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Happy Friday everyone!!!!! I hope everyone has had a nice week; its hard to believe we are only two weeks away from Halloween.  This weekend we are in full fall mode: pumpkin picking, hay rides, applesauce-making and house decorating.  I think its time to break out the fall clothes and put away summer!

This past week I discovered an amazing new location for parties around the area, Giggles:  http://gigglesdaycareinc.com/index.html .  It’s a drop-in childcare center, but they also host private parties on Sundays.  The prices are on their website and they have an amazing facility for kids and their families, not to mention the wonderful and accommodating owners.  I already can’t wait to use them for our next birthday party.

Tomorrow morning I’m taking my boys to the NC State Farmers Market to pick up apples for our homemade applesauce.  It’s a long-standing family tradition every fall to make several batches of applesauce for the holidays and to freeze for the winter months.  There are a couple different ways to make it, but one of the simplest ways is to throw it all in the crockpot.  I like to use a mixture of apples from the market, and if they are good apples all you’ll need to add is some cinnamon and brown sugar.  And feel free to use any leftover apples for apple crisp or pie!  Here’s a recipe to get you started: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/crock-pot-applesauce.html

Enjoy your weekend, time with the family, and fall/holiday prep.  Don’t lose sight of what this time of year is about……making memories with those around you.  And speaking of memories, if you’re headed out to the State Fair be careful and go early to beat the traffic!

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