison vs. #2 Panthers

It was a beautiful autumn day...no one was in the bus...
everyone was outside.
Feed the Stampede...
Tailgaters...raising money for scholarships.
photo courtesy of Barb
Did you notice the jack o' lantern on the table above?
This is what it looks like all lit up!

It was a 'sold-out' crowd...
fans of all ages showed up for the game.

The Marching Band Pregame Show...
The Thundering Herd...
The student section, all wearing gold...
The teams take the field...

The game was intense...
The fans were LOUD...

...and the outcome?
#3 Bison over the #2 Panthers
27 - 19
photo courtesy of gobison.com

If anyone else is keeping track...
that makes our Bison
8 - 0

Meanwhile...here at home...

Happy Halloween!!
Take care,
~Natalie

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What's for Dessert?

Fruit Pizza

Make the crust first, so it has time to cool.

Recipe for delicious crust...

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mix together. Press into round pizza pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool.



Next layer...

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. fruit juice (reserved from the canned pineapple)

Beat together and spread on cooled crust.


Arrange any assortment of fruit on top.
Pineapple Tidbits
Mandarin Oranges
Bananas
Fresh Strawberries
Kiwi
Maraschino Cherries


Enjoy!


Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, October 23, 2011

College Game Day Report ~ The Dakota Marker was on the Line...

The Dakota Marker is the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual college football game played between the 
NDSU Bison and the SDSU Jackrabbits.
The Dakota Marker is a model replica of the quartzite monuments that were used to decipher the border between North and South Dakota when Dakota Territory was split into 2 states.
photos courtesy of gobison.com.
So, the Bison traveled across the border, ready to play some football,
and NDSU retains the Dakota Marker.

NDSU 38 - SDSU 14

photo courtesy of NU Relations at gohuskers.com
And at the same time...on a different channel...
our neighbors to the south were playing our neighbors to the east.

The University of Nebraska was at the University of Minnesota.
The Huskers did not disappoint.

UNL 41 - U of M 14

Did your team win?


Enjoy what's left of the weekend
Take care,
~Natalie

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Things in my House that make me Smile...

Our Mums are so pretty...
I just had to bring them inside.
You see...there was frost on the pumpkin.

The "have to scrape the windshield" kind of frost.

Kinda busy here, as the first school term ends tomorrow...
final projects
end-of-course exams
make-up work
-yikes-
meanwhile...
take time to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Take care,
~Natalie

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What Bella does when Amy goes to work...

She had fatty liver disease...
but with Amy's persistence and the family force feedings,
Bella has recovered.
When Amy is home, Bella doesn't leave her side...
follows her from room to room.
But Amy has a career job and has to go to work...
in fact, she often works very long hours.
Remember, I was there for Amy's first day of work...
I was able to observe, first hand, what Bella does when Amy is at work.

And no...she doesn't sleep all day.
She watches the birds and squirrels, 
and visits the neighbors upstairs.
And she eats three square meals a day.

But mostly...
she watches for Amy to come home.

Our furry friends are such faithful friends...

Take care,
~Natalie

Schools Out for Summer ~Special Memories

This photo popped up in my Memories this week. It was taken on my last day of school…ever. I taught school for 38 years, and saw over a hund...