Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Northeast Places to Catch Fall Foliage

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 The leaves are changing to vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow all around us. The more I travel, the more I realize not everyone is blessed with this fact of biology. If you want to enjoy some Fall foliage here are some rather picturesque places we have ventured to in the Northeast. 

**Fun fact many of these pictures in this post are thanks to my Samsung Galaxy 8! Some places are in remote locations and I don't dare lug my expensive camera along for those types of trips!** 

I know not everyplace is listed so be kind if your area wasn't. I do plan to visit more places throughout the Fall this season to add to my list for next year! First place, pictured above, is The Great Pumpkin Farm located in Clarence, New York. They have rolling hills to view the leaves changing while you can enjoy a hay ride! This Farm also has a lot of fun Fall activities for the whole family including Pumpkin contests, Mazes, pumpkin picking and more!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Scenic trip around the Cacapon River, West Virginia

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 On my last travel post, Historic Romney, West Virginia, I left off turning in for the night at our Motel. The next morning we were bright eyed and bushy tailed, as they say, for a little hiking adventure. First on the agenda was the Ice Mountain Preserve located off country roads about 30 minutes east of Romney, WV. While they are open to the public you do need to reserve a tour/guide because the trails are only accessed through private properties. There are two different trails you can enjoy here: lower trail that leads to Ice “vents” or the top of the peak trail, called Raven’s Rocks.
I would say the trails are moderate hiking level. They have a mountain incline to go down and climb back up. Once you walk down the trail, you enter back in time. The ice "vents" in the ground provide cool temperatures that encourage rare arctic plants to glow along side the tropical plants. These stay cold throughout winter and are the last place to thaw late into the Summer. The plants grown here are not found in this area on normal conditions. They are a complete natural wonder preserved in this mountain side.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Suggestions For Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is an exciting time around my home. Between decorating the house, planning for our annual Pumpkin party or picking out costumes. I asked you all a few days ago what you were going to be for Halloween and was shocked many of you had not decided yet. I personally love dressing up! Maybe I want to hold onto the playful child spirit by dressing up. Maybe it is the look in our son's eye when we go all out to create a costume. It's honestly just plain good old fashion fun for a day! Finding the right costume at a great price is the key though. While I love looking as genuine as I can, no fake costumes here. I don't want to break the bank doing it because it is for ONE day/night only. I thought I would talk about where we got our costumes this year! Let me introduce to you my new favorite Halloween prop/costume place: the Costume Super Center.
I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. 
While my son enjoys everything mystical and brought up in the Fantasy land he has really stayed away from scary costumes. This year he decided to put down his Gryffindor robes and join the Huffpuff house to channel Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Historic Romney, West Virginia

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It is funny how a place can resonate with you once you arrive to explore it. I had never explored West Virginia, just passed through it. When given the opportunity I jumped at the chance. At a much younger age, I liked the idea of milder winters and rich mountain sky lines. I always thought I would settle down in the Virginia's and honestly still might! Something about the country feeling of nature untouched lures people. Generations flock to the idea of a self sustained way of life. Riding into West Virginia our Host, Jon sang "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver. At first, I thought it so strange. He told us as we traveled through the "S" curves of the back country roads that the area just compelled him to sing it. We stopped to look at Cooper mountain (captured above) on our way to the Potomac Eagle Scenic train ride in historic Romney, WV. Looking back on my trip, he was right, that song does capture the West Virginia spirit!
"Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze"-"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Recipe: Apple Crumble

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 I am so happy the fall season is upon us. I am breaking out every apple & pumpkin recipe! This is a easy to create recipe with a lot of flavor and my family thoroughly enjoys!
What you will need:
4 apples ( I used red delicious)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup granola
2 tsp of ground cinnamon  
1 stick of butter
Skin and dice the apples. 
Once you have down that add your cinnamon to a bowl and mix together.